Gina Gambony

Host/Producer of Communique, Outreach, & Pinch-Hitter

Gina Gambony hosts and produces Communique, WHQR's weekday interview segment. Communique can be heard weekdays on 91.3 at 8:50am & 4:44pm and on 92.7 at Noon. Gina has been a member of WHQR since 1998 and began hosting Classical Music, Morning Edition, and All Things Considered  for the station in 2013.

Gina earned her B.A. with Honors in Philosophy & Religion after studying at University of North Carolina Wilmington and completing a year of advanced study at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Philosophy Institute (Belgium). She is also a certified English and Social Studies teacher for secondary students. Prior to working at WHQR, Gina spent her time primarily in the non-profit realm, including Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts (Director of Education & Outreach), UNCW Office of Cultural Arts (Director of House/Audience Services), Corvallis Arts Council (Teaching Artist & Arts Integration Specialist), and Dreams of Wilmington (Teaching Artist). She also taught for Cape Fear Community College, plus English and Drama in local middle schools. In 2010, she brought the first large-scale puppet festival to Wilmington as the Director of the Port City Puppet Festival, which earned the designation as the #1 Arts Event in 2010 by Wilmington Star News. Gina is a co-director and founder of Wilmington's first theatre company for people with developmental disabilities: Theatre for All! 

Gina has used her voice for commercials, cartoons, storytelling, puppetry, and theatrical productions since childhood. She's delighted to use the skills and experience acquired through her work in public service and the arts to be a part of the WHQR team. She won 2nd place in KCRW Santa Monica's International 24-Hour Radio Race in 2016 in her independent audio enterprise. You can listen to her winning piece here

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Barry Salwen

John Tabler, the Director of Music at 1st Presbyterian Church in downtown Wilmington, joined us in the studio to talk about this month's Music at First guest musician: international concert pianist Barry Salwen. Listen above to hear John talk about his own musical beginnings and what Barry will perform on March 19. If you haven't been to 1st Pres, John also shares a description of the nearly 90-year-old gothic style church. 

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Women's Impact Network (WIN) is collective of women who pool their money to make a big impact on non-profits in the Cape Fear region. The group is in its sixth year; the first year, WIN pooled $20,000 to distribute. Impressive, right? Well, this year, as membership has increased, so has the impact power: $58,000 will be distributed this year, the lion's share going to one organization. WIN wants to continue to expand and provide even more support to local non-profits. Listen above to the chair of the Leadership Committee, Linda Brown, and the chair of the Membership Committee, Carol Kennedy.

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Poet Keegan Lester is on a tour with his collection of poetry called this shouldn't be beautiful but it was & it was all i had so i drew it. This collection was published by Slope Editions after Keegan won the 2016 Slope Editions Book Prize. He's on a 28-date tour with the book, mostly sharing readings and signing books in bars and other locations outside the walls of academia. Keegan earned his MFA in Poetry at Columbia University, but this tour seems to represent a break with the university system he criticizes for constraining emerging poets through unyielding and outdated definitions of poetry. Listen above.

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The New York Times calls him "gifted"; the Wall Street Journal says his performance is "dazzling." The LA Times proclaims him as "the next big organ talent." He hasn't hit 30 yet, but young Christopher Houlihan is taking the organ world by storm, and he's performing in Wilmington on Friday, March 10 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He drew a great deal of attention when he performed all 6 of Louis Vierne's organ symphonies in 2012, and he'll play excerpts (Scherzo, Cantabile, & Allegro) from Vierne's 2nd Symphony on Friday night, plus Vierne's Carillon de Westminster, J.S. Bach's Italian Concerto, and César Franck's Choral II in B minor

Nick Szuberla, Executive Director of Working Narratives, and the Lead Artist, Rend Smith, joined us to talk about a project they are doing in Wilmington: Free Movement. The key part of this project is the part public art event/part sustainable community building group called Black Man Running 5K. The group meets (and runs/walks) weekly, but on Saturday, March 11, 9:00am-4:00pm, they are throwing a big event at Hugh MacRae Park

Bestselling author Taylor Brown has received a lot of attention for his work over the last few years. In 2016, he published a collection of short stories called In the Season of Blood and Gold, which received high praise and was a finalist for an International Book Award short story prize. His first novel, Fallen Land, received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and the Library Journal. I spoke with Taylor about his 2nd and latest unreleased novel The River of Kings. This book has already  received glowing praise from established authors.

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Get your umbrella-it's going to be Raining Men at Thalian Hall this weekend (and through March 12) with the premiere of the disco-drenched spectacle, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. You may have seen or heard of this 1994 film, but this is the musical, which premiered on Broadway in 2011. When the rights were opened up to community theaters, Opera House Theatre Company jumped on it. One cast member told me that the show is "thought-provoking and fabulously entertaining." Director/Choreographer Ray Kennedy agrees; listen above to Ray and actress/singer Michelle Braxton talk about the show and see photos below.

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Kelly Rae Williams is an advocate for racial and gender equality and a poet. Her recent manuscript, Outside the Cannon: Poetry as Protest will be published soon; meanwhile, Kelly Rae is giving a sneak peek of some of her new work tonight (2/28) at Pomegranate Books at 7:00. I spoke with Kelly Rae for nearly an hour, but her work can speak for itself better than an interview...Listen above to Kelly Rae share one of her poems about actress Raven-Symoné. The poem was inspired by Raven's assertion that she isn't African-American on Oprah Winfrey

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Superstar Academy provides theatrical education for students and adults through outreach in schools, afterschool classes, and through the special program Theatre for All!, Wilmington's only theatre program for people of all ages with developmental disabilities. These classes are given at no- or low-cost to participants...but the work does cost money. That's why Superstar Academy is having a fundraiser. Zach Hanner, the Artistic Director, is throwing a Luau at Walker World this Saturday, March 4th for just this purpose. 

Carole Osman

Amy Grant, the owner and manager of Art in Bloom Gallery, paired two artists for her latest exhibit: Catching the Spirit: Images by Mark Gansor and Carole Osman. Gansor's paintings include realistic acrylic buildings, gardens, and fields, while Osman presents pastel, monoprint, collage, oil, and acrylic work.  The opening reception for this exhibit is Friday, 2/24, part of 4th Friday Gallery Walk, 6:00pm-9:00pm. 

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The dress may smell like roasting marshmallows...I spoke with 2 teenagers and a man named Scooter for 30 minutes, and I'm still not sure if there are marshmallows in this dress--this dress made of books, and some other stuff, for a very special design contest. It's the 3rd Annual Fashion Design Contest for teens called Fiction to Fashion. Scooter Hayes, the Youth Services Librarian in New Hanover County, is the leader of this interesting project. He joined us along with 2 contestants: teenagers Ashley Bennette and Theo Townend. Listen above. 

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The Coastal Carolina Cabaret has a Mardi Gras theme this year. Pianist/accordionist Al DiMarco is introducing his new band at the party: Al DiMarco's Big Fat Accordion Band, with Al on accordion, Benny Hill on saxophone, Paul Lewis on baritone sax, and David Toma playing drums.

Dreams of Wilmington and Thalian Hall present a second edition of Dreambuilders, the event introduced last year to celebrate visual and performing arts by teaching artists from the Dreams Center. This year, a theme is included, making it Dreambuilders-Inspirations: Work by Artists Who Guide.

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UPDATE: THE FESTIVAL HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO SUNDAY DUE TO TROPICAL STORM HERMINE.

Coastal Designer Glass

Coastal Designer Glass incorporates glass into architecture and home furnishing in ways you might never expect. They also restore stained glass panels. Owners Cynthia DeVita Cochrane and Nathaniel Cochrane joined us to share the surprising work they do and opportunities for novices to experience creation with glass.

Gina Gambony

The Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with "A Gala in Wonderland." Interim Executive Director Yasmin Tomkinson  and Outreach Coordinator Erin Payne came in to tell us about the work the organization does in our community - the Mad Hatter's Tea Party will help raise money for this work to continue. The Gala is at Audi Cape Fear on Staurday, March 7 at 6:30 PM. To find out more about the Cape Fear Literacy Council and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party visit their website here

Zephyros Winds and Barbara McKenzie are performing on Sunday, February 21 at the Church of the Servant  as a part of the Chamber Music Wilmington Season.  Barbara and Pat Marriott came in to tell us about the performance and the concert. 

Alexa Doran is one of WHQR's Graduate Fellows working in the Web Services department. She is studying poetry through the graduate school at UNCW. She is originally from Syracuse, NY and enjoys living in Wilmington with her poochy, Jude. During this interview, she read her poem After you said an artist can inspired by  the photograph Self Portrait with Dada-Kopf by 1920's Dada artist Sophia Tauber. You can catch more of her poetry in upcoming issues of The James Franco Review, Cactus Heart, Educe and CALYX literary magazine.  

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Christopher Marino has been in town for barely over a year, but he's already made an impact on the local theater community. He staged popular readings of Shakespeare's work almost immediately upon his arrival in Wilmington and was recently named the Artistic Director of Dram Tree Shakespeare Company. Mr. Marino teaches for the UNCW Theatre Department and is the director of the upcoming production of Hamlet - using a slightly different script than audiences would usually see staged. Marino visited us accompanied by Luke Robbins, the actor playing the title role. 

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Historian and author Wilbur Jones Jr. has traveled extensively throughout the past 50+ years, and his hobby of photography has led to the creation of a stunning collection of historical and artistic images. A collection of these photos is going up for display at the Hannah Block Historic USO at 120 S. 2nd Street. The opening reception is February 25 from 4- 8 PM, and the exhibit will be up for viewing until March 26. For more about Wilbur Jones Jr. click here 

The Theatre Network of Wilmington (TNOW) is throwing a red carpet Oscar Event at Theatre NOW on Monday night, February 22, 2015. Executive Director Zach Hanner and board president Sydney Penny came to our studio to talk about this fundraising event and explain the outreach work that TNOW is involved in. For more information about this local nonprofit organization and to get tickets for this event visit superstaracademy.org

Grey Pascal is a local artist with a reputation for experimentation in meaningful ways. For over a year, Grey has been working on a new kind of portrait...it's not simply visual it's about words and how they define us. The collection he's creating is called "A Word..with Grey Pascal: A Conceptual Portrait Series On Panel With Encaustic." If you are interested in participating in this series please contact Grey at volcanodweller@hotmail.com 

Steve Vernon, the artistic director of Big Dawg Productions, gives us a review of Big Dawg's 2015 theatre season, including a hint at reviving "The Hermit of Ft. Fisher." For more information click here 

Gina Gambony Visits The Sarus Festival

Aug 28, 2014

The Sarus Festival featuring site-specific and experimental art is underway!Dozens of local and visiting artists are creating public performances, often held outdoors. WHQR's Gina Gambony visited the rehearsal for one event: an unusual interpretation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," happening in the backyard of Jengo's Playhouse on Princess Street.

GG: So, what’s going on with this piece, Helena dancing?

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  Wilmington Art Association presents The Budding and Blooming Art Show at Mayfaire Town Center on the Green, Saturday, June 28, from 10 to 4. Forty young “budding” artists will display and sell their work alongside twenty adult “blooming” artists. There will be young musicians performing too, plus Big Al Hall and his group. My guests were visual artists Dorian Hill and Wiio Meinheit and musician Caroline Lemley. 

Details at WilmingtonArt.org

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Barbara Raab is co-founder and president of Monty’s Home, a non-profit based in Burgaw that rescues and adopts out animals.  Its Pawsitive Partners Prison Program takes dogs from the Pender County Animal Shelter who are about to be euthanized and pairs them up with prisoners in Pender and New Hanover County correctional institutions.  The men and dogs go through an 8-week training program together, after which the dogs are adopted by families, and the prisoners have a new set of skills. 

More info online at Montyshome.org

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Tom Smicklas is a clarinetist, saxophonist and conductor.  He is directing the Summer Concert Series for the Brunswick Concert Band.  It is presenting a week of patriotic concerts, June 27th through July 3rd at various venues in Brunswick County.  Tom is also involved in the creation of the new Wilmington Symphonic Winds. 

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Cape Fear Literacy Council has a new Executive Director.  Linda Lytvinenko is moving away, so she brought the new director, Susan Pomeroy, to our studios to introduce her to our audience and talk about future plans.  Details at CFLiteracy.org

[In the photo, Susan is the one with the dark tan, even tho’ she just moved here from NY!]

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The Cameron Art Museum offers great summer workshops, classes and camps for youth and adults.  Donna Moore (The Museum School Director) and Georgia Mastroieni (Director of Youth and Family Education) give us the rundown.  

Details available at CameronArtMuseum.org or 910-395-5999.

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