Midday Interview with Gina Gambony

Tues-Fri 11:58 AM-12:06 PM

During our Classical block on Tuesdays through Fridays at 11:58 AM, Gina Gambony and other staff members host a celebration of the arts and culture of the Lower Cape Fear. They interview artists, actors, dancers, writers and creators of community events—all the inspiring movers and shakers who enrich our lives.   

Please send requests for interviews to classical@whqr.org.


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Midday Interviews
1:13 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Opera Wilmington Sings Broadway

Nancy King & Bella Stollenmaier

Opera Wilmington has crafted a Mother's Day Brunch that features the top vocal talents in our area.   Opera Wilmington Sings Broadway is a showcase for Golden Age show tunes from Show Boat, Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, just to name a few.  Phil Furia from WHQR's Great American Songbook is the

well-versed musical genius emceeing the event.

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Midday Interviews
9:08 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Brunswick Concert Band: Traditional & Contemporary

Tom Smicklas, Clarinetist

The Brunswick Concert Band is celebrating 30 years of performance with style-"The Sound of America" salutes Count Basie, marches with Sousa, and takes us to the movies, from The Wizard of Oz to The Hunger Games.   The president of Brunswick Bands, Tom Smicklas, tells us this community band boasts 72 member, aged 13-87.  This concert is conducted by Michael Stringer. 

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Midday Interviews
9:48 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Wine and Food (and Bourbon and Beer) Festival!

Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans, the executive director of Bellamy Mansion, stopped by to tell us about the main events May 1-3 at the Bellamy during the 3rd Annual Wilmington Wine and Food Festival.   The website also lists smaller events leading up to big weekend.  

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Midday Interviews
6:49 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

C'est La Guerre-What's up their furry sleeves?

Nina Bays Cournoyer & her Piggy friend

The new art production company, C'est La Guerre, has  a secret that's under wraps until Saturday night.  And the only way to hear the announcement about their next project is to wear an animal mask to their Outsider Art Celebration Animal FARMraiser Saturday, 4/2

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Midday Interviews
6:02 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Cape Fear Chorale: Cherubini's Requiem

Libby & Larry Oldham, Cape Fear Chorale Singers

Larry and Libby Oldham are both singers with the Cape Fear Chorale and had many interesting things to say about the spring performance, Requiem in C Minor by Luigi Cherubini.  Larry Oldham earned his DMA in Church Music, so he had a deep knowledge about this music and the history-for instance, which great composer requested this Requiem for his funeral, and why the church banned this music.  We also hear about the fall concert in this informative interview. 

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Midday Interviews
2:47 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

9 Films: Wilmington Jewish Film Fest Expands

Beverly Schoninger, Peggy Pancoe Rosoff, Bucky Stein

In 2013, the folks who wanted to begin a Jewish Film Festival in Wilmington were careful:  to test the waters, they presented just one film.  Last year, they presented 4...and this year, the Festival offers 9 films over two weeks:  6 feature length films + 3 short films, all at Thalian Hall

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Midday Interviews
5:23 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Couplet: Two Days of Verse

Gwenyfar Rohler, Overlord

If you want to celebrate literary pursuits of any kind--anything from Banned Books to Adult Puppet Shows--Old Books on Front Street is the place to be.  Owner Gwenyfar Rohler helps our community make note of the gems our distracted culture might let slip by, gems like poetry.   

Poetry requires time and reflection and a dash of focus to enjoy.  If you feel you've been too busy to roll around in the delightful rays of verse, this weekend (April 18 & 19) is a wonderful opportunity.  The heavy lifting has already been done. 

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Midday Interviews
5:01 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Pro Musica: Music by William Bolcom

Rob Nathanson, Pro Musica

Concert Guitarist Rob Nathanson has been involved with Pro Musica, the concert series that celebrates living composers, since the very beginning. 

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Midday Interviews
1:46 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

George Edwards & the Historic Home Tour

George Edwards, Executive Director of the Historic Wilmington Foundation

George Edwards is the Executive Director of the Historic Wilmington Foundation. George stopped by to tell us about the Historic Home Tour open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, April 11 & 12, as a part of the Azalea Festival.  For information regarding the 9 homes + 1 church on this self-guided tour, click here.

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Midday Interviews
7:48 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

The Atlantean Trio Sunday: Beethoven & Smetana

Dr. Barry David Salwen

Dr. Barry Salwen, an international concert pianist, is performing with the Atlantean Trio this weekend.    Salwen is joined by violinist Abigail Van Steenhuyse and cellist Richard Thomas (Salwen and Thomas were founders of the trio in 2005; Van Steenhuyse joined in 2011).   This concert features works by Beethoven and Smetana.   Salwen discusses the selections, and many other interesting tidbits,  in this interview.

The performance is on Sunday, April 12 at 7:30 at the Beckwith Recital Hall, located in the Cultural Arts Building (CAB) on Randall Drive at UNCW. 

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