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
5:01 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

JAZZFEST-featuring "Warmdaddy" Anderson & Tom Garling

Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson

Jerald Shynett is directing the UNCW JAZZFEST for the third year this spring.  The event was launched 30 years ago by Frank Bongiorno, now the department chair of UNCW's Music Department.  In this interview, Jerald Shynett talks about the opportunity 20 high school students are getting through this program and he describes the two guest artists this year-Wess "Warmdaddy" Anderson (saxophone) and Tom Garling (trombone).   We got Warmaddy on the phone, and part of that conversation is at the end of the interview.

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Midday Interviews
1:30 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

Sam Shepard's "Lie of the Mind" at City Stage

Jacob Kehane & Nicole Farmer

Director Nicole Farmer and actor Jacob Kehane (Frankie) visited the studio to tell us about the play "A Lie of the Mind" by American playwright Sam Shepard.   Nicole explains how a story that is set in motion with violence and tragedy can still exhibit humor, and why the core of the story is really love.  You don't want to miss Jacob Kehane's expressive radio ode to Sam Shepard. 

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Midday Interviews
2:51 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

"The Creation" by Haydn at Beckwith Recital Hall

Nancy King & Bob Workmon

The UNCW Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and Chamber Orchestra are performing Franz Joseph Haydn's "Creation" under the direction of Dr. Joe Hickman, the Director of Choral Activities.  Nancy King has been rehearsing the soloists for the performance, and Bob Workmon is a guest artist performing with the choirs.  Nancy and Bob came to the studio and talked about the performance, and a bit about the history of this work, thought by many to be Haydn's masterpiece. 

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Midday Interviews
2:13 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

The Music and Moves of the Cape Fear Contra Dancers

Linda Thomas & David Shucavage

The Cape Fear Contra Dancers hold community dances twice a month, but on Saturday, March 21 they are having a special contra party featuring the band Big Celtic Fun from Chapel Hill.

Linda Thomas, a dancer and contra caller, visited us in the studio along with dancer and hammer dulcimer player, David Shucavage.   Linda and David have both been involved in contradancing for decades, so they shared their knowledge of the history of the dance and music as well as information about the Saturday event. 

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Midday Interviews
2:17 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Robinhood: A Tale of Two Hoods

Dorothy Reynolds & Danille Bringard

Dorothy Reynolds and Danielle Bringard visited WHQR to tell us about the original play adaption, "Robinhood: A Tale of 2 Hoods."   These young ladies have been involved in Journey Productions' PET project since they were young, and they enjoy taking leadership roles in this production now that they are in college.  Dorothy is a Performance Educator with the cast and Danielle facilitated input from young writers for the script.

The show is at the Community Arts Center Thursdays-Sundays through March 15. 

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Midday Interviews
7:07 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

The Backyard Naturalist Program

Sam Marshall, Horticulture Agent

Sam Marshall from the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension came to the station to tell us about a brand new 12-week program called the Cape Fear Backyard Naturalist Program.  Sam is a horticulturist involved in bring this program to fruition. 

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Midday Interviews
3:50 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" at the Playhouse

Jamey Stone & Anthony Lawson

Director Anthony Lawson and actor/comic Jamey Stone joined us to talk about the latest play by Big Dawg Productions, Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor."

The comedy runs March 12-29, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm at the Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle Street.   For information on tickets and more about the show, visit Big Dawg

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Midday Interviews
6:28 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Harpists Provide Therapeutic Music

Julie Rehder and Carole Green

Local harpists Julie Rehder and Carole Green visited our studio today-we were in for a treat because they brought their instruments along! 

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Midday Interviews
12:00 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

"Gracious Plenty" for Local Collage Artists

Ruth Brune & Etta Breit

The Collage Artists of Wilmington (CAW) are having an opening reception for their exhibit "A Gracious Plenty" on Sunday, March 8 from 5:00-7:00 at Caprice Bistro downtown.

Etta Breit and Ruth Brune met at a collage class at the Cameron Art Museum and they are on the CAW steering committee.  They came in to talk about their love of this medium, the upcoming exhibit, and the the interesting second meaning of "CAW." 

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Midday Interviews
8:20 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Top of the Mornin' to Ya!

Chandler Davis & Penny Kohut admire Elizabeth Darrow's work.

Penny Kohut was the playwright for shows about Irish wakes the past few years, but she wrote a new play for St. Patrick's Day this year.  The show "Top of the Mornin' to Ya with Faith and Begorrah" is an over-the-top comic farce that centers on a morning talk show with two Irish women.  Penny stopped in to chat about the show with the actor playing Begorrah this weekend, Chandler Davis. 

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