Midday Interview with Gina Gambony

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

Monday* through Friday at 11:58 AM, Gina Gambony hosts a celebration of the arts and culture of the Lower Cape Fear. She interviews artists, actors, dancers, writers and creators of community events—all the inspiring movers and shakers who enrich our lives.

*Monday Midday Interviews are hosted by Pat Marriott.

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


Tune in to our Midday Interview at 11:58 to hear from our guests each week.

Midday Interviews for May 23-27:

Monday, 5/23:  Musician John Golden hosts a Hootenanny this week; he'll join Pat Marriott to tell us all about it.

Tuesday, 5/24: Lilac 94 Harp Duo is joining us to give us a preview of its concert this week at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. We'll hear the harps play for an extended interview on Classical HQR.

Wednesday, 5/25:  Time approaches for the Port City Music Festival.  We'll hear what's in store for music lovers this year.

Thursday, 5/26:  Tune in to hear about the artists behind the exhibit Lost & Found in the MC Erny Gallery. 

Friday, 5/27:  An aerialist-notably named Ariel Schmidtke-joins us to talk about her upcoming show Length of Rope featuring silks, puppets, and more.  

Pat Marriot sat down with Merry Ann Wright and David Tousignant to talk about the Coastal Carolina Christmas concerts.  The  event is happening at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 16 North 16th Street in downtown Wilmington.  On Friday night, the Wilmington Boys Choir sings carols while the Choir of St. Paul's sings selections from Handel's Messiah along with soloists and chamber orchestra.  A sparkling Chocolate Reception follows.  On Saturday, keyboardist and accordionist Al DiMarco hosts a cabaret performance with appetizers and drinks.  

Alisa Harris, the Owner/Producer of Theatre Now and Zach Hanner, the Artistic Director, joined us in the studio last week.  Wilmington's only dinner theatre venue has a lot going on this holiday season-for adults and kids.   

Upcoming highlights include:

A Trailer Park Christmas Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays through December 20 (7:00/3:00 Sundays)

Local actors Anthony Lawson and Holli Saperstein have created the newest theatre company in town: Panache.  The company's first show is Santaland Diaries, David Sedaris' narrative that brings melancholy and hilarity together in the form of a disgruntled elf named Crumpet (stuck in a shopping mall, not the North Pole).  The show has been produced in Wilmington multiple times over the years with a some of our best local actors playing the role of Crumpet-it seems only appropriate that Lawson join the club.  

Pat Marriott spoke with the artists behind the work in our latest MC Erny Gallery exhibit, Paper & Paint.  Kathy Stovall (collage, monoprint) and Joan McLoughlin (acrylics) discuss their work and inspiration.  The exhibit is open for viewing weekdays, 10:00 am-4:00 pm, plus a special 2-hour opening on Friday, December 11 from 6-8 as a part of the Holly Jolly Holiday Stroll.

The world-class Army Ground Forces Band is coming to Wilmington for a one-night performance at CFCC's Arts & Humanities Center.  Wilmington is one of 4 North Carolina locations enjoying this treat.  This holiday concert is on Friday, December 4 at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are free.

Festival of Trees at Aquarium through December 6

Dec 2, 2015

The Lower Cape Fear Hospice presents The Festival of Trees at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher this year.   Laurie Taylor, the Vice-President of Development at Hospice, joined us to talk about the festival and the programs the Festival supports.

Joan Leotta is an author, journalist, storyteller, and teacher.  She's had a particularly busy year wearing her author hat, publishing 3 books in 2015:  Secrets of the Heart, Simply a Smile, and WHOOSH!  These books are available from local booksellers, including Old Books on Front Street, 2 Sisters Bookery, and Pomegranate Books.  

James J. Kaufman's debut novel, The Collectibles, was an award-winning bestseller.  He followed up with The Concealers and has just released the third book in the trilogy, The Conciliators.  Kaufman's writing has been compared to Michael Crichton (Manhattan Book Review) and called a "soul-stirring thriller" (Chicago Sun Times).  Listen to our interview with Kaufman to get a sense of the depth and meaning in his storytelling.

The Carolina Pine Music Festival

Nov 20, 2015

The Carolina Pine Music Festival kicks off tonight at the Brooklyn Arts Center.  Anna Mann and Will Daube joined forces to create this festival; they had a small version in May, but this is the big one.  For three days, 28 local bands are playing.  See a list of performers here.  

Friday 11/20:  Brooklyn Arts Center, 4:00pm-11:00pm

Classical Guitarist Justin Hoke Releases "Open Sky"

Nov 19, 2015

Classical guitarist Justin Hoke is having a CD Release party Thursday, November 19.  He'll play music from his disc, Open Sky at UNCW's Beckwith Recital Hall.  The music can be purchased in hard copy or downloaded.   

Listen to the interview above to hear Justin play Una Limosnaa por el Amor de Dios by Agustin Barrios.