Midday Interview with Gina Gambony

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

During our Classical block on 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.


Midday Interviews for August 3rd through August 7th:

Monday: Communities in Schools will talk about how the community can "Stuff the Bus" with school supplies.  

Tuesday: Opera House Theatre is opening Fosse's "Chicago" on Wednesday.  We'll hear all about it.

Wednesday: Thalian Association is opening "The Real Thing" this week.  We'll hear about this drama by Tom Stoppard.  

Thursday: Don Skinner will join us to talk about the work of Phoenix Employment Ministries.

Friday: We'll learn about "Recovery Rockfest," a musical celebration about overcoming addiction.  

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

Mar 21, 2015

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. 

"The Creation" by Haydn at Beckwith Recital Hall

Mar 20, 2015

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. 

The Music and Moves of the Cape Fear Contra Dancers

Mar 18, 2015

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. 

Robinhood: A Tale of Two Hoods

Mar 15, 2015

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. 

The Backyard Naturalist Program

Mar 13, 2015

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. 

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

Harpists Provide Therapeutic Music

Mar 10, 2015

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

"Gracious Plenty" for Local Collage Artists

Mar 8, 2015

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." 

Top of the Mornin' to Ya!

Mar 5, 2015

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. 

The North Carolina Coastal Federation holds a Coastal Speakers Series, where experts address various topics,  from oysters to organic gardens to local avian diversity.  Becky Peter is the Community Engagement Fellow with the NCCF and spoke with us about the series.  The upcoming topic is organic gardening and we heard from Evan Folds, the founder and owner of Progressive Gardens about healthy soil and a few things we need to know to grow plants locally.