Communique

EXPO 216

On exhibit at EXPO 216 is the Death & Dying exhibit-and on February 23 (Fourth Friday), there will be a notary at the reception. The public is invited to complete legal documents regarding end-of-life wishes. The reception runs 6pm-9pm. 

Listen above to Linda Look, Director and Curator of EXPO 216, and Jason Clamme, Education and Outreach Specialist at  Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

 

Helen Morgan shot jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan in 1972. She's from Shallotte, and spent her final years in Wilmington. A documentary based on the sole interview she granted has been made into a documentary by Swedish filmmaker, Kasper Collin, and it screens in Wilmington on Sunday, 2/25.

The film, I Called Him Morgan, screens at Jengo's Playhouse, 815 Princess Street, at 5:00pm.

 

Opera Wilmington presents Celebrating Caterina Jarboro: Wilmington's First Operatic Diva. Free symposium sessions begin Friday morning and continue Saturday, with a performance in Beckwith Recital Hall on Friday evening at 7:30 pm. 

ACRONYM

Chamber Music Wilmington brings the early music ensemble ACRONYM to Beckwith Recital Hall Sunday, February 25th.   The group performs Rosenmuller, Bertali, Valentini, and Krieger with early instruments...but the musicians seem most excited to present Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" in a way you've probably never heard before. 

Nan Graham

Commentator Nan Graham provided many details to authorities in order to adopt her new dog. She did not, however, receive all the information about him.

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The Girls Choir-Susan Savia-Stray Local-The Jewell's-Laura McLean-John Fonvielle-Catesby Jones--and on and on. Dozens of musicians will perform songs by Mike Adams at Brooklyn Arts Center's Annex on Thursday, February 22.

UNCW/Jeff Janowski

Dr. Faustus is onstage at UNCW Mainstage Theatre through February 25. Listen to Director Christopher Marino and Music Director Adrian Varnum talk about the difficulties involved in selling one's soul to the Devil above.

David Heck

 

Second Star Theatre presents Murder Ballad, The New Musical. It's a steamy exploration of the complications of love, the compromises we make, and the betrayals that undo us. The show opens on Valentine's Night at Front Street Theater. 

On Thursday, February 15, UNCW's Community Music Academy holds a Valentine Gala at Beckwith Recital Hall to benefit young musicians. Violinist Danijel Zezelj-Gualdi is the Artistic Director-she will perform at the event, along with a host of other fine musicians. There is also a silent auction.

At the age of 20 I called my mother and delivered two pieces of news one good and one bad. Mommy, I finally understand Mark Twain. I thought I did before but I didn't. But now I do. And now that I have stood ankle deep in the Mississippi River I get it. I get him on a deep and visceral level. And it is incredible!

Wilmington poet Emily Paige Wilson's work has been published in various journals and she's been nominated for various awards-but she is most excited about her first published collection: I'll Build Us a Home. Listen to Emily above and see our extended conversation below.  

 

Yes, work by Kurt Vonnegut is onstage-and it's about love. Big Dawg Productions presents Who Am I This Time (And Other Conundrums of Love) at Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle Street through February 18. This show is a collection of 3 (sort of) love stories from Welcome to the Monkey House.

Phil Furia, the host of The Great American Songbook, will host a live performance of the show at Kenan Auditorium on Saturday, February 17: WHQR's Great American Songbook Live: The Oscars. Some great voices join him onstage: George Scheibner, Bob Workmon,  Nina Repeta, LaRaisha Burnette Dionne, and Jack Krupicka. 

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You can send a text, an email, a card or some flowers--but Cape Fear Chordsmen offers something a little different for Cupid's holiday: A Singing Valentine. Up to 5 quartets from the group will be in and around New Hanover County on February 14th delivering harmonies to lucky loved ones.

Joe's Pub

The 38th Annual North Carolina Jazz Festival runs Thursday through Saturday, February 1-3 at the Hilton Riverside. Listen to Festival President Sandy Evans talk about some of the highlights above; read our extended conversation below.

Honey Head Films

The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra presents a multi-disciplinary concert Saturday, February 3rd. This is a layered treatment of Julia Walker Jewell's original music, The Dance of the Coin, with orchestration, film, and live dancers. 

Stephen Bellm

 

New Hanover County Youth Services Librarian Scooter Hayes joined us to talk about the Fiction to Fashion design contest. The runway competition is March 1st, but teens can sign up through 11:59 pm on Wednesday, January 31.  

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L.A. Theatre Works is touring a production of the award-winning play by Katori Hall called The Mountaintop. This two-person production considers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final night on earth, after his "Mountaintop" speech and before his assassination.  The 38-city tour makes a stop in Wilmington on Thursday, February 1st at Kenan Auditorium at 7:30 pm. 

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Communique is WHQR's feature about arts, events, and ideas in our area.  I'm your host, Gina Gambony, and I have news about how to request or share an idea for an interview... this form

The Bellamy Mansion is holding a very fancy dinner at an unlikely spot: the Dudley Mansion. This fundraiser is on Friday, October 13, featuring 5 courses prepared by Dean Neff and Bud Taylor, dessert by Lydia Clopton, 2 signature cocktails, and wine pairings throughout. 

Friday Feedback for July 14, 2017

Jul 14, 2017

Listener Jeff wrote this week about several things: “Sorry to hear of your retirement. WHQR listeners will miss you (in a good way).” I imagine that by now some listeners may be saying “How can we miss you if you won’t go away?” Never fear, campers: next Friday will be my last day in the office. I hope to hear from you by then. Jeff went on to add; "1) I think WHQR should emphasize sustainer memberships (monthly donations by credit card) during all fundraising drives. All major NPR [member stations] have started emphasizing this approach, as it presumably smooths out their cash inflow and makes it more predictable. Since so many people come to Wilmington and stay, particularly people who are used to subscribing to a local NPR station elsewhere, it would make sense for WHQR to make donating easy for them.

Friday Feedback for January 27, 2017

Jan 27, 2017
Wilmington Faith and Values

Listener Andrea wrote: “I have moved from NY to Wilmington in the past few years, and absolutely love having a radio station that makes me feel connected to the community I have transplanted into. I especially like Communique and the Writers Almanac, and love preparing dinner in the evenings listening to jazz. Thanks for making a 20-something Northerner feel right at home!”

Listener Martyn wrote:

Communique: Mic Check Mash-Up...And Thanks

Jan 5, 2017

We've been airing this WHQR feature, Communique, for 6 months now, and I've really enjoyed hosting and producing these interviews. As a special treat for all the folks I spoke with last year, and for our listeners, I have a little mash-up...When I do a microphone check with guests, it's very often a little chat about food. Specifically: breakfast. You can hear bits and pieces from our mic checks above and see if you recognize anyone! 

Friday Feedback for December 2, 2016

Dec 2, 2016

You know, sometime you have one of those weeks when everyone thinks you're just swell. . . Yeah, this is not one of those weeks. Listener Len in Ocean Isle Beach wrote: "I will never contribute to NPR again. . . Your news reporting for the past year never revealed the facts of the sources of the stalemates on Capitol Hill, of the depth and breadth of the Obama successes, and the sources of his oppositions, and of the depth and breadth of Hillary Rodham Clinton's proposed programs. You only reported Trump's proclamations, and on Clinton's emails, a trumped-up year of falsehood.

Communique brings arts, events, ideas

Jun 6, 2016

If you want to know “What happened to the Midday Interview?” Well, it’s still around, but with several changes. Our daily in-depth look at art, events and ideas, hosted by Gina Gambony, is now called Communique. It’s still heard at noon on Classical HQR, and now on HQR News twice a day, at 8:50 during Morning Edition and 4:45 during All Things Considered. We believe these changes will give wider exposer to our interview subjects on HQR News, while allowing CoastLine and the other noon-time public affairs programs to incorporate an NPR newscast.

Friday Feedback for June 3, 2016

Jun 3, 2016

Here’s a Feedback question I expected to get but did not, as of press time: “What happened to the Midday Interview?” Well, it’s still around, but with several changes. Our daily in-depth look at art, culture and ideas, hosted by Gina Gambony, is now called Communique. It’s still heard at noon on Classical HQR, and now on HQR News twice a day, at 8:50 during Morning Edition and 4:45 during All Things Considered.