Midday Interview

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.

On Tuesday, May 24, the harp duo Lilac 94 will join us in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR for a special Midday Interview with Gina Gambony that includes a mini-concert.  The live interview with the harpists begins at 11:58 and runs through 12:06 on Classical HQR 92.7 and HQR News 91.7; the music will continue until approximately 12:20 on Classical HQR. 

Cleve Callison

Note: audio for this story, which aired on Tuesday February 9th, is not available due to operator error (mine). -- CC

Singles Soirée is a new event, a Valentine's Day fundraiser for all ages in support of The Davis Community (assisted living, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation). In fact, it's their first fundraiser after nearly 50 years. Julie Rehder dropped by the station on Tuesday for our Midday Interview.

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Last week I read a number of critical comments taken from our recent Listener Survey. Several people were moved to respond. Listener Bill wrote:

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. 

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! 

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.  

Gina Gambony

The Cape Fear Literacy Council (CFLC) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with "A Gala in Wonderland." Interim Executive Director Yasmin Tomkinson  and Outreach Coordinator Erin Payne came in to tell us about the work the organization does in our community - the Mad Hatter's Tea Party will help raise money for this work to continue. The Gala is at Audi Cape Fear on Staurday, March 7 at 6:30 PM. To find out more about the Cape Fear Literacy Council and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party visit their website here

Allie McCulloch and Ron Fallica moved to Wilmington 2 years ago from Los Angeles. Within two weeks of their arrival they started a business serving local screen actors through workshops, classes, and one-on-one help with everything from resumes to headshots to websites. In their interview, they share their love of Wilmington and the local acting community. To find out more about their services click here

Joy Gregory took on a difficult task as director of the controversial Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, a story that has its roots in A Raisin in the Sun. Joy, along with actors Jane McNeill and JR Rodriguez, talk about the various layers of meaning that they found in this award-winning show. Performances are at the Red Barn Theatre February 26 - March 1, and the show also runs one weekend at Thalian Hall, March 19-22. More information at thalian.org

Opera House Theatre Company presents the macabre musical "Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." Director Ray Kennedy talked to us about the beauty and complexity of Stephen Sondheim's musical score, and actor Jeff Phillips (performing the title role) gives us his interpretation of the psychological pressures inflicted upon the Demon Barber.  Show opens on Wednesday, February 25 at 8 PM at Thalian Hall and runs through March 8th, with 8:00 shows Thursday-Saturdays and 3 PM matinees on Sundays.

Alexa Doran

Dr. John LaCognata is the director of bands at UNCW and conducts a variety of performances each semester. Recently he became the director/conductor of the new performance group, the Wilmington Symphonic Winds. These performers from our region, including such cities as Myrtle Beach, Jacksonville, and Fayetteville, are in the midst of their first season.

The upcoming performance is on Sunday, March 1st at Kenan Auditorium.

For more information or videos of their work click here

Gina Gambony

  Kevin Lee-Y Green, the artistic director of Techmoja Dance Company, created a humorous and poignant love story by weaving together classic love songs. Kevin visited us, bringing the musical director of the show, Marcus Suber and two performers, Adrienne DeBouse and Terrill Williams. The show runs February 19-22 at Theatre NOW. Tickets available at the theatre or here 

Zephyros Winds and Barbara McKenzie are performing on Sunday, February 21 at the Church of the Servant  as a part of the Chamber Music Wilmington Season.  Barbara and Pat Marriott came in to tell us about the performance and the concert. 

Alexa Doran is one of WHQR's Graduate Fellows working in the Web Services department. She is studying poetry through the graduate school at UNCW. She is originally from Syracuse, NY and enjoys living in Wilmington with her poochy, Jude. During this interview, she read her poem After you said an artist can inspired by  the photograph Self Portrait with Dada-Kopf by 1920's Dada artist Sophia Tauber. You can catch more of her poetry in upcoming issues of The James Franco Review, Cactus Heart, Educe and CALYX literary magazine.  

Gina Gambony

Christopher Marino has been in town for barely over a year, but he's already made an impact on the local theater community. He staged popular readings of Shakespeare's work almost immediately upon his arrival in Wilmington and was recently named the Artistic Director of Dram Tree Shakespeare Company. Mr. Marino teaches for the UNCW Theatre Department and is the director of the upcoming production of Hamlet - using a slightly different script than audiences would usually see staged. Marino visited us accompanied by Luke Robbins, the actor playing the title role. 

Wilbur Jones Jr., 1957

Historian and author Wilbur Jones Jr. has traveled extensively throughout the past 50+ years, and his hobby of photography has led to the creation of a stunning collection of historical and artistic images. A collection of these photos is going up for display at the Hannah Block Historic USO at 120 S. 2nd Street. The opening reception is February 25 from 4- 8 PM, and the exhibit will be up for viewing until March 26. For more about Wilbur Jones Jr. click here 

The Theatre Network of Wilmington (TNOW) is throwing a red carpet Oscar Event at Theatre NOW on Monday night, February 22, 2015. Executive Director Zach Hanner and board president Sydney Penny came to our studio to talk about this fundraising event and explain the outreach work that TNOW is involved in. For more information about this local nonprofit organization and to get tickets for this event visit superstaracademy.org

Some cast members from City Stage's latest production stopped by to tell us about this absurd, yet philosophical and thought-provoking new musical, Triassiq Parq. The show tells the story of the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park from their own perspective - with a variety of adult themes, so leave the kids at home. For more information about the show click here

Gina Gambony

The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra presents "Bachfest"  on Saturday night at Kenan Auditorium. This concert features a variety of flavors of Johann Sebastian Bach's work, including choral music. We talked today with Executive Director Reed Wallace and Conductor Stephen Errante. For more information about selections and performers visit wilmingtonsymphony.org

This weekend is the 35th annual North Carolina Jazz Festival, hosted right here at the Hilton Hotel on Water Street in downtown Wilmington. Laura Crane spoke with us about some of the events and guest performers. To see the whole story visit the festival website ncjazzfetival.com  

Thalian Association is opening "Ring of Fire" this week and we were delighted to chat with the director, Lance Howell, the artistic director, David Loudermilk, and one of the actors Charlie Robertson. This show is a tribute to Johnny Cash, "the man in black," telling his story through music with an ensemble cast. Performances are Thursdays-Sundays through Feburary 15 at Thalian Hall. For more information please visit thalian.org

The founders of the new Wilmington band LaCi were in the studio this week to talk about their music and upcoming gigs. Keyboardist Chiaki Ito and singer LaRaisha Bennette also treated us to a little in studio performance. You can see them at Wild Wing Cafe on February 6 at 10 PM and at Theatre Now for Valentine's Day Brunch starting at noon. For more info on the band click here

Alexa Doran

The Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival is the primary fundraiser for VOCAL (Volunteer Older Citizen's Action League). The festival features music, comedy, children's activities, culinary demonstrations and best of all, wine and chocolate. All of this takes place at the Coast Line Event Center in downtown Wilmington. One of the festival organizers, Marianna Stacy, stopped by WHQR studios with comedian Basile to tell us more about this event.

Grey Pascal is a local artist with a reputation for experimentation in meaningful ways. For over a year, Grey has been working on a new kind of portrait...it's not simply visual it's about words and how they define us. The collection he's creating is called "A Word..with Grey Pascal: A Conceptual Portrait Series On Panel With Encaustic." If you are interested in participating in this series please contact Grey at volcanodweller@hotmail.com 

Steve Vernon, the artistic director of Big Dawg Productions, gives us a review of Big Dawg's 2015 theatre season, including a hint at reviving "The Hermit of Ft. Fisher." For more information click here 

Kurz and Allison

Fort Fisher is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the great Civil War Battle that was a turning point for the Confederacy - and America. Brian Nunnelly, a board member of the Friends of Ft. Fisher, visited outr studio to talk about the evnets running all weekend, most notably the battle reenactments on Saturday at 1:30 pm and Sunday at 10:00 am. For more information please click here  

The Wilmington Theatre Awards will take place on the evening of Wednesday, January 14th at Thalian Hall. Gina Gambony interviewed John Staton from Star News Media (one of the sponsors for this year's event) and Rachael Moser, this year's host.  They discussed the difficulty in judging art, what to wear, and a very special award for Lou Criscoulo. For more information about this event visit thalianhall.org.http://www.thalianhall.org/

On Monday, Gina Gambony interviews Taylor Brown, a Southern author who currently lives in Wilmingotn. They talked about his recently published collection of short stories, In the Season of Blood and Gold, and his upcoming novel, Fallen Land, as well as themes in his work and the difference between writing short and long fiction.

Taylor Brown will be at WHQR this Monday at 7 pm for Prologue with Ben Steelman.

Curtis Scott Brown

Cape Fear Theatre Arts presents HAIR, the American Tribal Love Rock Musical at Thalian Hall later this month. Director Justin Smith and prop mistress/actress Morganna Bridgers discuss why a show from the Vietnam era is still relevant to audiences today. The show runs Thursdays-Sundays until January 18. Performances are at Thalian Hall at 7:30 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3:00 pm on Sundays. Tickets are available at thalianhall.org or at 910. 632. 2285

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