Midday Interviews

Verdi's RIGOLETTO by Opera Wilmington

Jul 17, 2015
Erik Maasch

Opera Wilmington premiered last summer with The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar; this summer, they present their second production Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi.   Artistic Director Nancy King and young baritone Joshua Conyers joined us to talk about the production. 

On Saturday, July 18, a free "Behind the Scenes" tour is open to the public at UNCW's Cultural Arts Building.  The show opens on Friday, July 24. 

National Philanthropy Day

Jul 17, 2015

Vicki Dull is the Executive Director of the Harrelson Center in downtown Wilmington, while Bethany Leighton is the Resource Development Director for Communities in Schools.  They work together in the Association for Fundraising Professionals, or AFP. 

Director Anthony Lawson and actor Katherine Vernon (Martha) discuss the award-winning play by Edward Albee, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  The Thalian Association presents this play as a part of their summer series at the Red Barn Studio Theatre downtown.   In addition to Katherine Vernon, other actors include Ron Hasson (George), Hal Cosec (Nick) and Maria Katsadouros (Honey).

Listen to our interview with Michael Wolfe of the Wolfe Gang, singing and playing an original tune on the guitar "Overcoat Blues" along with double bassist Rob Harrington.  Wolfe Gang is playing at Ted’s Fun on the River next Saturday, July 18th at 7:00 with Michael, Rob, and drummer Gene Carmen.  Michael and Rob came in to chat with us about the music.  At the end of the interview you can the song "Yellow Moon" by the Nevill

The Newest Gershwin Musical: Crazy for You

Jul 10, 2015

In 1992,  a Gershwin musical from 1930, Girl Crazy, was adapted into Crazy for You.  This musical has been extraordinarily popular since its release, at least partly because audiences hear some of the most beloved songs from Ira & George Gershwin over the years, including "I Got Rhythm," "Bidin' My Time," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," and "Embraceable You."

The North Carolina Poet Laureate has written a play-of course, this play began as a collection of poems. 

Local playwright Anne Russell encouraged Shelby Stephenson and provided assistance in reshaping his poetry about growing up in rural Johnston county into text ready for performance.  Maytle's World was just published in March.  

Sunshine Camp for Grieving Youth

Jul 5, 2015

There is something comforting about the way people who work for Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center are not afraid to talk about death-you know, that thing that happens to everyone but we mostly don't want to talk about?  As we get older, we realize how it affects us when others pass away and come to grips with the inevitable journey we each will take.  

Please Touch the Art: Mail Art @ ACME

Jul 2, 2015
ACME Studios

Local artist Fritzi Huber curated a show called "If It Fits, Mail It" at ACME Studios downtown.  The show has one simple stipulation:  if the postal service would deliver the piece, it would be hung in the show.  Two-hundred pieces of art were mailed to ACME from 10 countries. 

The opening reception for this exhibit was at the end of June, but the exhibit is open until the third week in July.  The closing reception will be on Friday, July 17th. 

Learn Art at the CAM

Jun 30, 2015

Georgia Mastroeini is the director youth and family education at the Cameron Art Museum (CAM).  She joined us, along with instructor Sara Richter, to talk about opportunities for youth and adults to learn art skills and art history at the Museum.

Field Day for Hams! Learn about Amateur Radio

Jun 27, 2015

The first thing Bill Morine wants you to know about "Amateur Radio" is the meaning of the word amateur.  While it's often used nowadays to mean unskilled, amateur in this context simply means unpaid.

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