Music

This is the first of two stories we're doing this week on organ transplants. See the second story, What Air Traffic Can Teach Us About Kidney Transplants

Ashley Dias, 26, is waiting for lungs. She has cystic fibrosis and needs a lung transplant to survive. She's got a tracheostomy tube in her neck so she can only mouth out words.

It's taken a decade, but Trampled by Turtles' music has officially crossed over into the mainstream. The Minnesota band's most recent albums, Palomino and the new Stars and Satellites, have helped Trampled by Turtles make the transition from club favorite to the sort of cult sensation that draws enormous festival crowds.

Barbecue is not only delicious, it's magnanimous. So even though it's supposed to be the star of the Memorial Day picnic, sometimes it lets the new guy have the spotlight. Such was the situation when Friend of Sandwich Monday Adam showed up with Piñata Cookies: cookies with a surprise inside. Here's a recipe.

Ian: The cookies are nice and moist. But it's nice to know if they weren't, we could bring in an 8-year-old's birthday party to beat them open with bats.

More children are growing up without a father at home. In his documentary Dear Daddy, filmmaker Janks Morton explores the emotional consequences for black girls and the women they become. Host Michel Martin speaks with Morton, Jasmine Bowden, who was featured in the film, and Jonetta Rose Barras, author of Whatever Happened to Daddy's Little Girl?

Nuevo Latino: Not Your Grandma's Cooking

May 29, 2012

Combine food, travels and passion, and you get creations by Guillermo Pernot, a self-taught chef and winner of two prestigious James Beard awards.

The Argentina native's Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar has branches in Philadelphia; Atlantic City; Orlando, Fla.; and Washington, D.C.

As a child, Pernot spent lots of time cooking with his family, and after he moved to the United States, he took a job at a bed and breakfast in Pennsylvania, where his work first attracted the attention of food writers.

It probably speaks to the complexity of Mad Men that the same episode can be a highlight of the series for some and a lowlight for others. Sunday night's episode, "The Other Woman," instantly became a favorite of a lot of observers and writers, but for me, it was a rarity on Mad Men: a serious and profound misstep.

I would hope it's obvious that if you haven't seen Sunday's episode and plan to watch it, you should stop reading.

Wes Anderson, Creating A Singular 'Kingdom'

May 29, 2012

Director Wes Anderson has many credits to his name — The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, Bottle Rocket and Fantastic Mr. Fox among them — but Moonrise Kingdom is his first film to open the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Starring Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis and Edward Norton, the quirky independent picture tells the story of a 12-year-old girl and boy who fall in love and then make a pact to run off into the woods together.

Word from the antivirus experts at Kaspersky Lab that "we've found what might be the most sophisticated cyber weapon yet unleashed," and that this Flame spyware is targeting Iran and some places in the Middle East, is getting lots of attention this morning:

-- "Massive Cyber-Attack Discovered, Researchers Say." (BBC News)

Can someone actually be hooked on a behavior, like gambling?

Problem gambling isn't considered a true addiction in medical circles. But that may change as psychiatrists revise the diagnostic manual that spells out criteria for more than a dozen varieties of mental disorders.

Last week, the researchers who put out the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Survey of Consumers said their index rose in May to "its highest level since October 2007" — before the last recession began.

But when it comes to economics, there always seem to be an "on the other hand" moment coming — especially when the economy appears to be at a turning point.

 

The late string quartets of Beethoven performed in completion by the Cypress String Quartet is enchanting. The Cypress String Quartet formed in 1996 and is comprised of Cecily Ward violin, Tom Stone violin, Ethan Filner viola, and Jennifer Kloetzel cello. 

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Duo Landon performs Béla Bartók’s 44 Duos for 2 violins with great talent and clear interpretation. Duo Landon is a collaborative effort between two Icelandic violinist, Hílf Sigurjónsdóttir and Hjörleifur Valsson. 

Love Raise Your Voice is a collaborative album of contemporary compositions for Soprano, Violin and Piano. The chamber ensemble consists of soprano, Christine Howlett, violinist Patrick Wood Uribe and pianist Holly Chatham.  The album’s titled track “Love Raise Your Voice” composed by Tarik O’Regan is a highly charged piece with a bouncing melodic line and playful accompanying lines articulating the great joys of love...

Kathleen Edwards On World Cafe

Feb 14, 2012

Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards is enjoying a huge career boost with her new fourth album, Voyageur. Produced in part by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Voyageur sounds deeply personal and genuine: Edwards sings of failed marriages, life in the spotlight and the delicate happiness that comes with new beginnings.

Dear WHQR Friends,

WHQR is thrilled to be co-presenting The Great American Songbook Live at Thalian Hall on Friday, March 2 at 8:30. The show, with an expanded cast of musicians, will be a live version of our popular radio feature with Phil Furia, heard each afternoon at 1:30.

The Fox Hunt On Mountain Stage

Jan 28, 2012

The string band The Fox Hunt returns to Mountain Stage to dispense more dirt-laden tales of drinking, cheating and damnation around a single shared condenser microphone. Led by singer-songwriter John R. Miller, the Martinsburg, W.V., group assimilates influences that begin with early-20th-century string-band music and end with a variety of punk and rock.

As snowstorms hit the country today, All Things Considered revisits a vivid story that choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones shared about one winter song. It originally aired Dec. 13, 2011.

Today marks the official release date of Linda Lavin’s first CD, “Possibilities”. It features an eclectic mix of Broadway standards and cabaret songs, with musical direction, arrangements and piano by Billy Stritch. It’s a big day for the Tony- and Golden Globe winning actress and Wilmington resident...and although she’s celebrating tonight with a release party at New York City’s Birdland (the famous jazz club) she took some time out to talk with WHQR’s George Scheibner about the new CD.

Tuesday night's Performance Today will broadcast the following selection from Nicolas Duchamp and Wilmington's Barbara McKenzie, in concert at Spivey Hall:
 
Paul Taffanel: Andante pastoral et Scherzettino
Nicolas Duchamp, flute; Barbara McKenzie, piano
Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA
October 31, 2010
 
Barbara McKenzie is the founder of Chamber Music Wilmington. Her collaboration with Nicolas Duchamp was also presented in Wilmington and at Carnegie Hall in 2010.

Renée Fleming reprises her celebrated performance as the title character in Handel’s Rodelinda as the 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera season begins this Saturday.

Bob Workmon is running through his Smooth Landings checklist: Jane Siberry, k.d. lang, Spandau Ballet (yes!), Ana Laan, Rhett Miller...check and double check. We go live at 6:30 this evening, leading off with a nod to Clair Hartman's new exhibit in WHQR's M.C. Erny Gallery, Faithful: A Series of Dog Paintings.

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During the month of November, Front Street Blues will feature a strong roster of female voices.  Make no mistake - women have a firm hold on this genre, and they're not letting go.

Amber Rubarth On Mountain Stage

Oct 6, 2011

Cleve Callison reports on the 2011 Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto Festivals in Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC – The 35th annual Spoleto Festival began May 27th in Charleston, South Carolina and runs though June 12th. WHQR Station Manager Cleve Callison was there, and reports that the Festival continues to burst at the seams with offerings, including sacred music in sacred spaces, a vibrant Dock Street Chamber Music Series, and The Magic Flute -- among many, many others.

Pay-for-play is the new game at the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. For the first time in its 35-year history as a volunteer group, the Orchestra is moving toward paying stipends? to some of its players.

Wilmington, NC – What does an eighty-dollar check mean for a Wilmington Symphony Orchestra player, after she's put in five weeks of rehearsals and given up a Saturday night to perform? WSO Executive Director Reed Wallace thinks it could mean everything.

Catch up on what's ahead on the classical music calendar when WHQR asks Chamber Music Wilmington and the Wilmington Concert Assocation to give us a preview of their seasons.

Wilmington, NC – WHQR sits down with conductors and artistic directors from some of the region's main performing groups to give you a leg up on the coming classical music season.

(c) the North Carolina Symphony

The humidity's dropping, the kids are back in school: It's time to turn away from the beach, and turn back to the concert hall. WHQR's here to help you decide what to put in your ears, with previews from the North Carolina Symphony and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra.

Wilmington, NC – WHQR sits down with conductors and artistic directors from some of the region's main performing groups to give you a leg up on the coming classical music season.

NC Symphony

Symphony-goers know the conductor mainly as a tense back, flailing arms, and a big bow at the end. But before showtime their work involves everything from labor negotiations to history books. WHQR's Megan Williams looked into the conductor's creative role...

Carolina Ballet

This past weekend, UNCW announced it's partnering with the Carolina Ballet on summer residency program. The addition of a professional ballet company is a big change for the school, and the region. WHQR's Megan Williams looked into this coming attraction...

(c) Quartetto Gelato

The quirky ensemble, Gelato Quartetto plays at Thalian Hall this coming Sunday night at seven-thirty. And to whet your appetite, WHQR's General Manager Susan Dankel got the group's oboist, Cynthia Steljes the phone to learn more about their unique sound...

Wilmington, NC – Cynthia Steljes is the oboeist for Quartetto Gelato. Learn more about the group at their website.

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