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Niels Swinkels

Producer for Open Air, KALW's weekly radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts...
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host JoAnn Mar talks with San Francisco Opera’s Gregory Henkel about their new production, opening this week, of Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio, set in a modern-day detention center instead of the story’s original 18th century prison (pic 1). Also, conversations about the world premiere of Meet Us Quickly With Your Mercy from Flyaway Productions (Oct 14-17); and about the 18th Annual San Francisco Trolley Dances, by Epiphany Dance Theater (Oct 17-18). Plus, Peter Robinson discusses No Time to Die, the final James Bond movie with Daniel Craig.
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Angie Coiro talks with TheatreWorks’ artistic director Tim Bond and stage director Brandon Ivie about the new indie folk-rock musical Lizard Boy (see pic), opening this week at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Also, a conversation with Kathak artist/choreographer Charlotte Moraga and composer Alam Khan about Mantram, at ODC (Oct 15-17). Plus, we talk about The Great Khan at SF Playhouse (Oct 13-Nov 13); and the San Francisco International Arts Festival, outdoors at Fort Mason on October 23 and 24.
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts, guest host Sarah Cahill talks with choreographer Christy Funsch (pictured) about the world premiere of her twelve-hour dance performance EPOCH on October 2. We also talk about the 44th Italian Film Festival of Marin, opening October 2; and about the immersive 80s live-concert experience Bratpack, through November 7 at Feinstein’s at The Nikko. Plus, Peter Robinson discusses the importance of stories in our lives.
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts, guest host Kevin Vance talks with members of the Quantum Quintet (pictured), about their upcoming concert (Sept 25) at the Incarnation Church in San Francisco’s Sunset, playing Dvořák’s Second Piano Quintet. Also, conversations about Opera San José’s production of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s rarely-seen opera Mozart and Salieri (Sept 30 - Oct 31); and about the South Bay Musical Theater production of SHOUT! The Mod Musical (Sept 25 - Oct 16). Plus, we talk about the world premiere of Bacchae Before, a dance theater project by Hope Mohr Dance (Sept 28 - Oct 2).
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts, guest host JoAnn Mar talks with conductor Donato Cabrera, about this weekend’s opening of the new live concert season of the California Symphony, in Walnut Creek. Also, comedian Marga Gomez about her return to The Marsh SF with live performances of Spanking Machine; a conversation about the new show Dear San Francisco at Club Fugazi in North Beach. Plus, Peter Robinson talks about the 700th Anniversary of Dante’s death.
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts, guest host Angie Coiro talks with author Rex Pickett (pictured) and performer Emily Goglia, about A Concert of Songs from Rex Pickett's Sideways: The Musical, this weekend (Sept 11 - 12), at the Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma. Also, a conversation about Current, a festival of piano music at Old First in San Francisco, organized by the Ross McKee Foundation, which starts this Saturday with The Illustrated Pianist. Plus, we wrap up the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s summer series Tales of the Resistance - Volume 2: Persistence, with the tenth and final episode: Back To The Way Things Were - An original musical!
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts, guest host Sarah Cahill talks with San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock, about the Company’s Homecoming Concert and Ballpark Simulcast on September 10. Also, we broadcast episode nine of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s summer series Tales of the Resistance - Volume 2: Persistence, as part of our Corona Radio Theater Initiative. Plus, Peter Robinson shares poems from listeners, and announces the winner of the Open Air movie review competition.
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Kevin Vance talks with American bass Soloman Howard, who sings the role of Angelotti in San Francisco Opera’s current production of Tosca. Also, a conversation with Merola Opera Program artists Edward Graves and Mikayla Sager about Back Home: Through the Stage Door, a digital video production featuring all 2021 Merola participants as they prepare for their return to the theater. And we broadcast episode eight of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s summer series Tales of the Resistance - Volume 2: Persistence, as part of our Corona Radio Theater Initiative.
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts, guest host Angie Coiro talks with comedian Don Reed (pictured), about his newest solo work, Going Out, with which The Marsh Berkeley returns to presenting live on-stage theater for the first time since March 2020. Also, we broadcast episode seven of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s summer series Tales of the Resistance - Volume 2: Persistence, as part of our Corona Radio Theater Initiative. And Peter Robinson talks with Peter Katcoff, president of the Marin Philosophical Society.
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts, guest host Kevin Vance talks with cast members of the musical Hamilton, which is in town for a limited engagement. Also, a conversation with composer Jake Heggie, about Triptych, three of his song cycles, reimagined as fully staged chamber operas, this weekend in Walnut Creek; and we broadcast episode six of the San Francisco Mime Troupe’ssummer series Tales of the Resistance - Volume 2: Persistence, as part of our Corona Radio Theater Initiative.