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Niels Swinkels

Producer for Open Air, KALW's weekly radio magazine for the Bay Area Performing Arts...
  • This week in On The Arts, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke about her upcoming recital at Davies Symphony Hall, one night only (Sunday, Jan 30, 7:30pm), premiering seventeen new songs, written specially for her during the pandemic. Also, a conversation with cast members Kaila Mullady (aka Kaiser Röse) and Aneesa Folds (aka Young Nees), from the improvised musical comedy Freestyle Love Supreme, with which the American Conservatory Theater kicks off the 2022 season. Plus, we talk with composer Viet Cuong about his residency at the California Symphony in Walnut Creek. The Cal Symphony itself performs on January 29 (7:30pm) and January 30 (4pm) at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek in a program called Take Flight, featuring concertmaster Jennifer Cho, with music inspired by bird song and the sounds of nature.
  • This week in On The Arts, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke about her upcoming recital at Davies Symphony Hall, one night only (Sunday, Jan 30, 7:30pm), premiering seventeen new songs, written specially for her during the pandemic. Also, a conversation with cast members Kaila Mullady (aka Kaiser Röse) and Aneesa Folds (aka Young Nees), from the improvised musical comedy Freestyle Love Supreme, with which the American Conservatory Theater kicks off the 2022 season. Plus, we talk with composer Viet Cuong about his residency at the California Symphony in Walnut Creek. The Cal Symphony itself performs on January 29 (7:30pm) and January 30 (4pm) at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek in a program called Take Flight, featuring concertmaster Jennifer Cho, with music inspired by bird song and the sounds of nature.
  • This week in On The Arts, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with choreographer Joanna Haigood and composer Walter Kitundu about Love, A State of Grace by Zaccho Dance Theatre, at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral (Feb 11-18). Also, director Kevin Free and actor Eddie Ewell, from the Marin Theatre Company’s production of Pass Over (Jan 27-Feb 20). Plus, we talk with French cellist Gautier Capuçon, who is in town to perform the Cello Concerto No. 2 by Dmitri Shostakovich, with the San Francisco Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas himself (Jan 20-22).
  • This week in On The Arts, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with American soprano Leah Hawkins (pictured), who is the featured guest artist at upcoming concerts by the New Century Chamber Orchestra at venues around the Bay Area (Jan 20-23). Also, a conversation with Corey Ross, producer of exhibit The Art of Banksy, now extended through February 27 at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. Plus, regular contributor Peter Robinson discusses his six books of the year, and reflects on how reading has helped us through Covid.
  • This week in On the Arts, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks about the return to San Francisco of a newly staged Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, starting January 11 at the Curran Theater. Also, conversations about the musical The Band’s Visit (Jan 11 - Feb 6) at the Golden Gate Theatre; and about The Life of Dr. King, Darryl Van Leer’s electrifying one man play, on The Marsh’s digital platform, MarshStream (Jan 14-17).
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, host David Latulippe talks with Theatreworks Silicon Valley director Giovanna Sardelli, about It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (through Dec 26). Also, conversations about the classic holiday production of Cinderella by the African American Shakespeare Company Dec 18-19); and about The Woman in Black (Dec 15-Jan 16). Plus, Peter Robinson reviews two new movies and reflects on The Art of Banksy.
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Angie Coiro talks with Francois Battiste and Amber Iman, who respectively star as Ebenezer Scrooge and The Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol at the Golden Gate Theatre (through Dec 26). Also, San Francisco Ballet music director Martin West, about the Ballet’s Nutcracker (Dec 10-30); Mitch Galli, the associate artistic director for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, about their Holiday concerts (Dec 10-24), titled Holigays Are Here… Again; plus, producer Peggy Haas, about the Bay Area’s newest holiday show: The Magic Lamp panto at the Presidio Theatre in San Francisco (through Dec 31).
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Kevin Vance talks with choreographer Mark Foehringer and dancer Brian Fisher about Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets (Dec 4-19) at the Cowell Theater in Fort Mason. Also, a conversation with director Céline Ricci about the baroque opera Messalina, presented by Ars Minerva (Nov 19-21; ODC Theater). Plus, actors Sophia Introna and Loreigna Sinclair, who play the female leads Viola and Olivia in the SF Playhouse production of Twelfth Night, a rousing musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s original, starting November 24. And writer/performer Kate Robards, who is back at The Marsh San Francisco with her newest work, Can’t Afford To (through Nov 27).
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Sarah Cahill talks with playwrights Shannon Davis and Matt Kizer about An Evening of New Native Plays (Nov 23-26) at SF Playground. Also conversations about the new opera Harriet’s Spirit (Nov 13-14), with composer Marcus Shelby and librettist Roma Olvera; and about the baroque opera Dido and Aeneas (Nov 13-28), with lead singers Nikola Printz (Dido) and Efraín Solís (Aeneas). Plus, Peter Robinson asks dramaturg Philippa Kelly: What was Shakespeare thinking?
  • This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the Bay Area performing arts, guest host Angie Coiro talks with dancers Shinichi and Dana Iova-Koga (pic 1), who perform in These are the Ones We Fell Among, at ODC Theater November 5-7. Also, actors Laird Mackintosh and Adam Grupper, who play the parts of Professor Henry Higgins (pic 2) and Alfred P. Doolittle (pic 3) in My Fair Lady at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco (Nov 2-28); and violinist Natasha Makhijani (pic 4) of the Chamber Music Society of SF about Notes from St. Petersburg, the opening concert of their new season (Nov 4-7). Plus, cast member Alison Ewing and executive artistic director Daniel Thomas from 42nd Street Moon, about their production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at the Gateway Theatre in San Francisco (Nov 4 – 21).