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Lou Harrison Centenary ~ ‘Phèdre’ @ Cutting Ball ~ The Lighter Side ~ My Name is Rachel Corrie

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Steven Schick, artistic director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, about this weekend’s celebration of California composer Lou Harrison’s 100th birthday at Z Space in San Francisco, with concerts, talks and a film screening.

From Cutting Ball Theater, we meet with guest director Ariel Craft and founding artistic director Rob Melrose, who share details about Jean Racine’s tragedy ‘Phèdre’, which opens this week and runs through May 21 at The EXIT on Taylor (277 Taylor Street, SF) in a new translation by Melrose.

Also stopping by is SF Chamber Orchestra’s conductor Benjamin Simon, who discusses the ensemble's upcoming concerts titled ‘The Lighter Side’, featuring music from Mozart, Haydn and P.D.Q. Bach, among others, in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Berkeley (April 28-30).

Plus, an interview with director Jonathan Kane about ‘My Name is RachelCorrie’, the internationally acclaimed drama based on the writings of 23-year old activist Rachel Corrie, who captured international attention as an activist during the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when she stood in the path of an armored bulldozer in Palestine, and was fatally injured. The one-woman play, performed by Charlotte Hemmings, opens April 27 at the Magic Theatre and runs through May 14. 

Open Air with host David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, April 20, at 1pm. Listen now or anytime…