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This week on Open Air, KALW’s radio magazine for the performing arts in the Bay Area, host David Latulipe talks with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, Suzan-Lori Parks, about the A.C.T. production of her explosively powerful and lyrical new play Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3).

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with soprano Sheri Greenawald and baritone Hadleigh Adams about the upcoming San Francisco Symphony concert production of Leonard Bernstein's ‘Candide’, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas as part of the season-long celebration of the composer’s birth centennial.

Sights & Sounds: Cathie Caraker

Jun 22, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Dance artist and teacher Cathie Caraker told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Audiograph's Sound of the Week: SoundBox

Feb 23, 2017
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All week long, we've been playing this sound and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with conductor Robert Geary about the performance by the San Francisco Choral Society of ‘King David’ by Arthur Honegger, this weekend at the First Unitarian Church in San Francisco. Also, a conversation with Jesse Moss, director of the feature documentary ‘The Bandit’, the closing night feature at the SF International Film Festival, about 70s superstar Burt Reynolds, his best friend, roommate and stunt-double Hal Needham, and the making of the 1977 movie ‘Smokey and the Bandit’. Guest Conductor Pablo-Heras-Casado discusses his work at the San Francisco Symphony this week, in works by Haydn, Mozart, Stravinsky and Debussy. And actor Benjamin Scheuer shares details about his one-man coming-of-age show, 'The Lion',  which just opened at ACT’s Strand Theater.

Open Air with David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 1pm. Listen now  or anytime...

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires, who makes her San Francisco Symphony debut playing Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3, with conductor laureate Herbert Blomstedt conducting. Also, a conversation with Elkhanah Pulitzer, the first Director of the new Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera, which opens this weekend in the Veteran's Building. Actor Michael Doppe stops by to discuss his lead role in the Foothill Music Theatre production of ‘She Loves Me’, which is based on the same play that inspired the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan feature film 'You’ve Got Mail'. Plus, regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson shines his light on a variety of cultural offerings from around the Bay Area.

Open Air with host David Latulippe; hear it live on Thursday, February 24 at 1pm. 

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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Nomi Talisman: co-director along with Dee Hibbert-Jones of the Oscar nominated short documentary Last Day of Freedom, which is already a winner at the International Documentary Association Awards.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe is joined by raconteur and funnyman Will Durst for talks with actor Jason Graae, who stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in 42nd Street Moon’s production of the witty musical ‘Scrooge in Love’.   Also, highlights of the holiday concert season which includes a screening of "It's A Wonderful Life" and "A Broadway Christmas with Brian Stokes Mitchell" with the San Francisco Symphony. Baroque Ensemble Magnificat's conductor and artistic director Warren Stewart is back to talk about the ensemble's performances of a Mass for the First Sunday of Advent by Johann Sebastian Bach, this weekend in Palo Alto, Berkeley and San Francisco.  Plus regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson reports on the state of the theater scene in London and has some reviews and upcoming events that deserve attention. 

Open Air with host David Latulippe. Hear it live on Thursday, December 10 at 1pm.

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks to soprano Susanna Phillips, who will sing Barber’s 'Knoxville’ with the SF Symphony Orchestra this week. Aerial dance maker Jo Kreiter discusses the world premiere of her choreography 'Needles to Thread: Dancing Along These Lines in Continuum Alley’, the third and final installment in a trilogy about urban poverty. Translator and theater director Michelle Haner discusses FoolsFURY’s North American premiere of 'The Unheard of World', a dark and eccentric fantasy by celebrated French playwright Fabrice Melquiot. She is joined in the studio by composer and multi-instrumentalist Dan Cantrell who wrote the musical score for the play. And regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson enlightens us with a few film reviews.

Open Air with David Latulippe; heard live on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

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This week on Open Air, guest host Kevin Vance will be talking with RAWdance  founders and performers Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein about the company’s tenth anniversary season, featuring the world premiere of a work called ‘Turing's Apple’ with music by Richard Einhorn, about British mathematician Alan Turing, known during World War II as "Britain's greatest code breaker"; David Latulippe interviews actor, singer and song writer Cheyenne Jackson about his upcoming performances with the San Francisco Symphony; musician and composer Joshua Raoul Brody will discuss ‘An Evening of Song’, this weekend at St. Cyprian's Church in San Francisco, and regular contributor and critic at large Peter Robinson shares cultural tips for listeners who are entertaining friends or guests in and around the City this summer. Open Air with guest host Kevin Vance; originally broadcast on Thursday, July 24 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

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This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe speaks with pianist Kirill Gerstein, who is performing Beethoven's second piano concerto with the San Francisco Symphony; composers Mark Alburger and Davide Verotta talk about the upcoming concert 'Across Time and Space' by the SF Composer’s Chamber Orchestra; conductor Dawn Harms tells us about next week’s concert by the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony; actor and playwight Dan Hoyle shares details about his new solo show ‘Each and Every Thing’, opening at The Marsh SF; director Erin Merritt and actor Imran Sheikh discuss the West Coast Premiere of 'BRAHMAN/I: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show', presented by The Crowded Fire Theater at Thick House SF. Plus SF Chronicle's classical music critic Joshua Kosman offers his classical music picks for the month of June.  Open Air with David Latulippe, originally broadcast on June 5, 2014 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime...

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This week, host David Latulippe is in conversation with composer and vocalist Lisa Bielawa about the "Crissy Broadcast" - a site-specific composition that will be performed by hundreds of musicians at Crissy Field in San Francisco later this month; Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado shares details about his concert programs with the San Francisco Symphony which explores the music of Felix Mendelssohn and Thomas AdesLauren Gunderson and Marissa Wolf discuss their roles as playwright and director of "The Taming" at Crowded Fire Theater - a timely take on political rhetoric; and SF Chronicle's music critic Joshua Kosman offers his classical music picks for the month ahead.  Open Air, originally broadcast on Thursday October 3, 2013 at 1pm.

This week, Bay Area Cabaret founder and director Marilyn Levinson talks to host David Latulippe about the Cabaret's 10th Anniversary Season that opens with a Gala on September 21 at the Venetian room of the Fairmont; New Voices composer Zosha Di Castri shares her music and details about the West Coast Premiere of her work, Lineage, being performed this week at the San Francisco Symphony; and we continue our Architecture and the City series with architect Mark Cavagnero, who talks about the 50th anniversary of the iconic Marin County Civic Center, and the new building for SFJAZZ, which he designed.  Open Air with David Latulippe. Open Air, originally broadcast on  Thursday 9/12 at 1pm. Listen now or anytime.

The San Francisco Symphony has canceled its East Coast tour, which included performances at the prestigious Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center in New York. The decision came after pay negotiations between the Symphony’s administration and musicians failed to reach a resolution. The musicians have been striking since Wednesday.

This week on Open Air, KALW's weekly program of arts and cultural affairs, host David Latulippe visits with Samuel Carl Adams, who is having his work "Drift & Providence" premiered by the San Francisco Symphony this week.  Plus, a talk with Rob Melrose and James Carpenter of the Cutting Ball Theatre, which opens its 13th season with a celebration of the chamber plays of August Strindberg.  (Original broadcast 9/27/12.)

Host Alan Farley talks with composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, who is leading the San Francisco Symphony this week in a program will include his violin concerto, and with musicologist Scott Fogelsong, who will play some rare archival recordings of the orchestra, on the day that marks the 100th anniversary of the symphony's first concert.