Arts http://wfae.org en On Q Performing Arts Receives Grant That Will Double Its Budget http://wfae.org/post/q-performing-arts-receives-grant-will-double-its-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte's only African-American theater company, On Q, has received a $105,000 grant f</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">rom the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">that will more than double its budget.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:23:58 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 55150 at http://wfae.org Gov. McCrory Bypasses Arts Council In Selection Of Poet Laureate http://wfae.org/post/gov-mccrory-bypasses-arts-council-selection-poet-laureate <p>Sometimes a news story is best told in rhyme…so here goes:</p><p><em>There once was a governor named Pat<br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Who thought in verse this state should not lack</span><br />So he picked a poet<br />To be our State Laureate<br />But his pick others found out of whack.<br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here’s Duncan</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>McFadyen<br />To explain what has happened</em></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:05:43 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 54999 at http://wfae.org Gov. McCrory Bypasses Arts Council In Selection Of Poet Laureate Walking The Camino / Porgy And Bess http://wfae.org/post/walking-camino-porgy-and-bess <p>The Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail and Australia's Great Ocean Road are all famous hiking trails but, according to many, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way_of_St._James">St. James Way</a>, also know as the El Camino de Santiago de&nbsp;Compostela, is the most famous trail in the world. Pilgrims have walked the nearly 500 miles in northern Spain for over a thousand years. We'll meet some local folks who have walked its path. We'll also meet the stars of <a href="http://porgyandbessthemusical.com/">Porgy and Bess</a>, a musical that has blazed into own trail for decades.&nbsp; Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:00:00 +0000 WFAE 54950 at http://wfae.org Walking The Camino / Porgy And Bess Charlotte Organist Wins National Improv Competition http://wfae.org/post/charlotte-organist-wins-national-improv-competition <p class="Body">Charlotte organist Patrick Scott won the 2014 National Competition in Organ Improvisation, held June 26 in Boston. In addition to the competition's $3,000 first prize, Scott took the audience prize, which earned him an additional $1,500. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen profiled Scott earlier this year.</p><p class="Body">When you think of a church pipe organ, Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" probably isn't the first thing to come to mind. But<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;when organists give recitals, sometimes, they cut loose by improvising. Some take it further, actually playing in improvising competitions. </span></p><p class="Body">&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:47:28 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 43387 at http://wfae.org Charlotte Organist Wins National Improv Competition Li'l Abner & Education In North Carolina http://wfae.org/post/lil-abner-education-north-carolina <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Part 1</strong></p><p>Central Piedmont Community College's summer theater season is underway and they are producing a southern favorite, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/cpccarts">Li'l&nbsp;Abner</a>. Based on the wildly popular Al Capps <a href="http://lil-abner.com/">cartoon Li'l&nbsp;Abner</a>, which ran from the 1930’s for over 40 years, CPCC’s production has an ironic twist. In the title role is newcomer Zach Teague. Over 50 years ago another unknown, Peter Palmer, got the nod as the Broadway star of Li'l&nbsp;Abner. Both actors join us. Palmer, now in his 80’s is still going strong and Mr. Teague is just starting out. We’ll visit with both actors and learn about the production.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 53586 at http://wfae.org Li'l Abner & Education In North Carolina Task Force Recommends Dedicated Tax Funding For Arts Institutions http://wfae.org/post/task-force-recommends-dedicated-tax-funding-arts-institutions <p></p><p>For years Charlotte’s cultural institutions have faced a stark problem.</p><p>Admissions and ticket sales aren’t paying the bills. And donations, big and small, often don’t make up the difference.</p><p>So city and county officials put together a task force to come up with suggestions on how to keep the arts afloat in our area.</p><p>After more than a year of work, the<a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfae/files/201406/ASC_Report_Draft_Edited_June_10_%281%29.pdf"> Cultural Life Task Force has released its recommendations</a>.</p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 14:24:42 +0000 Tom Bullock 52873 at http://wfae.org Task Force Recommends Dedicated Tax Funding For Arts Institutions 'You Can Do It!' Comedian Rob Schneider Brings Revived Stand Up Act To Charlotte http://wfae.org/post/you-can-do-it-comedian-rob-schneider-brings-revived-stand-act-charlotte <p>Comedian <a href="http://www.robschneider.com/">Rob Schneider</a> is probably best known for his characters on <a href="http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live"><em>Saturday Night Live </em></a>like the Copy Machine Guy, or from movies like <em>Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo</em>, but he got his start in stand-up comedy, and he has recently returned to his roots. He’ll be performing at The Comedy Zone this weekend&nbsp; in Charlotte. He spoke to WFAE's Kevin Kniestedt.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:35:09 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 52417 at http://wfae.org 'You Can Do It!' Comedian Rob Schneider Brings Revived Stand Up Act To Charlotte Ken Caillat On Rumours And Catawba College Music Department http://wfae.org/post/ken-caillat-rumours-and-catawba-college-music-department <p>You might be surprised to find out that the country’s leading music education magazine has named Catawba College in Salisbury a “Best Music School” for six years running, alongside schools like Juilliard, Eastman and Peabody. The College is attracting the attention of those in the music industry, including Grammy Award winning record producer Ken Caillat. You may remember the album Ken won his Grammy for—Rumours, the classic Fleetwood Mac album from 1977, including monster hits like “Go Your Own Way” and “Don’t Stop.” He’s in town this week, working with popular music students at Catawba, and he’ll join us to talk about his work at Catawba, music production, and the dramatic story of the creation of Rumours.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 50322 at http://wfae.org Ken Caillat On Rumours And Catawba College Music Department International Jazz Day http://wfae.org/post/international-jazz-day <p>Three years ago, April 30 was designated as <a href="http://www.jazzday.com">International Jazz Day</a> to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. Jazz is an American-born musical art form that is not only diverse itself, but promotes diversity. The genre continues to evolve, maintain relevance and influence other types of music. Charlotte’s jazz scene may leave a little to be desired, but education and local support for jazz is strengthening.&nbsp; Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 49952 at http://wfae.org International Jazz Day North Carolina's 19-Year Old World-Record Whistler http://wfae.org/post/north-carolinas-19-year-old-world-record-whistler <p>Walker Harnden, an oboe student at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, recently became the world record holder for the highest note whistled. <a href="http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records-3000/highest-note-whistled/" target="_blank">According to Guinness</a>, he whistled a B7; that's the second-highest note on a piano keyboard. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen caught up with Harnden on the phone from Winston-Salem.</p><p></p><p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 13:47:38 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 49753 at http://wfae.org North Carolina's 19-Year Old World-Record Whistler