Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Walking The Camino / Porgy And Bess

Map of El Camino de Santiago de Compostela
Google Maps

The Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail and Australia's Great Ocean Road are all famous hiking trails but, according to many, St. James Way, also know as the El Camino de Santiago de 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 Porgy and Bess, a musical that has blazed into own trail for decades. 

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Local News
9:47 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Charlotte Organist Wins National Improv Competition

Organist Patrick Scott
Credit Duncan McFadyen

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.

When you think of a church pipe organ, Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" probably isn't the first thing to come to mind. But when organists give recitals, sometimes, they cut loose by improvising. Some take it further, actually playing in improvising competitions.


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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Li'l Abner & Education In North Carolina



Part 1

Central Piedmont Community College's summer theater season is underway and they are producing a southern favorite, Li'l Abner. Based on the wildly popular Al Capps cartoon Li'l Abner, 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 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.

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Arts & Life
10:24 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Task Force Recommends Dedicated Tax Funding For Arts Institutions

For years Charlotte’s cultural institutions have faced a stark problem.

Admissions and ticket sales aren’t paying the bills. And donations, big and small, often don’t make up the difference.

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.

After more than a year of work, the Cultural Life Task Force has released its recommendations.

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9:35 am
Fri June 6, 2014

'You Can Do It!' Comedian Rob Schneider Brings Revived Stand Up Act To Charlotte

Comedian Rob Schneider is probably best known for his characters on Saturday Night Live like the Copy Machine Guy, or from movies like Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, 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  in Charlotte. He spoke to WFAE's Kevin Kniestedt.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Ken Caillat On Rumours And Catawba College Music Department

Rumours album cover

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.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

International Jazz Day

Three years ago, April 30 was designated as International Jazz Day 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. 

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Arts & Life
9:47 am
Sat April 26, 2014

North Carolina's 19-Year Old World-Record Whistler

Credit Walker Harnden/facebook

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. According to Guinness, 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.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

On Q Productions / Art Appreciation

Part One
Quentin Talley is a Charlotte artist with a singular focus. He is dedicated to telling the African experience through original plays, poetry and other forms of performing arts. On Q Performing Arts, according to Mr. Talley, is the only Charlotte area arts ensemble dedicated to advancing black theater. Talley isn't alone in his quest; he is being mentored by Lou Bellamy, the founder of Penumbra Theatre, a well known organization advocating the black theater experience in America. Bellamy is back in Charlotte to work with On Q in their latest show, Miles & Coltrane: Blue. They'll talk with us about the state of black theater in Charlotte, in America and its importance to our cultural experience. 

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9:13 am
Tue April 22, 2014

No Longer A Mystery, Wall Poems Group Opens Uptown Homebase

Salute, April 2013
Credit Wall Poems of Charlotte

If paint can bring energy to an old wall, can an art group bring new energy to a corporate building?

A new space uptown aims to do both. The story begins a year ago with a bit of a mystery.

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