WRCJ is fortunate to have many guests visit our studios, from performers to composers to conductors and more. Our archived interviews are below for your listening pleasure.
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Sue Mosey – December 2, 2016
The Executive Director of Midtown Detroit, Inc. tells us about this year’s Noel Night (December 3rd) a festival of art, performances, holiday shopping, food, carriage rides and more!
Hudson Shad – December 2, 2016
Chris talks with the six-man ensemble who will be performing in Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins with our previous guest Storm Large and the DSO at Orchestra Hall December 2nd and 3rd.
Storm Large – November 30, 2016
Singer, songwriter, actor and author Storm Large returns to visit Chris Felcyn to talk about her upcoming performances. Wednesday, she performs her cabaret show in The Cube, and this weekend, she’ll reprise her triumphant 2013 Carnegie Hall performance of Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins with the DSO in Orchestra Hall.
Kirill Gerstein – November 17, 2016
Chris speaks with pianist Kirill Gerstein who will join the DSO this weekend for a performance of the less common 1879 version of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1.
Joshua Bell – September 29, 2016
In this interview from the Well-Tempered Wireless, Joshua Bell talks about his latest CD which features two very close friends, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk.
Laurie Harris & Paul Ganson – September 21, 2016
The much anticipated history of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra was just released by Wayne State University Press and Chris will be joined by author Laurie Lanzen Harris and Paul Ganson to talk about “The Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Grace, Grit, and Glory”.
Michelle Merrill – September 13, 2016
Today we are visited by Michelle Merrill, assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony and her husband Steve, principal percussion for the Jacksonville FL Symphony. Together they’ll discuss the joys and challenges of pursuing successful careers as professional musicians in a long-distance marriage.
Arie Lipsky – September 8, 2016
Chris is joined by the music director of the Ann Arbor Symphony, who will give us a lowdown of their season opening concert Saturday September 10th in Hill Auditorium. (He also gives us a couple of tongue-in-cheek tips on how to survive game day in Ann Arbor).
Bruno Monsaingeon – September 7, 2016
Our guest is respected violinist and documentarian Bruno Monsaingeon whose documentary “Yehudi Menuhin: The Violin of the Century” will be screened at the Detroit Film Theatre. 2016 is the centennial of legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin, with whom Mr. Monsaingeon had a long and special relationship.
Jennifer Koh – September 2, 2016
Chris Felcyn speaks with violinist Jennifer Koh for a preview of her new album, the complete works for violin and orchestra by Tchaikovsky, which releases on September 9th.
Pinchas Zukerman – July 21, 2016
The violinist, violist and conductor explains to Chris his introduction to playing an instrument and his journey as a musician, including leaving his home country of Israel at the age of 13 and a half. Coming out soon is a 22 cd set featuring Zuckerman spanning 1974 to 1996.
Philip Setzer & The Altius Quartet – June 15, 2016
Chris Felcyn is joined by the Altius Quartet and renowned violinist Philip Setzer, a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet and Director of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival’s Shouse Institute. The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival continues through June 26 in downtown and suburban venues.
Paul Watkins – June 10, 2016
Cellist and Artistic Director of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Paul Watkins talks with Chris Felcyn about the Great Lakes Chamber Festival (opening 6/11) that brings a contingent of the world’s finest chamber musicians to metro Detroit for two weeks of performances in downtown and suburban venues.
Wei Yu & Keun-A Lee – June 3, 2016
DSO Principal Cellist Wei Yu and his wife, pianist Keun-A Lee, join Chris Felcyn in this segment of The Well-Tempered Wireless. They will perform on Saturday, 6/4, at The Birmingham Temple Congregation for Humanistic Judaism as part of the Vivace Music Series.
Ivan Moshchuk – June 2, 2016
The pianist makes his major stage debut at Orchestra Hall June 9th with a performance featuring ArtLab J, a contemporary dance ensemble, and the music of Bach, Ravel, DiChiera, Liszt and more.
Jeremy Denk & Sir Andrew Davis – May 19, 2016
We have in the studio, none other than conductor Sir Andrew Davis and acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk who join the DSO this weekend for Beethoven’s final piano concerto “Emperor”.
Paul Huang – May 11, 2016
On this, his fourth visit to Detroit, violinist Paul Huang will be performing three concerts around the area featuring the “Scottish Fantasy” by Max Bruch. Learn a bit more about him in this interview from the Well-Tempered Wireless.
Detroit Medical Orchestra – May 10, 2016
We speak with Elliot Moore, the Music Director of the Detroit Medical Orchestra which consists of medical professionals whose concerts are each fundraisers for a medically related, Detroit-based, nonprofit organization. They have a concert this weekend featuring the Brahms Symphony No.2 and Violin Concerto at the Community Arts Auditorium.
Nigel Kennedy – May 3, 2016
After an 18 year absence, the British violinist will perform with the DSO May 6th and 7th. He describes his musical history but first he and Chris discuss the less than spectacular records of their favorite sports teams.
Laurie Eisenhower – April 22, 2016
Chris speaks with the Artistic Director of the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble which will be performing their 25th anniversary Concert at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on April 30th.
Vadim Gluzman & Peter Oundjian – April 21, 2016
Violinist Vadim Gluzman and conductor Peter Oundjian have a concert with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra this weekend featuring Holst’s The Planets and Shostakovich’s final violin concerto.
Michelle Merrill & Kevin Brown – March 29, 2016
Chris is joined by DSO Conductor Michelle Merrill and the DSO’s new principal bassist Kevin Brown. The DSO will have three performances this weekend of Beethoven’s Pastoral as well as a Concerto for double bass featuring Mr. Brown.
Cathie Ryan – March 11, 2016
Chris talks with Native Detroiter and Irish American singer songwriter Cathie Ryan who will be performing with the DSO this weekend as part of their St. Patrick’s Celebration.
Gryphon Trio – March 9, 2016
Violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys and pianist James Parker of the Gryphon Trio join us for an interview from Washington. They’ve been together for 23 years(!) and their next performance is this Sunday at Oakland University.
Joshua Jones – March 1, 2016
Chris and percussionist Joshua Jones take a tour of the DSO’s “percussion closet” and we also learn about Joshua’s long journey to become part of the symphony.
Helene Grimaud – February 24, 2016
French pianist Helene Grimaud will be performing the first and second Brahms Piano Concertos this weekend with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Fresh from rehearsal she explains her musical experience with Brahms.
Billy Childs – January 29, 2016
The genre-bending classical and jazz composer/pianist will be performing with the DSO in a tribute concert called “Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro”. He tries to explain to us non-musicians what performing is like as well as what we can expect from the show.
Marina Piccinini – January 19, 2016
Our Well-Tempered Wireless guest is flautist (and Shaolin Fighting Monk?) Marina Piccinini who has an upcoming performance of a Flute Concerto written for her by composer Aaron Jay Kernis.
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