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The guest conductor compares Russian contemporaries Prokofieff and Shostakovich

Atlanta, Ga – Italian conductor and Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Roberto Abbado conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's performance of Prokofieff's Fifth Symphony this weekend. He recently spoke with WABE's Lois Reitzes about the work's place in Russian classical music and what it brings to contemporary audiences.

Langston Hughes' retelling of the birth of Christ hits Atlanta

Atlanta, Ga – Since opening on Broadway in 1961, Black Nativity has become a holiday tradition at theaters in Boston and Seattle?and now, Kenny Leon's True Colors Theater Company has brought their own adaptation to Atlanta. WABE's Lois Reitzes recently spoke with director and choreographer Patdro Harris about the company's unique take on such a familiar story.

Angelic voices sing music of the season

Edited and Produced by Wanda Yang Temko

The Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents the Disney classic in its new home.

The harp is an instrument that conjures images of femininity and wealth, but the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble at Atlanta's Carver high School is quietly dispelling this stereotype.

Edited and Produced by Wanda Yang Temko

Annual tradition to benefit GSU Sculpture program.

Atlanta, Ga – Hosted by the Sculpture department, the Edgewood Sculpture Forum and Georgia State's sculpture students' organization, this annual event features guest artists, live music and a silent auction--not to mention the pouring of molten iron into molds. The GSU Iron Pour will take place Saturday at the Edgewood Sculpture Studio. For more information, visit the GSU website.

The final wrenching hours leading up to the first test of an atomic bomb provide the breathtaking drama of John Adams' operatic sensation, Doctor Atomic.

Edited and Produced by Wanda Yang Temko

"The First Emperor, China's Terracotta Army" goes on view this Sunday but over 90-thousand reservation have already been made. The High museum says it could be the most popular exhibition they have ever held.

Fringe Atlanta holds the second concert of its second season on Saturday. Dana Goldman reports on how it's drawing more of Atlanta's young people to classical music.

Atlanta, GA – A classical music concert series geared to attracting new audiences is also attracting older ones. Now in its second season, Dana Goldman reports why Atlantans young and old are becoming die-hard fans of Fringe Atlanta.

Sonic Generator opens their season with a concert at Georgia Tech

Edited and Produced by Wanda Yang Temko

"70 is Sexy"

Atlanta, Ga – With Janece Shaffer's new play now onstage at the Alliance Theater, her and Alliance Artistic Director Susan Booth recently stopped by and spoke with WABE's Lois Reitzes about love after seventy.

(Support for WABE's Arts and Cultural Programming is provided in part by the Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta Campus.)

The Cathedral of St. Philip celebrates Messiaen's Centenary with a Messiaenfest

Edited and Produced by Wanda Yang Temko

Atlanta, GA –

Pianist Paul Kim will open a weekend of concerts at the Cathedral of St. Philip celebrating the centenary of French composer, organist, and mystic, Olivier Messiaen, with a performance of his piano works. WABE's Wanda Yang Temko recently spoke with Paul.

Other concerts include:

Richard Garner gives a new take on a very old story.

Atlanta, Ga – The Greek tragedy of Antigone continues to find audiences almost twenty five hundred years after Sophocles wrote it. And the latest adaptation comes from Georgia Shakespeare. WABE's Lois Reitzes recently sat down with artistic director Richard Garner for a conversation about the production and what makes the story so compelling.

An interview with Polish violinist, Mariusz Patyra

Atlanta, GA – When people talk about the violin, the word "virtuoso" is often used, probably more often than with any other instrument. Why, in your opinion? Mainly because many people associate the violin with Niccolo Paganini, a phenomenon who really started a new era. It was a revolution. Techniques like pizzicato, staccato or double flageolets, which we owe to Paganini, had been unheard of before him. At that point our understanding of virtuosity came into new light.

Film Studies at Emory Presents "Red Heroine" with Live Musical Accompaniment by the Devil Music Ensemble

Edited and Produced by Wanda Yang Temko

Two directors bring the Alpha and Omega of Wilson's "Pittsburgh Cycle" to Atlanta.

The musician is remembered on what would have been his birthday.

Atlanta, Ga – Soul singer Otis Redding's stardom was short; he died less than five years after his first hit. Today would have been his 67th birthday, and at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon, Redding's life is being celebrated in a special exhibit. Philip Graitcer has this report.

The 3rd annual Decatur Book Festival is this labor day weekend at the square in downtown Decatur

The 3rd annual Decatur Book Festival runs through the labor day weekend in downtown Decatur

Atlanta, GA – The AJC Decatur Book Festival is underway this Labor Day weekend featuring book and poetry readings, a writer's conference, book signings, cooking demonstrations, live music and children's activities. Recently WABE's Pat Marcus spoke with Tom Bell, the program director for the Decatur Book Festival

New Trinity Baroque offers music by English Masters

Edited and Produced by Wanda Yang Temko

Atlanta, GA – English soprano Evelyn Tubb returns to Atlanta and joins New Trinity Baroque in a grand opening concert of its 10th Anniversary Season, featuring Baroque music of English composers, and celebrating Henry Purcell's 350th Birthday and John Blow's 300th. She and lutenist Michael Fields joined Wanda Yang Temko in the studio.

The 3rd annual Decatur Book Festival is this Labor Day weekend in downtown Decatur

The Madeline Children's Parade is Saturday, August 30 at the corner of Clairemont Ave. and Commerce Drive. They're asking people to line up at 9 a.m., but the parade begins at 9:30 a.m.

The 3rd annual Decatur Book Festival is this Labor Day weekend in downtown Decatur

The 3rd annual Decatur Book Festival is this Labor Day Weekend in downtown Decatur

Atlanta, GA – The Decatur Book Festival begins this Labor Day weekend and while hundreds of published authors are meeting their audiences, some of Atlanta's young writers will be finding theirs at Saturday's Teen Poetry Slam. Myke Johns has this report.

The 3rd annual Decatur Book Festival starts Friday and runs through Sunday at the square in downtown Decatur

Atlanta, GA – Tom Bell is the Program Director of the 3rd annual Decatur Book Festival. Recently, he sat down and spoke with WABE's Steve Goss about what festival goers are in for this weekend.

Sounds of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Simeon's Gift resound in Atlanta

Edited and Produced by Wanda Yang Temko

Atlanta, GA –

How does a native of Birmingham, England become a hidden musical gem in Atlanta, Georgia?

Atlanta, GA – As part of the National Black Arts Festival ---- The World Music Festival will take place at Centennial Olympic Park.

Local singer and musician Julie Dexter will help kick off the two - day event. She recently talked to WABE's Rose Scott about her journey from Birmingham, England to the underground sounds of Atlanta.

An award winning artist captures historic moments and recreates them thru her lens...

Atlanta, GA – Carrie Mae Weems is an internationally acclaimed photographer and artist. Her award winning work has explored the issues of race, gender and politics.

This year--- as part of the National Black Arts Festival?Weems puts a new face on historic civil rights events with her latest project called---In Constructing History: A Requiem to Mark the Moment.

July 18th is opening day of the 20th anniversary of Atlanta's National Black Arts Festival. Steve Goss talks with Leatrice Ellzy, the festival's manager of Artistic Programming

Could something like an internet encyclopedia, which can be changed by just about anyone, offer some practical lessons for theatre and the theatre business?