Celebrity Interviews

Enjoy this selection of short interviews with local and national arts figures and supporters recorded or compiled by 88.7 KCME-FM. New interviews are added periodically, so check back often.

Stephen Scott

Keith Simon recently interviewed Stephen Scott of the Bowed Piano Ensemble for the Sunday evening program KCME Culture Zone. Listen to his interview here

To learn more about Stephen Scott and the Bowed Piano Ensemble visit Bowed Piano Ensemble's website.

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Jon Nakamatsu

An interview with internationally acclaimed pianist Jon Nakamatsu. Mr. Nakamatsu maintains a very active touring schedule with orchestra performances, chamber collaborations and solo recitals. Mr. Nakamatsu records exclusively for harmonia mundi usa. His all-Gershwin recording with Jeff Tyzig and the Rochester Philharmonic featuring Rhapsody in Blue and the Concerto in F rose to number three on Billboard's classical music charts, earning extraordinary critical acclaim. In this interview we discuss Mr. Nakamatsu's humble beginnings, his rise to fame, the art of musical interpretation and his much-lauded Gershwin recording.

To buy or learn more about Jon's recordings visit Arkiv Music, or to find out more about Jon visit www.jonnakamatsu.com

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David Korevaar

An interview with well-known and well-respected pianist David Korevaar. We talked about his upcoming performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Pueblo Symphony on March 9th. We also discussed some of his many recordings and his approach to music and teaching. Find out more at David's website, www.davidkorevaar.com and at the Pueblo Symphony's site, www.pueblosymphony.com.

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Jan Vogler

Hear from cellist Jan Vogler, who will be appearing with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic on Saturday and Sunday November 10-11 to perform Schelomo by Ernest Bloch. More info at csphilharmonic.org or at janvogler.com.

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Carmina Burana Special

Here is an special program about the history and music of Carmina Burana. A performance of Carmina, jointly produced by the Colorado Springs Childrens Chorale and the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, will take place on May 6 at 2:00 at the Pikes Peak Center. Info at csysa.com or kidssing.org.

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Opera Theatre of the Rockies' "La Traviata"

Two interviews, each in three parts, with cast members, conductor and director of the Opera Theatre of the Rockies production of La Traviata at the Pikes Peak Center March 3-4. More info at operatheatreoftherockies.org.

Interview 1: Annamarie Zmolek, who plays Violetta, and Joel Burcham, who plays Alfredo in La Traviata.

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Interview 2: Christopher Zemliauskis, Conductor, and Linda Ade Brand, Director of La Traviata.

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Indy Give! Campaign Recipients

Listen to Michael Campion in a series of interviews with several of the recipients of this year's Indy Give! Campaign. Find more information at indygive.com.

Interview 1: Matt Mayberry, Director of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. springsgov.com

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Interview 2: Linda Boedicker and Liz Szabo of the Business of Art Center. thebac.org

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Interview 3: Chad Siebert and Steve Emily of the Springs Ensemble Theatre. springsensembletheatre.org

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Eric Wassenaar

Eric Wassenaar is a very talented young tenor who will be performing with the Shivers Fund's Celebration X on Saturday, November 26. Find more information at shiversfund.com.

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Josep Caballé-Domenech

This interview with Josep Caballé-Domenech, the new Music Director of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, was exclusively underwritten by Planet Granite.

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Thomas Wilson

Thomas Wilson, music director of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, talks about their upcoming September 9 concert, "Community in Unison 2." More info at chamberorchestraofthesprings.org.

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Daniel Lessner

An interview with Daniel Lessner, performing The Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 October 2 with the Pueblo Symphony. More info at pueblosymphony.com.

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Dr. Daniel Suteres

An interview with Dr. Daniel Suteres, a partner with Asthma and Allergy Associates, long time supporters of KCME and leaders in their field. Their website is www.aacos.com.

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Ryan Shannon

Ryan Shannon is one of the few Coloradoan to have appeared on the program From the Top during its ten year history. During a recent visit, KCME interviewed Ryan and his parents, Gordon and Shannon. Read more on our From the Top page.

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Ryan Shannon performs the Adagio from the Sonata No. 1 for unaccompanied violin by J. S. Bach.

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Linda Shea & Lawrence Leighton Smith

Linda Shea, music director of the Peakharmonic Youth Orchestra and Lawrence Leighton Smith, conductor of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra discuss the upcoming Peakharmonic workshop with Maestro Smith, January 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The great conductor will be rehearsing the orchestra in two movements from Mahler's Symphony No. 5. More information is available at the Peakharmonic's website, peakharmonic.org.

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Nathan Newbrough & Lawrence Leighton Smith

An interview with Nathan Newbrough, executive director of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and the orchestra's music director Lawrence Leighton Smith. More about the Philharmonic.

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Susan Dawn Carson

Susan Dawn Carson, director of the Fine Arts Center's theatre training program, Youth Repertory Theatre, discusses the productions of Cats and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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Gary Nicholson

Hear about the development and accomplishments of the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony from Founder and Music Director Gary Nicholson.

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Linda Weiss

An interview with Linda Weiss, founder and Executive Director of the Colorado Springs Conservatory.

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