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The KCME Culture Zone is a weekly potpourri of interviews, music and more spotlighting cultural events and personalities in the Pikes Peak region.

Join KCME's Keith Simon for the KCME Culture Zone
Sundays at 5pm and Monday at 7:30pm on
Classical 88.7 KCME-FM.

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Interviews

12.07.14: KCME General Manager George Preston is joined by City For Champions proponent Laura Neumann and Colorado Springs Conservatory Executive Director Linda Weise to discuss the possible cultural implications of the City For Champions proposed Downtown Sports and Events Center. Listener comments, concerns, and questions are addressed.
Fopr more information visit City For Champions.
For those interested in an opposing point of view, please contact Anita Miller Anita.L.Miller@att.net.
KCME does not advocate for or against City For Champions or any of its individual projects.

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11.24.14: Art in the Stacks is a monthly radio segment from the Pikes Peak Library District airing on KCME’s Culture Zone. Each month, Art in the Stacks explores artistic opportunities taking place within the 15 libraries of El Paso County including public classes, displays, artist lectures, opening receptions, special events, and other cultural resources. Click here to listen to past broadcasts of Art in the Stacks. To learn more about art programs offered through PPLD or to sign up, please visit ppld.org.

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11.16.14: This week Keith Simon talks to Daisy McConnell of GOCA, The Gallery of Contemporary Art, about its participation in this year's Give campaign, a project of the Colorado Springs Independent News Weekly. Over the last five years Give has channeled $3.4 million dollars to 113 local non-prolfit organizations.

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11.09.14: Robert Bruce interviews Jessica Russ Medovich of the Ormao Dance School about being one of this year's recipients of the Give campaign, a project of the Independent and Alternative News Weekly. Over the last five years Give has channeled $3.4 million dollars to 113 local non-profit organizations that give back to their community.

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06 01 2014: Keith Simon Keith Simon talks to Executive Director Charles Schnetzer of Grace and St. Stephen's "Jazz in the Garden" series about the line-up of concerts happening this summer.

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04 22 2014: Keith Simon talks to poet and educator Robin Izer about her new book of poetry 'Visions of New Being: Meditations and Poems'

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04 20 2014: Keith Simon interviews Christopher Lowell, who portrays Benjamin Franklin for the Pillar Institute's Living History series.

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12 29 13: This week on KCME’s Culture Zone, George Preston speaks to violinist Michelle Makarski about her new CD with pianist Keith Jarrett. Keith Simon talks to Jim Jackson and Birgitta DuPree of the Millibo Art Theatre and to Stephen Scott of the Bowed Piano Ensemble.

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12 22 13: On this episode of KCME’s Culture Zone, Jana Lee talks to Cynthia, a violinist, about her new CD, “Cynthia and Friends play J.S. Bach”. Keith Simon talks to Lauren Andrus of the Modbo Art Gallery and the ModboCo School of Art at Ivywild-this is a repeat of an Indy Gives interview. Keith Simon talks to Amy Horton of the Colorado Springs Gazette and Colin McCarey of the El Pomar Foundation about the Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund, and George Preston talks to violinist Joshua Bell about his new holiday CD, “Joshua Bell and Friends”.

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12 15 13: On this week’s Culture Zone, join Keith Simon as he talks to Deborah Teske of the Colorado Springs Vocal Art Ensemble about its holiday concert “Wintersong”. Also featured, Jana Lee talks with Mark Arnest of Theatreworks about the holiday production of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and George Preston talks to the star and director of “The Twelve Dates of Christmas” at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Finally, enjoy a musical “Guilty Pleasure” with Maestro Donald P. Jenkins of the Colorado Springs Chorale.

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12 08 13: On this week’s Culture Zone, Keith Simon talks to Gary Dekler of the Soli Deo Gloria Choir about its upcoming concert, “Unto Us a Child is Born”, to Scott Levy of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center about the musical “The Wizard of Oz”, to Maestro Donald P. Jenkins of the Colorado Springs Chorale about its holiday concert “Deck the Hall”, and finally to Jim Jackson and Birgitta DePree of the Millibo Art Theatre.

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12 01 13: On this week’s Culture Zone, Keith Simon talks to Sarah S. Shaver, director of Harold Pinter’s “One for the Road” at the Springs Ensemble Theatre, and to Gary Nicholson on the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association about its upcoming holiday concerts, and finally to Lauren Andrus of the Modbo Art Gallery about its upcoming “Small Works Show”.

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11 24 13: This week on KCME’s Culture Zone, George Preston talks to pianist Helene Grimeaux about her new CD, and Keith Simon talks to Marty Lamm of the Fremont Civic Choir and to Marie Truitt of the Walden Chamber Music Society.

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11 17 13: In this week’s episode, Keith Simon talks with Maestro Thomas Wilson from the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs about the upcoming performances of Pure Elegance next weekend and Keith chats with members of the WYNOT Radio Theatre about their current production and more. Finally, you’ll hear a musical Guilty Pleasure with violinist Rachel Barton Pine.

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11 10 13: In today’s episode, George Preston talks to violinist Joshua Bell about his new Holiday-themed CD, and Maestro Josep Caballe-Domenech of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic speaks to George about the upcoming performance of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony.  Then, Keith Simon chats with Bill Murphy of the Alpine Orchestra, which will be holding its winter 2013 concerts later this month.

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11 03 13: In this episode, George Preston talks to violinist Rachel Barton Pine about her new CD, to Linda Weiss, Founder and Director of the Colorado Springs Conservatory, about “Hootenanny for the Arts”.   After that, Keith Simon interviews Jim Sawatzki of Palmer Divide Productions about his new documentary “Rarefied Air: Artists of the Pikes Peak Region,” and Deborah Teske of the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble shares a musical Guilty Pleasure.

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10 27 13: This episode of KCME’s Culture Zone features George Preston and violinist Michelle Makarski, who talks about her new CD release of Bach Sonatas featuring pianist Keith Jarrett, and Keith Simon talks with Steve Emily, President of the Springs Ensemble Theatre. Steve is also producer and stars in the production of “A Steady Rain” coming next weekend. Jana Lee talks more with Stephen Galloway, author of “The Cellist of Sarajevo”, and finally, a musical Guilty Pleasure with Gary Nicholson of the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Assocation.

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This episode of KCME’s Culture Zone includes Keith Simon talking to Rebecca Ratterree of the Iron Springs Chateau in Manitou Springs and playwright August Mergleman, presenting the play “The Restless Ghost of Emma Crawford”, part two of an interview with Murray Ross and Christopher Lowell of Theatreworks , part two of Jana Lee’s and Keith Simon’s interfiew with Angelina Gadeliya. Jana Lee also discusses a musical Guilty Pleasure with author Steven Galloway, author of “The Cellist of Sarajevo”, and finally, Keith Simon interviews members of the Veronika String Quartet about their upcoming performance.

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10 13 13:

This episode of KCME’s Culture Zone includes Part one of Keith Simon talking to Theatreworks’ director, Murray Ross, and actor Christopher Lowell about the upcoming production of “Death of a Salesman”, and part one of his interview with pianist and UCCS faculty member Angelina Gadeliya about her upcoming CD “Schnittke’s Ghosts”. The final segment is George Preston visiting the production of “Noises Off” at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

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10 06 13:

In this episode of KCME’s Culture Zone, George Preston interviews Colin McAllister, Music Program Coordinator at UCCS, about upcoming concerts, a segment featuring Martina Filjak, a Croatian pianist, who will be performing with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and Keith Simon interviews Stephen Scott, CC faculty and founder of the Bowed Piano Ensemble about his retirement and the ensemble’s final performances. This episode also features Keith Simon’s interview with Maestro Thomas Wilson of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs about their upcoming concert “American Landscapes”, and Jana Lee talks about her upcoming program “I Heard the Bullets Whistle” based on the Cellist of Sarajevo” by Stephen Galloway.

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Colorado Springs Youth Symphony's Gary Nicholson:

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