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.

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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Robin Izer

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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Christopher Lowell

An interview with Christoper Lowell, who portays Benjamin Franklin for The Pillar Institute's Living History series.

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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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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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Charles Schnetzer

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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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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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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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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