Lois Reitzes

Host of Second Cup Concert, ASO Broadcasts and Spivey Soirée

The distinctive voice of Lois Reitzes has been heard over WABE’s airwaves since 1979. Lois is Atlanta’s favorite classical announcer. As host of the weekday program Second Cup Concert, which airs from 9 a.m. until noon, she selects music especially to complement your morning tasks. In addition to Second Cup, Lois produces and hosts WABE’s Atlanta Symphony Orchestra broadcasts and Spivey Soirée series.  She served as Program Director from 1992-2007, and became Director of Arts and Cultural Programming in 2007. Hosting arts features and interviews is an ongoing joy of her job.  

Lois pursued graduate study at the  Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington. She lists her favorite exercise as reading - preferably while eating! Her favorite island getaway is Manhattan. Lois resides in Atlanta with husband Don, who chairs the Sociology Department at Georgia State University.  The Reitzes’ have two children, Jackie and Michael, and a golden non-retriever named Rex.

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Second Cup
12:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

25 Years at the Opera with Walter Huff

Walter Huff and Lois Reitzes in WABE's Studio 4
Credit Erin Wright / WABE

The Atlanta Opera kicks off their new season this weekend, but they're not opening with an opera. The company's Chorus Master — Walter Huff — celebrates 25 years with the Atlanta Opera this year, and what better way to celebrate than in song? WABE's Lois Reitzes recently sat down with Mr. Huff for a little reflection, and a toast to another 25 years.
 

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Arts
11:45 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Charles DeRamus: An Atlanta Bassist In Sweden

Used with permission of Charles DeRamus.

The Gothenburg Symphony is known around the world for its recordings of composers, such as Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Nielsen.  

But there’s a reason why Atlantans, specifically, might appreciate the Northern European symphony: its double bassist, Charles DeRamus, is an Atlanta native.

He sat down with Second Cup Concert host Lois Reitzes last time he was in town to talk about his work with the orchestra.

You can also listen to excerpts of the orchestra's performances:

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Theater
1:29 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

The Alliance Collides With Grapes of Wrath

The students of 2012's Collision Project at the Alliance Theater
Credit Alliance Theater

The Alliance Theatre’s Collision Project assembles a diverse group of 20 teenagers from metro Atlanta to explore and unpack a classic text under the guidance of a professional playwright and director—to “collide” with a piece of writing and with each other, so to speak.

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City Café
12:59 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Kenny Leon Returns to Atlanta Stage after Tony Win

Chris Coleman (from left), Lois Reitzes, and Kenny Leon in WABE's Studio 4
Jennifer Dwyer McEwen WABE

True Colors Theatre Company Artistic Director Kenny Leon is fresh off winning a Tony Award for directing his revival of "A Raisin in the Sun."

Now he's jumping back into work, but this time he's on stage. Leon asked his longtime friend — and co-founder of Actor's Express — Chris Coleman to direct him in "Same Time Next Year."

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Second Cup
12:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Student Musicians to Perform Alongside the Pros

Student musicians rehearse and perform side by side with Atlanta Symphony professionals.
Credit Jeff Roffman / Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

On Saturday, June 14 at 8 p.m. in Symphony Hall, music students from all over Atlanta will play side by side with their Atlanta Symphony counterparts. The "Side-By-Side" concert marks the end of an intensive week-long orchestral workshop. The students participate in special coaching sessions with ASO musicians and sit next to ASO members in rehearsals. WABE's Lois Reitzes sat down with Kenn Wagner, an ASO violinist, and his longtime student, James Pinder. In the audio clip, we'll hear from Kenn first:

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Atlanta Chamber Players
11:54 am
Tue May 13, 2014

"A Very Supreme Experience" - Paula Peace on Chamber Music and Retirement

Paula Peace (seated, center) and members of the Atlanta Chamber Players. Peace is retiring after 38 years with the group.
Credit Atlanta Chamber Players

Paula Peace has announced her retirement after 38 years with the Atlanta Chamber Players. Peace is the co-founding Artistic Director of the Players and served as pianist for the group. She joined WABE's Lois Reitzes for a conversation about her retirement and to look back at starting the Chamber Players almost four decades ago.

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Second Cup
11:55 am
Fri April 18, 2014

What Makes a Mezzo a Mezzo? A Conversation with Irene Roberts

Irene Roberts is Rosina in the Atlanta Opera's production of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville."
Credit Kristin Hoebermann / irenerobertsmezzo.com

If you've ever wondered what the difference is between a mezzo-soprano and a soprano, Irene Roberts has your answer. Roberts, a mezzo-soprano, will be singing the role of Rosina in the Atlanta Opera's upcoming production of "The Barber of Seville." Lois Reitzes sat down with Irene and began by asking her how she got into music.

"The Barber of Seville" opens April 26 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

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Second Cup
11:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

"Power and Seduction" in ASO's 2014-15 Season

ASO Music Director Robert Spano
Credit Angela Morris / Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

 
Lois Reitzes recently sat down with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles. The maestros revealed the ASO's 2014-15 season, highlighting concerts of "sumptuous tone poems," a truly creative partnership with Emory University and an all-star season finale.
 

Season tickets are on sale now on the ASO's website.

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Books
12:45 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Kevin Young on his New Collection, 'Book of Hours'

Poet Kevin Young reads from 'Book of Hours' Monday, April 7 at 7:00 pm at the Carter Presidential Library and Museum Theater.
Credit Ayca Christman

 

Multiple-award winning poet Kevin Young reads from his new book Book of Hours tonight at the Carter Presidential Library and Museum Theater. Young’s eighth poetry collection finds him at a personal place, chronicling his grief following the death of his father, his sense of wonder following the birth of his son, and the echoes that pass between one event and the other.

WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with Kevin Young to talk about the book and the life events that led him to write it.

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Second Cup
10:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

A "Young" Conductor for the ASO

Credit www.josephfyoung.com

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has had a vacant Assistant Conductor position since 2009. It’s a job where many young conductors make a name for themselves.

After several rounds of auditions, the ASO has selected Joseph Young – a truly “young” man of only 31.

Maestro Young was born in Charleston and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2004 and the Peabody Conservatory in 2009.

He’s also a trumpet player, music educator and former resident conductor of the Phoenix Symphony. 

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Art Around Town
12:20 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Live Reading of 'Odyssey' Will Be Epic

Detail of work by Romare Bearden
Credit Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University

  This weekend, more than a dozen Atlantans will be giving a live reading of the epic poem The Odyssey by Homer. The Michael C. Carlos Museum is hosting the event, along with Theater Emory. WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with Elizabeth Horner, the Museum’s director of Education Programs. They talked about what to expect from a nine-hour reading, and the exhibit the event highlights, “Romare Beardan: A Black Odyssey.”

Note: WABE 90.1 FM is the media sponsor of this event.

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Second Cup Concert
11:10 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Jamie Barton on Winning Cardiff, the Met, and What's Next

Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton (right) visits WABE with classical host Lois Reitzes.
Credit Dan Raby / WABE

 When Jamie Barton last visited WABE, she was preparing for, as she called it, “The Olympics of Opera.” It's more formally known as the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Barton went on to win both the Song Prize and the entire competition. It's thrilling to win, but what happens next? 

Georgia native mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton will perform this Sunday afternoon at 3 at Spivey Hall

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Second Cup Concert
11:55 am
Fri November 1, 2013

ASO Launches "First Friday" Concert Series

ASO cellist Jennifer Humphreys (left) with WABE's Lois Reitzes
Credit Erin Wright / Lois Reitzes

For many Atlantans who live or work in town, the prelude to the weekend is the long drive home. The ASO has a new solution for those who would rather start the weekend with music, food and drinks instead. WABE's Lois Reitzes sat down with ASO cellist Jennifer Humphreys and asked her what audiences can expect from the “First Friday” series at Woodruff Arts Center.

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Second Cup Concert
12:00 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Jacques Martial to Perform at Rialto

Jacques Martial performing 'Notebook of a Return to the Native Land.'
Credit James Hercule / Martinique Promotion Bureau

Jacques Martial, known in France as an actor and leader of the arts, visits Atlanta for two special – and free – events.

On October 24, Martial presents his one-man stage adaptation of "Notebook of a Return to the Native Land."

On the morning of October 25, Martial will give a public lecture about the links between culture and place titled "La Villette: Culture and Urban Territory."

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Musicians At WABE
12:46 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Georgia-Born Mezzo Soprano on "The Olympics of Opera"

Mezzo soprano Jamie Barton says that her stage preparation revolves around truly embodying a character.
Credit Courtesy of jamiebartonmezzo.com

During this Fall Fund Drive, we’re looking back at some of our favorite work we’ve brought you on City Café in recent months.  

Jamie Barton is a Georgia native, a rising star in the world of opera, and this summer she became the U.S. representative in what's often referred to as "The Olympics of Opera."  

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Opera
12:00 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Tosca and Beyond at the Atlanta Opera

Tomer Zvulun, General and Artistic Director of the Atlanta Opera
Credit Atlanta Opera

  The Atlanta Opera’s 2013-14 season begins this weekend with their production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca. The show is being directed by the company’s new General and Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun. Zvulun recently stopped by our studios to talk to WABE’s Lois Reitzes about the show and his vision for the Atlanta Opera.

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Music
4:59 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Jennifer Stumm on the Viola

Violist Jennifer Stumm
Credit project440.org

  Violist Jennifer Stumm is a globetrotting viola player, dividing her time between England and the U.S., and has performed with the New Haven Symphony, the Aronowitz Ensemble, and pianist Christopher O’Riley… as well as holding down a day job as the International Chair of Viola Studies at the Royal College of Music, London.

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Books
11:15 am
Tue August 27, 2013

GSU First Year Book Meditates on Katrina

 

Georgia State University welcomes its incoming students with a reading assignment. The First Year Book program puts one book in the hands of an entire freshman class and this year, the author is the U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. This past Sunday, Trethewey addressed that incoming class during their Convocation. WABE’s Lois Reitzes has the story.

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Page-Turners
12:20 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Three Page-Turners...from Matt Hutchinson

WABE's Lois Reitzes with Adult Swim senior writer and producer, Matt Hutchinson
Credit Kate Sweeney / WABE

If you’ve ever watched Adult Swim, the comedy-for-grown-ups day-part of Cartoon Network, you might have noticed a familiar voice on one of their station IDs.

WABE’s Lois Reitzes did a series of tongue-in-cheek spots written by senior writer and producer at Atlanta-based Adult Swim, Matt Hutchinson. (You can see some here and here. Warning: They’re addictive.)

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Theater
12:15 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

David Bell Shakes the Rafters

Credit True Colors Theatre Company

Playwright David H. Bell's work may be familiar to Atlanta audiences. The 2010 world premier of his play Gut Bucket Blues garnered seven Suzi Bass Award nominations. Now, Bell has returned to Atlanta with a new show, Shakin’ The Rafters. WABE’s Lois Reitzes spoke to the playwright about the play and what led to it.

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Theater
12:22 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Pearl Cleage Shepherds a Collision at the Alliance

The students of 2012's Collision Project
Credit Alliance Theater

  For three weeks each summer, the Alliance Theatre assembles a diverse group of 20 teenagers from metro Atlanta to explore and unpack a piece of history under the guidance of a professional playwright and director. The teens use improvisation, choreography, and their writing to create a completely new and one-of-a-kind performance piece. It’s intensive and high-impact theater, and that’s why it’s been dubbed The Collision Project.

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High Museum
12:06 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

The Girl with a Pearl Earring Visits the High

Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, ca. 1665
Credit Mauritshuis, The Royal Picture Gallery, The Hague, Netherlands

Girl with a Pearl Earring is among the most famous works housed in The Netherlands’ Mauritshuis, a 17th-century art museum in The Hague. Johannes Vermeer’s portrait has intrigued audiences for centuries and the Girl is paying Atlanta a visit, along with some of her friends.

The High Museum opens their exhibit Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis this week and WABE’s Lois Reitzes spoke with the Maritshuis’ director Emilie Gordenker and with High Museum Director Michael Shapiro about how the exhibit came to Atlanta.

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Poetry
1:18 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Natasha Tretheway on National Poetry Month

Listen to Tretheway read her poem "Graveyard Blues" here:

In 1996 the Academy of American Poets inaugurated National Poetry Month, to be observed every April. It’s a time when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate the art form and its place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

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Music
12:55 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Robert Spano Previews ASO 2013-2014 Season

Robert Spano

Long before we see the slick brochure for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s new season, music director Robert Spano looks at an empty calendar.

WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with him to discuss just how the ASO puts together a season—and what we can expect from the ASO in 2013-2014.

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Theater
10:49 am
Wed March 27, 2013

The Whipping Man's Troubled Seder

The Whipping Man is a play about fractured relationships. Set in the aftermath of the Civil War, the action concerns a wounded Jewish Confederate solider returning home to his former slaves.

To go a little deeper into the themes of the show, WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with Rabbi Bradley Levenberg and with the Alliance Theater’s General Manager Max Leventhal.

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City Café
12:00 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Holiday Theater for Tough Times

Christmas in tough economic times. That's the theme behind O. Henry’s classic short story, “The Gifts of the Magi.” Today’s tough times made the story seem like a natural choice to Theatrical Outfit.  The theater company is presenting a musical based on the story, directed by Heidi Cline McKerley. WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with artistic director, Tom Key—and the play’s star, Nick Arapoglou.

She started the conversation by asking Key to explain what the play’s all about.

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True Colors Theater
12:17 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Jasmine Guy On The Mountaintop

Jasmine Guy (left) working with Demetria McKinney and Danny Johnson during a rehearsal of The Mountaintop

The Mountaintop is a play that puts its audience inside of Dr. Martin Luther King’s room at the Lorraine Motel the night before his assassination. AFter directing the show on Broadway, Kenny Leon has brought Katori Hall’s character study to his True Colors Theater Company, in a production led by director Jasmine Guy. WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with the director to talk about the show.

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City Café
2:03 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Theatrical Outfit Suggests a Two Drink Minimum

Theatrical Outfit is offering a two drink minimum. No, they haven’t opened a bar down at the Balzer Theater, Two Drink Minimum is a new comedy about the difficult relationship between a son and his mother.  Playwright Bill Balzer based the show around his own colorful stories about his mother and recently sat down with WABE’s Lois Reitzes to talk about putting his memories on-stage.

City Café
11:42 am
Fri October 5, 2012

The Challenge of Beethoven: Midori with the ASO

In the 2012-13 season, violinist Midori will celebrate the 30th anniversary of her performing career. She made her debut at age 11 as a surprise guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic in 1982. Today Midori is recognized as an extraordinary performer, a devoted and gifted educator, and an innovative community engagement activist. Last night, Robert Spano opened his 12th — and the Orchestra’s 68th — season with twin peaks of the repertoire: Beethoven’s grand and poetic Violin Concerto with Midori as guest soloist.

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Spivey Soirée

Lois Reitzes hosts live concerts from the famed Spivey Hall in Morrow, Georgia.

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