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Each Tuesday afternoon, Janet Kopenhaver airs a new “Embracing Arlington Arts Talks” podcast. Each show features an Arts organization representative, visual artist, arts expert, dancer, musician, actor and everyone in between to talk about their profession, productions, events, economic and health benefits of the arts, and many other topics. We also have, and will continue to feature several dignitaries on the show, including northern Virginia’s “First Lady” Megan Beyer, former NEA Chair Jane Chu, and Arlington County Board Members.

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2024 Podcasts

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Chris Zimmerman, Fairfax Symphony


Music Director and Conductor Chris Zimmerman was a guest on the show to talk about the Fairfax Symphony and give us all the details about their upcoming concerts. Also find out how to audition for the Symphony, how he chooses which pieces will be performed each season and the many diversity programs they have initiated. Plus hear about their exciting recent concert featuring the renowned soprano Renee Fleming and some interesting factoids about how China is voraciously embracing Western classical music.

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Brenda Goerzen, Visual Artist


Visual Artist Brenda Goerzen joined us to talk about the health benefits of painting for her during the COVID shutdown which impacted her mentally. Also learn about the unique materials she uses for her pieces, her #1 inspiration for creating art, and how she describes her particular type of art work. And then hear what very interesting fact she dropped on us halfway through the interview about how she exactly paints and how this technique would be such an entertaining show and explains why she does not teach!

Visual Arts
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Paola Amodeo, Jewelry Art


The award-winning architect Paola Amodeo returned to the show to talk about her latest and very exciting side business - jewelry design. Find out how she got into this line of work from an incident that happened 40 years ago, how her jewelry is so unique, how "adjacencies" and shapes appear to her when designing jewelry and her other services of repair and repurposing pieces and heirloom gems for customers. Also learn why she thinks architecture design so closely mirrors jewelry-making with one major difference which made it a perfect fit for her keen eye for design. Finally, hear first-hand why jewelry-making helps her de-stress and calm herself.

Visual Arts
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Jake Loewenthal, Signature Theatre


Actor Jake Loewenthal took time out of his crazy schedule to chat with us about the upcoming world premiere of "Private Jones" at Signature Theatre about a a WWI deaf soldier and the unique device of "sound" in the production. Also hear about how he prepares for new roles, his bucket list of productions, his particular technique when sending in taped auditions, and what exactly he does when he is not on stage (hint: it is not reading a book!). And he does have one COVID silver lining that positively impacted his acting career.

Performing Arts
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Stacey Schwartz, Free Little Art Galleries


"Community Builder for the Arts" Stacey Schwartz shared with our listeners a wonderful new initiative being offered in communities throughout the US - Free Little Art Galleries. Find out what it is all about, how they help the community residents interact with the arts, how they uplift residents and how they help artists market their work. Also find out the process and how folks can take or give art. She also updated us on how the Hylton Performing Arts Center at George Mason University is changing its marketing strategies for ticket sales in this post-COVID world, and what is happening at the Educational Theatre Company with her newly installed as the Board Chair.

Visual Arts
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Sara Barker, Avant Bard Theatre


One of the Artistic Producing Partners of Avant Bard Theatre returned to the show to give us all the details about their exciting 2024 season. Starting off the year they will be holding their annual "Scripts in Play Festival" that features staged readings of 3 original plays, along iwth talk backs and the ability of audience members to influence the final play. Subjects this year include a serial murderer, a queer Puerto Rican and a fictional Shakespeare. Also hear about their 2 main stage productions - "Coriolanus" with video games and an updated "Cherry Orchard" for today's world. Finally we get her insight into the state of the theater industry in the DMV in a post-COVID world.

Performing Arts
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Director Mario Font and Actor Gary Bernard DiNardo, Dominion Stage


Dominion Stage's Director Mario Font and Actor Gary Bernard DiNardo came on the podcast to give us all the details about the organization's upcoming prodution of "Torch Song." Also find out how Gary prepared for his role as "Arnold" and how the character's personality resonated with him, some things you will see in the show from the director's standpoint and how the show captures family conflict. Also find out which roles and plays are on each guest's bucket list and what is coming next in the Dominion season, as well as what exactly is a "busy signal?"

Performing Arts, Art Dignitaries, Dance
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