“City Lights” explores the ways in which people express themselves creatively and enhance our lives.

In addition to a wide range of music, “City Lights” covers theater, dance, pop culture, visual arts and more. WABE has long been a partner with many organizations in Atlanta and through “City Lights” we’re deepening those relationships to serve our community with even greater arts and cultural content.

Featured Episode

City Lights: ‘Labyrinth’; New Local Albums; And More

Monday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”

  • 1:50: Cheryl Henson, president of the Jim Henson Foundation and daughter of Jim Henson, talks about her time working on the cult classic “Labyrinth,” which turns 30 this year and is being celebrated with a special exhibit at the Center for Puppetry Arts;
  • 14:12 Guillermo Castro, editor of Immersive Atlanta, and Myke Johns preview a diverse group of new local album releases coming out in May;
  • 24:05 Contributor Scott Stewart pays tribute to the work of film composer Miklos Rozsa, whose work included “Double Indemnity” and “El Cid.”

City Lights: Pet Problems; Beyoncé; Robert Shaw; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:38: Joyce Johnson and Zelma Payne, current members of the Utopian Literary Club, talks about the club’s 100th birthday;
  • 8:38: Norman Mackenzie guides listeners through Robert Shaw’s “Wie Lieblich Sind Deine Wohnungen”;
  • 16:33: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s music director Robert Spano reflects on the past season of the symphony and Robert Shaw;
  • 20:14: Amy Kiley explains how Shaw revolutionized choral music;
  • 26:08: On “Paw Tawk,” unlicensed pet psychologists Nick and Doc discuss what to do when your warm and fuzzy friends give you the cold shoulder;
  • 31:00: Contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss preview the weekend’s best concerts on “Mara’s Music Mix.”

City Lights: 100 Years Of Robert Shaw; And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:34: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s new Executive Director Jennifer Barlament shares her memories of Robert Shaw;
  • 5:19: Poet Jericho Brown talks about his recent Guggenheim Fellowship and the new collection of poetry he’s working on now;
  • 23:46: ASO Chorus Director Norman MacKenzie discusses what today’s musicians could learn from Robert Shaw;
  • 32:38: Robert Shaw’s personal assistant Nola Frink reflects on how her relationship with the maestro changed over time;
  • 42:11: Norman MacKenzie guides listeners through a close listening of excerpts from Verdi’s “Requiem” as well as the “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves” from Verdi’s opera “Nabucco.”

City Lights: Slam Poetry; Robert Shaw; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 01:15: Bob Edge, Robert Shaw’s personal lawyer and close friend, remembers Atlanta’s art scene before the arrival of Shaw and Shaw’s attitude toward money;
  • 17:29: Slam poet Theresa Davis performs two poems for national poetry month;
  • 23:44: Michael Palmer, who worked with Robert Shaw as an assistant conductor, talks about his relationship with the maestro;
  • 34:58: On the latest “Writer to Reader,” best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson faces rewriting her own book as deadline looms;
  • 43:22: Atlanta PlanIt’s Kimberly Harbrecht previews what’s going on this week on Atlanta’s stages.

City Lights: Atlanta-Fulton Central Library; Poets; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:36: Fred Scott, the assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus under Robert Shaw, remembers the maestro’s “devilish, little teenager” spirit;
  • 11:44: Architect Michael Kahn makes the case for preserving Atlanta-Fulton’s Central Library;
  • 20:14: Atlanta Symphony director of choruses Norman Mackenzie guides listeners through a close listen of “Wondrous Love”;
  • 27:17: Georgia State students Paige Sullivan and Andi Rogers read from “Duets,” their new chapbook.

City Lights: ‘I’m Not Rappaport’ And Robert Shaw

Monday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:39: Actors Rob Cleveland and Kenny Raskin talk about reprising roles that they first played in 1989 in the play “I’m Not Rappaport,”
  • 17:35: Amy Kiley speaks with current Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Director of Choruses Norman MacKenzie about the legacy of his mentor, Robert Shaw.

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