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Lois Reitzes

Hosts City Lights, Second Cup Concert, ASO Broadcasts and Spivey Soirée

The distinctive voice of Lois Reitzes has been heard over WABE’s airwaves since 1979. From 1982 to 2015, Lois hosted the weekday morning program "Second Cup Concert," which can now be heard on the WABE Classics HD channel. Since January of 2015, Lois has hosted "City Lights with Lois Reitzes," a ground-breaking weekday arts and culture program with a specific mission of elevating Atlanta's arts scene.

In addition to "City Lights" and "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. 

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 her husband Don, the Associate Dean for the Social Sciences in Georgia State University's College of Arts & Sciences. The Reitzes have two children, Jackie and Michael, and a golden non-retriever named Rex.

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With less than a month remaining before the Dec. 14 release of "Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens," fan anticipation has reached fever pitch. You can count WABE film music contributor Dr. Scott Stewart among those eager fans — though it's John Williams' soundtrack he'll be standing in line for.

Stewart joined Lois Reitzes for their continuing conversation on Williams and his compositional approach, especially in the "Star Wars" films, ahead of next month's release. Williams is most famous for his epic themes like "The Imperial March," but that's only half the story. 

Carolyn Cook
Christopher Bartelski

It's difficult to laugh at Alzheimer's Disease. It's also difficult to endure any hardship without laughter.

"There's humor in every situation ... You're not going to live through it without the full range of emotion," Atlanta actress Carolyn Cook observed in a conversation with Lois Reitzes on "City Lights."

Drawing from personal experience, Cook portrays Vivienne Avery, a daughter caring for her mother who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. It's important to Vivienne that she "make this an experience that validates her mom all the way to the end," Cook said. 

Cayce Callaway

In the 1974 classic "Young Frankenstein," Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, which he defensively pronounces as Fronk-en-steen, travels to his recently deceased grandfather's Transylvanian estate. 

His late grandfather's servant, Igor, and a new lab assistant, Inga, fetch Frankenstein from the train station. There's a howl. Inga, terrified, says, "Werewolf!" Frankenstein questions, "Werewolf?"

Igor replies, "There wolf. There castle."

That's just one of the noteworthy moments from the immensely quotable Mel Brooks comedy.

Courtesy of Sandglass Theater

Puppetry is often associated with Muppets and Sesame Street.

But at the Center For Puppetry Arts puppetry tells more complex stories than the ABCs and 1, 2, 3s.

Founder and director Vince Anthony came to WABE to talk with Lois Reitzes about the Center's ongoing and upcoming performances: 

"Rainforest Adventure" is one of the Center's family shows and concludes this weekend with two shows on Saturday and two shows on Sunday. 

Cathy Fox is Executive Director of ArtsATL, a site devoted to covering the arts in metro Atlanta.
Phyllis Rodbell

As newspapers around the country continue to cut staff, do you wonder who’s covering those stories or where those professionals have gone?

Never in human history has the way we share information been so dramatically altered in such a short period, so we’ve been asking leaders in Atlanta’s arts community how they’ve adjusted to the times. We spoke with Catherine Fox who has long covered Atlanta’s arts beat.