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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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Lisa-Marie Mazzuco

In 2015, it seems normal for burgeoning artists to self-fund their projects online and through fundraisers. In 2007, however, online platforms like Kickstarter didn’t even exist.

So, when pianist Simone Dinnerstein raised her own funds for her first solo album, which features Bach’s "Goldberg Variations," it was a truly revolutionary move. That album ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week.

Courtesy of Todd Doughty

Who is Kate Alcott? Well, the answer to that question is more literal than existential.

Patricia O’Brien is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, but she changed her name to Kate Alcott for her books after a publishing house rejected one of her novels when she was Patricia. But, as Kate Alcott — Alcott, of course, from the author of "Little Women"  it was accepted in a flash.

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You may not have heard of Georgian author Lillian Smith.  She was one of the first prominent white Southerners to speak out publicly against racial segregation in the 1930s and 40s.

Michiko Clark

By trade, Alan Lightman is a physicist, but he has traversed that tricky space between science and the humanities and has written award-winning novels.

His 1992 novel "Einstein’s Dreams" is an international bestseller. Along with having been translated into thirty languages, artists have adapted it into plays, dances, musical compositions, and paintings. It is also an educational tool and can be found in university classrooms across the globe. 

Another one of his novels, "The Diagnosis," was a National Book Award finalist.

Patty Crowe

"Actions count, words matter, music heals" is the mantra of an upcoming performance by violinist Robert McDuffie and actor-playwright Anna Deavere Smith.

McDuffie and Smith first collaborated at the Aspen Ideas Festival a few years ago. Smith performed Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” while McDuffie played a selection of pieces from folk songs to classical repertoire, including “How Great Thou Art,” “Ashokan Farewell,” and Handel’s “Largo,” amongst others.