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City Lights with Lois Reitzes

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"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. 

Photo: Sim Cannety-Clarke, Courtesy of Polenzani Management

Tenor Matthew Polenzani has performed in front audiences at the Metropolitan opera, Deutsche Oper, La Scala and the Lyric. 

This Saturday, audiences in Atlanta will also be able to enjoy his singing, when he makes his debut at Spivey Hall.

City Lights host Lois Reitzes reached him over the phone to discuss his upcoming recital with pianist Julius Drake.

Rain Pryor is the daughter of legendary comedian Richard Pryor. Her mother was Jewish and growing  up with a mixed cultural and racial heritage was not always easy.

Her search for identity led her to produce a one-woman show named "Fried Chicken and Latkes." She’ll be performing it here in Atlanta this weekend. "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes recently spoke with her about the idea behind the production.

More information on the event may be found on Atlanta PlanIt.

Grant Leighton

Have you been looking for something to do this weekend? If so, join host Lois Reitzes as she speaks with Atlanta PlanIt's very own Kimberly Harbrecht about upcoming events. This time around, the pair talk about everything from classical performances to comedy productions.

Mason Bates

Symphonist Mason Bates is a master in merging musical genres with a fluidity that seems effortless.

The 37-year-old Chicago Symphony Orchestra composer-in-residence is known for dropping ambient electronica beats into an orchestral symphony.

His compositions such as “Alternative Energy” ─ a four movement symphony which recreates industrialist Henry Ford's junkyard, a modern particle collider, a futuristic nuclear wasteland and a pristine rainforest ─ have earned him national recognition as a trailblazer in the classical music world.

WonderRoot moves to former Tech High in Atlanta
Ryan Nabulsi / / for WABE

Earlier this year, the nonprofit WonderRoot signaled a major shift in scope when it announced a move to a building 14 times its current size.

The arts group has a unique mission. Dedicated to inspiring social change, WonderRoot’s projects range from youth art programs, to dance showcases, to a variety of social activism projects. So as the group readies for the renovation of its building-to-be, WABE’s Kate Sweeney headed over for a preview tour, to find out what exactly the expansion means — both for WonderRoot and for Atlanta’s arts community as a whole.