Diane Mack

Announcer & Producer

"This is NPR's Morning Edition, at 89.9 WWNO. Good Morning, I'm Diane Mack."

Many of you awake to that greeting each morning as Diane brings you the day's news as WWNO's host for NPR's Morning Edition. Diane is a native New Orleanian with a background in television broadcast journalism. She is a graduate of Loyola University of New Orleans, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications.

Diane has worked in various markets around the state. She started at KATC-TV in Lafayette as reporter and morning news anchor. Diane moved back home to New Orleans in 1982 where she joined the news staff of WDSU-TV as a general assignment reporter. In 1993, Diane joined WWNO's staff, hosting news programs, a classical music show, and the "Friends of Music" concert series. She is also an award-winning producer for the station's cultural arts radio feature Inside the Arts.

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This week on Inside the Arts… the New Orleans Opera Association kicks off its season with Verdi’s La Traviata. We talk with the singers of this score of love and sacrifice.

Then, a woodsy adventure takes us to lower Algiers coast  for a celebration of nature and art. FORESTival swings into gear. And, we round out with Marco Marconi. The acclaimed Italian jazz pianist makes his New Orleans debut at Café Istanbul.

Elsa Hahne

This week on Inside the Arts... a prelude to Art for Arts' Sake as the Contemporary Arts Center presents a unique multi-media concert. We get a sneak peek at ETHEL's Documerica. The progressive string quartet ETHEL will blend vintage photos of America with a wide range of musical styles.

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with acclaimed Venezuelan American pianist Gabriela Montero. She'll perform in town this weekend at the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans' Nocturne Gala. 

Then, Theatre UNO opens its season with Molíere's classic satire, The Misanthrope. We talk with director David Hoover.

And, we round out with SIBELIUS 150, a birthday celebration concert for iconic Finnish composer and violinist Jean Sibelius.  Steven Edwards, music director of the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans will join us.

Alex Labry

The 6th Annual Salon de Jeanne D'Arc gets underway this weekend. We go Inside the Arts for a sneak peek at the intellectual revelry planned for the French patron saint. The daylong event is presented by Loyola University Medieval Studies and the Krewe of Joan of Arc. It is free and open to the public.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center

This week on Inside the Arts... a sneak peek at the Orpheum Theater as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra returns to its concert home a decade post-Katrina.

Then, Southern Rep opens its new season with acclaimed playwright Sarah Ruhl's romantic comedy, Stage Kiss.

And, we round out with Ashé to Amen, a unique gallery experience exploring the enduring spirituality of people of African descent at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center and Power House.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. 

Mary Rooney

This week on Inside the Arts... acclaimed writer Michael Allen Zell's Errata will premiere as part of Page to Stage: A New Play Festival presented by Lux et Umbra opening at the Old Marquer Theater. 

Then, abstract painter Mary Rooney throws caution to the wind as she explores painting as a process of improvisation in the exhibit, Extempore, at Staple Goods Gallery in the St. Claude Arts District.

And, we round out with an encore conversation with international opera star Bryan Hymel on his debut solo CD Heroique. The tenor and native son sings French opera arias.

This week on Inside the Arts: Catalyst, a juried exhibit presented by the New Orleans Photo Alliance celebrates the cultural vibrancy of the Crescent City Post-K.

Then, the arts community will raise the roof as Culture Collision kicks off the city's cultural season at The National WWII Museum.

And, the NOLA Project presents a new take on a doomed queen with the regional premier of David Adjmi's Marie Antoinette.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.

Wayne Amadee

    Coming up on Inside the Arts, three words are on our collective minds this week as we prepare to mark the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina: Strength, Resilience and Rebirth. Our show this week is dedicated to that spirit of renewal embraced by the power of art to affect change.

We'll visit an exhibit that explores the role architects played in the city's recovery over the past decade.

Then a stage performance at the Joy Theater -- Katrina: Mother Of 'Em All -- uses the power of humor to bring to life unforgettable stories.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Joan Mitchell Center celebrates its Grand Opening and Artist-in-Residence Program.

Then, a love gift to the Crescent City from the land down under. Multi-award winning Australian music photographer Leon Morris releases his new book Homage: New Orleans. The coffee table book in honor of the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is the photographer's journey of 20 years photographing the city's musical culture.

And, we round out with conversation with award-winning local artist Jax Frey.

Carlos Lopez

This week on Inside the Arts, Broadmoor, a former 'green dot' community, celebrates the opening of a new arts and wellness center.

Then, a new museum experience is as close as your smartphone. NOMA's art galleries embrace the future with new digital technology.

And, we round out with an arts stroll down Royal Street as galleries roll out the red carpet for Dirty Linen Night.

Airs Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.