Diane Mack

Producer & Morning Edition Host

"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.

Ways to Connect

This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell celebrates its 50th Anniversary! We take a world journey through the Cultural Exchange Pavilion. Coordinator Valérie Guillet joins us with Helen Regis, LSU associate professor of Anthropology and guitarist Javier Olando, leader of the group AsheSon.

Then, the New Orleans Opera Association closes its season with Verdi's masterpiece, Rigoletto. The popular opera, rich in drama and music, was controversial in its day. Director Jose Maria Condemi is here with all the details.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Marigny Opera Ballet, known for its award winning original contemporary ballets is gearing up for a 6th season of dance with an original take on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Artistic director Dave Hurlbert joins us.

Then, the award-winning Musaica Chamber Ensemble presents its final concert of the season with Songs of the Earth, a global journey, including two new premieres.  Musaica president and violist Bruce Owen stops by with Loyola composition student Dylan Tran.

This week on Inside the Arts, Bryan Hymel’s Opus Opera opens its Spring season with an original interpretation of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.  We talk with soloists Irini Kyriakidou and Christina Vial who are joined by Richard Rholden of Delta Festival Ballet and Opus Opera spokesman Joe McKesson.

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This week on Inside the Arts, an exhibition of new artworks by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly are on view at the Arthur Roger Gallery. It is the first time the entire gallery space is being devoted to one artist. WWNO's Eileen Fleming takes us through the breathtaking glass art installation.

Then, French Quarter Festival, the largest showcase of Louisiana music, kicks off its 36th Anniversary with a 4-day musical blowout. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. president and CEO Emily Madero stops by for a chat.

“Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina,” presented by The Helis Foundation
Photo Credit: Image courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection

This week on Inside the Arts, three decades of contemporary art inspired by the Crescent City, kicks off the grand opening of The Historic New Orleans Collection’s new exhibit space. It’s a third campus for THNOC in the Seignouret-Brulatour Building at 520 Royal Street. The exhibit is called “Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina,”  presented by the Helis Foundation. We talk with artist/curator Jan Gilbert.

This week on Inside the Arts, critically acclaimed New Orleans musician Aurora Nealand teams up with Goat in the Road Productions for the world premiere of her solo album KindHumanKind, in a multi-dimensional theatrical concert experience. It's presented by the Contemporary Arts Center. Aurora Nealand and Goat in the Road productions co-director Chris Kaminstein stop by for a chat.

 

Photo Credit: Paul Kolnik

This week on Inside the Arts, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater rolls into town.  The New Orleans Ballet Association [NOBA] presents the return of the legendary modern dance company as it celebrates 60 years of African American culture through dance.  We talk with artistic director Robert Battle.

Then, a heads up for classical music and opera lovers. The Symphony Book Fair is holding a special event that could enrich your collection of music as well as books.  LPO volunteer and New Orleans Opera associate Philip Straub joins us with details.

This week on Inside the Arts, Voices in the Dark Repertory Theatre Company and Ashé Cultural Arts Center celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play, A Raisin in the Sun. We talk with director Tommye Myrick and actors Michael Forest and Constance Thompson.

Then, the wait is over. The Broadway smash hit Hamilton opens at the Saenger this week. We go backstage as WWNO's Karl Lengel talks with award winning lighting designer Howell Binkley.

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This week on Inside the Arts, New Orleans based Putumayo Records is celebrating 25 years. WWNO’s Karl Lengel catches up with Putumayo founder/CEO Dan Storper.

Then, an open call goes out to visual artists of all mediums for a spot at the city's premier handmade market in Palmer Park. We talk with Arts Market New Orleans manager, Katie Odell.

This week on Inside the Arts, the Greatest Free Show on Earth kicks into high gear. It's Carnival Time!

We'll explore adventures along the parade route.  We have ideas for all the beads you're collecting and information on an app to help you get around.

Also, Peggy Scott Laborde drops by with a heads up on WYES-TV's live broadcast of the meeting of the courts of Rex and Comus.

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