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.

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This week on Inside the Arts, a celebration of blues music, arts and blueberries on the Northshore. Charmaine Neville is among a stellar lineup of musicians headlining the Bluesberry Festival which debuts this weekend in Covington.

Then, the party with a purpose, ESSENCE Festival presented by Coca-Cola is just weeks away.  We get a sneak peek as ESSENCE magazine editors are in town.

And, Rapper MC Sweet Tea and The New Quorum re-launch “A Day Late and a Dollar Short”, an immersive musical set in a Storyville brothel.

This week on Inside the Arts, Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation is the first multi-mural exhibition of large-scale contemporary artwork in the Arts District. An unveiling block party will kick off celebrations this weekend. Arts Council New Orleans deputy director Alphonse Smith and artist Carl Joe Williams join us in studio for a sneak peek.

Then, the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans presents the Duruflé Requiem and the Bach Magnificat with professional vocal soloists and chamber orchestra in its season ending concert. Music director Steven Edwards stops by for a chat.

This week on Inside the Arts, Dos Coyotes a romantic comedy about border crossings, redemption and belonging is in final days at the Fortress of Lushington.  The work is by local playwright Kurt Opprecht who joins us in studio with director Gregory Johnson.  

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This week on Inside the Arts, the 8th International Birdfoot Chamber Music Festival is gearing up for a 5-day celebration of classical music. The festival will run May 28th thru June 1st in venues around the city. We catch up with Birdfoot's artistic director and violinist Jenna Sherry.

Photo courtesy of Le Petit Theatre

This week on Inside the Arts, internationally acclaimed American concert pianist Mona Golabek closes Le Petit Theatre's season with The Pianist of Willesden Lane. The play is based on the book, The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen and adapted by Hershey Felder. It is the story of Golabek's mother, a young Jewish pianist whose dreams of a concert debut are upended during the Nazi regime. Mona Golabek performs in our studio.

Photo credit: Joshua Brasted

This week on Inside the Arts, New Orleans veteran actress Troi Bechet is the legendary "Queen of Gospel," Mahalia Jackson, in the world premiere of Flowers for Halie. The play presented by Southern Rep Theatre brings to life the journey of the iconic singer, civil rights leader and native daughter. The work is written by and stars Troi Bechet who joins us in studio.

Courtesy of art4now Inc New Orleans

This week on Inside the Arts, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell continues its 50th Anniversary celebration! Legendary musicians are honored on the 2019 Jazz Fest 50th Anniversary limited-edition silkscreen poster, Family Portrait: Jazz Fest at 50. We catch up with artist Scott Guion.

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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