The Work of Art

Fridays at 4:44 p.m.

This series of interviews profiles folks who fervently support the arts, frequently with minimal acknowledgment, as they contribute to the creative product.

Over the next cultural year we’ll wander through the backstages, the attics, the storage rooms and the shops and artists spaces to reveal the work of art - the people who contribute to a bigger creative vision. Karl Lengel’s life experience includes a substantial career in generating and delivering live performance. Behind every great work of art, he has witnessed countless legions of committed micro-artists who enrich detail in the creative effort. As the program host, he will seek out and give a voice to these devoted enablers. You might see their names roll past in the movie credits if you stay that long, or you might skim them in the tiny print at the back of the program. They are the people who help perfect the work of art.

Support for this series is provided by The Helis Foundation.

New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts

NOCCA - The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts - will hold an audition workshop tomorrow (Saturday) on the campus on Chartres St. While not a prerequisite to the official audition session in January, the workshop does serve to advise parents and students what is beneficial in an audition. Brian Hammell, Director of Communications at NOCCA, joins us today on the Work of Art to talk about the work of auditioning.

New Orleans Fair Grounds

Horse racing returned to New Orleans yesterday at the Fair Grounds Racecourse. Veteran announcer John G. Dooley is the Big Easy oval to be the voice of the Fair Grounds, a position he has held for over 15 years. On the Work of Art today, John joins us to talk about his art - and a lifelong profession as an announcer for the sports industry.

New American Paintings

Katie Pfohl is the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Before coming to NOMA, Pfohl served as a curator at the Louisiana State University Museum of Art, and has worked in three of the premier art museums in the country-the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Steve McCale

Last week, Karl spoke with Frank Farrell, who mixes monitors for Elvis Costello, and was on the show this past week at New Orleans' Mahalia Jackson Theater. This week, the series features an interview with Steve McCale, the front-of-house engineer for Tim McGraw. Steve discusses his entry into the profession, his thoughts on mixing differences, and some suggestions for aspiring audio engineers.

Frank Farrell

Today on the Work of Art, WWNO's Karl Lengel chats with audio engineer Frank Farrell. A concert has the front-of-house engineer who mixes for the audience and the monitor engineer who mixes for the artist. Frank Farrell has an expansive career doing just that - among others, for Kenny Rogers, Steve Miller and, currently, Elvis Costello. Like many audio engineers, he got started as a musician in his teens.