Carolina Live

Classical Stations: Sun, 6-8 am; Tue, 7-9 pm
  • Hosted by Lauren Rico

Carolina Live is a weekly program of the Carolinas' best live classical concert recordings. Presented by OrthoCarolina, the show is a co-production of WDAV 89.9 Classical Public Radio and South Carolina Public Radio. Longtime classical music announcer Lauren Rico hosts the series.

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Oct 20, 2016

Apr 30 & May 2
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra: Russian Romantics
Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor; Dmitry Masleev, piano

Stravinsky:  Divertimento from The Fairy's Kiss
Rachmaninov : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Mendelssohn:  Scherzo from  A Midsummer Night's Dream
Nikolaeva:  Etude
Tchaikovsky:  Symphony No. 6 in b-minor

You can sample both the power and emotion of some wonderful composers on this Carolina Live.  Conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra present Russian Romantics, and you can hear such dramatic favorites as Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in b-minor.  There's also music from the ballet The Fairy's Kiss by Igor Stravinsky, and more.  Be with us for a generous portion of Russian romanticism on Carolina Live.

May 7th & 9th
South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra: Up Close and Personal

Morihiko Nakahara, conductor; Derek Chung, Elisabeth Tsai, piano

Liszt:  Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat
Grieg:  Piano Concerto in a-minor
Sibelius:  Symphony No. 1 in e-minor

Two very popular piano concertos featuring an award-winning pianist playing each…that's just part of this edition of Carolina Live.  Morihiko Nakahara and the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra welcome guest pianists Derek Chung, who plays Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1, and Elisabeth Tsai, the soloist for Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto n a-minor.  The orchestra also brings you a wonderful symphony: the Symphony No. 1 in e-minor of Jean Sibelius.  It's a powerful combination of masterful music and musicians on Carolina Live.

May 14th & 16th
Bel Canto Company: In Time of Strife
Welborn Young, conductor; Christy Wisuthseriwong, accompanist

Part:  Kyrie from Berliner Messe
Finzi:  My Spirit Sang All Day
Parton:  Light of a Clear Blue Morning
Lauridsen:  Soneto de la Noche
Hogan:  I Can Tell the World

(plus several other selections)

Rutherford Chamber Consort
Brahms:  Piano Quintet in g-mnor

If by chance you're at a point in life where some solace would be welcome, try to hear this Carolina Live program.  The excellent Greensboro-based choral group Bel Canto Company present a concert titled In Time Of Strife, and there's music to assuage such a time from such composers as Arvo Part, Gerald Finzi, Morten Lauridsen, and even Dolly Parton and Carly Simon.  The program also features the Rutherford Chamber Consort performing Johannes Brahms' Piano Quintet in g-minor.  Ahhh…soothing just to think about it!

May 21st & 23rd
Spoleto Festival USA 2013: Spoleto Festival Orchestra Concert
Stefan Asbury, conductor

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol
Bartók: Suite from The Wooden Prince
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

We're in the Sottile Theater of the College of Charleston for a concert by the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra with conductor Stefan Asbury from the 2013 season. The program has two familiar masterworks serving as bookends â€" the Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio espagnol as an opener and the Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances to close the concert â€" and in between a suite of ballet music from the Hungarian composer, Bela Bartok. All three works serve as ideal showpieces for the abilities of this ensemble.<
[Original air date September 2013]

May 28th & 30th
Spoleto Festival USA 2014: Westminster Choir Legends 
Joe Miller, conductor

Daniel Elder: Elegy
Eriks Esenvalds: Legend of the Walled-up Woman
Brahms: Nänie
Alejandro Consolación: Alleluia
Jacob Handl: Pater Noster
Duruflé: Ubi Caritas, from Four Motets
Traditional: Buffalo Gals
Foster: Nelly Bly
Daniel Elder: Ballade to the Moon, from 3 Nocturnes
Elder: Elegy
Traditional: Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal
Traditional: Shenandoah
Moses Hogan: My Soul's Been Anchored

Spoleto Festival USA 2014: Westminster Choir Te Deum
Joe Miller, conductor; Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus; Members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra

G. F. Handel: Dettingen Te Deum HWV 283
Among the highlights of the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston each spring are the choral concerts given by the Westminster Choir. The 2014 edition of the festival featured two programs, and we present highlights from each on this edition of the series. From a concert called Legends at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, conductor Joe Miller leads the choir in a multi-faceted program ranging from the ancient to the contemporary. A second concert program at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist had the Charleston Symphony Chorus joining the Westminster Choir and members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra to perform Handel's Te Deum, written to commemorate a British victory in the Battle of Dettingen in 1743.

[Original Air Date September 2014]

Jun 4th & 6th
Spoleto Festival USA 2014: Orchestra Highlights
Joseph Young, conductor

Barber: Adagio for Strings
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra

John Kennedy, conductor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major

The Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra is hand-picked each year to include some of the finest young orchestra musicians across the country. This edition of Carolina Live features highlights from two of the orchestra's concerts during the 2014 festival. Charleston area native Joseph Young conducts masterworks by two 20th century composers, while the festival's director of orchestral activities leads the ensemble in one of Beethoven's most popular symphonies. [ORIGINAL AIR DATE MAY 2015]

Jun 11th & 13th
Spoleto Festival USA 2013: Intermezzi & Westminster Choir
Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra/Aik Kai Pung, conductor

Ives: Four Ragtime Dances
Copland: Music for the Theater
Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite

Westminster Choir/ Joe Miller, conductor

This program features performances from two separate concerts, both performed at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, one of fourteen different venues used during the 2013 festival. The first is from the Intermezzi series of concerts and features the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra with conductor Aik Kai Pung in a program of Ives, Copland and Stravinsky. The second features the festival's long-time resident chorus, the Westminster Choir under the direction of Joe Miller, performing a program ranging from the Renaissance to the present day.

Jun 18th & 20th
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Hymn to Nature
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Stacy Rishoi, alto solo

Chicora Voices
Alan Reed, Artistic Director and conductor; Laura Jean Reed,  conductor
Women of the Greenville Chorale
Bingham Vick, Jr., Artistic Director and conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in d-minor

One of Gustav Mahler's massive symphonies is the focus of this edition of Carolina Live.  In a concert titled "Hymn to Nature," the Greenville Symphony, the Women of the Greenville Chorale and the city's young Chicora Voices join to perform Mahler's Symphony No. 3 in d-minor.  It's a spectacular workâ€"the kind you expect from Mahlerâ€"and it's done in spectacular style by the musical forces from Greenville.

Jun 25th & 27th
South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra: Sayaka in the Spring
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor; Sayaka Shoji, violin

Nishimura: Sakurabito (2010)
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in e-minor
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in e-minor

There's a fascinating combination of composers to be found in this program.  In a concert titled "Sayaka in the Spring," Felix Mendelssohn provides the Violin Concerto in e-minor, Tchaikovsky his Symphony No. 5 in e-minor, and Japanese composer Akira Nishimura's Sakurabito (2010) opens the proceedings.  The guest artist is violinist Sayaka Shoji, so join us for a stirring evening of music from the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jul 2nd & 4th
Vivian Major Robinson Concert Series: Chopin Meets the Beatles
Pamela Howland, piano

Chopin: A Major Prelude
Lennon & McCartney: In My Life
Chopin: "Raindrop" Prelude
Lennon & McCartney: "If I Fell"
Chopin: C Minor Prelude
Lennon & McCartney: "Let it Be"
Chopin: "Farewell" Waltz
Lennon & McCartney: "The Long and Winding Road"
Chopin: B Minor Mazurka
Lennon & McCartney: "Lady Madonna"

Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Magic of Mozart
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor

Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor

The Lancaster Cultural Arts Center is the setting of an inventive program presented by North Carolina-based pianist Pam Howland. An acclaimed interpreter of Chopin, she performs beloved selections by the Polish composer paired with Beatles pop standards. Then the program shifts to Greenville for highlights from a concert in that orchestra's Chamber Classics series featuring the overture to a favorite Mozart opera and one of his final symphonies.

Jul 9th & 11th
South Carolina Philharmonic: The Rite of Spring
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor
SC Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
Neil Casey, conductor

Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakov: Night on Bald Mountain
Prokofiev: Suite from Cinderella
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Several of the greatest figures in Russian musical history provide the selections featured in this edition of Carolina Live.  The concert's title is The Rite of Spring,  and that groundbreaking work by Igor Stravinsky is performed by the South Carolina Philharmonic, which also presents a Suite from Cinderella by Sergei Prokofiev.  The music begins with Modest Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, in a re-orchestration by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; that's played by the South Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. It's powerful music for any season on Carolina Live.

Jul 16th & 18th
Winston-Salem Symphony: Schubert & Mozart
Mark Stringer, guest conductor; Daniel Skidmore, violin; Simon Ertz, viola

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in b-minor (Unfinished)
Britten: Concerto for Violin & Viola
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C (Jupiter)

Schubert & Mozart is the title the Winston-Salem Symphony bestowed on the concert we feature this week, but it must be noted that another excellent composer contributes to the musicâ€"Benjamin Britten.  Guest conductor Mark Stringer  leads the orchestra in Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony No. 8, Britten's Concerto for Violin & Viola, and Mozart's final symphonyâ€"No. 41 in C, "Jupiter."  It's a program of variety and exciting performances, so be with us for this edition of Carolina Live.

Jul 23rd & 25th
Davidson College Concert Series: WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition 2016

Noctis Quartet
Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, ii.
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 9 in C, iv.

Chimera Quartet
Haydn: String Quartet in F, Op. 77 No. 2, i.
Bartok: String Quartet No. 1 in A, iii.

Von Quartet
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 4 in E Minor, i.
Ginastera: String Quartet No. 2, v.

Onyx Quartet
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, i.
Debussy: String Quartet in G Minor, i.

WDAV Classical Public Radio's third annual Young Chamber Musicians competition drew entries from across the country and Europe, and the four finalists represented some of the nation's finest music programs. The Junior Division featured a "battle of the coasts," with ensembles from New York City and Los Angeles competing.  In the Senior Division a group from The Cleveland Institute of Music went up against one from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. The concert was presented in the Duke Family Performance Hall on the Davidson College campus and broadcast live, with prizes awarded not only by the panel of judges but also an "Audience Choice" award determined by text voting.

July 30th & Aug 1st

Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Inspired By the Classics
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor

Richard Strauss: Divertimento On Themes of Couperin
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D
Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 1 in d-minor

Davidson College Choral Arts Society
Davidson Pro Arte Orchestra
Christopher Gilliam, director; David Gilliland, accompanist

Dan Forrest: Requiem For the Living
Classical fans often turn to their favorite music for inspiration, and on this Carolina Live we have music to provide just that.  Inspired By the Classics is the title of a concert from the Greenville Symphony Orchestra's chamber series, and there are works from Richard Strauss, who was inspired by Francois Couperin, from Sergei Prokofiev, inspired by Haydn and Mozart, and from Tchaikovsky, who also found his muse in Mozart.  In addition, the Davidson College Choral Arts Society and Pro Arte Orchestra present a moving performance of Dan Forrest's Requiem For the Living.