Carolina Live

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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

Oct 1st & 3rd
Greenville Chorale & Greenville Symphony Orchestra
Bingham Vick, Jr., artistic director and conductor

Orff: Carmina Burana

Davidson College Music Department
Robert Kopf, tenor
David Gilliland, piano

Schumann: Dichterliebe

The emphasis is on vocal excellence in this program, as the Greenville Chorale joins with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra to present Carl Orff's dramatic and highly-regarded Carmina Burana.  Then the focus is on a single voice, as tenor Robert Kopf and pianist David Gilliland present a set of sixteen songs by Robert Schumann—Dichterliebe.


Oct 8th & 10th
Firebird Arts Alliance: Songs of the Earth

David Tang, conductor; Firebird Arts Sinfonia; VOX; Daniel Shirley, tenor; Neal Sharpe, bass-baritone

Schonberg: Friede auf Erden
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral: Welcome, King of Heaven
Jared Johnson, conductor; Trinity Choirs; North Carolina Baroque Orchestra
Matthew Samson, countertenor
Ryan Headley, tenor
Stephen Fenner, baritone

Bach: O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht
Bach: Himmelskonig, sei willkommen

Musical forces are summoned to great effect on the next Carolina Live, as the Firebird Arts Alliance brings together in Charlotte the choral group VOX, the Firebird Arts Sinfonia and two talented soloists for works by Arnold Schonberg and Gustav Mahler.  We then hear music from Columbia's Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, where several massed choirs are joined by the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra and soloists for two works by Johann Sebastian Bach.  The concert was titled Welcome, King of Heaven, and you're more than welcome to join us for the stirring music.

Oct 15th & 17th
Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra: Classics #3

Robert Moody, conductor; D. J. Sparr, guitar

Sibelius:  Symphony No. 5 in Eb
Sparr:  Violet Bond: Concerto for Electric Guitar
Dvorak:  Symphony No. 9 in e-minor (From the New World)

Carolina Live has an interesting combination of both new and older music on this program.  The concert is from the Classics Series of the Winston-Salem Symphony, and features Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 5 in Eb, contemporary composer D. J. Sparr's Violet Bond: Concerto for Electric Guitar, and the ever-popular Symphony No. 9 in e-minor (From the New World) by Antonin Dvorak..  The mix is striking, so be sure to join conductor Robert Moody and us for this edition of Carolina Live.

Oct 22nd & 24th
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: In the Company of Great Romantics

Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Edisher Savitski, piano

Von Weber:  Oberon
Prokofiev:  Piano Concerto No. 3 in C
Schumann:  Symphony No. 4 in d-minor

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra and conductor Edvard Tchivzhel invite you to spend some wonderful time In the Company of Great Romantics.  You'll hear Carl Maria von Weber's Oberon, Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C with guest pianist Edisher Savitski, and the concert will conclude with Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 4 in d-minor.  A distinguished group of Romantics for sure, and you'll be glad you joined their company by joining us for this edition of Carolina Live.

Oct 29th & 31st
Greensboro Symphony: Night of Mystery

Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor; Cathal Breslin, piano

Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1 for solo piano
Liszt: Totentanz for piano and orchestra
Prokofiev: Dance of the Knights from Romeo & Juliet
Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre
Sibelius: Valse Triste
Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain

From Dana Auditorium comes a Halloween edition of the program. Music Director Dmitry Sitkovetsky and the Greensboro Symphony welcome a rising young Irish pianist for a holiday-themed concert that includes devilish music by Liszt for solo piano and piano with orchestra. There are also perennially popular spooky classics from Dukas, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, Sibelius and Mussorgsky.


Nov 5th & 7th
Greenville Symphony Chamber Orchestra: Some Enchanted Evening

Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Xiaoqing Yu, violin

Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in Bb
John Williams: The Tango
Manual Ponce: Estrellita ("Star of Love")
Dvorak: Slavonic Dances 7-9

Chamber Music Charleston
Anthea Kreston, violin; Ben Weiss, viola; Timothy O'Malley, cello; Jean Williams, bass; David Odom, clarinet; Sandra Nikolajevs, bassoon; Debra Sherrill Ward, horn

Strauss: Emperor Waltz
Beethoven: Septet in E-flat

This edition of the program focuses on chamber settings.  First the Greenville Symphony Chamber Orchestra presents the concert Some Enchanted Evening, featuring Schubert's Symphony No. 5 and several Slavonic Dances by Dvorak.  Then the musicians of Chamber Music Charleston offer An Afternoon in Vienna, with a well-known waltz by Johann Strauss, Jr., The Emperor, and Beethoven's Septet in E-flat.


Nov 12th & 14th
Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra: Film Composers Onstage

Robert Moody, conductor; Charles Yang, violin

Williams:  Dartmoor, 1912 from War Horse
Korngold:  Concerto in D for Violin and Orchestra
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in d-minor

Composers who achieved great fame and adulation in part by writing wonderful music for films are featured on this program.  The Winston-Salem Symphony and conductor Robert Moody bring you a piece from John Williams' score for War Horse—Dartmoor, 1912; there's a Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D by an earlier film giant, Erich Kordgold; and the program concludes with the Symphony No. 5 n d-minor by Russian great Dmitri Shostakovich.  It may not be a trip to the movies, but it's a terrific musical journey on Carolina Live.

Nov 19th & 21st
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra: Winter Dreams

Nathaniel Beversluis, conductor

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in g "Winter Dreams"
Suite from Sleeping Beauty
1812 Overture

The excitement of Tchaikovsky's music is heard in abundance on this program.  From the Russian master there's the symphony that provides the title of the concert—Winter Dreams, the Symphony No. 1 in g.  There's a suite from one of Tchaikovsky's iconic ballets, Sleeping Beauty, and the concert concludes with a classic ode to bombast--the 1812 Overture.


Nov 26th & 28th
Kaia String Quartet: Returning Friends

Beethoven:  String Quartet No. 8 in e-minor
Gillespie:  Chicago-Lucerne
Piazzola:  Esqualo & Coral

Rebecca Robinson, Family and Friend: Love Songs in the Afternoon
Rebecca Robinson, mezzo-soprano; Wade Dingman, piano/organ; Mary Kay Robinson, violin; Joseph Robinson, oboe

Schubert:  Schubert's Take on Love
Gershwin:  Someone to Watch Over Me
Kern:  Bill (from Showboat)
Cumming:  Springfield Mountain & Song of the Old Maid
Bizet:  Habanera
Weill:  Farewell, Goodbye
Morricone:  Gabriel's Oboe

Two settings and two interesting groups of performers are featured on this edition of Carolina Live.  The Kaia String Quartet arrives from their base in Chicago to wow an audience at the Salt Block Auditorium in Hickory, NC, playing the String Quartet No. 8 in e-minor by Beethoven and Chicago-Lucerne by Amos Gillespie.  In Davidson, NC, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Robinson is joined by accompanist Wade Dingman and her musician parents, Mary Kay and Joseph Robinson, for a varied concert with music from Schubert, Gershwin, Bizet and more.  It's a pleasing potpourri on this week's Carolina Live.

Dec 3rd & 5th
South Carolina Philharmonic: Russian Fireworks
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor; Sayaka Shoji, violin

Shostakovich: Festive Overture
Tchaikovsky:  Violin Concerto
Prokofiev:  Symphony No. 5

There won't be explosions, but the music you'll hear on this program will pack quite a wallop!  Music Director and conductor Morihiko Nakahara leads the South Carolina Philharmonic in a concert titled Russian Fireworks.  There's the delight of Dmitri Shostakovich's Festive Overture, the beloved Violin Concerto of Tchaikovsky and the powerful Symphony No. 5 by Sergei Prokofiev.  Russian greats and great Russian music for you to hear and enjoy on this Carolina Live.

Dec 10th & 12th
Winston-Salem Symphony: Enigma Variations
Robert Moody, conductor; Brant Taylor and Brooks Whitehouse, cellos

Wagner:  Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg  Prelude
Ott: Concerto for Two Cellos and Orchestra
Elgar:  Enigma Variations 

The title of our featured concert is Enigma Variations, but the quality of the music you'll hear during this edition of Carolina Live is quite clear and straightforward.  It begin with Wagner's stately Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, moves to a distinctive Concerto for Two Cellos and Orchestra by contemporary composer David Ott, and ends with the work that provides the concert's title—Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations.  A diverse and interesting selection from the always-creative Robert Moody and the Winston-Salem Symphony.

Dec 17th & 19th  
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Oktoberfest and Divine Mozart
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor

Handel: Royal Fireworks Music
Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F
Mozart: Symphony No. 20 in D
                 Symphony No. 35 in D "Haffner"

Any part of the year is a good time for an Oktoberfest celebration, and we have one for you in mid-December, courtesy of conductor Edvard Tchivzhel and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.  Their concert features the bombast of Handel's Royal Fireworks Music, the musical precision of Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Haydn and the power of Beethoven's Symphony No. 8.  Then from a concert in the orchestra's chamber series titled Divine Mozart we'll hear Amadeus' Symphony No. 20 in D and the "Haffner" Symphony No. 35.  Highlights from two concerts on this one Carolina Live.

Dec 24th & 26th
Bel Canto Company of Greensboro: Holiday Favorites
Wellborn Young, conductor; Karen Beres, piano

A gift basket of holiday favorites, including:
Mechem: This Is the Truth, Gift of Love
Forrest: O Come All Ye Faithful
Paulus: We Three Kings of Orient Are
Snedden: O Little Town of Bethlehem
Jennings: Climb to the Top of the Christmas Tree
Poston: Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
Van: Christmas Lullaby
Plus arrangements of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Let It Snow!, Patapan and more

The music of Christmas is presented in rich abundance by Bel Canto Company, the excellent vocal group from Greensboro.  In a concert from Christ United Methodist Church, artistic director and conductor Wellborn Young leads the singers in songs that are popular gems of the season, as well as in pieces less well-known but wonderfully striking.  Enjoy the sounds of the holiday on a joyous Carolina Live.

Dec 31st & Jan 2nd
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Poetry and Drama of Life
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Xiaoquing Yu, violin; Kathryn Dey, viola; Lisa Kiser, piano/organ

Wyche: Moonbeams
Grieg: Peer Gynt
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra and conductor Edvard Tchivzhel delve into the Poetry and Drama of Life on the program, with the dramatic aspects including the music written by Edvard Grieg to accompany the play Peer Gynt.  The marvelous Finnish symphonist Jean Sibelius touches on life's poetry with his beautiful Symphony No. 2 in D.  Beauty, drama, great music—it's all yours on this week's Carolina Live.