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

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.

Aug 6th & Aug 8th
Davidson College Choirs & Pro Arte Orchestra

Christopher Gilliam, director & conductor

Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

Greenville Symphony: Mediterranean Cuisine (Highlights)
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Carolina Ulrich, flute

Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Ibert: Concerto for Flute
Ibert: Suite Symphonique, "Paris"

The combined forces of several Davidson College choirs and orchestral ensemble present a powerful contemporary mass by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins on this edition of the program. Then it's off to Greenville for highlights from a concert featuring tasty selections by Jacques Ibert, as well as an opening memorial tribute to beloved orchestra leader Sherwood Mobley.

Aug 13th & Aug 15th
South Carolina Philharmonic:
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor; Joseph Rackers, piano

Columbia Choral Society
Dr. Elizabeth Mears, music director

Weber: Overture to Der Freischutz
Brahms: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny)
Beethoven: Choral Fantasy
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in d-minor

The concert featured on this Carolina Live program was titled Oktoberfest, but it's filled with music that's wonderful any month of the year.  You'll hear Weber's Overture to Der Freischutz, the Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) by Brahms, Beethoven's "warm-up" to the 9th Symphony, his stirring Choral Fantasy, plus Mendelssohn's powerful Symphony No. 5 in d-minor.  It's a full and appetizing menu of musical delights, just right for whenever you may hear it. 

Aug 20th & Aug 22th
Davidson College Choirs & Pro Arte
Christopher Gilliam, director; David Gilliland, accompanist; Jacquelyn Culpepper, soprano; Ban Boye, baritone

Vaughn Williams: A Sea Symphony

Western Piedmont Symphony
John Gordon Ross, conductor

Tchaikovsky: Highlights from Swan Lake

The massed Choirs and Pro Arte Orchestra of Davidson College, along with impressive vocal soloists, team to present a major work by Ralph Vaughn Williams—A Sea Symphony.  It's a spectacular choral symphony by the English great, not heard all that often.  You can hear it on this Carolina Live,  along with a set of highlights from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet, played by Hickory, North Carolina's Western Piedmont Symphony.

Aug 27th & Aug 29th
Winston Salem Symphony Orchestra: All-Russian Program

Robert Moody, conductor; Andrew von Oeyen, piano

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor
Stravinsky: Petrouchka (1947 version)
A bright, rising star joins conductor Robert Moody and the Winston-Salem Symphony for this concert of Russian masterworks. Rachmaninoff's most technically challenging piano concerto is the centerpiece while works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky provide the bookends.

Sep 03

Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Meet the Heroes
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Benjamin Beilman, violin

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D
Bach: Gavotte & Rondeau from Partita No. 3
Ysaye: Presto from Sonata No. 4
Bach: Largo from Sonata No. 3
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat, "Eroica"

This edition features a concert of heroic music from the Masterworks Series of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina. The orchestra is joined by violinist Benjamin Beilman for Beethoven's concerto, and he also delivers three encores. Then the orchestra and their renowned, long-serving maestro deliver a performance of Beethoven's groundbreaking "Eroica."


Sep 10th & 12th

Greensboro Symphony Orchestra: Magic of Mozart
Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor; Debra Reuter-Pivetta, flute

Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute
Flute Concerto No. 1 in G
Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major

Mozart is indeed the focus of this energetic concert by the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, and the masterful composer's diversity is highlighted. Dmitry Sitkovetsky leads the orchestra in the overture from Mozart's opera The Magic Flute, the Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major is played by guest artist Debra Reuter-Pivetta, and Mozart's Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major is the closer. A rich sampling of Mozartiana on this edition of Carolina Live.

Sep 17th & 19th 
South Carolina Philharmonic: All About the Bass

Morihiko Nakahara, conductor
Edgar Meyer, double bass

Kodaly: Dance of Galanta
Edgar Meyer: Double Bass Concerto in D
Bottesini: Double Bass Concerto No. 2 in B Minor
Bach: Prelude from Cello Suite No. 2, BWV 1008
Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D, K. 504

A versatile performer visits the Koger Center in Columbia to play with the state's orchestra. Edgar Meyer plays his own concerto as well as another work for double bass by a Baroque composer plus his own transcription of a beloved cello work by Bach as an encore. Then the orchestra performs one of Mozart's mighty final symphonies.


Sep 24th & 26th
Western Piedmont Symphony: Ludwig van Is the Man

John Gordon Ross, conductor; Marjorie Bagley, violin

Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus
Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major
Violin Concerto in D-Major

One of the gems of the North Carolina foothills is the Western Piedmont Symphony, based in Hickory, NC. The orchestra returns to Carolina Live with an all-Beethoven concert titled "Ludwig van Is the Man." You'll hear the master composer's Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, the Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major and the Violin Concerto in D-Major with guest violinist Marjorie Bagley. You'll hear clearly why Beethoven is indeed "The Man!"

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.