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

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.

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!"