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

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.

 Jan 7th & 9th
USC Symphony Orchestra: Segev Plays
Elgar
Donald Portnoy, conductor; Inbal Segev, cello

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite
Elgar: Cello Concerto in e-minor
Bach: Sarabande from Cello Suite in C

Charleston Symphony Orchestra

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in c-minor

Music from two excellent South Carolina locations is featured in this program. From Columbia the USC Symphony Orchestra performs cello works by Elgar and Bach, with guest artist Inbal Segev.  Then from Charleston that city's symphony orchestra plays the Symphony No. 1 by Johannes Brahms.  Two cities, one marvelously full program on this Carolina Live.

Jan 14th & 6th
Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra:  Season Finale
Robert Moody, conductor; Conrad Tao, piano

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird
Tao: The world is very different now
Prokofiev: Concerto No. 3 for Piano and Orchestra

The brilliant young pianist Conrad Tao joins the Winston-Salem Symphony in the concert this program features, and he plays two vital roles: he's soloist in Prokofiev's Concerto No. 3 for Piano and Orchestra, and he also wrote one of the concert's works, The world is very different now.  In addition, the orchestra plays a suite from The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky, so be sure to join us for this program's fireworks.

Jan 21st & 23rd
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: The Great
EscapeEdvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Edwin McCain, narrator

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 in D
Copland: Lincoln Portrait
Gershwin: An American in Paris

The concert featured on this edition of Carolina Live was titled "The Great Escape," and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra offers music to transport you.  They begin with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 3, then take you back in time with Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait. The final excursion is to the City of Lights—George Gershwin's An American in Paris.  Bon voyage!

Jan 28th & 30th
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra: Not So Classical
Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor and violin

Haydn: Overture to Lo Speziale
Mozart: Violin Concerto in G Major
Chopin: Prelude No. 15 in Db Major
Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in b-minor

Dmitry Sitkovetsy, Music Director and conductor of the Greensboro Symphony, is also a world-renowned violinist, and in the concert we feature he plays Mozart's Violin Concerto in G Major in addition to leading the orchestra.  There's also an overture by Haydn, a prelude by Chopin transcribed by Sitkovetsky for string orchestra and the oh-so-melodic Symphony No. 2 in b-minor by Borodin.  Enjoy a true Maestro and some wonderful musicians on Carolina Live.

Feb 4th & 6th
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Musical Deserts and Magic
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Roman Kim, violin

Rossini: La gazza ladra Overture
Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in e-minor

Music and magic—a wonderful combination on this edition of Carolina Live…Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra are featured in a concert that includes a favorite operatic overture by Rossini, the Violin Concerto No. 1 in D by the brilliant violinist and composer Paganini, and the very popular Symphony No. 9 in e-minor "From the New World" by Dvorak.  Roman Kim is the guest violinist, so be our guest for the broadcast.

Feb 11th & 13th
Winston-Salem Symphony: All-Mozart
Edwin Outwater, conductor; John Hammarback, oboe

Mozart: Divertimento No. 2 in D
Oboe Concerto in C
Symphony No. 38 in D – "Prague"

The setting for this edition of Carolina Live is Winston-Salem, with guest conductor Edwin Outwater leading the Winston-Salem Symphony in an all-Mozart concert.  The great Amadeus supplies his Divertimento No. 2 in D, the Oboe Concerto in C with guest soloist John Hammarback, and the Symphony No. 38 in D – "Prague."  Brilliant composer, talented orchestra…a great combination on Carolina Live.
[ORIGINAL AIR DATE FEB 2017]

Feb 18th & 20th
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Secrets Behind Inspiration
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor

Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in d-minor

Rutherford Chamber Consort: Belle Perle di Primavera

Martinu: Madrigal for Violin and Viola
Gliere: Duets for Violin and Cello

Piazzolla: Oblivion for Clarinet in A
Williams: Air and Simple Gifts

You'll find an interesting mixture of symphonic and chamber music on this program.  Edvard Tchivzhel leads the Greenville Symphony in the mysterious Enigma Variations of Edward Elgar and the powerful Symphony No. 5 by Dmitry Shostakovich.  Then it's a chamber concert from the Rutherford Chamber Consort, with selections by Bohuslav Martinu, Reinhold Gliere, Astor Piazzolla and more.  A wealth of variety and excellent performances for you to enjoy.
[ORIGINAL AIR DATE FEB 2017]

Feb 26th & 28th
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra: Hope Springs Eternal
Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor; Sergey Antonov, cello

Smetana: Overture to The Bartered Bride
Dvorak: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Bach: Sarabande
Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat – "Spring"

Spectacular music for cello and a joyous symphony by Schumann are the focal points of this program, with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and their concert "Hope Springs Eternal."  The music begins with the ever-popular Overture to The Bartered Bride by Smetana, then Dvorak's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra is performed by guest artist Sergey Antonov.  The concert concludes with Robert Schumann's "Spring" Symphony No. 1.  Our "hope" is that you'll join us.
[ORIGINAL AIR DATE  JAN 2017]