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

Sep 03
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Meet the Heroes

Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Benjamin Beilman, violin

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D
[Encores]
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."

[ORIGINAL AIR DATE SEPT 2016]

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
[Encore]
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.

[ORIGINAL AIR DATE SEPT 2016]

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

John Gordon Ross, conductor; Marjorie Bagley, violin

Beethoven: 
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.

[ORIGINAL AIR DATE OCTOBER 2016]

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.

[ORIGINAL AIR DATE OCTOBER 2016]
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.

[ORIGINAL AIR DATE OCTOBER 2016]

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.

[ORIGINAL AIR DATE NOV. 2016]

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.

[ORIGINAL AIR DATE NOV. 2016]

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.