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

Sept. 2 and 4
Davidson College Choirs & Pro Arte Orchestra

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: Hightlights 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.

Sept. 9 and 11
Tesla Quartet: Chamber Classics III

Mozart: String Quartet in d-minor
Puts: Dark Vigil
Sibelius: String Quartet in d-minor – Voces Intimae

South Carolina Philharmonic
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

There's a wonderful combination of chamber charm and symphonic power on this edition of Carolina Live.  The Tesla Quartet provides a concert from their time as resident quartet with the Western Piedmont Symphony, with pieces by Mozart, Sibelius and Kevin Puts.  Then the capper on the program is the entire Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, with all the beauty and drama the work contains.  Join us for both kinds of musical magic on this program.

Sept. 16 and 18
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 isplayed by guest artist Debra Reuter-Pivetta, and Mozart's Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major is the closerA rich sampling of Mozartiana on this edition of Carolina Live.

Sept. 23 and 25
Western Piedmont Orchestra: Classical Critters
John Gordon Ross, conductor; Hal Rowe, narrator

Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee
Haydn: Symphony No. 82 in C  "The Bear"
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf

Anderson University Choir; Anderson University Concert Choir; Southwood Academy of Arts Chamber Singers
Dr. Richard A. Williamson, Director of Choral Activities

Rutter: Requiem

We combine the grandeur of symphonic music and the beauty of a grand choral work on this Carolina Live program.  Respected conductor John Gordon Ross leads the Western Piedmont Symphony in a fun concert titled Classical Critters, featuring music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Haydn and Prokofiev.  Then a combination of three choirs come together to perform John Rutter's superb Requiem in Anderson, SC.  It's a strong combination, so make sure to join us.

Sept. 30 and Oct. 2
South Carolina Philharmonic: Oktoberfest
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.

Oct. 7 & 9
Hendersonville Chamber Orchestra:
Thomas Joiner, conductor; Jesse Davis, Christopher Tavernier & Vance Reese, pianos

Brahms: 16 Waltzes
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C "Waldstein"
Bach: Concerto No. 2 in C for Three Pianos

Tesla Quartet

Bolcom: Three Rags
Adler: String Quartet
Ljova: Crosstown & Budget Bulgar from Viola Suite

Oct. 14 & 16
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

Oct. 21 & 23
South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra: Kubrick Classics
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor

Rossini: Overture to La Gazza Ladra
Purcell/Stucky: Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary
J. Strauss: On the Beautiful Blue Danube
R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra

Greenville Symphony Orchestra: What a Wonderful World
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor

Ravel: La Valse
Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite

Oct. 28 & 30
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

Nov 4 & 6
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: And the Gold Medal Winner Is…

Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Yekwon Sunwoo, piano

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in d-minor
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in e-minor

This edition of Carolina Live features two wonderful orchestral works performed by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.  Conductor Edvard Tchivzhel leads the players in Sergei Rachmaninoff's dramatic Piano Concerto No. 3 in d-minor, with celebrated guest pianist Yekwon Sunwoo, Gold Medalist at the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.  Then the orchestra performs Johannes Brahms' marvelous Symphony No. 4 in e-minor to round out a program you won't want to miss.

Nov 11 & 13
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.

Nov 18 & 20
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra: European Delights

Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol
Debussy: Iberia
Ravel: Alborado del grazioso

The French Connection
Matthew Hanna, clarinet; Christopher Tavernier, piano

Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Debussy: L'Isle Joyeuse
Premiere Rhapsodie
Chopin: Etudes
Messager: Solo de concours
Liszt: Grand gallop chromatique

Great music from Europe fills this edition of Carolina Live.  Maestro Dmitry Sitkovetsky leads the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's joyful Capriccio Espagnol, the haunting Iberia by Claude Debussy, and Maurice Ravel's Alborado del grazioso.  Then two talented soloists work together to bring you The French Connection—clarinetist Matthew Hanna and pianist Christopher Tavernier play music by Francis Poulenc, Claude Debussy, Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt and more.  Make sure to join us for this European musical "travelogue" on Carolina Live.

Nov 25 & 27
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.