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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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Aug 15 & 17
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Extravaganza and Oktoberfest
Edvard Tchivhel, conductor; Amy Yang Hazlett, bassoon; Stephen K. Wilson, trombone

Korngold: Much Ado About Nothing
Rota: Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra
Weill: Threepenny Opera Suite
Weber: Symphony No. 1 in C
Strauss: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

Enjoy music from two concerts by the Greenville Symphony Chamber Orchestra on Carolina Live. You’ll hear a fascinating group of selections from the concert Chamber Extravaganza—music by Korngold, Nino Rota and Kurt Weill. Then the Symphony plays two highlights from an Okroberfest concert—Weber’s Symphony No. 1 in C Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. There’s wonderful variety to be found in this Carolina Live program, so make sure to join us.

Aug 22 & 24
South Carolina Philharmonic: Bach and Stravinsky
Morihiko Nakahara, music director/conductor; Wendy Cohen, flute; Carolyn Munford, harp

Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor
Concertino for Harp and Orchestra
Pulcinella Suite

Two great but very different composers are spotlighted in a concert by the South Carolina Philharmonic titled Bach and Stravinsky. The former is represented by his Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, a collection of stately dance movements. The latter’s contribution is his jaunty Pulcinella Suite, which has delighted audiences for decades. You can also enjoy a Concertino for Harp and Orchestra by Germaine Tailleferre, so be with us for this strong musical combination.

Aug 29 & 31
Charlotte Master Chorale Chamber Singers: Choral Transcendence
Dr. Kenny Potter, conductor; Philip Biedenbender, piano

Gabrieli: Angelus Domini Descendit
RheinBerger: Kyrie from Mass in E-flat minor
Durufle: Four Motets on Gregorian Themes
Macmillan: The Gallant Weaver
Hogan: Wade in the Water
Plus more…

Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Love, Drama, Triumph!
Choral Transcendence—that’s the title of a concert presented by the Charlotte Master Chorale Chamber Singers, and it includes vocal works by Gabrieli, Durufle, Macmillan and more. Then you can enjoy a symphonic triumph as the Greenville Symphony Orchestra plays Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor. That concert was titled Love, Drama, Triumph, and this edition of Carolina Live has all of that for you.

Sept 5 & 7
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra: Violin Virtuosos
Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor and violin; Mayuko Kamio, Risa Hokamura and Majorie Bagley, violins

Vivaldi: Concerto for Four Violins and Cello in B-minor
Saint-Saens: Violin Concerto No. 3 in B-minor
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole for Violin and Orchestra
Sarasate: Navarra Fantasy for Four Violins and Orchestra

There’s a spectacular program of violin music on this edition of Carolina Live. Four distinctly talented musicians fill the spotlight in a c0ncert by the Greensboro Symphony titled Violin Virtuosos. Dmitry Sitkovetsky, the orchestra’s Music Director and conductor, is also an internationally-acclaimed violinist, and he’s joined by Mayuko Kamio, Risa Hokamura and Majorie Bagley in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins and Cello and Pablo de Sarasate’s Navarra Fantasy for Four Violins and Orchestra. There’s also music by Saint-Saens and Lalo, so make sure you hear the program.

Sept 12 & 14
South Carolina Philharmonic: 20th Century Classics
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor; Edward Arron, cello

Ives/Schuman: Variations on “America”
Elgar: Cello Concerto in e-minor
Bach: Prelude to Cello Suite No. 1 in G
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10

Here in the 21st century we have the privilege of admiring and enjoying music from the previous century. In this program the South Carolina Philharmonic lets you savor the delight of Ives and Schuman’s Variations on “America,” a stirring performance ofEdward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in e-minor by Edward Aaron, and the Prelude to the Cello Suite No. 1 in G by Bach. The concert concludes with the dramatic Symphony No. 10 by Dmitri Shostakovich. These works would be classics in any century.

Sept 19 & 21
Western Piedmont Symphony: Maestro Debut
Matthew Troy, conductor; Gregory Knight, piano

Sibelius: Finlandia
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A-minor
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

It’s an exciting event when an orchestra introduces a new Music Director and conductor, and the Hickory, NC-based Western Piedmont Symphony did just that with a concert titled Maestro Debut. Matthew Troy is the group’s leader, and in the concert he led the orchestra in Sibelius’ Finlandia, Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A-minor and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. It was a most impressive way for Maestro Troy to begin, and you can enjoy it on Carolina Live.

Sept 26 & 28
Greenville Symphony Chamber Orchestra: The Magnificent Mozart
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Anthony Marotta, clarinet

Mozart: The Impresario Overture
Concerto for Clarinet in A
Symphony No. 40 in g minor

The Greenville Symphony Chamber Orchestra presents a concert that’s summed up in the title: The Magnificent Mozart. You’ll hear Wolfgang Amadeus’ The Impresario Overture, then guest artist Anthony Marotta will join the orchestra for the Concerto for Clarinet in A, and the concert concludes with Mozart’s final symphony, the brilliant Symphony No. 40 in g minor. Masterful composer, fine orchestra—a winning combination for you!

Oct 3 & 5
Winston-Salem Symphony: Franz Conducts Rachmaninoff
Robert Franz, conductor; David Friedlander, violin

Bernstein: Dance Episodes from On the Town
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

Ensemble Eclectica: Around the World in 80 MinutesSuzanna Pavlovsky, conductor

Joplin: The Entertainer
Arakelian: Tarantella Napoletana
Fernandez: Batuque
Tizol and Ellington: Caravan

Plus much more…

The always-impressive Winston-Salem Symphony welcomed a guest conductor for the concert you can enjoy on this Carolina Live. He’s Robert Franz, and he welcomed guest violinist David Friedlander to join the festivities on Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in D. Also on the program are Dance Episodes from On the Town by Leonard Bernstein and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. You’ll then hear music from a group whose names sums up the scope of their repertoire: Ensemble Eclectica. It’s an eclectic concert indeed from the Columbia-based group, with selections from Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, Astor Piazzolla, Manuel de Falla and more. Join us for this varied and exciting program.

Oct 10 & 12
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: The Russian Sorcerer and His Apprentices
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor

Glinka: Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla
Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in B-minor (“Heroic”)
Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor
Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol

There are Russian greats galore in this program featuring the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. From a concert titled The Russian Sorcerer and His Apprentices there’s music by Glinka from Ruslan and Ludmilla, Borodin’s Symphony No.2 in B-minor and Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor, as well as powerful pieces from Stravinsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. It’s a memorable sampling of Russian classical music, so make sure to join us for this Carolina Live.

Oct 17 & 19Greensboro Symphony Orchestra: Discovery and Invention
Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor; Kelly Hall-Tomkins, violin

Walker: Lyric for Strings
Price: Violin Concerto No. 2
Bock/Harnick: Fiddler Rhapsody and Scherzo
Prokofiev: Cinderella Suite
Anderson University Concert Choir: Masterworks
Dr. Richard Williamson, director; Cynthia Forbes, accompanist

Six pieces from the Choral Masterworks Concert

The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra is back in the concert hall, and we’re fortunate to be able to present their concert Discovery and Invention. It features Lyric for Strings by George Walker, the Violin Concerto No. 2 by gifted American composer Florence Price and Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella Suite, compiled by conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky. Then you can enjoy lovely vocal work from the Choral Masterworks Concert presented by Amderson University—six pieces sung by members of the Concert Choir.

Oct 24 & 26South Carolina Philharmonic: Visiones y Musica
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor

Elgar: Nimrod
Marquez: Danzon
Revueltas: Quatro Noches
Piazzolla: Tangazo
Copland: El Salon Mexico
Moncayo: Huapango

Visiones y Musica is the title of a concert by the South Carolina Philharmonic, and it’s yours to enjoy on this Carolina Live. You’ll hear Edward Elgar’s beautiful Nimrod from his Variations On an Original Theme, Danzon by Mexican composer Arturo Marguez, Tangazo by Astor Piazzolla, Aaron Copland’s El Salon Mexico and much more. It’s an exciting combination of beauty and energy, so make sure to join us.

Oct 31 & Nov 7
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: The Four Seasons
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Laura Colgate, violin

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Haydn: Symphony No. 82 (The Bear)

Quite often in concerts or on radio you have a chance to hear one of the four violin concertos which together form Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. In a concert on Carolina Live you can hear the entire Four Seasons, played by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and violinist Laura Colgate. In addition, conductor Edvard Tchivzhel leads the orchestra in the Symphony No. 82 (The Bear) by Franz Joseph Haydn, so join us for both these works.