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Carolina Live Program Listings

Jun 19, 2019

Aug 4 & 6
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Beilman Returns
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Benjamin Beilman, violin

Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger
Violin Concerto in D
Symphony No. 7 in d-minor

It can be exciting when someone of international renown is a special guest, and  this concert has that kind of buzz…the Greenville Symphony welcomes violinist Benjamin Beilman to this concert, and the gifted performer plays Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto in D.  Also on the program are Richard Wagner's Prelude to Die Meistersinger and the Symphony No. 7 in D-minor by Antonin Dvorak.  Be sure to be with us for this much-awaited "return."

Aug 11 & 13
Winston-Salem Symphony: Fanfare
Robert Moody, conductor; Ryan Anthony, trumpet

Stephenson: Light from Shadows
Smetana: Overture to The Bartered Bride
Stephenson: Concerto No. 3 for Trumpet and Orchestra
Morricone: "Gabriel's Oboe" from The Mission
Barber: Adagio for Strings
Respighi: Pines of Rome

The concert featured on this program opens with a piece specially commissioned for the Winston-Salem Symphony, Light From Shadows by James Stephenson, who also provides his Concerto No. 3 for Trumpet and Orchestra.  The orchestra and conductor Robert Moody also offer favorite works by Bedrich Smetana, Samuel Barber, Ennio Morricone and Ottorino Respighi, so be sure to be with us for the marvelous variety on this Carolina Live.

Aug 18 & 20
Charleston Symphony Orchestra: Bach's B-minor Mass
Rob Taylor, conductor

Taylor Festival Choir
College of Charleston Madrigal Singers

Bach: Mass in B-minor

A single monumental work fills this edition of Carolina Live.  It's Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B-minor, which gave new form to the vocal music that Bach had composed throughout his career.  The performance is by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Taylor Festival Choir and the College of Charleston Madrigal Singers, so join us for this special concert.

Aug 25 & 27
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven the Great
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Dmitri Levkovich, piano

Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Piano Concerto No. 5
Symphony No. 5 in c

Conductor Edvard Tchivzhel and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra focus on Ludwig van Beethoven in the concert featured on this program.  From the great composer comes his Egmont Overture, the Piano Concerto No. 5 with guest artist Dmitri Levkovich and the always-stirring Symphony No. 5 in c. The concert's title is Beethoven the Great and the orchestra does a great job of playing the master's music!

Sept 1 & 3 
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 8 & 10
Vox & The Firebird Sinfonia: A German Requiem
David Tang, conductor

Brahms: A German Requiem

Western Piedmont Symphony: Masterworks ii
John Gordon Ross, conductor; Luke Boudreault and Bill
Lawing, trumpets; Serafim Smigelskiy and Sarah Rocco Ross, cello

Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Trumpets in C
Joplin: Solace & The Easy Winners
Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 1
Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Cellos in g-minor

This program brings you two very different concerts…in the first, Johannes Brahms' A German Requiem is performed in stirring fashion by Charlotte-based choral group Vox and The Firebird Sinfonia. The second concert's highlights are supplied by the Western Piedmont Symphony, with two impressive works by Antonio Vivaldi and favorites by Scott Joplin and Ottorino Respighi.  It's a Carolina Live with great variety, so be sure to listen.

Sept 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 on this Carolina Live.  The Chamber Orchestra offers 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 Oktoberfest concert—Carl Maria von Weber's Symphony No. 1 in C and Richard Strauss' Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.  There's wonderful variety to be found in this Carolina Live, so make sure to join us.

Sept 22 & 24
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra: Favorite Love Songs
Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor & violin; Jaime Laredo, violin; Sharon Robinson, cello

Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Violins and Cello in d-minor
Brubeck: Pas De Deux – Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suite

The title of the concert featured here is Favorite Love Songs, and the special guests of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra have created a long-running musical love story…Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson are a husband-wife team who are known worldwide as soloists, a duo, and as part of a famous trio.  The concert features Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Violins and Cello, Chris Brubeck's  Pas De Deux-Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra and Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Suite.  Enjoy the "love songs" with us!

Sept 29 & Oct 1
South Carolina Philharmonic: American Originals
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor

Bernstein: Overture to Candide
Copland: Symphony No. 3

Beethoven and Blue Jeans (second concert)

Mozart: Overture to Cosi van tutte
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat

Carolina Live features music from two concerts by the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra.  Morihiko Nakahara conducts American Originals with music by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland, and he's also at the podium with selections by Mozart and Beethoven from a concert in the Beethoven and Blue Jeans series. Two strong musical events, and you get to sample both on this edition of Carolina Live.

Oct 6 & 8

Greenville Symphony Chamber Orchestra: Mozart's Magic Flute & Harp + Farewell and Welcome Back
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Carolina Ulrich, flute; John Wickey, harp

Mozart: The Magic Flute
Concerto for Flute & Harp
Symphony No. 34 in C
Haydn: Symphony No. 45 in F#-minor
Elgar: The Wand of Youth

The Greenville Symphony Chamber Orchestra invites you to two distinct concerts on this program.  The first is Mozart's Magic Flute & Harp, with music from the master's opera The Magic Flute, his Concerto for Flute & Harp and the Symphony No. 34 in C.  The second concert is Farewell and Welcome Back, which brings you Haydn's Symphony No. 45 in F#-minor ("Farewell") and Edward Elgar's The Wand of Youth.  Two full concerts for the price of one, and actually free for the listening.

Oct 13 &15

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

Three composers and three pianists are featured in a concert that leads off this edition of Carolina Live.  It's titled The 3 B's, and as you would expect that refers to Brahms, Beethoven and Bach, each of whom is represented by a distinctive work, including one featuring three pianists at once.  This program also features some out-of-the-ordinary chamber work by the Tesla Quartet, with Three Rags by William Bolcom and music by two other gifted composers.  Join us for this unique edition of Carolina Live.

Oct 20 & 22

Western Piedmont Symphony: World Premiere + Homecoming
John Gordon Ross, conductor; Dmitri Pogorelov, violin

Locklair: Symphony # 2
Williams: "Meditation" from Easter Cantata
Schumann: Violin Concerto in A-minor
Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in B-minor

This program featuring the Western Piedmont Symphony begins with a world premiere: Winston-Salem-based composer Dan Locklair's Symphony No. 2 was premiered by the orchestra, and you'll hear that.  Then we hear a different concert by the group—it's titled Homecoming, and among the treats you'll hear are Robert Schumann's Violin Concerto in A-minor and Alexander Borodin's Symphony No. 2 in B-minor.  Fine music from a fine orchestra, so please join us.

Oct 27 & 29

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

Two excellent South Carolina orchestras are featured in this Carolina Live program.  The South Carolina Philharmonic has a concert titled Kubrick Classics, and it contains music by Rossini, Purcell and the Strausses that Stanley Kubrick used in his films.  The Greenville Symphony then presents music from its concert What a Wonderful World, with favorites by Maurice Ravel and American composer Ferde Grofe.  Double the concerts, twice the musical treats on Carolina Live.

Bradley Fuller / South Carolina Public Radio

“If you’re afraid of getting into Shakespeare, start with the music.”

For Dr. Sarah Williams, associate professor of music history at the University of South Carolina, the sometimes-challenging task of understanding the works of William Shakespeare can be made easier -- and more enjoyable -- through music. A specialist in the popular music and culture of England in Shakespeare’s time, Sarah suggests that common notions about the playwright and his works often miss the mark.

Bradley Fuller / South Carolina Public Radio

Traditionally, a night at the symphony has entailed dressing up. For performers and audience members alike, the sight of a sharply-dressed crowd is nearly as much of a given as the sound of orchestral music.   

But the move toward a more casual concert experience is becoming a tradition in its own right, including in the Palmetto State.

After two decades, the South Carolina Philharmonic’s annual “Beethoven & Blue Jeans” concert continues to offer classical music in a casual-clothes setting.

It’s not every day that the musicians of Fort Jackson’s 282nd Army Band have the opportunity to perform alongside an organist.

“This is very unique. This usually doesn’t happen,” Bandmaster George T. Bauer says of the ensemble’s upcoming Veterans Day Concert. With fifteen brass players, three percussionists, and an organist performing selections by composers ranging from J.S. Bach to Maurice Duruflé, the concert is far from what many might think typical for one given by a military band.

Dr. Billy Taylor and Nancy Wilson with Marian McPartland

Jul 19, 2018
Marian McPartland with Billy Taylor and Nancy Wilson, New York, 1998
RJ Capak

Dr. Billy Taylor (1921–2010) was a pianist, composer and educator. He dedicated his life to teaching jazz history and was a regular voice heard on NPR, making jazz accessible to a large audience and putting public radio on the cultural map. Brilliant song stylist Nancy Wilson also worked for NPR as host of Jazz Profiles, a companion series to Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz. This special edition commemorates the 20th anniversary of Piano Jazz in 1999.

Wynton Marsalis and Marian McPartland

Jul 19, 2018
Marian McPartland and Wynton Marsalis, New York, 1990
RJ Capak

Wynton Marsalis is a trumpeter, composer, and educator. He is the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and is an active promotor of music to young audiences. Since Marsalis’ debut album in 1982, he has released more than 60 jazz and classical recordings and has earned nine Grammy Awards. In 1997 his oratorio, Blood on the Fields, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, the first jazz composition ever to do so. In this 1990 Piano Jazz session, Marsalis and McPartland delve into their standard repertoires with “I Cover the Waterfront.”

Peter Cincotti and Marian McPartland

Jul 19, 2018
Marian McPartland and Peter Cincotti, Washington, D.C., 2004

Peter Cincotti is a pianist, composer, and vocalist who broke onto the music scene at a notably young age. He started learning the piano when he was just a toddler and at seven was invited to play with Harry Connick Jr, after impressing the singer through an impromptu performance during a live concert. At age 18 Cincotti released his eponymous debut album, which reached Number 1 on the Billboard jazz charts, making him the youngest artist ever to do so.

Dizzy Gillespie and Marian McPartland

Jul 18, 2018
Marian McPartland and Dizzy Gillespie, 1985
Mark Vinci

Dizzy Gillespie (1917–1993) was a true musical innovator. Gillespie not only revolutionized 1940s jazz by becoming one of the first inventors of bebop, but he also helped introduce the Afro-Cuban jazz movement through his love of Latin music. With his puffed cheeks and bent trumpet, he is one of the most recognizable faces in the music world. On this Piano Jazz from 1985, the Cheraw, SC native tells McPartland about his induction into the South Carolina Hall of Fame, and the two collaborate on Gillespie’s standard “Night in Tunisia.”

George Shearing and Marian McPartland

Jul 18, 2018
Marian McPartland and George Shearing, New York City, 1980

George Shearing (1919–2011) was an internationally acclaimed pianist, arranger, and composer. Born in London, Shearing showed an affinity for music as a child but he did not officially start his career until he moved to the United States in 1947. In just two years he gained worldwide acclaim with the George Shearing Quintet, and the ensemble performed and recorded for nearly three decades. On this 1980 Piano Jazz, Shearing puts his classical influences on display as he plays an interpretation of his hit “Lullaby of Birdland.”

T. S. Monk and Marian McPartland

Jul 18, 2018
Marian McPartland and T. S. Monk, New York, 1995
RJ Capak

Percussionist T. S. Monk was born into the world of jazz, but it wasn’t until his late teens that he dedicated himself to music. His first performance was in 1970 with his father, the legendary pianist Thelonious Monk. Until his father’s passing in 1982, T. S. Monk focused on recording and performing, and by 1986 his family had established the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. On this 1995 Piano Jazz, Monk talks to McPartland about his father’s legacy, and bassist Scott Colley joins them for a trio on the standard “Blue Monk.”

Mary Lou Williams and Marian McPartland

Jul 17, 2018
Mary Lou Williams and Marian McPartland, New York City, 1978

Composer, arranger, and pianist Mary Lou Williams (1910–1981) was essential to the 1930s swing era and a major force in the bebop revolution of the 1940s. Her peers included Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and Duke Ellington, and Williams was deeply respected by her colleagues during a time when women musicians struggled to be treated as equals, especially in the jazz world. Today she is remembered as one of the greatest of her generation.

Steve Allen and Marian McPartland

Jul 17, 2018
Marian McPartland and Steve Allen,1988
Vanguard Photography

Steve Allen (1921–2001) became a household name in the 1950s as the first ever host of a late night talk show, which would become The Tonight Show. A legendary comedian and actor, Allen was also a musician and prolific composer, though he never learned to read music. He wrote thousands of songs and won a Grammy for Best Original Jazz Composition. In this Piano Jazz session from 1988, Allen demonstrates his rich harmonics as he solos on one of the compositions he penned when he was still in his teens, a lush ballad called “No New Love.”

Chucho Valdés and Marian McPartland

Jul 16, 2018
Marian McPartland and Chucho Valdés, 2000
RJ Capak

Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés was born into a musical family and began playing as a child. His father was a pianist at the popular nightclub Tropicana, where Valdés met and performed with famous musicians, including Nat King Cole. In 1973 Valdés formed his Afro-Cuban jazz band Irakere, and the group won a 1980 Grammy for Best Latin Recording. On this 2000 Piano Jazz, Valdés tells McPartland about his Latin roots and plays his original “Claudia.”

Bill Crow, Joe Morello, and Marian McPartland: Hickory House Trio

Jul 16, 2018
Marian McPartland with Bill Crow (bass) and Joe Morello (drums), New York, 1991
RJ Capak

Bassist Bill Crow and drummer Joe Morello (1928 – 2011) were members of McPartland’s Hickory House Trio. The group performed together for more than a decade in one of the last 52nd Street jazz clubs in Manhattan. After leaving the trio, Morello and Crow went on to careers performing with Dave Brubeck and Gerry Mulligan, respectively. On this 1991 Piano Jazz, the trio reunites for an hour to reminisce about the 1950s jazz scene and play some favorite tunes from their Hickory House days, including Duke Ellington’s “I’m Beginning to See the Light.”

Katherine Escobar / Escobar Photography

It’s a common plot for an opera: an endangered female character awaits rescue from the male lead.  But Ludwig van Beethoven wasn’t generally one to settle for common.

In his opera Fidelio, it is the female protagonist who saves the day. Disguising herself as a prison guard named “Fidelio,” the courageous Leonore rescues her ailing husband, Florestan, from his imprisonment.