South Carolina

The country life in South Carolina can be peaceful and quiet. Unless you're facing eviction.
Scott Morgan/SC Public Radio

Of the 100 most eviction-prone rural and small cities in the United States, 47 are in South Carolina. Thirty South Carolina rural/small cities are in the top 50.

Those numbers come from the Eviction Lab project at Princeton University, which compiled eviction filings and formal eviction records from 2000 to 2016.

Carolina Live Program Listings

Jun 19, 2019

Aug 30 & Sept 1
South Carolina Philharmonic: Beethoven & Blue Jeans
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor; Sayaka Shoji, violin

Schoenberg: Go
Beethoven: Symphony No 8 in F Major
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major

The South Carolina Philharmonic has had years of success with a series of concerts that are less formal than usual—the Beethoven & Blue Jeans series.  That’s what you have a chance to enjoy on this Carolina Live as the orchestra presents Schoenberg’s Go, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F Major and the Violin Concerto in D Major of Johannes BrahmsWhether you’re wearing jeans or whatever, be sure to join us for this terrific concert.

Sept 6 & 8
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 13 & 15
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Beilman Returns
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Benjamin Beilman, violin

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

It can be remarkable 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.”

Sept 20 & 22
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 Minutes
Suzanna 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.

Sept 27 & 29
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.

Oct 4 & 6
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 11 & 13
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!

Oct 18 & 20
South 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 25 & 27
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.

Nov 1 & 3
South Carolina Philharmonic: Youth Extravaganza
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor; Catherine Huang, piano

Liszt: Les Preludes
Rachmininoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra

Whatever your age might be, this Carolina Live invites you to enjoy a Youth Extravaganza. That’s the title of a concert by the South Carolina Philharmonic, and it brings you Franz Liszt’s Les Preludes, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Bela Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra.  Youth and the not-so-young will be well served on the program, so join us.

Nov 8 & 10
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.

Nov 15 & 17
Broyhill Chamber Ensemble: An Appalachian Summer Festival

Mozart: Quartet No. 1 in G minor for Piano and Strings
Turian: Piano Quartet in A minor
Brahms: Quartet for Piano and Strings No. 2 in A

The longtime resident chamber group of An Appalachian Summer Festival in Boone joins us for this edition of Carolina Live.  The revered group plays the Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor by Mozart, Joaquin Turina’s Piano Quartet in A minor and Johannes Brahms’ Quartet for Piano and Strings No. 2 in A.  Tremendous chamber works performed by an excellent chamber group… be here for it!

Nov 22 & 24
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.

Nov 29 & Dec 1
Winston-Salem Symphony: Mozart and Shostakovich

Robert Moody, conductor; Orion Weiss, piano

Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Concerto in C for Piano and Orchestra
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in e-minor

The Winston-Salem Symphony and conductor Robert Moody present a concert titled Mozart and Shostakovich, and the title tells you the source of the music. From Mozart we hear his popular Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and the Concerto in C for Piano and Orchestra, with guest pianist Orion Weiss.  Dmitri Shostakovich is represented by his dramatic Symphony No. 10 in E minor.  Enjoy the works of these two significant composers on this Carolina Live.

The state’s primary election is June 12. All executive office positions are up for election as well as all seven seats of the US House of Representatives. The eight candidates vying for the state’s top job recently fielded questions on various topics during two, hour-long debates. Republicans debated May 23 and Democrats on May 24. Democratic candidates Phil Nobel, Marguerite Willis and James Smith answered questions on the failed V.C. Summer Nuclear power station, education, legalizing marijuana, protecting students from school shootings and more.

South Carolina From A to Z
SC Public Radio

"E" is for Edwards, William Augustus [1866-1939]. Architect. Edwards began his career in Virginia, but, moved back to South Carolina as a partner in the firm of Wilson and Edwards. Edwards was the lead partner in several other architectural firms in South Carolina and, after 1908, in Atlanta.

South Carolina From A to Z
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"D" is for DeKalb, Johann [1712-1780]. Soldier. Born in Bavaria, DeKalb rose to the rank of brigadier-general in the French Army and decided to seek his military fortune in America. He was contracted as a major-general in the Continental Army and, along with Lafayette, arrived off the coast South Carolina, near Georgetown, in 1777.

South Carolina From A to Z
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"C" is for Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1932 as a wintering ground for migratory waterfowl. Located in Charleston County Cape Romain stretches 22 miles along the coast between Charleston and the Santee River delta. In its shallow bays, tides combine the life-giving nourishment of the oceans with the nutrient-laden freshwaters of rivers to create a rich, productive environment.

South Carolina From A to Z
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"B" is for Brewton, Miles [ca. 1765-1769]. A native Charlestonian, Brewton’s powerful family was allied to banking, enabling him to establish a career in finance and trade. Twice during the 1750s, he traveled to England to finish his education and establish commercial ties. Between 1756 and his death, Brewton conducted business in several partnerships and was part-owner in eight commercial vessels. His partnerships dealt largely with the exportation of domestic produce, but he also made substantial profits in the slave trade.

Introducing South Carolina Lede

Jan 8, 2018

South Carolina Lede is a new podcast examining the biggest news coming out of the state capital and taking an in-depth look into the legislative happenings that could affect you.

In this short episode, host Gavin Jackson introduces you to the show and previews what you can expect every week.

"A" is for Asparagus

Jan 8, 2018
South Carolina From A to Z
SC Public Radio

"A" is for Asparagus. Asparagus was an important cash crop in South Carolina from the 1910s until the mid-1930s.With cotton prices low and the boll weevil creeping closer, farmers in the "Ridge" counties of Aiken, Edgefield, and Saluda began planting asparagus to supplement declining cotton income. By 1916 they had organized as Asparagus Growers Association and shipped 44 railroad carloads to northern markets. High prices during World War I led farmers in neighboring counties to plant the vegetable.

"W" is for Wright, Mary Honor Farrow [1862-1946]. Educator. Born into slavery in Spartanburg County, Wright received her early education from northern teachers who came to South Carolina after the Civil War. In 1879, after graduating from Claflin University, she accepted her first teaching position in Inman, where she held classes in a brush arbor. She later organized schools and taught in mill villages and churches in Spartanburg and Saxon. In 1904 she organized a school in her home for black children who were to young to walk to the nearest black school.

"M" is for Magrath, Andrew Gordon [1813-1893]. Jurist, governor. After graduating from the South Carolina College, Magrath studied law at Harvard and with James L. Petigru. In 1856 his appointment as a federal district judge brought him national attention and controversy. In the cases surrounding two ships seized for being slave traders—the Echo and the Wanderer—Magrath declared that the federal statues on piracy did not apply to the slave trade. His decision was hailed in the South and condemned in the North.

"K" is for Kershaw, Joseph Brevard [1822-1894]. Soldier, Jurist. Kershaw, a native of Camden, was a member of the General Assembly and of the Secession Convention. In April 1861 he was a colonel of the Second South Carolina Regiment which played an active role in the Confederate victory at First Manassas. The next year he was promoted to brigadier general and given command of the brigade that saw action at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg.

"J" is for Jakes, John

Dec 26, 2017

"J" is for Jakes, John [b. 1932]. Novelist. Born in Illinois, Jakes is a nationally known best-selling novelist and historian. For several decades, he maintained his primary residence on Hilton Head Island. After graduating from DePauw University, he spent a number of years working for pharmaceutical and advertising companies. Then, in 1973 he published the first of eight volumes of the Kent Family Chronicles—a series that depicted the American Revolution through the eyes of one fictional family.

"I" is for indigo

Dec 25, 2017

"I" is for indigo. Indigo, a plant that produces a blue dye was an important part of 18th century South Carolina's economy. It was grown commercially from 1747 till 1800 and was second only to rice in export value. Eliza Lucas Pinckney experimented with its cultivation in the 1730s and 1740s. In 1749 Parliament placed a bounty of six pence per pound on the dye. Indigo was grown on lands not suited to rice cultivation and thus fit nicely into the existing agricultural economy. By the eve of the Revolution, the colony exported more than one million pounds of dye.

"An accurate map of North and South Carolina with their Indian frontiers, shewing in a distinct manner all the mountains, rivers, swamps, marshes, bays, creeks, harbours, sandbanks and soundings on the coasts." Henry Mouzon, 1775
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (NBL Map Center) at the Boston Public Library (BPL) [CC BY 2.0]

A two-decade, joint effort between South Carolina and North Carolina has sought to correct errors made surveying the boundary line between the two states. The errors began with the first survey, made in 1735, and were compounded over the years. Alan-Jon Zupan, a former project manager for the South Carolina Geological Survey, and David Ballard, currently with SCGS, join Walter Edgar to talk about the history of South Carolina’s northern line, and the modern-day efforts to get it right.

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