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

 June 3rd & 5th
South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra: Up Close and Personal

Morihiko Nakahara, conductor; Derek Chung, Elisabeth Tsai, piano

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat
Grieg: Piano Concerto in a-minor
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in e-minor

Two very popular piano concertos featuring an award-winning pianist playing each…that's just part of this edition of Carolina Live.  Morihiko Nakahara and the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra welcome guest pianists Derek Chung, who plays Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1, and Elisabeth Tsai, the soloist for Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto n a-minor.  The orchestra also brings you a wonderful symphony: the Symphony No. 1 in e-minor of Jean Sibelius. It's a powerful combination of masterful music and musicians on Carolina Live.

June 10th & 12th
Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra: Russian Roultette
John Gordon Ross, conductor; Baron Fenwick, piano

Warshauer: As Waters Over the Earth
Beethoven: Piano Concerto in Eb, "The Emperor"
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in e-minor

It's a game you generally don't want to play, but on this Carolina Live the Western Piedmont Symphony has a melodic kind of Russian Roulette for you.  That's the title of a concert that features a tribute to Mozart by Meira Warshauer, one of Beethoven's most famous piano works, the Emperor Concerto, plus the emotion of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in e-minor.  It's a musical game you're sure to win if you join us for this edition of Carolina Live.

June 17th & 19th
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Hymn to Nature
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Stacy Rishoi, alto solo
Chicora Voices
Alan Reed, Artistic Director and conductor; Laura Jean Reed,  conductor
Women of the Greenville Chorale
Bingham Vick, Jr., Artistic Director and conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in d-minor

One of Gustav Mahler's massive symphonies is the focus of this edition of Carolina Live.  In a concert titled "Hymn to Nature," the Greenville Symphony, the Women of the Greenville Chorale and the city's young Chicora Voices join to perform Mahler's Symphony No. 3 in d-minor.  It's a spectacular work—the kind you expect from Mahler—and it's done in spectacular style by the musical forces from Greenville.

[Original air date June 2017]

June 24th & 26th
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.

Jul 1st & 3rd
South Carolina Philharmonic: The Rite of Spring

Morihiko Nakahara, conductor
SC Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
Neil Casey, conductor

Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakov: Night on Bald Mountain
Prokofiev: Suite from Cinderella
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Several of the greatest figures in Russian musical history provide the selections featured in this edition of Carolina Live.  The concert's title is The Rite of Spring,  and that groundbreaking work by Igor Stravinsky is performed by the South Carolina Philharmonic, which also presents a Suite from Cinderella by Sergei Prokofiev.  The music begins with Modest Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, in a re-orchestration by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; that's played by the South Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. It's powerful music for any season on Carolina Live.

Jul 8th & 10th
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.

Jul 15th & 17th
Winston-Salem Symphony: Schubert & Mozart

Mark Stringer, guest conductor; Daniel Skidmore, violin; Simon Ertz, viola

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in b-minor (Unfinished)
Britten: Concerto for Violin & Viola
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C (Jupiter)

Schubert & Mozart is the title the Winston-Salem Symphony bestowed on the concert we feature this week, but it must be noted that another excellent composer contributes to the music—Benjamin Britten.  Guest conductor Mark Stringer  leads the orchestra in Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony No. 8, Britten's Concerto for Violin & Viola, and Mozart's final symphony—No. 41 in C, "Jupiter."  It's a program of variety and exciting performances, so be with us for this edition of Carolina Live.

Jul 22nd & 24th
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra: German Romantics

Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor; Nikita Mndoyants, piano

Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in d-minor
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A

Three great "B's" are featured in this Carolina Live.  Johann Sebastian Bach is represented by his beloved Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring; Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 in d-minor features a marvelous guest pianist; and Beethoven is on hand with his stirring Symphony No. 7 in A.  The music is presented by the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky, so join us for their concert German Romantics.

July 29th & 31st
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Inspired By the Classics

Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor

Richard Strauss: Divertimento On Themes of Couperin
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D
Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 1 in d-minor

Davidson College Choral Arts Society
Davidson Pro Arte Orchestra
Christopher Gilliam, director; David Gilliland, accompanist

Dan Forrest: Requiem For the Living

Classical fans often turn to their favorite music for inspiration, and on this Carolina Live we have music to provide just that.  Inspired By the Classics is the title of a concert from the Greenville Symphony Orchestra's chamber series, and there are works from Richard Strauss, who was inspired by Francois Couperin, from Sergei Prokofiev, inspired by Haydn and Mozart, and from Tchaikovsky, who also found his muse in Mozart.  In addition, the Davidson College Choral Arts Society and Pro Arte Orchestra present a moving performance of Dan Forrest's Requiem For the Living.

Aug 5 & Aug 7
Davidson College Choirs & Pro Arte Orchestra
Christopher Gilliam, director & conductor

Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
Greenville Symphony: Mediterranean Cuisine (Highlights)
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Carolina Ulrich, flute

Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Ibert: Concerto for Flute
Ibert: Suite Symphonique, "Paris"

The combined forces of several Davidson College choirs and orchestral ensemble present a powerful contemporary mass by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins on this edition of the program. Then it's off to Greenville for highlights from a concert featuring tasty selections by Jacques Ibert, as well as an opening memorial tribute to beloved orchestra leader Sherwood Mobley.

Aug 12 & 14
South Carolina Philharmonic: Beethoven and Blue Jeans
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor; Marina Lomazov, piano

Fujikura: Banitza Groove!
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D

On this Carolina Live you can enjoy a concert by the South Carolina Philhamonic featuring an interesting combination of musical textures.  It begins with Banitza Groove! by Japanese-born composer Dai Fujikura, then shifts to the power of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G.  The concluding work comes from a marvelous symphonist, Jean Sibelius—his Symphony No. 2 in D.  Enjoy the diversity of the selections and the consistency of the performances on Carolina Live.

Aug 19 & 21
Winston Salem Symphony Orchestra: All-Russian Program
Robert Moody, conductor; Andrew von Oeyen, piano

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor
Stravinsky: Petrouchka (1947 version)

A bright, rising star joins conductor Robert Moody and the Winston-Salem Symphony for this concert of Russian masterworks. Rachmaninoff's most technically challenging piano concerto is the centerpiece while works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky provide the bookends.

Aug 26 & 28
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!