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

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!

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.