Carolina Live

Classical Stations: Sun, 6-8 am; Tue, 7-9 pm
  • Hosted by Lauren Rico

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

Jan 1st & 3rd

USC Symphony Orchestra
Donald Portnoy, conductor; Inbal Segev, cello

  • Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite
  • Elgar: Cello Concerto in e-minor
  • Bach: Sarabande from Cello Suite in C

Charleston Symphony Orchestra

  • Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in c-minor

Jan 8th & 10th 
Winston-Salem Symphony: April 2015
Robert Moody, conductor; Benjamin Robinette, saxophone

  • Shostakovich: The Age of Gold Suite
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major
  • Tomasi: Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra
  • Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Lenoir Rhyne Concert Series: Lenor Sax Ensemble
[Works by various composers]

Jan 15th & 17th   
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: The Great Escape
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Edwin McCain, narrator

  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 in D
  • Copland: Lincoln Portrait
  • Gershwin: An American in Paris

Jan 22nd & 24th  
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Opening Spectacular
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Andrew von Oeyen, piano

  • Ravel: Concerto for Piano in G Major
  • Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor

Bel Canto Company: From Darkness to Light
Welborn Young, conductor
[Works by various composers]

Jan 29th & 31st
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra: Hope Springs Eternal

Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor; Sergey Antonov, cello

  • Smetana: Overture to The Bartered Bride
  • Dvorak: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
  • Bach: Sarabande
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat – “Spring”

Feb 5th & 7th
Winston-Salem Symphony: All-Mozart

Edwin Outwater, conductor; John Hammarback, oboe

  • Mozart: Divertimento No. 2 in D
  • Oboe Concerto in C
  • Symphony No. 38 in D – “Prague”

The setting for this edition of Carolina Live  is Winston-Salem, with guest conductor Edwin Outwater leading the Winston-Salem Symphony in an all-Mozart concert.  The great Amadeus supplies his Divertimento No. 2 in D, the Oboe Concerto in C with guest soloist John Hammarback, and the Symphony No. 38 in D – “Prague.”  Brilliant composer, talented orchestra…a great combination on Carolina Live.

Feb 12th & 14th
Spartanburg Philharmonic: Romantic Preludes & Portraits

Sarah Ioannides, conductor; Dame Evelyn Glennie, percussion

  • Liszt: Les Preludes
  • Sean O’Boyle: “Portraits of Immortal Love,” Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra
  • Khatchaturian: Adagio from Spartacus
  • Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture

Lancaster County Council Vivian Major Concert Series: If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On!
Andrea Moore, Jason Karn & Mimi Solomon

Two concerts from February, 2015 comprise this Valentine’s Day edition of the program. The first features the Spartanburg Philharmonic welcoming the exciting, internationally-renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie for a contemporary concerto, and also includes a visionary symphonic poem by Liszt, and Romantic Russian themes by Khatchaturian and Tchaikovsky. Then it’s over to Lancaster County for highlights from a concert of romantic opera arias, duets and art songs.

Feb 19th & 21th
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Secrets Behind Inspiration

Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor

  • Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in d-minor

Rutherford Chamber Consort: Belle Perle di Primavera

  • Martinu: Madrigal for Violin and Viola
  • Gliere: Duets for Violin and Cello
  • Piazzolla: Oblivion for Clarinet in A
  • Williams: Air and Simple Gifts

You’ll find an interesting mixture of symphonic and chamber music on this program.  Edvard Tchivzhel leads the Greenville Symphony in the mysterious Enigma Variations of Edward Elgar and the powerful Symphony No. 5 by Dmitry Shostakovich.  Then it’s a chamber concert from the Rutherford Chamber Consort, with selections by Bohuslav Martinu, Reinhold Gliere, Astor Piazzolla and more.  A wealth of variety and excellent performances for you to enjoy…

Feb 26th & 28th
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Oktoberfest 2015

Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; David Gross, piano

  • Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C Major
  • Brahms: Academic Festival Overture

Two of the “Three B’s” of classical music were represented in the first Chamber Classics program from the Greenville Symphony’s 2014-2015 concert season. The epic B Flat Piano Concerto by Brahms comprises the first half of the program. Then there’s a performance of Beethoven’s first symphony, before going back to Brahms for a big finish.

Mar 5th & 7th
Winston Salem Symphony: Tchaikovsky & Berlioz

Robert Moody, conductor; Lara St. John, violin

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 36
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
From a concert at the Stevens Center in September of 2015, the orchestra welcomes acclaimed violinist Lara St. John to perform Tchaikovsky’s beloved concerto. In the second part of the program maestro Robert Moody puts the orchestra through its paces in Berlioz’s landmark “fantastic symphony.”

Mar 12th & 14th
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Legends, Mysteries, Miracles

[Originally broadcast in March of 2016]
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor; Xiaoqing Yu, violin; Leslie Nash Kilstofte, cello; Amy Yang Hazlett, bassoon

Michael Daugherty: “Lex” and “Red Cape Tango,” from “Metropolis” Symphony
Christopher Theofanidis: Rainbow Body

Leslie Nash Kilstofte, cello; Virginia Metzger, oboe; Monica Hargrave, harp

Tchaikovsky (arr. Tchivzhel): Sleeping Beauty               Works by two celebrated contemporary composers open this program from the Masterworks Series in November 2015. They provide showcases for some of the orchestra’s musicians, as does the work in the second part of the concert: a “dramatic composition” by Maestro Tchivzhel arranged from one of Tchaikovsky’s immortal ballet scores.

Mar 19th & 21st
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra: French Masterpieces

[Originally broadcast in March of 2016]
Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor; Inna Faliks, piano

Ravel: Noble and Sentimental Waltzes
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in c-minor
Liszt: Paganini Etude No. 3 in g#-minor
Debussy: La Mer
Ravel: Daphis and Chloe, Suite No. 2

The title of the concert featured on this edition of Carolina Live tells the story: French Masterpieces.  Vivid examples of favorite pieces by Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy are brought to life by the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky.  In addition, Ukranian-born pianist Inna Faliks joins the orchestra for the dramatic Piano Concerto No. 2 in c-minor by Sergei Rachmaninov, plus a charming encore of a piece by Franz Liszt.

Mar 26th & 28th
Winston Salem Symphony Orchestra: Mighty Mahler
Robert Moody, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D “Titan”

Piedmont Wind Symphony: Gershwin Plus
Matthew Troy, conductor

Gershwin: Cuban Overture
Schoenberg: Theme and Variations
Gershwin: An American in Paris

Two orchestras from North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad provide the stirring music on this program.  The Winston Salem Symphony and conductor Robert Moody play the Symphony No. 1 in D “Titan” by Gustav Mahler,  then the Piedmont Wind Symphony offers the Cuban Overture and An American in Paris by George Gershwin, plus a piece by Arnold Schoenberg.  Interesting variety in both music and musicians on this Carolina Live.

 Apr 2nd & 4th  
Greensboro Symphony: War & Peace Reimagined
Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor

University of North Carolina at Greensboro Symphony
Kevin Geraldi, conductor; Dmitry Sitkovetsky, violin

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D
Shostakovich:  Symphony No. 8 in C minor

Major works by two Russian greats are performed by two separate orchestras in this program.  Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 is played by the Symphony of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with Dmitry Sitkovetsky playing violin.  Then Maestro Sitkovetsky leads the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra in the marvelous Symphony No. 8 by Shostakovich.  Hear some of the North Carolina Triad’s finest musicians on this Carolina Live.

Apr 9th & 11th 
St. Paul’s Episcopal, Winston-Salem: Locklair’s Requiem

John Cummins, conductor; Emily Albrink, soprano; Emily Hull-McGee, mezzo-soprano; Jeffrey Ollarsaba, tenor; Richard Ollarsaba, bass-baritone

Dan Locklair: Requiem (World Premiere)

Bel Canto Company: Eternal Light
Wellborn Young, conductor

J. S. Bach: Magnificat
Dan Forest: Requiem for the Living

This edition of the program features a world premiere from a North Carolina-based composer whose music is performed the world over. Dan Lockair’s choral music is especially highly-regarded, and the work in this concert from Winston-Salem showcases his writing for voices with orchestra. The second part of the program changes locations to nearby Greensboro where the Bel Canto Company performs a work by another contemporary composer from the Carolinas as well as Johann Sebastian Bach.

Apr 16th & 18th 
Winston-Salem Symphony & Chorale: Brahms Beloved Requiem
Robert Moody, conductor; Christopher Gilliam, choir director; Twyla Robinson, soprano; Philip Cutlip, baritone
Winston-Salem State Choir: D’Walla Simmons-Burke, director

Bach: Komm, susser Tod
Dan Forrest:  In paradisum…
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

Johannes Brahms’ A German Requiem is the foundation piece of this concert with the Winston-Salem Symphony and Chorale, Winston-Salem State Choir and guest soloists lending their talents to the monumental work.  There’s also a piece by Johann Sebastian Bach on the program, as well as contemporary composer Dan Forrest’s beautiful In paradisum.  It’s a massing of great musical forces on this Carolina Live.

Apr 24th & 26th
South Carolina Philharmonic: Beethoven and Blue Jeans 2015

Morihiko Nakahara, conductor; Miles Hoffman, viola

Rossini: Overture to William Tell
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat
Berlioz: Harold in Italy for Viola and Orchestra

The Koger Center in Columbia was the site of this concert from 2015 which welcomed musician and NPR classical music commentator Miles Hoffman. He joined the orchestra for a Berlioz work based on an epic poem by Lord Byron and commissioned by none other than Paganini. The concert opens with one of the most famous opera overtures of all, followed by a popular Beethoven symphony.