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Carolina Live
Sundays at 3 p.m. Repeats Saturdays at 3 p.m.

Lauren Rico red 120 pxCarolina Live travels the region and features classical musicians from our area as well as those of international renown who visit our performance halls. Lauren Rico hosts the series.

Note: Carolina Live is looking for professional-quality vocal or instrumental recordings made in concert in the Carolinas in the past couple of years. Mail them to: Box 8990, Davidson, NC 28035-8990, attn. Carolina Live. For more info, call 877-333-8990.

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Program Schedule
July 5, 2015
Greenville Symphony Orchestra: The Russian Sorcerer & His Apprentice
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The resident orchestra in Greenville, SC performs a program contrasting music by the immortal Tchaikovsky and his ingenious pupil, Sergei Taneyev. It opens with a symphony by the younger composer, followed by one of the master’s most romantically evocative compositions. Then it’s over to Greensboro, NC for a masterwork near and dear to the heart of the music director of the orchestra there, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, who is also a renowned virtuoso.

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Sergei Taneyev: Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 12
Greenville Symphony Orchestra
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
Greenville Symphony Orchestra
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
Nathaniel Beverslius, conductor
Dmitri Sitkovetsky, violin
June 27, 2015
Union Symphony: 'Jazz in Stride'
cl-140628-Union Symphony-540On this edition of the program, under the direction of distinguished conductor Richard Rosenberg, the Union County, North Carolina Symphony Orchestra presents a jazz-flavored program from October of 2013 from the Batte [BAT] Center at Wingate University. The concert opens with a suite from Kurt Weill’s musical collaboration with Bertolt Brecht, The Threepenny Opera, and closes with Ferde Grofé’s evocative suite inspired by the Grand Canyon. In between, Charlotte-based ragtime pianist Ethan Uslan [YOOS – luhn] plays an arrangement of music by stride pianist James P. Johnson, as well as George Gershwin’s famous breakthrough piece, Rhapsody in Blue.

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Kurt Weill: A Little Threepenny Music
Union Symphony Orchestra
Richard Rosenberg, conductor

James Price Johnson: Yamekraw
Union Symphony Orchestra
Richard Rosenberg; conductor; Ethan Uslan, piano

George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Union Symphony Orchestra
Richard Rosenberg, conductor; Ethan Uslan, piano

Ferde Grofe: Five Pictures of the Grand Canyon
Union Symphony Orchestra
Richard Rosenberg, conductor

Frank Martin: Trio on Popular Irish Folk Tunes 
Union Symphony Orchestra
Richard Rosenberg, conductor
Paul Gillies, piano
Jacqui Carrasco, violin
Evan Richey, cello
June 21, 2015
South Carolina Philharmonic: Going for Baroque

cl-150621-wdavThe ancient and the modern come together harmoniously on this edition of the program. From a January 2015 concert by the South Carolina Philharmonic there’s music ranging from Bach, Handel and Mozart to the 20th century master Ottorino Respighi as well as the contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. All of it shares a commitment to timeless musical values brought vividly to life by the orchestra led by their popular music director. 

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MOZART:  Eine kleine Nachtmusik
South Carolina Philharmonic
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor
 
PART: Do pacem Domine
South Carolina Philharmonic
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor
 
RESPIGHI: Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 3
South Carolina Philharmonic
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor
 
BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F
South Carolina Philharmonic
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor
 
PART: If Bach Had Been a Beekeeper
South Carolina Philharmonic
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor
 
HANDEL: Music for the Royal Fireworks
South Carolina Philharmonic
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor
 
MOZART: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat
South Carolina Philharmonic
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor
June 14, 2015
Spartanburg Philharmonic: Fire, Sun and Water

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A renowned German pianist paid a return visit to the Hub City to perform with its orchestra. Andreas Boyde joined music director Sarah Ioannides and the Spartanburg Philharmonic to play Tchaikovsky’s “fiery” concerto for the orchestra’s 2014-2015 season opener. The orchestra also performed a famous overture by Danish composer Carl Nielsen to provide the “sun” in the concert’s title, while the “water” was represented by Smetana’s famous symphonic poem from the cycle Ma Vlast – “My Country.” Then it’s over to Columbia for some highlights from a concert by the USC Symphony Orchestra, including Mendelssohn’s ever-popular concerto and symphonic dances from Leonard Bernstein’s first venture into the Broadway musical.

Program: 

NIELSEN: Helios Overture
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Sarah Ioannides, conductor 
 
SMETANA: The Moldau
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
 
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Andreas Boyde, pianist
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
 
MOZART: “A little bit of Mozart”
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Andreas Boyde, pianist
 
MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in e-minor
USC Symphony Orchestra
Catherine Cho, violinist
Donald Portnoy, conductor
 
BERNSTEIN: On the Town, Three Dance Episodes: The Great Lover, Lonely Town Pas de deux and Times Square 1944
USC Symphony Orchestra
Donald Portnoy, conductor
 
June 7, 2015
Charlotte Symphony's Classics II
Gomyo

The Queen City’s orchestra welcomed Karen Gomyo, an acclaimed violinist, and her priceless Stradivarius for the second concert from their 2013-2014 Classics Series. In addition to a concerto by the French composer Saint-Saens, the concert opens with the popular overture to one of Mozart’s greatest operas, and concludes with Tchaikovsky’s heart-rending final symphony.

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MOZART: Overture to Don Giovanni
Christopher Warren-Green, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin

SAINT-SAENS: Violin Concerto No. 3
Christopher Warren-Green, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6, “Pathetique”
Christopher Warren-Green, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin

May 31, 2015
Spoleto Festival USA 2014: Orchestral Highlights
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The Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra is hand-picked each year to include some of the finest young orchestra musicians across the country. This edition of Carolina Live features highlights from two of the orchestra’s concerts during the 2014 festival. Charleston area native Joseph Young conducts masterworks by two 20th century composers, while the festival’s director of orchestral activities leads the ensemble in one of Beethoven’s most popular symphonies.

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Interview Clip: Interview with conductor Joseph Young addressing his debut at the Spoleto Festival USA. 

BARBER: Adagio for Strings
Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra
Joseph Young, conductor 

Interview Clip: Interview with conductor Joseph Young addressing the Concerto for Orchestra by Bela Bartok. 

BARTOK: Concerto for Orchestra
Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra
Joseph Young, conductor

Interview Clip: Interview with John Kennedy, Director of Orchestral Activities for Spoleto Fest USA addressing the selection process for members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7
Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra
John Kennedy, conductor 

MILHAUD: The Bull on the Roof
Greenville Symphony Chamber Orchestra
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor

 

May 24, 2015
Spoleto Festival USA 2014: Westminster Choir Legends

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Among the highlights of the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston each spring are the choral concerts given by the Westminster Choir. The 2014 edition of the festival featured two programs, and we present highlights from each on this edition of the series. From a concert called Legends at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, conductor Joe Miller leads the choir in a multi-faceted program ranging from the ancient to the contemporary. A second concert program at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist had the Charleston Symphony Chorus joining the Westminster Choir and members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra to perform Handel’s Te Deum, written to commemorate a British victory in the Battle of Dettingen in 1743.

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ELDER: Elegy
ESENVALDS: Legend of the Walled-Up Woman
CONSOLACIÓN: Allelulia
Westminster Choir
Joe Miller, conductor

HANDI:
 Pater Noster
DURUFLE: Ubi Caritas
PARKER: Buffalo Gals (arr.)
FOSTER: Nelly Bly
ELDER: Ballade to the Moon
Westminster Choir
Joe Miller, conductor

HOGAN: My Soul’s Been Anchored
ERB: Shenandoah
WALKER: Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal (arr.)
The Lord Bless and Keep You
Westminster Choir
Joe Miller, conductor

HANDEL: Te Deum
Westminster Choir
Charleston Symphony Chorus
Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra
Joe Miller, conductor

BRITTEN: Hymn to St. Cecilia
BARBER: This Shining Night
BRAHMS: The May Night
Renaissance
Robert Pritchard, director

 



May 17, 2015
Greensboro Symphony: Transformation
Dmitri Sitkovetsky

The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra’s long-time music director takes the spotlight as soloist for a powerful 20th century violin concerto by Shostakovich. It’s part of a concert on the theme of “transformation” which is bookended by music of Ravel: his ever-popular Pavane to open the program, and his definitive orchestration of Mussorgsky’s masterpiece to close it.

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RAVEL: Pavane for a Dead Princess
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor

SHOSTAKOVICH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor and violinist

MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor

 


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