The music students of the Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte will present a Spring Recital including an exciting first for the school: the premiere of a new work by the acclaimed Charlotte-born composer Dan Locklair, commissioned on behalf of the school by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Before they present this performance, Dan Locklair and the students will be in WDAV's John Clark Performance Studio to give us a preview.
This unique production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice harkens back to the heyday of radio drama, with a live broadcast at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, in commemoration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s baptism.
It’s Bach’s 329th birthday! Celebrate the occasion with special programming of Bach pieces throughout the day on Friday, March 21, as well as all-Bach programming on Choral Showcase and Pipedreams on Saturday, March 22.
Classical flutist Ben Smolen joins Matt Rogers in the WDAV performance studio. He'll talk about his role in the Master Class of the Symphony Guild of Charlotte and will perform works from JS Bach, Michael Gandolfi, and Claude Debussy.
Handel’s most famous oratorio is Messiah, but his favorite was Theodoro. Get to know Theodoro better with this performance from Carnegie Hall Live, hosted by Fred Child and Jeff Spurgeon.
WDAV celebrates St. Patrick’s Day on Monday, March 17th by playing selections throughout the day by Irish musicians and composers, as well as Celtic music in classical arrangements and performances. Enjoy the music, and slainte!
American Public Media brings you Carnegie Hall Live, presenting “must-have” classical music events, broadcast live from the nation’s most famous concert hall.
Join WDAV for our fourth annual Beethoven Birthday Marathon in honor of the 243rd birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven. We’ll celebrate by playing a different, complete Beethoven masterpiece each hour.
Join us to hear classical guitarist Adam Levin and violinist William Knuth perform live in the WDAV John Clark Performance Studio.
Pianist Valarie Valois joins WDAV in the John Clark Performance Studio to perform selected works, including Danza de la moza donosa by Alberto Ginastera and Forest Murmurs by Franz Liszt, and to chat with Frank Dominguez.
Join OrthoCarolina and WDAV for the “Better Living with Arthritis” seminar, presented by Dr. Mark Kurd with music by classical guitarist Paul Bowman.
The 2013-2014 Charlotte Symphony Orchestra season begins with The Planets, Christopher Warren-Green conducting, and you can listen live on WDAV. Mike McKay and Matt Rogers host this broadcast of the program featuring an interview with Warren-Green.
Hannah Wang and Clara Gerdes, the winners of the 2013 Music Teachers National Association Senior Piano Duet Competition, are stopping by to chat with Matt Rogers about the competition and to play a few tunes.
Patriotic music for your 4th of July!
Winston-Salem Symphony’s season finale concert featuring the world premiere of Dan Locklair’s Hail the Coming Day
The springtime Jewish holiday of Passover is about liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. In this one-hour special, superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman shares Passover music from many traditions, plus songs and memories from his childhood in Israel. The program draws its shape from the Passover seder and, like that ancient family ritual, the music gets progressively giddier as the show moves along.
Violins of Hope is an original WDAV special, which consists of concerts performed at the Knight Theater and Dana Auditorium at Queens University in April 2012 during the Charlotte residency of the exhibit Violins of Hope. Presented by the UNC Charlotte College of Arts and Architecture in a variety of venues, the project displayed violins that survived the holocaust and were lovingly restored by Israeli craftsman Amnon Weinstein. In addition there were lectures and concerts, and the program features highlights from the musical performances.
A celebration of "the father of American music," Stephen Foster, born on July 4th 1826. Hear performances of his works by talents such as Marilyn Horne, Thomas Hampson, Itzhak Perlman, and Leopold Stokowski leading the Philadelphia Orchestra. Naomi Lewin hosts.
Join WDAV for a LIVE broadcast of the Charlotte Symphony's all-Tchaikovsky program. Cellist Joshua Roman joins the orchestra for Variations on a Rococo Theme. Also on the program, selections from Swan Lake and the Symphony No. 4. WDAV's Mike McKay and Matt Rogers host the broadcast from the Belk Theatre of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.
Don't miss our annual Oscar Preview with film music scholar and Davidson College Professor Neil Lerner discussing the five nominees for this year’s Academy Award for Best Original Score. You’ll hear excerpts from Warhorse and The Adventures of Tin-Tin, two Steven Spielberg films both with music by John Williams, as well as from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; The Artist; and Hugo directed by Martin Scorsese with music by Howard Shore.
Karin Bliznik, Associate Principal Trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony, and pianist Bruce Murray, Dean and Artistic Administrator of Brevard Music Center, give a live performance in the Clark Performance Studio at WDAV and play Neruda and Mozart.
Pity poor Beethoven. Because of WDAV’s traditional focus on holiday music in December, the great master’s birth anniversary has usually been overlooked. But not this year!
B24 – the Beethoven Birthday Marathon 2011 will feature a different, complete Beethoven masterpiece every hour (excluding Performance Today, 5-7pm, and our special presentation of the St. Olaf Christmas Special, 7-9 pm).
Scheduled works include all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies, his “Emperor” Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, the Violin Concerto, the “Spring” and “Moonlight” Sonatas, the “Grosse Fugue,” the “Leonore” Overture No. 3 and much, much more.
This weekend a newly-minted Carolinas tradition returns for its second year: An Old Salem Christmas with the Winston Salem Symphony performs Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 3 at Old Salem Museums and Gardens.
Winston-Salem Symphony music director Robert Moody speaks with us about the program for this year’s concert which includes an 18th century symphony discovered in the collection of the Moravian Foundation, as well as The Adoration of the Magi by Respighi.
WDAV presents a reprise of our festive celebration of the Appalachian folk traditions and other styles native to the Carolinas. Center stage will be two-time female vocalist of the year Kathy Mattea singing fresh arrangements from her acclaimed holiday albums, plus the Carolinas’ premiere choral ensemble, VOX, as well as Baroque/Celtic trio The Beggar Boys. You’ll hear African-American spirituals, folk favorites, Celtic jigs, and even the Biltmore’s renowned 1916 E.M. Skinner organ. (An original WDAV production)
Celebrate Franz Liszt's bicentenniel with WDAV's Liszt-o-mania!
During the week of Monday, October 17th – Saturday, October 22nd, you’ll hear Liszt’s most important works on WDAV, as well as commentary on each piece from Bruce Murray, concert pianist and dean of the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina.
Enjoy one of Britain's favorite musical traditions and liveliest concerts in a LIVE broadcast! This year's program features pianist Lang Lang, soprano Susan Bullock, the BBC Singers, and BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Edward Gardiner conducts. Brian Newhouse hosts.
The Western Wind and guest cantorsLeonard Nimoy, narrator
From the sounding of the shofar to the eating of apples and honey, the traditions of the Jewish High Holy Days are illuminated in an hour of stirring sacred music with narration explaining the significance of the observance. Part One is about Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
From the sounding of the shofar to the eating of apples and honey, the traditions of the Jewish High Holy Days are illuminated in an hour of stirring sacred music with narration explaining the significance of the observance. Part Two is about Yom Kippur, the deeply devotional penitential holiday.
Hear how Felix Mendelssohn’s forgotten music is given new life by performers such as pianist Orion Weiss and the Shanghai Quartet.
The Spoleto Festival USA is just around the corner, and you can get a preview of the wonderful chamber music performances in store there direct from the series’ artistic director, Charles Wadsworth!
Saturday, 3/28/09, 2 p.m.
WDAV pays tribute to Russell Peck, an NC-based composer who recently passed away by rebroadcasting the premiere of Voice of the Wood which was commissioned for WDAV's 20th Anniversary and performed by the Charlotte Symphony.
More about Russell Peck at www.russellpeck.com.
Thursday, 3/19/09, 7 p.m.
Host Joe Brant presents memorable performances by the area’s most prominent orchestras.
Fred Child hosts the live broadcast from St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Charlotte. Calin Lipanu, Charlotte Symphony concertmaster, leads the musicians in Bach and Vivaldi.
A special program uniting the poetry of Kathryn Stripling Byer, North Carolina's Poet Laureate, and music by North Carolina Composer Kenneth Frazelle. Byer, Frazelle, soprano Jacquelyn Culpepper, and pianist Phillip Bush perform.Appalachian Songbook, part 1 Appalachian Songbook, part 2
Charles Gounod: Faust
James Valenti, Faust; Maureen O'Flynn, Marguerite; Chester Patton, Méphistophélès
James Meena, conductor
WDAV broadcasts Opera Carolina's season opener LIVE.