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WDAV to Broadcast Charlotte Symphony Season-Opening Concert
Friday August 29, 2008

First Live Broadcast of CSO in Ten Years

Christoph PerickThe audience of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is about to grow exponentially, thanks to a re-energized partnership with WDAV 89.9 Classical Public Radio. On Saturday evening, September 13, 2008 at 8 p.m., WDAV will offer a live broadcast of the CSO’s season-opening Mozart and Mahler program, bringing the immediacy and vibrant acoustics of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s live performance in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center to tens of thousands of listeners across the Carolinas. The Sept. 13 concert will be both the CSO’s first live broadcast in ten years and the first live broadcast in WDAV’s 30th Anniversary Season.

“WDAV and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra have enjoyed a long history together,” explains new WDAV General Manager Benjamin K. Roe, “and I can’t think of a better way to kick off our 30th Anniversary Season as Classical Public Radio than with a live broadcast featuring the region’s premier arts organization in a spectacular program.”

Jonathan Martin, the CSO’s new President and Executive Director, adds, “The partnership between orchestras and classical music radio is key to the effectiveness of both institutions. The Charlotte Symphony is fortunate to work with such a vibrant local classical public radio station. We anticipate great things from the synergy that the ever-growing relationship between WDAV and the Symphony will create.”

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s Mozart and Mahler concert program will be led by CSO Music Director Christof Perick and features soprano soloist Heidi Meier, who thrilled CSO audiences last May with her acclaimed performance in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. In this program, Maestro Perick and the CSO will lift the curtain on their new season with the Overture from Mozart’s 1782 opera The Abduction from the Seraglio. Meier will then appear with the CSO to sing a pair of concert scenes from the opera, the most popular and frequently staged of all Mozart’s operas during the composer’s lifetime. The second half of the program will be devoted to Gustav Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 1 – the so-called “Titan” symphony and the first to reflect in music Mahler’s credo that “The symphony is the world; it must contain everything.”

The September 13th live broadcast is one of several collaborative events between WDAV and the CSO that will the mark the start of the 2008-09 Symphony season.

  • On Wednesday, September 10 at 10 a.m., on-air host Jennifer Foster presents Charlotte Symphony Preview, WDAV’s annual audio peek at the Charlotte Symphony’s upcoming season. CSO Preview offers a lively mix of musical highlights of the upcoming season, along with commentary from conductors Scott Allen Jarrett and Alan Yamamoto, scheduled guest artists, members of the orchestra, and the CSO’s new Executive Director Jonathan Martin. CSO Preview will be re-broadcast on WDAV 89.9 Thursday, September 11 at 7 p.m. and will be available for on-demand listening at www.wdav.org
  • On Friday, September 12 and again on Saturday, September 13, CSO President & Executive Director Jonathan Martin and WDAV General Manager Benjamin K. Roe will be on the Belk Theater stage of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center for a 7 p.m. pre-concert talk devoted to “Mozart, Mahler…and the New Managers.” Both Martin and Roe are new to Charlotte, but they are old colleagues from their previous positions at the Cleveland Orchestra (Martin) and National Public Radio (Roe). The two new execs will share insights on the program and their vision for classical music in the Carolinas.
  • WDAV’s live broadcast begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 13 with a special “backstage” edition of CSO Preview, anchored live by WDAV’s acclaimed on-air personalities Jennifer Foster and Mike McKay. CSO Resident Conductor Alan Yamamoto and other special guests will join Foster and McKay live at the Blumenthal.
  • The entire concert and preview will then be re-broadcast on WDAV 89.9 the next day, Sunday, September 14 at 2 p.m. The program will also be available for on-demand listening via www.wdav.org.

This live broadcast of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s season-opening concert is just the first of numerous special events marking WDAV’s 30th anniversary year. The WDAV live production team will be back at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center on October 18 for the first-ever live broadcast of an Opera Carolina performance: Charles Gounod’s Faust. Opera Carolina General Director James Meena conducts the Charlotte Symphony in what promises to be another electrifying classical music event. More details on the station’s 30th anniversary year are available online at www.wdav.org.

About the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1932, The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra is the largest and most active professional performing arts organization in the central Carolinas. The CSO gives some 100 performances each season and reaches an annual attendance of over 250,000 listeners. The Symphony expresses appreciation to the musicians of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, American Federation of Musicians-Local No. 342 for their collaboration on the live transmission of the September 13 concert on WDAV.

About WDAV 89.9 Classical Public Radio
Celebrating its 30th year on the air, WDAV 89.9 is a member-supported public radio service of Davidson College. WDAV listeners receive the highest quality classical-music programming, as well as promotions spotlighting the activities of local arts organizations and artists of all disciplines. For more information and to listen to WDAV live online 24 hours a day, visit http://www.wdav.org.

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