Coming Up on Carolina Live

Firebird Arts Alliance: Songs of the Earth

Week of December 16, 2018

Musical forces are summoned to great effect on the next Carolina Live, as the Firebird Arts Alliance brings together in Charlotte the choral group VOX, the Firebird Arts Sinfonia and two talented soloists for works by Arnold Schonberg and Gustav Mahler. We then hear music from Columbia’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, where several massed choirs are joined by the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra and soloists for two works by Johann Sebastian Bach. The concert was titled Welcome, King of Heaven, and you’re more than welcome to join us for the stirring music.

Bel Canto Company: Holiday Reflections

Week of December 23, 2018

This Carolina Live program is a Christmas delight, a concert by the Greensboro vocal group Bel Canto containing an abundance of familiar traditional music of the season, as well as pieces that are not quite as well known. From classical works by Handel, Mendelssohn and Praetorius to spirituals such as Go Tell It On The Mountain, this holiday offering such certainly has enough “gifts” to make your holiday merry indeed!

Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Oktoberfest and Divine Mozart

Week of December 30, 2018

Any part of the year is a good time for an Oktoberfest celebration, and we have one for you, courtesy of conductor Edvard Tchivzhel and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Their concert features the bombast of Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music, the musical precision of Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn and the power of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. Then from a concert in the orchestra’s chamber series titled Divine Mozart we’ll hear Amadeus’ Symphony No. 20 in D and the “Haffner” Symphony No. 35. Highlights from two concerts on this one Carolina Live.

Greensboro Symphony Orchestra: German Romantics

Week of January 6, 2019

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.

Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Love Stories

Week of January 13, 2019

Two brilliant composers provide the music for a concert by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra titled Love Stories. From Tchaikovsky come his oh-so-romantic Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Francesca da Rimini. Then Richard Strauss’ symphonic poem Don Juan is followed by a suite from his opera Der Rosenkavalier. There’s a great chance you’ll love the musical “stories” told on this Carolina Live.

South Carolina Philharmonic: Russian Fireworks

Week of January 20, 2019

There won’t be explosions, but the music you’ll hear on this program will pack quite a wallop! Music Director and conductor Morihiko Nakahara leads the South Carolina Philharmonic in a concert titled Russian Fireworks. There’s the delight of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, the beloved Violin Concerto of Tchaikovsky and the powerful Symphony No. 5 by Sergei Prokofiev. Russian greats and great Russian music for you to hear and enjoy on this Carolina Live.

Winston-Salem Symphony: Mozart and Shostakovich

Week of January 27, 2019

The Winston-Salem Symphony and conductor Robert Moody present a concert titled Mozart and Shostakovich, and the title tells you the source of the music. From Mozart we hear his popular Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and the Concerto in C for Piano and Orchestra, with guest pianist Orion Weiss. Dmitri Shostakovich is represented by his dramatic Symphony No. 10 in e-minor. Enjoy the works of these two significant composers on this Carolina Live.

Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Oktoberfest and Divine Mozart

February 3, 2019

Any part of the year is a good time for an Oktoberfest celebration, and we have one for you in mid-December, courtesy of conductor Edvard Tchivzhel and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Their concert features the bombast of Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music, the musical precision of Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn and the power of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. Then from a concert in the orchestra’s chamber series titled Divine Mozart we’ll hear Amadeus’ Symphony No. 20 in D and the “Haffner” Symphony No. 35. Highlights from two concerts on this one Carolina Live.

Greensboro Symphony Orchestra: Trumpet Overture

February 10, 2019

Several of the greatest of the great composers contribute mightily to this edition of Carolina Live. Dmitry Sitkovetsky leads the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra in an Overture for Orchestra in C by Felix Mendelssohn, the Fantasia in f-minor by Franz Schubert, then a Trumpet Concerto in E-flat by Franz Joseph Haydn featuring guest trumpeter Brandon Ridenour. The concert is topped off by the Symphony No. 2 in D by the marvelous symphonist Jean Sibelius. It’s a collection of diverse selections by a wonderful group of composers.

Winston-Salem Symphony: Enigma Variations

February 17, 2019

The title of our featured concert is Enigma Variations, but the quality of the music you’ll hear during this edition of Carolina Live is quite clear and straightforward. It begins with Wagner’s stately Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, moves to a distinctive Concerto for Two Cellos and Orchestra by contemporary composer David Ott, and ends with the work that provides the concert’s title—Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. A diverse and interesting selection from the always-creative Robert Moody and the Winston-Salem Symphony.
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