Coming Up on Carolina Live

South Carolina Philharmonic: Beethoven and Blue Jeans 2015

Week of April 24, 2017

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.

Greensboro Symphony Orchestra: Russian Romantics

Week of April 30, 2017

You can sample both the power and emotion of some wonderful composers on this Carolina Live. Conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra present Russian Romantics, and you can hear such dramatic favorites as Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in b-minor. There’s also music from the ballet The Fairy’s Kiss by Igor Stravinsky, and more. Be with us for a generous portion of Russian romanticism on Carolina Live.

South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra: Up Close and Personal

Week of May 7, 2017

Two very popular piano concertos featuring an award-winning pianist playing each…that’s just part of this edition of Carolina Live. Morihiko Nakahara and the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra welcome guest pianists Derek Chung, who plays Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Elisabeth Tsai, the soloist for Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto n a-minor. The orchestra also brings you a wonderful symphony: the Symphony No. 1 in e-minor of Jean Sibelius. It’s a powerful combination of masterful music and musicians on Carolina Live.

Bel Canto Company: In Time of Strife

Week of May 14, 2017

If by chance you’re at a point in life where some solace would be welcome, try to hear this Carolina Live program. The excellent Greensboro-based choral group Bel Canto Company present a concert titled In Time Of Strife, and there’s music to assuage such a time from such composers as Arvo Part, Gerald Finzi, Morten Lauridsen, and even Dolly Parton and Carly Simon. The program also features the Rutherford Chamber Consort performing Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quintet in g-minor. Ahhh…soothing just to think about it!

Spoleto Festival USA 2013: Spoleto Festival Orchestra Concert

Week of May 21, 2017

We’re in the Sottile Theater of the College of Charleston for a concert by the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra with conductor Stefan Asbury from the 2013 season. The program has two familiar masterworks serving as bookends – the Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio espagnol as an opener and the Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances to close the concert – and in between a suite of ballet music from the Hungarian composer, Bela Bartok. All three works serve as ideal showpieces for the abilities of this ensemble.

Spoleto Festival USA 2014: Westminster Choir Legends

Week of May 28, 2017

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.

Spoleto Festival USA 2014: Orchestra Highlights

Week of June 4, 2017

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.

Spoleto Festival USA 2013: Intermezzi & Westminster Choir

Week on June 11, 2017

This program features performances from two separate concerts, both performed at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, one of fourteen different venues used during the 2013 festival. The first is from the Intermezzi series of concerts and features the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra with conductor Aik Khai Pung in a program of Ives, Copland and Stravinsky. The second features the festival’s long-time resident chorus, the Westminster Choir under the direction of Joe Miller, performing a program ranging from the Renaissance to the present day.

Greenville Symphony Orchestra: Hymn to Nature

Week of June 18, 2017

One of Gustav Mahler’s massive symphonies is the focus of this edition of Carolina Live. In a concert titled “Hymn to Nature,” the Greenville Symphony, the Women of the Greenville Chorale and the city’s young Chicora Voices join to perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in d-minor. It’s a spectacular work—the kind you expect from Mahler—and it’s done in spectacular style by the musical forces from Greenville.

South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra: Sayaka in the Spring

Week of June 25, 2017

There’s a fascinating combination of composers to be found in this program. In a concert titled “Sayaka in the Spring,” Felix Mendelssohn provides the Violin Concerto in e-minor, Tchaikovsky his Symphony No. 5 in e-minor, and Japanese composer Akira Nishimura’s Sakurabito (2010) opens the proceedings. The guest artist is violinist Sayaka Shoji, so join us for a stirring evening of music from the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra.