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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
August 2, 2015
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra: Serenades
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concerts presented by the Hub City’s own orchestra yielded the offerings on this edition of the program. Charismatic conductor Sarah Ioannides leads a program of serenades from the Chapman Cultural Center, including Britten’s work for tenor, horn and strings, as well as a Tchaikovsky masterpiece. Then from another concert the orchestra welcomes the Spartanburg Festival Chorus and soloists for Mozart’s immortal Requiem.

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BRITTEN - Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Wayne Hobbs, tenor
Anneka Zuelhke, horn
Sarah Ioannides, conductor

TCHAIKOVSKY - Serenade for Strings in C major
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Sarah Ioannides, conductor

MOZART:
Requiem Mass
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
Spartanburg Festival Chorus
Keith Jones, director

BERNSTEIN: Overture to Candide
Greenville Symphony Orchestra
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor


July 26, 2015
Charlotte’s Ulysses Festival: Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford-540The English choral tradition returned to the Carolinas in April of 2014 as part of Charlotte’s Ulysses Festival of the Arts. The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford paid its second visit to the Queen City in three years to perform in the Gothic-style sanctuary of Covenant Presbyterian Church near downtown. The program represented a veritable survey of English choral music ranging from Thomas Tallis to 20th century practitioners such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Walton and Hubert Parry. The all-male choir also treated the audience to choral arrangements by Michael Tippitt of African-American spirituals, and encores from the great American songbook.

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Ralph Vaughan Williams: Kyrie & Gloria, from Mass in G Minor
The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor

Thomas Tallis: In ieunio et fletu
The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Sanctus & Benedictus, from Mass in G Minor
The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude in B Minor BWV 544
Alexander Pott, organ 

Thomas Tallis: O sacrum convivium
Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Agnus dei, from Mass in G Minor
Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor

Henry Purcell: O God, Thou art my God
Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor

George Frideric Handel: Two Choruses from the Founding Hospital Anthem
Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor

Louis Vierne: Finale from Symphony No. 3 in F Sharp Minor
Clive Driskill-Smith, organ

Hubert Parry: My soul there is a country
Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor

William Walton: Where does the uttered music go?
Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor 

Sir Michael Tippitt: Steal Away & Deep River
Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor

Harold Arlen & “Yip” Harbuurg, arr. David Blackwell: “Somewhere over the Rainbow”
Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor

George & Ira Gershwin: “Our love is here to stay”
Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor

Benjamin Britten: Hymn to St. Cecilia
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July 19, 2015
26th Vivian Major Robinson Concert
sekino-yaffe-540The Olde Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, South Carolina is the site for this April 2015 program of chamber music and solo performance presented by the Vivian Major Robinson Concert series. Pianist Keiko Sekino of UNC Greensboro teams with cellist Nathaniel Yaffe of the North Carolina Symphony to present sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms. Individually, Yaffe performs one of the Bach solo cello suits while Sekino plays an arrangement of one of Bach’s most popular choral works, as well as two intermezzi by Brahms. Rounding out the show is an early symphony by Shostakovich from a Masterworks concert by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra in January 2015.

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BACH: Cello Suite No. 2 in d-minor
Nathaniel Yaffe, cellist
 
BEETHOVEN: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 4 in C
Nathanial Yaffe, cellist
Keiko Sekino, pianist
 
BACH: Sheep May Safely Graze
Keiko Sekino, pianist
 
BRAHMS: No. 1 in b-minor
Keiko Sekino, pianist
 
BRAHMS: No. 3 in C
Keiko Sekino, pianist
 
BRAHMS: Cello Sonata No. 1 in e-minor
Nathaniel Yaffe, cellist
Keiko Sekino, pianist
 
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 1 in f-minor
Greenville Symphony Orchestra
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor
 
BERNSTEIN: Overture to Candide
Greenville Symphony Orchestra
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor


July 12, 2015
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra: Divine Chemistry
CL-150712-wdavInspired by a performance of Handel’s Messiah during his visit to London in 1791, Franz Joseph Haydn created his own oratorio depicting the origins of the world. This concert in Dana Auditorium in Greensboro brought together the formidable forces of the Bel Canto Company and the Greensboro Symphony for a powerful performance from February of 2015.

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HAYDN: The Creation Part 1
Bel Canto Company
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Bidlack, soloist
Brittany Robinson, soloist
Eric Downs, soloist
Dmitri Sitkovetsky, conductor
 
HAYDN: The Creation Part 2
Bel Canto Company
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Bidlack, soloist
Brittany Robinson, soloist
Eric Downs, soloist
Dmitri Sitkovetsky, conductor
 
HAYDN: The Creation Part 3
Bel Canto Company
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Bidlack, soloist
Brittany Robinson, soloist
Eric Downs, soloist
Dmitri Sitkovetsky, conductor
 
DVORAK: Slavonic Dance No. 2 in e-minor
Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
Dmitri Sitkovetsky, conductor
 
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
 
 


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