Wednesday September 19, 2012
Live on WDAV 89.9 FM from the Belk Theater at 8PM on Friday, September 21, 2012
September 17, 2012 | DAVIDSON & CHARLOTTE, NC – WDAV Classical Public Radio announced today that it will broadcast the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s season-opening concert from the Belk Theater on Friday, September 21, 2012. Music Director Christopher Warren-Green leads the CSO in an all-Beethoven program, and the centerpiece of the concert features Brazillian pianist and Royal Academy of Music professor, Arnaldo Cohen, making his CSO debut in Beethoven’s masterpiece, Piano Concerto No. 4. WDAV’s Mike McKay and Matt Rogers take on the hosting duties when the live broadcast begins on WDAV 89.9FM and wdav.org at 8 p.m., direct from Charlotte’s Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.
“Our partnership with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra is something that we truly cherish,” said WDAV General Manager Scott Nolan. “At WDAV, we are committed to building a community of the arts by making classical music accessible to all, and I can think of no better way to fulfill that mission than by broadcasting a live performance of Beethoven by our beloved CSO.”
Added Robert Stickler, Interim President and Executive Director, “We are excited to begin our 81st season with a live broadcast. Our ability to broadcast select concerts, through our partnership with WDAV, helps us fulfill our mission to serve our whole community and reach a broader audience with powerful music."
Before the concert, the CSO presents “Musically Speaking,” an engaging conversation from the stage in which WDAV’s Program Director Frank Dominguez previews the CSO’s 2012-13 season with CSO Music Director Christopher Warren-Green. “Musically Speaking” is free to all ticket-holders and begins in the Belk Theater at 7 p.m.
The CSO also invites concertgoers to stay after the performance for the short, informal, “Musically Speaking” talk-back, where audience members can ask soloist Arnaldo Cohen and Christopher Warren-Green questions about the evening's music.
Concert tickets start at $27.50 and are available through the Charlotte Symphony Ticket Office at 704-972-2000 or the CSO website at www.charlottesymphony.org.
Live concert broadcasts on WDAV Classical Public Radio are made possible by generous support from annual and sustaining members and by WDAV’s Listen Live Fund. Listen Live Fund contributors include Dr. Cynthia Tyson, the estate of Carol Ann Douglas, and the Jane Cooke Brynn Music Education Fund.
About the Charlotte Symphony Founded in 1932, the Charlotte Symphony aspires to serve the whole community through music that educates, entertains and enriches. As the largest arts organization in Charlotte, the symphony plays to 200,000 audience members each year in 90 concerts featuring classical music to pops. The symphony also reaches more than 12,000 students in 55 schools throughout the area in pursuit of its mission to provide musical education. As the largest employer of individual artists in Charlotte, the symphony generates an annual economic impact exceeding $15 million. The symphony welcomes contributions; as with most performing arts organizations, ticket revenues cover only about one-third of expenses.
About WDAV Classical Public Radio WDAV Classical Public Radio is one of America’s leading producers of original classical-music programming. In addition to producing 156 hours per week for its own broadcast use on 89.9FM, HD-1, HD-2, and wdav.org channels, the station produces nationally-distributed programs, including World of Opera, Concierto, SummerStages, and, in partnership with ETV Radio of South Carolina, Carolina Live. A service of Davidson College in Davidson, NC, WDAV’s mission is to make classical music accessible to everyone. The station's 89.9FM signal reaches a 22-county region centered in the Charlotte, NC metro area and ranging from Rock Hill, SC to Galax, VA. WDAV’s broadcasts can also be heard live online 24 hours a day at wdav.org and iTunes, as well as on any Android, iPhone, or iPad device equipped with the "WDAV Classical Public Radio" app, or the "TuneIn," "NPR Music" or "Public Radio Player" apps.