Carolina 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.
The 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.
The 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.
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.
The 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.
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 Queen City’s orchestra welcomed an acclaimed violinist and her priceless Stradivarius for the second concert from their 2013-2014 Classics Series.
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.