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Join Alexander McCall, Themba Searles and Kali Blevins as they take you on a journey through different periods and styles of classical music. Along the way we’ll share interesting facts and expose you to a diverse range of pieces to increase your knowledge and appreciation of the different forms of classical music.Subscribe to a podcast of this series via iTunes using the button below or visit our subscribe page for other options.Subscribe
 
WDAV's Biscuits and Bach host, Rachel Stewart, talks with musicians, artists, chefs, foodies and others about everybody's favorite topic - food.Subscribe to a podcast of this series via iTunes using the button below or visit our subscribe page for other options.Subscribe
 
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Deanna Tham is the music director of the Union Symphony Orchestra. The Symphony is kicking off its 2021 - 2022 season with an in-person concert featuring Juilliard trained soprano Gina Gutierrez in a program entitled “The Symphonic Voice.” Maestro Tham talks about the upcoming season and the important role the orchestra plays in the cultural fabric…
 
In 2018, Opera Carolina stepped out of its comfort zone to present the powerful rhythm & blues opera I Dream , a fictional chronicle of the final days of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King’s life. Now I Dream returns for performances at the Belk Theatre in Charlotte. We revisit an interview before the premier with James Meena, general director and…
 
Chamber Music For All, founded by violinists Monica Boboc and Calin Lupanu, launches their Fall season with an in person concert – their first since February 2020 – featuring piano trios by Brahms and Arensky. Calin Lupanu talks about what life has been like for musicians during the pandemic, and about his anticipation of returning to live in-perso…
 
In addition to the challenges of the pandemic, Theatre Charlotte suffered a difficult loss when their building caught fire in December 2020. Despite the set-back, they managed to continue with their season, and this year they are embarking on a new season of productions that will be staged at venues around Charlotte. Acting executive director, Chri…
 
The NoteWorthy concert series is presented by WDAV in partnership with the FAIR PLAY Music Equity Alliance . The series brings together gifted Black and brown artists from the Charlotte music scene with classical musicians for some genre-blending, community building music. Karen Poole, a singer/songwriter and contemporary gospel artist, is joined b…
 
The NoteWorthy concert series is presented by WDAV in partnership with the FAIR PLAY Music Equity Alliance . The series brings together gifted Black and brown artists from the Charlotte music scene with classical musicians for some genre-blending, community building music. Singer, songwriter, guitarist and community organizer, Quisol and Charlotte …
 
Since 1958, the Arts and Science Council (ASC) has been a driving force in the cultural life of the city and Mecklenburg County. In recent years, in an effort to live up to its promise of “Culture for All,” the ASC put together a Cultural Equity Report that is drawing attention. ASC President Krista Terrell speaks about the importance of cultural e…
 
The NoteWorthy concert series is presented by WDAV in partnership with the FAIR PLAY Music Equity Alliance . The series brings together gifted Black and brown artists from the Charlotte music scene with classical musicians for some genre-blending, community building music. Grammy Award winner Greg Cox, who blends hip-hop, R&B and Gospel in his musi…
 
Since 1950, the Symphony Guild of Charlotte has been supporting the Charlotte Symphony and Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras and promoting interest in symphonic music in the Charlotte region. Both the Symphony Guild and the CSO are working on strategic plans which prioritize inclusivity. Debbie Abels, president of the Symphony Guild, and David Fi…
 
The NoteWorthy concert series is presented by WDAV in partnership with the FAIR PLAY Music Equity Alliance. The series brings together gifted Black and brown artists from the Charlotte music scene with classical musicians for some genre-blending, community building music. Singer-songwriter Arsena Schroeder talks about the concert and collaborating …
 
Timothy Redmond, artistic director of the Winston-Salem Symphony, talks about the symphony’s new on-demand concert Center Stage . The concert features Lukas Foss's Renaissance Concerto and Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto . Redmond discusses the many ways the orchestra has had to adapt and change this year -- everything from producing videos to perfor…
 
Normally during the spring of the year, Charlotte Ballet would be presenting their Innovative Works series which brings in outside guest choreographers. Due to the ongoing pandemic, that wasn't possible this year. So instead, they're presenting the work of Charlotte Ballet staff and artists in a specially renamed series called Works: Direct from th…
 
Cynthia and Bill Lawing have crafted a program spanning the centuries as part of the Music at St. Alban’s series in Davidson, NC. The husband and wife duo, which has extensive performing experience in the Charlotte area and around the country, has crafted a diverse program of music for trumpet and piano that ranges from Scarlatti to Ginastera. They…
 
Ashley Strickland Freeman, an award-winning food stylist, recipe developer, and cookbook author based in Charleston, SC, swears by Duke's Mayonnaise. So much so that she's written a cookbook devoted to this staple found in so many Southern kitchens. Listen to her talk about the unexpected ways mayonnaise can be used in recipes beyond the customary …
 
The Charlotte Symphony will celebrate the arrival of 2021 with a New Year’s Day concert featuring Baroque music. Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees explains how the lively and joyful sounds of Baroque music may be the unexpected, but perfect, way to turn a new page after the tumult of 2020. He also reflects on what performing arts organizati…
 
In a Christmas season like no other, Bach Akademie Charlotte will be making merry on Zoom with their “Familie Christmas Partie”. The musical centerpiece of the gathering will be J.S. Bach’s Magnificat in D recorded during the 2019 Charlotte Bach Festival. Artistic Director Scott Allen Jarrett talks about Bach Akademie Charlotte’s unusual season and…
 
Opera Carolina teams up with D9 Brewing to bring holiday cheer with an event called Tinsel Town. The festivities happen throughout the day at D9 Brewing Company in Cornelius, NC, and will feature Opera Carolina Carolers with singers from the Opera Carolina Kids Academy. Hear Megan Miller talk about this event as well as how Opera Carolina and indiv…
 
WDAV’s annual broadcast of Charlotte Lessons and Carols from St. John’s celebrates its tenth anniversary with a two-hour retrospective . Hear music director David Tang, and other event partners from St. John’s and the McClatchy Foundation, speak about what the community celebration means to them, and how it will be different this year. Learn more a…
 
Mandolin and guitar virtuoso Robin Bullock, who is based in the Asheville area, has found himself working in new ways in recent months. One big difference -- he's giving virtual concerts - like the one coming up as part of Music at St. Alban's performance series. Hear Robin talk about the challenges and surprising benefits of being a musician durin…
 
The pandemic forced the Western Piedmont Symphony to rethink their concert season. They decided to create concerts and events that speak directly to the moment we're living in, including a multimedia project, "2020: A Musical Response," and a roundtable discussion on race in classical music. Music Director Matthew Troy talks about these and other e…
 
The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (CSO) welcomed their new President and CEO, David Fisk, on September 1, 2020. He's joining the CSO at a critical time as they learn new ways to share their music safely in the midst of a pandemic. David Fisk talks about getting to know his new city and organization in a socially distanced way. He also shares his tho…
 
For the Winston-Salem Symphony and conductor Timothy Redmond, the motto "The show must go on" has taken on new meaning in the year 2020. They have reimagined their new season to deal with the realities of social distancing. And they have also learned to share their music online in new and creative ways. Timothy Redmond talks about how they've adapt…
 
Artistic Director James Allbritten talks about the search to find works that allow for social distancing, and composer Kenneth Frazelle describes his composition, From Appalachia , which is one part of the concert entitled Echoes from Carolina . Learn more about Piedmont Opera Pictured (l-r): James Allbritten and Kenneth Frazelle.…
 
For nearly 60 years the iconic Wilber's Barbecue restaurant , started by Wilber Shirley in Goldsboro, NC, has been famous for authentic Eastern North Carolina style barbecue cooked over oak wood coals. Willis Underwood, one of the new owners, talks about how he intends to keep that fading tradition alive. Pictured: Wilber's BBQ in Goldsboro, NC/cou…
 
Organist Joby Bell will give the first recital in this year's Organ at Davidson series at Davidson College Presbyterian Church. Bell is in the process of recording the complete solo organ works of Charles-Marie Widor. Find out more about Bell's exploration of Widor and how he decided to pursue a career as an organist. Learn more about the Organ at …
 
Visual artist Bethany Collins finds words and texts fascinating for what they reveal about us as a people. Her recent creation “Dixie’s Land” is part of Davidson College’s exhibition “From Pandemic to Protests”. “Dixie’s Land” is centered around the many different, often contradictory lyrics which have been used with the tune “Dixie”. Bethany talks…
 
Charlotte Symphony violinists Monica Boboc and Calin Lupanu are the founders of "Chamber Music for All" which presents chamber music concerts around the Piedmont region. Their new season begins with a virtual concert that's part of the CPCC Connor Chamber Music Series. They discuss how putting together a season during a pandemic has been challengin…
 
Davis Tapp is the new Executive Director of The Choir School at St. Peters. He has joined the organization at an unprecedented time when everything has to be done differently because of the pandemic. He talks about how The Choir School is adapting and continuing their mission of providing musical education to children. And he’ll talk about the chal…
 
Like every other organization, Piedmont Opera in Winston-Salem has had to pivot quickly during the coronavirus pandemic and find new ways to provide their service. On this episode, artistic director James Allbritten talks about some of the innovative ways they've responded to the crisis, including starting a daily opera show on Facebook Live.…
 
The Colour of Music Festivals were founded to recognize and provide a platform for classical composers and musicians of African descent. Artistic director Lee Pringle joins us to talk about how the classical music world can create more opportunities for artists of color and about how the upcoming festivals may function in the time of COVID-19. Lear…
 
The Sphere Series, a Charlotte-based discussion and lecture series that focuses on compelling arts-related topics, is hosting a panel discussion at the Mint Uptown called "Angels to Anathema: What Do We Do When Beloved Artists Behave Badly?" It will consider whether or not art can be separated from the artist. Series co-founders Hilary Burt, Jen Su…
 
Artistic Director Kenney Potter of the Charlotte Master Chorale talks about a Unity Concert in the First United Methodist Church in Charlotte. The program focuses on African American Spirituals, and features the Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble and their director, Frank Williams. Learn more about the Unity Concert: African American Spirituals…
 
Pianist Cynthia Lawing performs several musical selections during WDAV’s holiday open house. She talks about what brought her to music and being inducted into the Steinway Piano Teacher Hall of Fame. Also, Mark and Katherine Love of Steinway Piano Gallery (Charlotte) are in studio to talk about bestowing the honor.…
 
L’Academie du Roi Soleil so far has presented concerts of early music in the region. The founders of the group, conductor Nicholas Haigh and soprano Margaret Carpenter-Haigh, discuss their next program titled Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing . It features music that’s timely to observe Veterans Day. Learn more about Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing…
 
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