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Interviews with artists, performers and community arts leaders.

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Interviews with artists, performers and community arts leaders.

    JoAnn Falletta and Karen Ni Bhroin on "Celebrate!" with the Winston-Salem Symphony

    JoAnn Falletta and Karen Ni Bhroin on "Celebrate!" with the Winston-Salem Symphony

    The Winston-Salem Symphony is kicking off its 75th anniversary year with concerts called "Celebrate!" Sharing conducting duties are Karen Ni Bhroin, the symphony’s Assistant Conductor, and Grammy winner JoAnn Falletta, one of the most renowned conductors working in the world today. The two talk about the environment for women in classical music today compared to the past. They also talk about the importance and benefits of expanding the concert repertoire to include works by lesser-known composers. Learn more about "Celebrate" Pictured JoAnn Falletta (photo by Heather Bellini) and Karen Ni Bhroin. JoAnn Falletta Karen Ni Bhroin

    Kenney Potter on Celebrating the Charlotte Master Chorale

    Kenney Potter on Celebrating the Charlotte Master Chorale

    Seventy years ago, a group of Charlotte singers founded the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte to perform great choral masterpieces. Today that organization is known as Charlotte Master Chorale, but regardless of name, they remain an important institution in the cultural life of our region performing often throughout the year. Artistic director Dr. Kenney Potter talks about celebrating this important milestone with a season of concert repertoire that ranges from beloved classics to newer, diverse works, some written specifically for Charlotte Master Chorale. And he talks about the organization’s mission to inspire unity in our community through music. Learn more about Christmas with the Charlotte Master Chorale

    Tanja Bechtler and Adam Watkins on "Beatles with the Bechtler Ensemble"

    Tanja Bechtler and Adam Watkins on "Beatles with the Bechtler Ensemble"

    Cellist Tanja Bechtler and arranger Adam Watkins speak about their concert of Beatles tunes arranged as chamber music. The two also discuss the collaborative process that resulted in the arrangements they perform, as well as the enduring appeal of The Beatles’ music to multiple generations. Learn more about the Beatles with the Bechtler Ensemble concert at Queens University

    Roderick Cox on the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

    Roderick Cox on the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

    Guest conductor Roderick Cox talks about how he chose the music for his program with the Charlotte Symphony, and why the Brahms Serenade No. 2 is particularly close to his heart. He also describes the Roderick Cox Music Initiative, a project that provides scholarships for young musicians of color from underrepresented communities. In only two years, the Initiative has been able to award thousands of dollars to help young artists pursue their dreams. Pictured: Roderick Cox; photo by Susie Knoll. Roderick Cox , conductor

    Harvey Cummings II on the Noteworthy Concert Series

    Harvey Cummings II on the Noteworthy Concert Series

    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. Charlotte composer and musician Harvey Cummings II is featured in the series. He talks with WDAV about his enjoyment of arranging string parts for his jazz compositions and about the value of collaborating with musicians from other genres. Harvey Cummings II

    Cathy Youngblood on The Sacred Veil

    Cathy Youngblood on The Sacred Veil

    The Sacred Veil , a relatively new work by acclaimed American composer Eric Whitacre and librettist Charles Anthony Silvestri, explores the loss of a loved one to cancer. Caritas Artistic Director, Cathy Youngblood, explains why Caritas A Capella Ensemble of Charlotte chose to present this work. She walks us through the composition providing insight into ways the music addresses human grief and love.

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