What’s Cookin’?

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Are you listening to WDAV’s great lineup of Thanksgiving Day programming while you’re preparing The Big Meal? We’d love to know what’s cooking in your kitchen this Thanksgiving!
Hi! Jennifer Foster here. I’ll go first: My favorite Thanksgiving recipe is for Pumpkin Cheesecake with Bourbon Sour Cream Topping. One taste of this melt-in-your-mouth celebration of smooth-meets-spicy and I said “good-bye” to pumpkin pie for good. For the recipe, click here.
Won’t you share your menu or pass along a favorite recipe? Click to comment.
We’re thankful you’re listening. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at WDAV!

Where does the Music Take You?

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Tonight’s performances of Gershwin, Mozart, and Adams by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra were thrilling. As soon as Gershwin’s Cuban Overture floated out into the house, I was basked in warmth and quickly forgot about the sub-zero cold blowing outside.
Isn’t it wonderful how music can so quickly whisk you away somewhere else? Just this week, I was reading a manuscript a friend sent me, and I needed something to put me in the mood to read and comment. Beethoven’s fourth symphony was just the answer, and soon I was losing myself in the narrative. My friend’s story was quite good, but the music brought me into its setting with an even fuller immersion.
So I’m curious. Where does music take you? And how does it take you there? These sound like elementary questions, but with some thought, they can be quite complex. Feel free to post your thoughts in the comments section.

James Says Hi

by James Hogan
james_150.jpgHi there. My name is James, and I’ve been asked to hang around this blog and write a bit about WDAV, the excellent music community in Charlotte, and the incredibly diverse audience in the area that listens to them both.
I’m going to the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performance tonight, and I’ll be writing about that soon, but first I wanted to say hello–and see if there’s anything out there (really, anything) that you, the readers, might want me to talk about. First, a brief disclosure: I’m a former English teacher and an amateur musician, so I’m hoping to engage you in a conversation on this forum rather than give you just another review of a performance or group. I’m much better at conversation than critiquing, anyway.
So…please leave a comment about whatever you’d like to see featured in this blog! I look forward to reading your thoughts and ideas. Cheers!

Muti Walks out on The Queen of England

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Conductor Riccardo Muti has apparently pulled out of a lavish birthday celebration for the Prince of Wales after members of the royal family, including the Queen, attempted to change Muti’s planned program for the evening. Muti was to lead the Philharmonia Orchestra in a program that the royals thought “inappropriate” and “overlong.” As a result, Muti “absolutely refuses to have anything to do with the party now.”
Read the full story here.

Listener Comments – Election Night Programming

What did you think of WDAV’s special programming on Election Night — all-American music + up-to-the-minute information about local, state and national races? We heard that night from Marilyn B of Winston-Salem:
“I am proud to be a member of WDAV–thank you for the wonderful music, starting with Performance Today and going forward to this very minute.”
Did you tune in on Election Night? How did you feel about our fair and balanced classical music programming? The pundits want to know!