Opera Company to Postpone and Cancel Productions in Response to Funding Cuts

From a press release issued by Opera Carolina on July 29, 2009:
CHARLOTTE, NC — The board of directors of Opera Carolina has approved a package of cost-saving and fundraising measures in response to the recently announced 33% reduction in support from the Arts & Science Council and current economic conditions.

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WDAV Chats with Henry Janiec, Conductor Emeritus of Brevard Music Center

During our recent residency at the Brevard Music Center, WDAV Program Director Frank Dominguez chatted with Henry Janiec, Conductor Emeritus of Brevard Music Center, in the WDAV broadcast RV. Produced by Jeffrey Freymann-Weyr for WDAV.

Henry Janiec, conductor emeritus of Brevard Music Center from WDAVfm on Vimeo.

My iPod – RIP?

My iPod bit the dust. At a Motel 6 in Kansas, I went to update my hallowed Road Trip playlist in order to delete “Smokin’ in the Boys Room.” The nostalgic novelty of that song, I had found, turns out to be rather paltry. Grating, even. But when, in room 116, I connected my digital drives and mashed “sync,” I received, OMG, a stop-sign, exclamation point, “Error 1429″ pop-up warning that my device was “corrupt.” Well!

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WDAV To Broadcast Two Live Concerts This Weekend From Brevard Music Festival

JULY 22, 2009 – WDAV 89.9 Classical Public Radio is logging quite a few miles this summer in pursuit of the best classical music being made at the Carolinas’ summer music festivals. In May, WDAV took its listeners to Charleston for all 17 days of Spoleto Festival USA. Last week, WDAV spent time at Greensboro’s Eastern Music Festival. This weekend, the 37-foot long WDAV Broadcast RV, affectionately known to staffers as “Camper Van Beethoven,” makes a stop at the picturesque Brevard Music Festival in the mountains of western North Carolina.

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WDAV And The Summer Festivals

emf_brass_125.jpgThank you to Greensboro’s Eastern Music Festival, which hosted WDAV last week on the campus of historic Guilford College. We heard outstanding performances from students, faculty and guest performers, as well as insightful interviews with Artistic Director Gerard Schwarz, composer-in-residence Bright Sheng and many others. Hear it all again on our Audio Archives and watch our videos too.
This week, listen for music, interviews and more from Brevard Music Center, home to another of this country’s great music institutes. On Friday evening, we’ll bring you a live broadcast of Keith Lockhart conducting the Transylvania Symphony Orchestra – one of BMC’s acclaimed student ensembles – in an all-American program. Read all the details here!