Nico Muhly’s “Luminous Body” lives up to its name

POSTED September 19, 2011 — Our friends at the KnightArts Blog fund and chronicle stories about great art. Susannah Schouweiler in St. Paul, Minn. posted this article about a recent collaboration between the young composer Nico Muhly, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the all-male chorus Cantus.

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), under the direction of conductor Joana Carneiro, drew a full house to the Ordway on Saturday night. It was opening weekend of the 2011-2012 performance season for this Knight Arts grantee, but that’s not the only reason the performance hall was humming with anticipation. We were all especially eager to hear Cantus, a nationally acclaimed men’s vocal ensemble that would be joining the lauded musicians of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra on stage for the evening’s headline performance. That performance was the world premiere of an ambitious new work, “Luminous Body,” jointly commissioned from buzzed-about young composer Nico Muhly by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Cantus and the Minnesota Commissioning Club. Read more

Check here to listen on-demand to the September 10th broadcast from Minnesota Public Radio

WDAV to Broadcast Charlotte Symphony’s Season-Opening Concert

POSTED September 9, 2011 – WDAV Classical Public Radio announced today that it will broadcast the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s season-opening concert from the Belk Theater on Friday, September 16, 2011. Music Director Christopher Warren-Green leads the CSO in an all-Russian program, and the centerpiece of the concert features Croatian pianist Martina Filjak making her CSO debut in the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. WDAV’s Mike McKay and Matt Rogers take on the hosting duties when the live broadcast begins on WDAV 89.9FM and wdav.org at 8 p.m., direct from Charlotte’s Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

“WDAV loves taking our listeners to this region’s best classical music performances, and this CSO program offers wall-to-wall musical blockbusters,” said WDAV General Manager Scott Nolan. “The WDAV staff and I look forward to meeting concert-goers in the Belk Theater lobby on Friday night and enjoying the concert broadcast with our audience. We’re grateful to the players and staff of the Charlotte Symphony for making this concert broadcast possible.”

Added Jonathan Martin, President and Executive Director of the CSO, “We are thrilled to begin Christopher Warren-Green’s second season with the Charlotte Symphony through this special live broadcast. It exemplifies the close partnership with WDAV and allows the Charlotte Symphony to reach thousands more listeners.”

Before the concert, the CSO presents “Musically Speaking,” an engaging conversation from the stage in which WDAV’s Program Director Frank Dominguez previews the CSO’s 2011-12 season with CSO Music Director Christopher Warren-Green and CSO Associate Conductor Jacomo Bairos. “Musically Speaking” is free to all ticket-holders and begins in the Belk Theater at 7 p.m.

Concert tickets start at $31.50 and are available through the Charlotte Symphony Ticket Office at 704-972-2000 or the CSO website.

Live concert broadcasts on WDAV Classical Public Radio are made possible by generous members and by WDAV’s Listen Live Fund. Contributors include the estate of Carol Ann Douglas, the Jane Cooke Brynn Music Education Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
The Charlotte Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in the Charlotte region and the largest professional orchestra in the central Carolinas, employing more than 100 musicians, 62 on full-time contracts. The orchestra performs nearly 100 concerts each year, reaching more than 200,000 listeners. The CSO also operates the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras and the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte and is committed to broad educational outreach. The CSO is supported by ticket revenue, generous corporate and individual giving, and foundation grants and receives operating support from the N.C. Arts Council and the Arts & Science Council.

About WDAV 89.9 Classical Public Radio
WDAV is one of America’s leading producers of original classical music programming. In addition to producing 156 hours per week for its own broadcast use, the station produces nationally-distributed programs, including NPR World of Opera, Concierto, SummerStages, and, in partnership with ETV Radio of South Carolina, Carolina Live. A service of Davidson College in Davidson, NC, WDAV’s 89.9FM signal reaches a 22-county region centered in the Charlotte, NC metro area and ranging from Rock Hill, SC to Galax, VA. WDAV’s broadcasts can be heard live online 24 hours a day at wdav.org and iTunes, as well as on any iPhone or iPad equipped with the “Tuned In,” “NPR Music” or “Public Radio Player” app.