Rachel Stewart

Con A de Arte Honors Frank Dominguez

WDAV Program Director Frank Dominguez will receive the Leading Latino Artist Award for his role as host/producer of Concierto, WDAV’s bilingual Spanish/English classical music program, Saturday, June 16, 2012, at the Main Library in uptown Charlotte. The award will be given as part of the ArtSi’s Con A de Arte event which  showcases Latino art and culture in the Charlotte region. Way to go Frank! Congratulations!

Davidson Receives $25 Million for Davidson Trust

Davidson College, WDAV’s licensee, has announced it will receive $25 million from Edward L. “Ted” Baker for The Davidson Trust which provides assistance to students for whom a Davidson education would not otherwise be financially feasible. Davidson is committed to meeting 100 % of admitted students’ demonstrated need with grants and student employment instead of loans, and this gift, the second largest in the college’s history, significantly furthers that ambition. Congratulations Davidson College, and thanks to Ted baker for his extraodinary generosity. Read more at the Davidson College Web site.

Joshua Bell Named Music Director of Academy of St Martin in the Fields

The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields has a new music director for the first time since Sir Neville Marriner. Big news! Read below:

London –Joshua Bell was today announced as Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the first person to hold the title since Sir Neville Marriner who founded the Orchestra in 1958. With three weeks already in the diary for the 2011-12 season including an extensive US tour, Joshua Bell will double his time with the Orchestra over the course of his initial three year contract, as well as taking responsibility for the artistic direction of the Orchestra. (more…)

Our Own Warren-Green to Conduct at Royal Wedding

Christopher Warren-Green 2.jpgThe Charlotte Symphony’s Music Director, Christopher Warren-Green, has been tapped to conduct the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Today, St. James’s Palace announced that he will lead the London Chamber Orchestra at the ceremony which takes place April 29, 2011. This is great news for Christopher Warren-Green and for Charlotte as well – a great connection (or is that connexion?) between Queen City and Queen.
Warren-Green is in London at the moment, no doubt hammering out some of the details of the Big Day, but he’s scheduled to return to Charlotte soon, and when he does, I hope to get a few minutes in the studio to talk to him about this exciting news. So stay tuned.
A copy of the official press follows.


Emmanuel Villaume to Step Down as Spoleto Festival USA Music Director

MAY 31, 2010 (CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA) Emmanuel Villaume, the Christel DeHaan Music Director for Opera & Orchestra for Spoleto Festival USA, announced at today’s full board meeting that he will leave his position after the current season. “I love this Festival deeply and I have always said that if I could not give the organization what I consider to be the necessary time, I would step down from my position,” said Villaume. Recently appointed Chief Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Maestro Villaume also serves as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and is a highly sought-after guest worldwide.