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WDAV Dispatch from Spoleto

 

As WDAV embarks on another season visiting the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, it’s inevitable to look back and reminisce. As the writer and producer of our blog posts and podcasts this year, I can’t help but remember my first visit to Spoleto in 2009.

I had heard about the festival for years before that. My mother-in-law – a violinist and music teacher – made an annual pilgrimage to the Dock Street Theater for the chamber music series. But I had no idea about the breadth and scope of the festival until I began covering it for WDAV.

Frank Dominguez

Frank Dominguez

In those days we had an entire team of hosts, producers, audio engineers and support staff gathering interviews, recording performances, and otherwise exploring the varied offerings of the festival. As you might imagine, the enterprise was expensive and proved impossible to sustain, and the festival staff struggled to accommodate our requests to record.

So over time we scaled back our residency, and last year we didn’t visit at all, but continued to bring the festival to WDAV listeners through the excellent Spoleto Chamber Music Series produced by our colleagues at South Carolina Public Radio, and heard on WDAV Saturdays at 11 a.m. April through June.

This year, however, we’re back, and with a slightly different approach: a series of previews, reviews and interviews focused on the current festival season, and available through our blog Of Note, and also through our WDAV Dispatch from Spoleto podcasts. I’m looking forward to sharing the sights and sounds with you, and we’ll still bring you past Spoleto performances through highlights played during our weekday programming, as well as the Saturday radio series.

Let us know what you think about the new Spoleto Festival USA coverage on WDAV, visit our Contact Us page.

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WDAV Bids a Fond Farewell to Summer

This long Labor Day weekend, WDAV bids farewell to summer by sampling selections from the great Carolinas summer music festivals we”ve visited over the past few months.You”ll hear music from Piccolo Spoleto and Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, and the Brevard Music Center and Festival in the NC Blue Ridge Mountains. Stay tuned to WDAV 89.9 and wdav.org wherever you go this weekend – and celebrate summer one last time with us!

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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!

WDAV Settles in at Eastern Music Festival

WDAV is broadcasting live this week from the Eastern Music Festival held at historic Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. Our staff is already there setting up our studio-away-from-home and conducting interviews with musicians, composers, faculty, and students. Here are some photos from our first days at the Festival.

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