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Concert Series

The 2016-17 season includes performances from singer/songwriter Liz Longley, the Schubert String Quartet, pianist Stephen Drury, the Woodwind Quintet and WDAV's Young Chamber Musicians Competition. Discounted Concert Series Season Package tickets for all five exciting performances are on sale now.



Over There! was a musical revue honoring the 100th Centennial of World War I and served as a tribute to the Americans who served so bravely on the battlefields. Musical selections featured two iconic American composers and showmen, George M. Cohan and Irving Berlin. Over There! featured the artistry of soprano Jacquelyn Culpepper, baritone Dan Boye, accompanist DeWitt Tipton and writer/director/narrator Francis Cullinan. Musical highlights includd Alexander's "Ragtime Band," "Give my Regards to Broadway," "Over There," "You're a Grand Old Flag," and "God Bless America" Narration included excerpts from touching letters from the battlefront, as well as comments from military personnel. From start to finish, Over There! revived the spirit of patriotism in audiences of all ages.


The Central String Quartet returned to perform the great Schubert "C Major String Quintet" with guest cellist Alan Black. The ensemble included Charlotte Symphony Orchestra violinists Joseph Meyer and Jenny Topilow, violist Kirsten Swanson, and cellist Marlene Ballena. Join us for this breathtaking afternoon highlighted by the crown jewel of chamber music pieces.


Top area wind musicians Amy Orsinger-Whitehead, flute; Dru DeVan, clarinet; Hollis Ulaky, oboe; Mary Beth Griglak, bassoon; and Bob Rydel, French horn; joined forces to present a dynamic performance of chamber works by Hoiby, Carter, Danzi, Berio and Mozart.


Liz Longley confides with you as though you're sitting on the sofa with her in a talk that's intimate and vulnerable. And now, the Berklee College of Music graduate and award-winning songwriter is set to share her confessional songs with listeners on her sophomore album coming out on Sugar Hill Records this August. While Longley's songs and vocals invite complimentary comparisons to Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole and Nanci Griffith-all artists she's supported live-her latest effort spotlights a style all her own. Her voice and tone, touched with the slightest of country inflections, pours out like clean, crystalline water.


Pianist and conductor Stephen Drury has performed throughout the world with a repertoire that stretches from Bach to Liszt to the music of today. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Barbican Centre and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Cité de la Musique in Paris; and performed and recorded with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Boston Philharmonic and the Boston Pops.


The nation's top young chamber ensembles compete for their share of $10,000 in prizes. Now in its fourth year, the Young Chamber Musicians Competition, created by 89.9 WDAV-Davidson College's classical public radio station-and sponsored by OrthoCarolina, is produced as a live radio broadcast. Members of the audience join in the excitement by deciding the winner of the People's Choice Award.