Live Classical Music

Carolina Chamber Symphony

Wilmington's Tallis Chamber Orchestra has a special performance on Saturday, March 25th at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Tallis received funding through the Landfall Foundation to bring a guest artist to town for the performance and for community enrichment through orchestra classroom visits and a Master Class. That guest artist is violinist Jacqui Carrasco, an international soloist and chamber musician from Wake Forest University.

Aleks Karjaka

The New York Times calls him "gifted"; the Wall Street Journal says his performance is "dazzling." The LA Times proclaims him as "the next big organ talent." He hasn't hit 30 yet, but young Christopher Houlihan is taking the organ world by storm, and he's performing in Wilmington on Friday, March 10 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He drew a great deal of attention when he performed all 6 of Louis Vierne's organ symphonies in 2012, and he'll play excerpts (Scherzo, Cantabile, & Allegro) from Vierne's 2nd Symphony on Friday night, plus Vierne's Carillon de Westminster, J.S. Bach's Italian Concerto, and César Franck's Choral II in B minor

Classical music presenters in and around Wilmington have a problem...the amount of classical music in this area has proliferated to the point that a meeting has been called. The problem is in the calendar-with classical music lovers hoping to attend performances by symphonies, chamber music ensembles, soloists, operas, etc, performers and presenters can help themselves and their fans by avoiding overlap. 

Chamber Music Wilmington presents its 2nd performance of the season this weekend: the award-winning Chicago-based Kontras Quartet. The show is this Sunday at Beckwith Recital Hall at 7:30pm. We spoke by telephone with Jean Hatmaker, the cellist of the group. Hatmaker talks about the orchestral vs.


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Norman Bemelmans gave his first public solo concert at the age of 7; that was surely a few decades ago and he's still at it.  After studying with such luminaries as Jean Houpt, Stefan Bardas, Richard Cass, Patrizia Benkman, and Ozan Marsch, Bemelmans toured under the sponsorship of Pobitzer Artists International and the Franz Liszt Foundation.  

Cape Fear Chorale: Cherubini's Requiem

Apr 18, 2015

Larry and Libby Oldham are both singers with the Cape Fear Chorale and had many interesting things to say about the spring performance, Requiem in C Minor by Luigi Cherubini.  Larry Oldham earned his DMA in Church Music, so he had a deep knowledge about this music and the history-for instance, which great composer requested this Requiem for his funeral, and why the church banned this music.  We also hear about the fall concert in this informative interview. 

A Sunday Baroque Weekend, featuring special guest Suzanne Bona of Sunday Baroque, was a huge success. Thank you to every listener who attended one of the lively events. We were fortunate to host such distinguished and talented guests, and it was a privilege to bring these special musical and cultural events to our listeners. We hope you enjoy the above live music (beginning at 5:40) recording and interview with WHQR's very own Jemila Ericson. 

Watch for more special live classical music programming from WHQR in the future.