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. Unless otherwise noted with an asterix (*), all concerts are on Sundays at 3 p.m. in Tyler-Tallman Hall of the Sloan Music Center.


Dan Boye and Jacque Culpeper duet


Sunday, Oct. 2  •  Tickets

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

photo of a viola, a violin and a cello


Sunday, Nov. 13  •  Tickets

The Central String Quartet returns to perform the great Schubert "C Major String Quintet" with guest cellist Alan Black. The ensemble includes 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.

woodwind quintet instruments


Sunday, Jan. 29  •  Tickets

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

black and white photo of Liz Longley with her arm up looking over her shoulder


Saturday, Feb. 25  •  8 p.m.  •  Tickets

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.

Stephen Drury sitting beside piano


Sunday, April 9  •  Tickets

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 Cité de la Musique in Paris; and performed and recorded with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic, and the Boston Pops. Drury is piano faculty at the New England Conservatory, and artistic director of both the new music ensemble Callithumpian Consort and the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice.

girl holding a violin in front of the right half of her face


Sunday, April 23  •  Tickets
Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center

Top youth chamber ensembles from across the country give a concert of brilliant performances and bright futures. Now in its third year, the Young Chamber Musicians Competition, created by 89.9 WDAV, Davidson College's classical public radio station, and sponsored by OrthoCarolina, awards $12,000 in prizes, making it one of the country's largest prize purses for a youth chamber music competition. Free for Concert Series subscribers.