Symphony 101

The Charlotte Symphony is committed to exceptional musical experiences. We understand that the context and history of composers and their works can be a valuable component of the music-going experience.

Symphony 101 is a series of free learning opportunities led by Davidson College Symphony Orchestra Music Director Tara Keith. Discussions take place in the Boswell Community Room at the WDAV Classical Public Radio studios in Davidson.

Space is limited. Registration is strongly encouraged.

2018-19 Season

March 14 | 6 p.m.
The Masking of Jewish Composers
A brief study of prominent Jewish composers from the 19th and early 20th centuries, the "masks" that they wore, and their musical legacy that, despite anti-Semitism, continues to endure.
Upcoming concert and repertoire
Mahler 1 | March 15 & 16, Belk Theater
Dvorak Violin Concerto | March 29 & 30, Belk Theater
*Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture



May 2 | 6 p.m.

Ravel Unraveled
A look into the dynamic, virtuosic, and multi-faceted compositional output of one of the greatest fin de si├Ęcle French composers, Maurice Ravel, who embraced his Swiss and Basque heritage while also incorporating American jazz, Hebrew texts, and the colors of east Asia. 

Upcoming concerts and repertoire
Ravel Bolero | May 17, 18, and 19, Knight Theater
*Ravel Tzigane
*Ravel Bolero



January 24 | 6 p.m. 
Orchestral Storytelling
Discover the many ways in which composers create orchestral biography, fiction, and fantasy.
Upcoming Charlotte Symphony concerts and repertoire
Scheherazade | February 8 & 9, Belk Theater
*Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade
*Strauss Don Juan
*Copland Billy the Kid

Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty | February 22 & 23, Knight Theater
*Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty Suite
*Michael Daugherty Trail of Tears


November 15 | 6 p.m.
Journey from Home to Space

An exploration of the astrological and astronomical musical journeys that Holst and John Williams take from being home alone on earth to reaching beyond our atmosphere.

Upcoming Charlotte Symphony concerts and repertoire:
Home Alone: Movie in Concert | November 23 & 24, Belk Theater
Holst The Planets | November 30 & December 1 & 2, Belk Theater
E.T.: Movie in Concert | December 28, Ovens Auditorium