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Lan Shui's Rachmaninoff Is a Special Gift – and a Flexion Point for Charlotte Symphony Apr 28, 2023

Perry Tannenbaum, CVNC -- It's time to admit that the Charlotte Symphony has flipped the script. After a string of four consecutive concerts that I've reviewed in 2023, with four different guest [..] Read More


Lan Shui on the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Apr 24, 2023

WDAV Piedmont Arts Podcast -- Conductor Lan Shui joins the Charlotte Symphony (CSO) for concerts at Belk Theatre in Charlotte. He gives us a rundown of the works on the CSO program, and he explains [..] Read More


CMS at the Symphony Apr 5, 2023

PBS Carolina Impact -- Perfect harmony between the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, at their annual series of concerts for thousands of CMS students. For many, this [..] Read More


Has Jessica Cottis Pulled Ahead in CSO’s Music Director Race? Mar 27, 2023

Lawrence Toppman, WDAV -- "I wonder if I can outdo Beethoven at the top of his game," said no sensible composer ever during the last 220 years. But I'd bet Felix Mendelssohn had that fleeting [..] Read More


For new symphony season, a change in tune Mar 25, 2023

Lawrence Toppman, The Charlotte Ledger -- I'll let a great composer of the mid-20th century sum up the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's 2023-24 season: "Roll over Beethoven, and tell Tchaikovsky the [..] Read More


Charlotte Symphony and the JCSU Concert Choir Lift Every Spirit at Brayboy Gym Mar 21, 2023

Perry Tannenbaum, CVNC -- You might have thought that a symphony orchestra performing in a college gymnasium would prove to be an odd coupling. Sure, there can be satisfying concerts staged at [..] Read More


David Fisk on the Charlotte Symphony 2023-24 Season Mar 20, 2023

Rachel Stewart, WDAV Piedmont Arts Podcast -- The Charlotte Symphony (CSO) has just announced its 2023-24 season, and it's filled with variety and diversity across all the series: Classics, Pops, [..] Read More


Why The New Charlotte Symphony Season Matters Next Year More Than Ever Mar 17, 2023

Lawrence Toppman, WDAV -- British auto engineer Alec Issigonis famously described a camel as "a horse designed by a committee." Yet in the absence of a music director, a committee from the [..] Read More


Charlotte Symphony unveils new season as it narrows search for the next maestro Mar 14, 2023

Adam Bell, The Charlotte Observer -- The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra unveiled its new season Tuesday, one that's heavy on guest artists but light on conductors. In fact, the only one listed so far [..] Read More


Charlotte Symphony's new season arguably its most diverse ever, CEO says Mar 14, 2023

Marshall Terry, WFAE -- The Charlotte Symphony has announced performances for its 2023-24 season, which starts this fall. David Fisk, its president and CEO, says the season is arguably the most [..] Read More


A Happy Union of Erik and Igor and Ludwig and Paolo Mar 13, 2023

Lawrence Toppman, WDAV -- Officially, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (CSO) concert last weekend paid homage to the exhibit of Picasso landscapes next door at the Mint Museum. Picasso designed [..] Read More


Beethoven and Ballets Russes: Art of Modernity Mar 10, 2023

Perry Tannenbaum, CVNC -- For Charlotte Symphony guest conductor Paolo Bortolameolli, Satie, Stravinsky, and Beethoven all have at least one thing in common: music of modernity. Connecting the dots [..] Read More


Mei-Ann Chen Makes a Triumphant Return with Charlotte Symphony Feb 27, 2023

Lawrence Toppman, WDAV -- The most recent Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (CSO) concert at Knight Theater was Old Home Week. Concertmaster Calin Ovidiu Lupanu got his annual solo outing in Bruch's [..] Read More


BRUCH VIOLIN CONCERTO at Charlotte Symphony Feb 26, 2023

Perry Tannenbaum, Broadway World -- But until now, not a word about the meteor that struck the Knight Theater in the heart of Uptown Charlotte. Her name is Mei-Ann Chen, and we can only hope that [..] Read More


Sparkling Grieg, Somber Brahms Feb 13, 2023

By Lawrence Toppman, WDAV -- You can play Edvard Grieg's piano concerto weightily, with thundering chords and noble grandeur. Or tenderly, with a romantic flame at its core. Or dreamily, with what [..] Read More


Youth symphony program makes musical instruction more accessible Feb 6, 2023

By Daija Peeler, QCity Metro -- The CSYE debuted in Feb. 2022 and is the Charlotte Symphony's youngest orchestra with children as young as age 8. Unlike the Charlotte Symphony Philharmonic and [..] Read More


Parameswaran + Sibelius + CSO = Excitement Feb 6, 2023

By Larry Toppman, WDAV -- Like many classical concertgoers, I often raise my eyebrows when folks erupt into applause during the silence between movements of a symphony. I know that behavior can be [..] Read More


Ryan and CSO Launch 2023 in American Style with Wisp of Freedom-Fighting Ukraine Jan 13, 2023

By Perry Tannenbaum, CVNC -- Between the evening's two fanfares -- for the Copland Symphony famously repackages his well-known Fanfare for the Common Man -- Korngold's Concerto made for a lyrically [..] Read More


Charlotte Symphony exploring themes of freedom, strength, justice Jan 12, 2023

WBTV -- Christopher James Lees, the symphony's resident conductor, stopped by the studio to talk more about the event.Watch Now > [..] Read More


Malek Jandali on “Together We Rise” Jan 12, 2023

WDAV -- The Charlotte Symphony will perform a concert called "Together We Rise" at the Sarah Belk Gambrell Center at Queens University. It will explore themes of freedom, strength, and justice [..] Read More


Charlotte Symphony concert honoring MLK features a world premiere 10 years in the making Jan 11, 2023

By Adam Bell, The Charlotte Observer -- For pianist and composer Malek Jandali, the Queens University of Charlotte motto holds special significance. It's "non ministrari sed ministrare," or for non- [..] Read More