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Charlotte Symphony evokes the ‘Magic of Christmas’ Dec 20, 2018

It's snowing in Knight Theater.Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's "Magic of Christmas" runs through Dec. 23 with something different. Not only does host Francene Marie Morris' rendition of "A Visit [..] Read More

Here’s what it takes for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra to add live music to ‘E.T.’ Dec 18, 2018

Think of Christopher James Lees as the happy warden of a beautiful prison.When he takes the Ovens Auditorium podium Dec. 28 to conduct the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, he'll have to forget [..] Read More

Wilson’s World: Previewing Charlotte Symphony’s Annual Magic of Christmas Concerts Dec 17, 2018

Wilson spoke with Christopher James Lees, conductor at the Charlotte Symphony, to learn more about the Magic of Christmas. He even got to see Alex Wilborn with the Charlotte Symphony play the [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony's "The Planets" is so dazzling, it should be seen, not only heard Dec 1, 2018

Every so often the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra proves you have to see classical music as well as hear it.If you don't experience Gustav Holst's "The Planets" at Belk Theater, you might never [..] Read More

Cultural Groups Providing Access For All Nov 30, 2018

Charlotte-Mecklenburg cultural organizations are continuing to ensure ticket costs don't prevent residents from stepping through their doors.

Several are providing low-cost admission to [..] Read More

Warren-Green Discusses Holst The Planets and Deep Field for WDAV's Piedmont Arts Podcast Nov 28, 2018

Music and imagery combine in a Symphony concert program that brings together Holst's beloved masterwork, The Planets, with a new work by the popular living composer Eric Whitacre, Deep Field. [..] Read More

Review: Charlotte Symphony's Royal Celebration Delivers Brassy, Breathtaking Music Oct 23, 2018

Charlotte isn't known as a city that treasures its heritage, so it was gratifying to see that Charlotte Symphony was dedicating its Music for a Royal Celebration concert to the 250th anniversary of [..] Read More

WTVI's Carolina Impact Features Charlotte Symphony Movies-in-Concert Series Oct 10, 2018

WTVI's Carolina Impact featured the Charlotte Symphony musicians, Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees, and the multi-generational appeal of the movies-in-concert. Watch the story here. [..] Read More

Review: Beethoven's Fifth Recaptures Its Elemental Fire Oct 7, 2018

Meeting an anticipated demand, Charlotte Symphony is programming their 2018-19 season opener, BEETHOVEN'S FIFTH, for three concerts instead of the usual two - and meeting subscribers' hopes, they' [..] Read More

Review: Ohlsson, ‘Fifth’ star for Charlotte Symphony Oct 7, 2018

When I interviewed Emanuel Ax about his upcoming Charlotte recital, he spoke admiringly of peers who'd absorbed more of the vast piano literature than he has. "My friend Garrick Ohlsson, he plays [..] Read More

Concertmaster: An Orchestra's VIP Oct 4, 2018

If you have attended a classical orchestra concert, you've seen the concertmaster.He or she enters after the rest of the orchestra is onstage, to polite applause. They ask the oboe to play a note, [..] Read More

La Noticia - Marlene Ballena Oct 3, 2018

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra is a prestigious organization composed of 59 musicians, including Marlene Ballena, an artist that puts the "Latino touch" on every piece she touches. Marlene plays [..] Read More

Let's remember all of Charlotte's history - even the struggles Oct 1, 2018

With music, images and a moving narrative, the bygone lives of Piedmont textile workers were brought to life Thursday night through a multi-media collaboration among the Charlotte Symphony, The [..] Read More

Symphony's Opening Night Gala Celebrates with Primal Beauty and Fire Sep 27, 2018

Although violinist Joshua Bell hadn't played with the Charlotte Symphony since the 1994-95 season, he has maintained a presence across the Carolinas, appearing at Spoleto Festival USA, the Brevard [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Set To Debut New Piece On City's History Sep 24, 2018

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra launches its season tonight with famed violinist Joshua Bell playing Braham's Violin Concerto. But before that, there will be a piece that has never been performed [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony to perform in Stanly County Sep 24, 2018

First Bank and Corning, with the Stanly County Arts Council, present the Charlotte Symphony in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center, 26032 Newt Road, Albemarle.Tickets [..] Read More

Joshua Bell brings the star power to Charlotte Symphony's Opening Night Sep 19, 2018

Famed violinist Joshua Bell was hopping into a taxi pointed toward his doctor's office when we caught up with him in New York by phone this week, less than two days before he was scheduled to board [..] Read More

Composer creates work for Symphony to evoke Charlotte's 250 years Sep 15, 2018

Let your mind roam across 250 years of Charlotte-Mecklenburg history, and what do you hear?Maybe "Tullochgorum," a fiddle tune from our Scots-Irish heritage? Perhaps the ceaseless clacking of a [..] Read More

1 to Watch: Victor Wang. What turned him from microbiology at Yale to the flute? Aug 30, 2018

In an alternate universe, Victor Wang would be wrist-deep in someone's innards or calibrating a sample for a clinical trial in a lab. Instead, he's wrapping his long fingers around a flute in the [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Brings Music to Local Pre-School Aug 7, 2018

From the minute the first string struck to the final, quavering note, the audience sat, transfixed. Then, almost as one, the dozens of children swarmed the musicians with enthusiasm, exploring up [..] Read More

Meet the Symphony's New Resident Conductor: An 'Evangelist' for the Art Form Jun 6, 2018

Every success Christopher James Lees has had, from college up to his recent hiring as the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's new resident conductor, has been wrapped up in a lock of hair.It comes from [..] Read More

The Washington Post: Can Meghan and Harry make you care about Handel? May 11, 2018

It's the biggest classical musical event of the year, watched live by millions of people around the world. One of the soloists canceled his American orchestral debut to be there. The music will [..] Read More

Harry and Meghan's Royal Wedding music will have 'American slant', conductor says May 9, 2018

The St George's Chapel wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have an "American slant", the orchestra's conductor has said, as he discloses the bride's wish to represent her homeland [..] Read More

Mark Petering and Aubrey Foard on Concerto for Tuba May 8, 2018

As the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (CSO) wraps up its latest Classical Series, there will be a rare opportunity to hear a Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra written by contemporary composer Mark [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Music Director On Conducting Royal Weddings: Past, Future May 3, 2018

On May 19th, the British people will welcome a new princess into the royal family. The ceremony, which has a guest count of about 600 people, is set to take place in St. George's Chapel at Windsor [..] Read More

Do you know about these famous artists in Charlotte? Meet the royal wedding conductor, the best-selling author and others. May 3, 2018

Charlotte loves promoting itself as a "world-class city." At times, the boast is hyperbolic. But not when it comes to top artistic talent. To wit, Maestro Christopher Warren-Green of the Charlotte [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Music Director On Conducting Royal Weddings: Past, Future May 3, 2018

On May 19th, the British people will welcome a new princess into the royal family. The ceremony, which has a guest count of about 600 people, is set to take place in St. George's Chapel at Windsor [..] Read More

Music Director Christopher Warren-Green chats with WBTV's Kristen Miranda about conducting the Royal Wedding Apr 30, 2018

Music Director Christopher Warren-Green chats with WBTV's Kristen Miranda about conducting the Royal Wedding on May 19.Original video clip here. [..] Read More

There's now a major connection between Charlotte and the Royal Wedding Apr 27, 2018

A Charlotte music director will be a part of the Royal Wedding.Christopher Warren-Green, music director for the Charlotte Symphony, will conduct the orchestra at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Music Director to Conduct at Royal Wedding in May Apr 24, 2018

Charlotte Symphony music director and conductor Christopher Warren-Green will conduct an orchestra at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle next month, Kensington Palace announced today. [..] Read More

New RITE OF SPRING Showcases the Best of Charlotte Symphony and Ballet Apr 15, 2018

As scarce as modern music was in Charlotte Symphony's classics concerts last fall - or anything that wasn't by Beethoven - subscribers can be delighted (or appalled) by the cavalcade of moderns [..] Read More

WFAE: Charlotte Ballet, Symphony Give Students Spotlight In New Show Apr 5, 2018

The Charlotte Ballet and Charlotte Symphony will come together on April 6 and 7 with over 50 Charlotte-area Title I school students for the organizations' biggest collaboration yet. They're taking [..] Read More

Put kids amid pros – and a choreographer who’s done ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ – and here’s what happens Mar 30, 2018

It started, as many relationships do, with a telephone call between old friends in this case, proposing a union neither had contemplated for decades. Nearly two years and roughly five dozen [..] Read More

They never expected his gift. Now they must help him make the biggest choice of his young life. Mar 22, 2018

He was Donna and Jason Dansby's first child, so they didn't find it particularly odd when 2-year-old Drew spent hours listening to Mozart CDs or memorizing 26 melodies on a push-button alphabet [..] Read More

Leonard Bernstein at 100: 10 Things We Bet You Don't Know (Before Charlotte Celebrtes Him - Twice!) Mar 19, 2018

The most versatile musician in American history would have been 100 this year, had a heart attack not killed him in 1990.Leonard Bernstein did everything well but sing, though he did sing ( [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony and Charlotte Ballet reach out for change Mar 5, 2018

Attending a low-income school does not need to define a child's educational experience.The Charlotte Symphony and Charlotte Ballet are making that possible. Members of the ballet's Reach program, [..] Read More

#discussCLT Podcast: Episode 34, Charlotte Symphony CEO Mary A. Deissler Feb 28, 2018

On this episode, we talk to Mary Deissler, president and CEO of Charlotte Symphony. Deissler's led efforts in expanding the orchestra's relationship with the community, from its EBT card program ($ [..] Read More

Moved by the music, moving in the music Feb 27, 2018

To slightly re-write an old joke, that was told about getting to Carnegie Hall:Five students from each of the participating schools, including all five Chester County elementary schools, were [..] Read More

Title I Students To Perform Onstage With Charlotte Symphony And Charlotte Ballet In Rite of Spring Reinvented Feb 22, 2018

Nearly 60 students from Title I Charlotte-area schools will bring to life a fresh interpretation of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring accompanied by Charlotte Ballet dancers and the Charlotte [..] Read More

Beatboxing flutist and boundary-pushing chamber trio bring 'Altsounds' to symphony Feb 14, 2018

When Greg Pattillo and bandmates Eric Stephenson and Peter Seymour were hanging out as students at the Cleveland School of Music, they didn't figure they'd be making music together someday in front [..] Read More

WDAV's Piedmont Arts Podcast Features Music Director Christopher Warren-Green Feb 6, 2018

WDAV's Frank Dominguez features Music Director Christopher Warren-Green on the Charlotte Symphony's 2018-19 season on its latest Piedmont Arts Podcast. [..] Read More

Get your first look at the next season at Charlotte Symphony Feb 5, 2018

Orchestras in cities our size often coax lazy-eared concertgoers gently into the 20thcentury let alone the 21st like drivers nudging reluctant donkeys along a perilous [..] Read More

Symphony, Queens Partner in Alzheimer's Study Feb 1, 2018

The bouncing allegro of Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9" is a common accompaniment to elevator rides and film screenings. In senior-living communities across the country and in Charlotte, researchers [..] Read More

‘Whoops and hollers’ at the Charlotte Symphony? Yes. And a ‘Hoedown.' Jan 29, 2018

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's artist-in-residence sleeps four hours a night. Why?Since starting the job last spring, Mark O'Connor has played two formal gigs with the CSO, trained local [..] Read More

Carolina Impact highlights CSO Mills Village performance in Rock Hill Jan 24, 2018

To watch the full WTVI video, click here. [..] Read More

Double connections with culture (and it’s free!) Jan 17, 2018

Connect with Culture Day makes pairs you wouldn't expect.

The Arts & Science Council's annual free event Jan. 26-27 has doubled the number of sites and expanded its lineup. < [..] Read More

MLK tribute builds music bridges with A Sign of the Times, symphony Jan 11, 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. was more than a minister and a dreamer."Bridging Musical Worlds" pays tribute to his love of jazz in the 10th annual concert, which takes place Jan. 14 at Friendship [..] Read More

Music of Harry Potter Coming to Cole Jan 10, 2018

HAMLET -- All aboard the Hogwarts Express for a musical adventure.The Charlotte Symphony will perform "The Musical World of Harry Potter" Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Cole Auditorium.The hour-long show [..] Read More

Top 10 things you MUST do in January Jan 3, 2018

Hear the works of Mozart and Haydn with a craft beer in your hand at NoDa Brewing's popular On Tap concert series, featuring the Charlotte Symphony. Assistant Conductor Christopher James Lees will [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Teams with Punk Violinist Jan 3, 2018

Even in Charlotte, the would-be crown of the New South, you occasionally hear the grumblings backstage -- or in the boardrooms of our leading performing arts companies: "Our audiences are graying." [..] Read More