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‘The Nutcracker’ and a lot more: Our roundup of Charlotte holiday shows and events

Nov 20, 2019

By Lawrence Toppman, Arts Correspondent
The Charlotte Observer

Over the decades, Charlotte's holiday arts traditions have become as hardened as the mythical fruitcake that floats among family members in comic lore. Repertoire changes a bit. Organizations may realign: This year, instead of the Singing Christmas Tree and "Magic of Christmas" performing separately, they will take boughs together.


The Charlotte Symphony, four soloists and Charlotte Master Chorale team up Dec. 6-7 for all three parts of "Messiah" Dec. 6-7 at Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. Patrick Dupre Quigley will conduct, and counter-tenor Doug Dodson will sing the solos sometimes given to an alto. 704-972-2000 or


The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will do 10 performances of "Magic of Christmas," Dec. 13-22 at Knight Theater, with Christopher James Lees conducting. The big news this year? Carolina Voices' Singing Christmas Tree will join the CSO. Expect the audience to sing along, Santa to appear and "snow" to descend.

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