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Weekend In Entertainment: Musicals, Gray Holiday Party & The Singing Christmas Tree Dec 12, 2019

By Gwendolyn GlennWFAEThe holiday season is in full swing and that means lots of holiday events are on the agenda for this edition of Weekend In Entertainment. There's a musical performance, a [..] Read More

Christmastime in Charlotte Dec 12, 2019

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Christmas Shows to See in Charlotte: 2019 Dec 1, 2019

Charlotte Magazine StaffDEC. 6-7: CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY: HANDEL'S MESSIAHKnight Theater, 7:30 p.m., $26-$173Charlotte Symphony performs Handel's masterpiece, which includes the beloved "Hallelujah" [..] Read More

DVOŘÁK'S NEW WORLD Picks Up Slack in Symphony Concert Nov 25, 2019

By Perry Tannenbaumbroadwayworld.comSometimes orchestras program pieces to meet popular demand, and at other times, they program works to meet expectations or fulfill a sense of obligation. It's so [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Plays Dvořák's New World Nov 22, 2019

By Cecilia WhalenCVNCThe Charlotte Symphony continued its 2019-20 season on Nov. 22 with a three-piece program featuring Dvořák's New World Symphony. Though occasionally lacking in precision, the [..] Read More

‘The Nutcracker’ and a lot more: Our roundup of Charlotte holiday shows and events Nov 20, 2019

By Lawrence Toppman, Arts CorrespondentThe Charlotte ObserverOver the decades, Charlotte's holiday arts traditions have become as hardened as the mythical fruitcake that floats among family members [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Delights with Two Outstanding Guests Nov 8, 2019

By Cecilia WhalenCVNCThe Charlotte Symphony featured two outstanding guest artists Nov. 8 at the Knight Theater: guest conductor Hans Graf and the exceptional violinist Angelo Xiang Yu. The program [..] Read More

Navigating Your Nonprofit Career & Creating Positive Workplace Culture (Michelle Hamilton) Nov 1, 2019

On Episode 6 of The Path podcast, Michelle and I had a great discussion on all three phases of a nonprofit career: getting started and navigating your first nonprofit job; advancing into [..] Read More

CSO Takes Flight With STRAVINSKY FIREBIRD Oct 24, 2019

By Perry TannenbaumBroadway World ReviewPrincipal flutist Victor Wang started off the evening with his introductory remarks, citing a previous experience with Lees, when he led Symphony in the [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Gives Moving All-Russian Program Oct 18, 2019

By Cecilia WhalenCVNCAs always, a country's history can be better understood through its music, and the Charlotte Symphony, conducted by Christopher James Lees, allowed its audience to understand [..] Read More

Carolina Impact Season 7: Ep. 3 - Charlotte Symphony Reaching New Audiences Oct 15, 2019

Charlotte Symphony is delivering the unexpected and bringing Classical Music to the audiences of the 21st Century. [..] Read More

Weekend In Entertainment: Charlotte Checkers, Morehouse Glee Club & More! Oct 10, 2019

By Gwendolyn GlennWFAEOn tap this weekend we have the Queen Charlotte Fair, opening night for the Charlotte Checkers and a food truck competition. Oh, and the world-renowned Morehouse College Glee [..] Read More

Glee Club sings for college scholarships Oct 7, 2019

By Ashley Mahoney The Charlotte Post You are your brother's keeper.The Morehouse College National Alumni Association Charlotte Chapter Scholarship Fund emphasizes that. The need-based [..] Read More

Morehouse College Glee Club preps for rare performance with the Charlotte Symphony Oct 1, 2019

By Lawrence Toppman, Arts Corresponent The Charlotte ObserverDavid Morrow tells people it's easier to get in the Morehouse College Glee Club than to stay in.Applicants don't have to be music majors [..] Read More

Pianist Inon Barnatan shines in Charlotte Symphony’s night of Tchaikovsky Sep 28, 2019

By Lawrence Toppman, Arts CorrespondentThe Charlotte ObserverPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto irritated dedicatee Anton Rubinstein, the pianist and conductor who refused to premiere [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Satisfies Subscribers' Tchaikovsky Hunger With Rousing Season Opener Sep 27, 2019

By Perry TannenbaumCVNCExtra formality customarily adorns the opening concert of the season. Aside from maestro Warren-Green leading his musicians and his audience in the National Anthem, there is [..] Read More

Make Musical Memories at the Charlotte Symphony’s Family Series Sep 13, 2019

By It's never too early to introduce children to music. The Charlotte Symphony's Family Series allows families to enjoy three exciting performances and [..] Read More

This is how the Charlotte Symphony lead bassoonist juggles music and motherhood Sep 3, 2019

By Lawrence Toppman, Arts CorrespondentThe Charlotte ObserverPerhaps you've never tried to play bassoon in a symphony orchestra while you were eight-and-three-quarter months pregnant.Your weary [..] Read More

The conductor who led the transformation of the Charlotte Symphony has died Aug 22, 2019

By Cristina Bolling The Charlotte Observer When Leo Driehuys arrived in Charlotte in 1977 from the Netherlands, he was charged with leading a Charlotte Symphony of part-time musicians. But [..] Read More

Concert featuring Morehouse Glee Club and Charlotte Symphony will raise money for scholarships Aug 17, 2019

By Glenn BurkinsQCity MetroThe school's Charlotte alumni chapter wants to award $12,000 scholarships to five Charlotte-area Morehouse students each year.Two years ago, the Charlotte chapter of the [..] Read More

The Charlotte Symphony president is leaving her job soon and heading out-of-state Jul 30, 2019

OBSERVER STAFF REPORTSMary Deissler is leaving her post as the Charlotte Symphony's president and CEO this summer after more than three years on the job, the organization announced in a press [..] Read More

Toward Genuine Board Diversity Jul 22, 2019

Everyone agrees that orchestra boards of directors should represent the rich diversity of the communities theyserve. But most orchestra boards remain overwhelmingly white. In the last few years, [..] Read More

Culture for All Podcast Episode 3: Arts In and Out of the Classroom Jul 8, 2019

The value of arts, science and history in the classroom is important to creating critical thinkers and problem solvers best able to meet the challenges of today. In Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the need [..] Read More

Integrating the Symphony Jul 6, 2019

Samuel Davis (left) and Larry Sellers became the first black Charlotte Symphony [..] Read More

From ‘Star Wars' to hip-hop, Summer Pops series heats up June Jun 17, 2019

The Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops season has arrived!

A Charlotte tradition since 1983, this year the series will include a couple of uptown in-theater experiences in addition to [..] Read More

Top summer festival and activity picks from peeps in the know May 30, 2019

By Courtney McLaughlinCharlotteFiveThis post is brought to you in partnership with Savvy + Co. Real Estate. All opinions are our own.

Summer in the Carolinas means outdoor [..] Read More

8 Free Charlotte Symphony community concerts in June May 29, 2019

By Jody MaceCharlotte on the CheapCharlotte Symphony's Summer Pops concerts, at Symphony Park at SouthPark, are a highlight of the summer for many people. Some Summer Pops concerts also take place [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Ends Its Classics Season with Surefire Rep, Culminating in a Wildly-Received Bolero May 20, 2019

By Perry TannenbaumCVNCThere is no such thing as "Bolero burnout" in Charlotte. Just three weeks ago, Charlotte Ballet capped its Innovative Works program at Knight Theater by presenting Johan Inger [..] Read More

Reservations Are Required – and Rewarded – at Charlotte Symphony's "On Tap" Concerts Apr 23, 2019

By Perry TannenbaumCVNCBeer gardens, rathskellers, and brewpubs have traditionally encouraged their patrons to listen to music, lift their glasses in song, and maybe dance a polka, but for many [..] Read More

MOZART REQUIEM Clashes With Sunny Salieri Symphony Apr 16, 2019

By Perry Tannenbaumbroadwayworld.comWarren-Green's programming effectively flipped the Hulce-Abraham characters we remember from Hollywood's Amadeus, assigning all the frivolity to Salieri, but he [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony’s “Charlotte Mecklenburg” performance recorded for upcoming city festival Apr 16, 2019

At the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performances last weekend of Mozart's Requiem and Salieri's symphony Il Giorno Onomastico, led by Music Director Christopher Warren-Green, "The orchestra began [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra plays two composers, but only one genius Apr 13, 2019

By Lawrence Toppman, Arts CorrespondentThe Charlotte ObserverThomas Edison reportedly said genius is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration. If that's true, you can witness the [..] Read More

The Charlotte Symphony Meditates on Mortality in Mozart's Requiem Apr 12, 2019

By Cecilia WhalenCVNCOn April 12, the Charlotte Symphony presented "Mozart's Requiem" at the Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. It was a three-piece program featuring the titled [..] Read More

Paul Huang on the Dvořák Violin Concerto Mar 28, 2019

The Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Paul Huang speaks about playing the Dvořák Violin Concerto. He joins the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra under the direction of guest conductor Gemma New. Photo [..] Read More

Culture for Kids? Charlotte Symphony’s Got it Covered Mar 20, 2019

What better way is there to teach children about an orchestra than with games? On March 23 at Knight Theater, the Charlotte Symphony is presenting The Orchestra Olympics, a concert specifically [..] Read More

Warren-Green Expands Charlotte Symphony's "Titan" Concert to Rousing Effect Mar 15, 2019

When Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's season announcements and brochures were issued last July, Mahler's Symphony No. 1, "The Titan," stood alone on the program for their concert coinciding with [..] Read More

WFAE Amplifier Podcast: Bringing Classical to the Big Screen with the Charlotte Symphony Feb 28, 2019

By the time this interview is released, the film industry will have capped off its awards season with the Oscars. While some focus on the more prominent awards like "Best Actress" or "Best Motion [..] Read More

Bassoonist Joshua Hood featured as guest programmer on WDAV Feb 24, 2019

Charlotte Symphony bassoonist Joshua Hood has prepared a playlist of the music that inspired his love of classical music, as well as some pieces by other African-American musicians that illustrate [..] Read More

BWW Review: Cherokee Anguish Upstages Sleeping Beauty in Symphony Concert Feb 24, 2019

We've had a copious amount of Russian music from Charlotte Symphony this year. Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade headlined the first two classics concerts of 2019, [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Connects with Sleeping Beauty & More Feb 22, 2019

The Charlotte Symphony presented "Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty" at the Knight Theater, the title of a three-work evening that included Aaron Copland's Billy the Kid, Michael Daugherty's Trail of [..] Read More

Wilson’s World With The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Feb 22, 2019

Wilson is with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as they rehearse for a weekend of performances including a special composition marking Charlotte's 250th anniversary.Follow the links for more [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony addresses industry’s lack of diversity through guest conductors Feb 21, 2019

A recent survey of 201 orchestras found that African-Americans made up only 4.5 percent of all reported conductors, according to the League of American Orchestras.Locally, the Charlotte Symphony is [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony celebrates Beethoven with bright and talented lineup of composers and musicians Feb 11, 2019

Charlotte Symphony celebrates Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday this year with a talented group of guest musicians and composers. Bringing back their popular movies in concert, family series, [..] Read More

Christopher Warren-Green and Mary Deissler on the Charlotte Symphony 2019-2020 Season Feb 11, 2019

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's music director Christopher Warren-Green, as well as President and CEO Mary Deissler, discuss the variety of series in the 2019-2020 season, and also how the orchestra [..] Read More

What’s up next season at the Charlotte Symphony? A lot of Ludwig Feb 10, 2019

Expect Beethoven, as the coming year marks the 250th anniversary of his birth, from the Charlotte Symphony's next season. COURTESY OF THE CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY "It had been a wonderful evening. And [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Concertmaster Spearheads a Devastating Scheherazade Feb 8, 2019

Among over 100 versions of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade that you can find on Spotify, the name of the violinist who plays the title role, in rare instances, will appear on the album cover. Given [..] Read More

10 geeky activities to do in Charlotte—from Harry Potter to Star Wars Feb 5, 2019

(8) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in ConcertMarch 8, 8 p.m.; March 9, 2 p.m., $55-80Ovens Auditorium

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Warm-up to the Sounds of Symphonies Across North Carolina Jan 31, 2019

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

When not leading the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, internationally renowned Music Director Christopher Warren-Green is the Music Director of [..] Read More

Want more arts, but worried about your budget? Take a look at these Charlotte options Jan 30, 2019

Charlotte Symphony: "Music for All" allows community members with EBT cards (federal assistance) to go to any concert for $1, with the tickets sold beginning one hour before any performance, for [..] Read More

Lukáš Vondráček Upstages a Dance-Dominated Charlotte Symphony Concert with Dazzling Febrile Intensity Jan 28, 2019

With no fewer than four recordings in my CD collection, the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C is a favorite of mine. What sounds blissfully familiar to me, however, may have struck subscribers as [..] Read More

Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees featured as guest programmer on WDAV Jan 27, 2019

The Sunday Evening with... series begins with the Charlotte Symphony's resident conductor Christopher James Lees. He has put together a playlist of beloved classics and some contemporary works, all [..] Read More

Your 5 essential dates in January Jan 4, 2019

Jan. 29Experience the symphony in a whole new way at the Charlotte Symphony On Tap. The sounds of music will fill NoDa Brewing Co.'s taproom at 2921 N. Tryon St., starting at 7 p.m. At $15, these [..] Read More

9 Charlotte arts moments hit us in 2018 – but what’s next in 2019? These ... Jan 2, 2019

What grabbed our attention in 2018? And how will those moments roll forward or be matched in the new year? Here's a look, from arts correspondents Lawrence Toppman, Cristina Bolling, Emiene Wright [..] Read More