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‘Ode to Joy’: Charlotte Symphony maestro’s final concert covers rousing Beethoven’s Ninth

May 23, 2022

By Adam Bell, The Charlotte Observer -- 

The maestro's final bows came Sunday afternoon at the end of "Ode to Joy," a fitting conclusion to the 12-year career of Christopher Warren-Green as music director of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

The choral that caps one of classical music's most famous works, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, also could summarize Warren-Green's time with the orchestra.

During his tenure, he broadened the repertoire, emphasized music education outreach in the community and worked to raise the company's status as an international-class orchestra.

The 66-year-old is changing job titles, and will be conductor laureate and artistic adviser until his successor is named, potentially next year or in 2024.

Sunday's matinee was the orchestra's third and final concert of the weekend at Belk Theater.

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