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What goes into a WDAV live broadcast?

May 13, 2016

We partner with WDAV, classical public radio, located in Davidson, N.C., for a live broadcast of this weekend's Classics finale performance, Carmina Burana.

So, what goes into setting up a live broadcast from the Belk Theater? Turns out, it's a lot. In fact, it takes the Charlotte Symphony's recorded media producer and engineer Bob Rydel (also a member of the horn section!), plus a crew of 4 to 5 people around 7 hours to set up the stage and control room. This includes 18 microphones and about 6,000 feet of cable.

It takes another 3 to 4 microphones, over 1,000 feet of cable, and 12 hours to set up the announcer booth backstage and ready the equipment that transfers audio back to the station.
In all, there are 8 on-site members of WDAV staff directly involved in the broadcasts, including 2 broadcast engineers, 1 technical director, 1 or 2 hosts, 1 broadcast producer, 1 broadcast director, and 1 additional studio producer at the station.

What's also cool is that on days of live broadcast, the concert audio is sent back to the station as a digital, stereo signal via the Internet, using multiple IP addresses for back up in the event of disruptions.

WDAV's broadcast signal covers a 22-county area, extending from the North Carolina/Virginia line in the north to L Read more

Thank you for 40+ years!

May 11, 2016

As we conclude our 2015-2016 Classics series, we recognize number of our musicians who have dedicated 40-plus years to the organization and the community. Thank you for your service!
Peyton Becton, Principal Percussionist (42 years of service)
Pete Duca, Section Double Bassist (41 years of service)
Gene Kavadlo, Principal Clarinetist (41 years of service)
Mike Mosley, Co-Principal Double Bassist (45 years of service)
Libby Pistolesi, First Violinist (41 years of service)

For more information about our musicians, visit our Musician Bios page.

Winterfield Elementary wraps up school year

May 10, 2016

The Winterfield Youth Orchestra concluded its sixth season with a concert on Tuesday, May 3rd in the school's gymnasium. Parents and friends enjoyed performances from several Winterfield student ensembles as well as selections from special guest and Charlotte Symphony Principal Bass Trombonist Scott Hartman.

This season, we saw a record number of students participating in our Winterfield program with enrollment nearing 80.

We are excited and proud to announce that five Winterfield musicians were accepted into the band and orchestra programs at Northwest School of the Arts for the 2016-2017 school year.

Kudos to these fine young budding musicians!

For pictures from Winterfield's final 2015-2016 concert, visit our Event Photo Gallery. Read more

Posted in Education & Community.

Double your impact today!

April 19, 2016

The Charlotte Symphony has soared to new heights in the last few years.  It's because of our donors that the orchestra has reached a new level of artistic excellence and has operated within a balanced budget for the last two years.

And there's never been a better time to be a Symphony donor in light of this exciting news:  Four generous friends of the Symphony have come forward with a $100,000 challenge. For every dollar contributed between now and May 16, they will match gifts received dollar-for-dollar!  

The Charlotte Symphony board, musicians and staff would like to thank our current and future donors for their commitment to the Charlotte Symphony. 

Click here for more information on the challenge and to keep up to date with our progress!

Posted in Support.

5 Questions With: Lonnie Davis, co-founder and president of Charlotte’s Jazz Arts Initiative

April 13, 2016

The Charlotte Symphony brings The Jazz Room to Knight Theater on Friday, April 15 for an exciting KnightSounds collaboration.
We caught up with Lonnie Davis, co-founder and president of Charlotte's Jazz Arts Initiative to chat about Charlotte's jazz scene and our upcoming collaboration.
Tell us a little bit about how orchestral music influenced jazz.
The Swing and Big Band era was heavily influenced by classical music, with intricate arrangements from band leaders like Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, and others. Instruments that were used primarily in classical music have also been played by many jazz musicians--contrabass, violin, flute, oboe, and even bassoon. Many of George Gershwin's compositions have been adopted into the standard repertoire of jazz musicians and the American Song Book.
What will this collaboration be like?
For JAI, the collaboration will be fun. It will certainly be a new approach to the music, and we are really looking forward to it! Ocie Davis and his quartet sees this opportunity for great musicians to get together for a unique and fulfilling musical exchange between and across disciplines.
Does Charlotte have a good jazz scene?
Charlotte has a growing jazz scene. There is a lot of momentum around jazz and jazz-influenced programs in the Queen City--it's a very exciting time for jazz musicians and supporters in Charlotte!
Why is it important for a city like Charlotte to support the jazz scene?
Jazz is America's gift to the world--a true and original art form. Jazz is America's classical music. Charlotteans should support jazz and the musicians that perform it, because this music brings people together, and represents the American experience.
What should Charlotteans know about jazz?
Many prominent and legendary figures in jazz are from the Carolinas (Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Nina Simone). We must support the continuation of this great local jazz legacy.
For tickets and concert information, click here.
Don't miss a special pre-concert talk hosted by The Jazz Room's Curtis Davenport beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the Knight Theater stage.

5 Questions With...Kenney Potter

February 26, 2016

The Charlotte Symphony Chorus performs the Duruflé Requiem next Saturday, March 5, 2016 at First United Methodist Church. We caught up with Director of Choruses Kenney Potter to ask a few questions about the composer and this work.

We know Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) composed this work in the 1940s and dedicated it to his father. What else do we know about its meaning?
KP: What I think is interesting about this work is that, at the time of this commission, Duruflé was also working on an organ suite using themes from Gregorian chant. Those themes are very noticeable in this work.

What most notably sets Duruflé's Requiem apart from other popular requiem compositions?
KP: He does set this work to the traditional requiem text, but it's intended to explore the different emotions around death for the survivors, so there is a real feeling of solace.

Unlike most requiem works, Duruflé excluded the "Dies irae" (day of wrath) text from his composition. Why?
KP: Similarly to the Fauré Requiem we heard in the fall, Duruflé chose to focus on the uplifting emotions of the survivors. He chose to compose in a more reflective, tranquil manner. There is a deeply spiritual, yet reserved, sense about the compositional style.

Tell us a bit about the soloists -- Andre Lash, organ; Clara O'Brien, mezzo soprano; Patrick Howle, baritone.
KP: We looked for singers in the region who would fit the colors, expectations, and requirements of this piece quite well, and I am looking forward to the artistic contributions of Clara and Patrick. It is going to be an exciting performance!
We engaged Andre Lash, the organist, for a couple of r Read more

2016-2017 Classics Series Announcement

February 16, 2016

Music Director Christopher Warren-Green talked with WDAV's Frank Dominguez about our upcoming 2016-2017 Classics series at a reception following our Classics performance on Friday, February 5.

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Posted in Classics.

Superbowl bet with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (video)

February 3, 2016

CSOvsCSO The Charlotte and Colorado symphony orchestras put a little wager on the big game! May the best team (and orchestra) win. Go Panthers!

Update:  So, we lost. We know it's time to pay up and we're working on scheduling our performance of "Hoe Down." Watch this space or follow us on social media for all the latest information!

Update, 3/18/16: Maestro Warren-Green was happy to repay our debt to the Colorado Symphony last night. 

Randy Newman Serenades Symphony Staff Member

January 15, 2016

Meet Liz Wooley. Liz is our hardworking Operations Manager, who, since we are presenting the one-and-only Randy Newman tonight, had to work on her birthday due to rehearsal. But, there was a surprise in store for her at the end of the evening.

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Thanking our Veterans with Vet Tix

November 11, 2015

We are proud to partner with Veteran Tickets Foundation to provide tickets for members of the military and their families for select concerts. Providing these tickets for veterans is only a small way that we express our appreciation for their service to our country. We recently received notes of their gratitude in attending a symphony performance, but the pleasure is all ours!

Thank you Vet Tix and Charlotte Symphony for allowing my family to reconnect and enjoy our first symphony. It was a wonderful production and was thoroughly enjoyed. We loved it and will be back. - Sonya, United States Army Veteran, 1983-1990

Thank you Charlotte Symphony and Vet Tix for the wonderful evening with my wife. The movie and the orchestra was extraordinary and beautiful. - David, United States Air Force Veteran, 1978-1982

I want to send a big Thank You to the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra...I can't not explain how much I enjoyed the performance. I left the Belk Theater wanting to sing and dance all over the streets of Uptown! - Erin, United States Air Force Veteran, 1996-2012

Thank you Charlotte Symphony and Vet Tickets, it was a wonderful evening. It was like stepping back in time and seeing not only how complex movie making was, but how magical a trip to the cinema could be... Again thank you for the magical evening. - Melinda, United States Army, Currently Serving

I really would like to thank the Charlotte Symphony for the great seats! My wife and I were excited at the opportunity to attend the show... What a great performance by the Charlotte Symphony to have their timing executed flawlessly with the movie Read more

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