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Making the Most of Magic of Christmas



Whether, like us, it's a 20-year holiday tradition for you, or you're attending for the first time with your family, Magic of Christmas is sure to be full of memorable fun! Make it even better with these need-to-know tips to help enhance your experience.

Alex Wilborn, Acting Principal TrumpetKnow where to go.
This year, we're shaking things up a bit and offering all 10 performances at Knight Theater - that's the newer theater on the Levine Center for the Arts campus at 430 S. Tryon St.

Know the players.
Get to know the full-time professional orchestra musicians you'll hear performing on stage! For one, the man who makes that horse-whinny noise we all love at the end of "Sleigh Ride?" That's Acting Principal Trumpeter Alex Wilborn, one of two new musicians this season. Also, fun and festive Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees will lead us in all 10 performances!

Sneak Peek the Program and Guests here.

Get to know our composer, Gary Fry.
Did you know that the Charlotte Symphony is debuting a NEW Christmas carol this holiday season, written just for us? Emmy-winning composer Gary Fry, who's new to the area (he moved here from Chicago to be closer to his family), joins us for Magic this season. Get to know Gary.

For these performances, Beasley Media Group's Francene Marie Morris join us as host and narrator for 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Join the chorus!
Of course the Charlotte Symphony Chorus will make the event merry. But we know in your heart of hearts that you want to join in the fun! The chorus will lead YOU and your kin in singalongs, including the world premiere of "Christmastime in Charlotte." Pro chorister tip: Drink lots of hot tea and cover up your throat when outdoors!



Come early - or stay after - to snap family photos with Santa!
The Jolly man himself will join us on and off stage. Look for the man in red 30 minutes before the concert and afterwards. Charlotte Symphony backdrops and Santa's two favorite pals will make for great holiday card shots! Tag @cltsymphony and use the hashtag #CSOmagic.

Dress appropriately.
And by that, we mean wear the ugliest sweater or fanciest dress you can find. In other words, come as you are - our musicians will be festive and they always love looking out to see our smashing audience. Finally, dress wamly, beacuse IT WILL SNOW in the theater!

If you have very young children, and plan to join us for our one-hour Saturday performance on December 15 at 11 a.m. come early for creative, music-themed crafts and performances.

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