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5 Exciting holiday experiences with your CSO this season

The Holidays are just around the corner, which means the return of time-honored traditions and the making of new ones. From acrobatics above the orchestra to snow in the theater, check out these five exciting experiences that you can have, only with your CSO. 

1. Snow in the Knight Theater

You may already be familiar with the CSO's annual Magic of Christmas, but did you know that it snows in the theater following the concert? Featuring a visit from Santa, audience sing-alongs and your favorite holiday music, this longstanding Charlotte tradition combines this year with Carolina Voices' The Singing Christmas Tree December 13-21.

2. Acrobatics above the orchestra

When the circus comes to town, they don't mess around. Cirque de Noel on December 28 at Belk Theater will include stunning aerial feats that will wow the whole family.

3. Dancing on stage for New Year's Eve

The party has moved to the Belk Theater this year to accommodate more room for the post-concert festivities. Swing into the New Year with style with Gershwin's famous Rhapsody in Blue, followed by champagne, desserts, a live jazz band, and a countdown to midnight. 

4. Halleluja!

Handel's Messiah returns this year by popular demand. The CSO will perform this beautiful, dramatic work featuring the Hallelujah Chorus with the Charlotte Master Chorale and four soloists on December 6 & 7 at Knight Theater. 

5. Watch Kevin get left Home Alone

Part of the CSO's Movie Series, the orchestra will perform the soundtrack to this delightful holiday classic live in sync with the film projected on a large screen above orchestra. Don't miss it on November 29 at Belk Theater. Read more

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You've heard it: Christmas music on the radio stations, at the mall, in the office being hummed quietly by your next cube neighbor. Holiday music has become one of the most wonderful harbingers of the season. Baking cookies and wrapping presents would be a lot less fun without the jolly Christmas music playing in the background. But sometimes Christmas music can become a stressor inducing panic in the last minute shopper or bringing out the Scrooge in the nicest of people.

While the music on the radio stations tell us to slow down and enjoy this "most wonderful time of the year," we still take part in hectic visits with family and friends, travel planning headaches, and shop 'til you drop marathons leading up to the holidays. This year, wouldn't it be nice to pause and take some time to enjoy the music of the season in its purest form?

Starting tonight at the Belk Theater, the Charlotte Symphony will present Magic of Christmas, its annual holiday concert of beautiful music performed live by Charlotte's only professional orchestra. Take some time to focus on just one sense. Just listen. Let the music fill you up with happiness and peace. Slow down your mind (and your pulse) and enjoy the fleeting moments of the season. You'll be glad you did.
Magic of Christmas performances will take place over four days with evening performances on Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, November 30 and Saturday December 1 at 8:00 p.m., with two matinee performances on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $26.50 for adults and $13.25 for children and can be purchased online here or over the phone at (704) 972-2000.
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