Charlotte at 250



CLT250 is a yearlong citywide celebration of Charlotte during its 250th anniversary.


By recognizing our past, understanding the present, and imagining our future, Charlotte as a community is taking time to think about the stories that have shaped our strong and innovative community.

Below are the offerings the Charlotte Symphony has programmed in honor of the celebration.

Opening Night
Friday, September 21, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater

Opening Night featured world renowned violinist Joshua Bell and a world premiere piece, informed by Charlotte today and our hopes for her future. Nkeiru Okoye composed the work Charlotte Mecklenburg in celebration of Charlotte at 250.

Read the Charlotte Observer story.

Mill Village: A Piedmont Rhapsody
Tuesday, September 25 and 
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Twice in September, the Charlotte Symphony presented Mill Village: A Piedmont Rhapsody, a moving work of David Crowe, which the Charlotte Symphony also commissioned in 2005, examining the impact and lasting legacy of the textile industry on our community. Kannapolis Performing Arts Center; The Charlotte Museum of History

Music for a Royal Celebration
Friday, October 19-20, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Knight Theater

This celebratory performance featured coronation anthems, Handel Water Music and selections from recent Royal Weddings, which Music Director Christopher Warren-Green conducted.


Trail of Tears
Friday, February 22 and
Saturday, February 23, 2019
7:30 p.m.
Knight Theater

The Charlotte Symphony features its own principal flutist, Victor Wang, performing Michael Daugherty's Trail of Tears, expressing musically the plight of the Native Americans - the tragedy and resilience of a people's journey, on a Classical weekend program with works by Copland and Tchaikovsky.