Pops Series 2015-2016

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Bernadette Peters
Fri May 7 - Belk Theater
Albert-George Schram, conductor

"As an actress, singer, comedienne and all-around warming presence, Bernadette Peters has no peer in the musical theatre right now," raves The New York Times. Throughout her illustrious career, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage and television, in concert, and on recordings. This very special Pops season finale will include songs from Broadway to timeless pop treasures. 


SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
Fri Sep 18 & Sat Sep 19 - Belk Theater
Albert-George Schram, conductor
One of the most-loved and celebrated musicals of all time, Singin' in the Rain is also an affectionately funny spoof about the film industry's transition from silent pictures to "talkies." Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the award-winning performances by Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds on the big screen with its glorious score brought to life by your Charlotte Symphony. "Is this really the greatest Hollywood musical ever made? In a word, yes," exclaimed Roger Ebert.
A FRANK SINATRA TRIBUTE featuring Steve Lippia 
Fri Oct 2 & Sat Oct 3 Knight Theater
Steve Sigmund, conductor

The Symphony celebrates the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra's birth with this powerful concert featuring Steve Lippia--back by popular demand! According to The Wall Street Journal, Lippia sounds so much like "Old Blue Eyes" that "Sinatra's own musical director thought he had stumbled upon an old Sinatra recording the first time he heard Mr. Lippia's demo tape." The celebration features Sinatra's biggest hits, from "My Way" and "I've Got You Under My Skin" to "New York, New York."
SUPER DIAMOND The Neil Diamond Experience
Fri Oct 30 Belk Theater
Albert-George Schram, conductor

Super Diamond salutes the legendary Neil Diamond with a high-octane show as lead singer "Surreal Neil" and band perform hit after hit, including "Cracklin' Rosie," "Cherry Cherry," "I Am...I Said," "Sweet Caroline," and more. Super Diamond has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman and has received praise from the "Solitary Man" himself. "They're terrific," says Neil Diamond, "I've been to their shows and they're wonderful." 
A SALUTE TO AMERICA'S HEROES
featuring the U.S. Naval Academy Men's Glee Club
Fri Nov 13 & Sat Nov 14 Knight Theater
Albert-George Schram, conductor

The Symphony salutes America's Heroes with its special guest, the U.S. Naval Academy Men's Glee Club. The group has achieved international prominence as one of America's premier men's choral ensembles and has made recent television appearances on The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS), The Today Show (NBC), and Good Morning, America (ABC). This spectacular group of midshipmen perform a wide range of sacred music and American spirituals plus the famous "Navy Hymn," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "America the Beautiful," "Anchors Aweigh," and more! 
MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS
Thu Dec 3, Fri Dec 4, Sat Dec 5 & Sun Dec 6 Belk Theater
Albert-George Schram, conductor

Don't miss this seasonal tradition as spirited conductor Albert-George Schram leads the Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony Chorus, and an array of spectacular guests in this festive program, complete with sing-alongs and surprises.
RANDY NEWMAN
Fri Jan 15 Belk Theater
Albert-George Schram, conductor
With songs ranging from heartbreaking to satirical, Randy Newman is a legendary singer, songwriter and composer of unsurpassed talent. In addition to such acclaimed solo recordings as 12 SongsSail AwayGood Old Boys, and Harps and Angels, Newman has composed numerous film scores, including The NaturalAwakeningsRagtime, all three Toy Story pictures, SeabiscuitA Bug's Life, Monsters Inc. and, most recently, Disney/Pixar's Monsters University. Newman's many honors include six Grammys, three Emmys, two Academy Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and membership in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
A SYMPHONIC VALENTINE 
Fri Feb 12 & Sat Feb 13 Knight Theater
Albert-George Schram, conductor
Eva Noblezada, vocals
Spend Valentine's weekend with the one you love and your Charlotte Symphony! Building on the success of last season's Valentine's concerts, Albert-George Schram presents an all new program featuring a romantic selection of classical, popular, and Broadway favorites plus Charlotte's own Eva Noblezada, star of London's West End Miss Saigon.
BOYZ II MEN
Sat Mar 12 Belk Theater
Norman Huynh, conductor
Boyz II Men remains one of the most truly iconic and best-selling R&B groups in music history with over 64 million records sold. The group redefined popular R&B with its smooth harmonies and continues to create timeless hits that appeal to fans across all generations. Recently celebrating its 20th anniversary, the band has earned four Grammys and is responsible for many timeless hits, including "End of The Road," "I'll Make Love to You," "One Sweet Day," and more.
BOND AND BEYOND 
Fri Apr 1 & Sat Apr 2 Knight Theater
Albert-George Schram, conductor
Hilary Kole, vocals
The name's Bond ... James Bond and the two dozen Bond films that span five decades have produced some of the greatest movie music of our time. The Charlotte Symphony, joined by internationally-renowned vocalist Hilary Kole, presents the best of Bond, from the iconic "James Bond Theme" to the sultry "Nobody Does It Better" and beyond. Conductor Albert-George Schram rounds out the program with a hand-picked selection of music from "spy-fi" film classics, including Mission ImpossiblePeter Gunn, and Austin Powers.  

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