Symphony 101

The Charlotte Symphony is committed to exceptional musical experiences. We understand that the context and history of composers and their works can be a valuable component of the music-going experience.

Symphony 101 is a series of free learning opportunities led by Davidson College Symphony Orchestra Music Director Tara Keith. Discussions take place in the Boswell Community Room at the WDAV Classical Public Radio studios in Davidson. Join us in-person or on Facebook Live.

Space is limited. Registration is strongly encouraged.

2018-19 Season

Ravel Unraveled

May 2, 2019 | 6 p.m.
A look into the dynamic, virtuosic, and multi-faceted compositional output of one of the greatest fin de si├Ęcle French composers, Maurice Ravel, who embraced his Swiss and Basque heritage while also incorporating American jazz, Hebrew texts, and the colors of east Asia. 

Upcoming concerts and repertoire
Ravel Bolero | May 17, 18, and 19, Knight Theater
*Ravel Tzigane
*Ravel Bolero


Past Events

The Masking of Jewish Composers

March 14, 2019 | 6 p.m.
A brief study of prominent Jewish composers from the 19th and early 20th centuries, the "masks" that they wore, and their musical legacy that, despite anti-Semitism, continues to endure.
Charlotte Symphony concert and repertoire
Mahler 1 | March 15 & 16, Belk Theater
Dvorak Violin Concerto | March 29 & 30, Belk Theater
*Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture

Orchestral Storytelling

January 24, 2019 | 6 p.m. 
Discover the many ways in which composers create orchestral biography, fiction, and fantasy.
Charlotte Symphony concerts and repertoire
Scheherazade | February 8 & 9, Belk Theater
*Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade
*Strauss Don Juan
*Copland Billy the Kid

Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty | February 22 & 23, Knight Theater
*Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty Suite
*Michael Daugherty Trail of Tears

Journey from Home to Space

November 15, 2018 | 6 p.m.
An exploration of the astrological and astronomical musical journeys that Holst and John Williams take from being home alone on earth to reaching beyond our atmosphere.

Charlotte Symphony concerts and repertoire:
Home Alone: Movie in Concert | November 23 & 24, Belk Theater
Holst The Planets | November 30 & December 1 & 2, Belk Theater
E.T.: Movie in Concert | December 28, Ovens Auditorium