Steelpan Orchestra

When: 11/10/2017 7:30 PM
Where: Knight Theater

Steel pan takes center stage as mold-breaking composer and pannist Andy Akiho performs with Charlotte SymphonyBuy tickets
Christopher James Lees, conductor
Andy Akiho, steelpan
Guest artist Andy Akiho is graciously underwritten by John and Maria Huson.
ANDY AKIHO            Aka
ANDY AKIHO            Ki-Iro
ANDY AKIHO            Percussion Demo
ANDY AKIHO            Beneath Lighted Coffers - Concerto for Steel Pan and Orchestra                          

A native of Columbia, SC, steel pannist and composer Andy Akiho has brilliantly crafted a way to unite the sunny sounds of the Caribbean with the colorful sounds of the orchestra. This one-hour concert features several short works from Akiho, whose music has been described as "alert and alive," "dramatic," and "vital" by The New York Times. Akiho's sound is rhythmic, accessible, fun and blurs the line between today's classical and pop scenes. The audience is in for a special treat as Akiho demonstrates the steelpan and shares insights about his compositions from the stage.
This music that lives here, and now, with your CSO. Tickets start at just $19.

Learn more about Andy Akiho, steelpans, and his concerto here.

Watch and listen to Andy Akiho play Aka, the first piece on the program,
accompanied by musicians Mariel Roberts, cello, and Sean Dixon, drums.