Plan Your Experience

The concert hall buzzes with energy as the audience files in for the performance. The concertmaster acknowledges his applause as he leads the musicians in the unmistakable sounds of the orchestra tuning to a unison A. The lights dim. The conductor takes the podium. And with the raise of a baton, the moving sounds of the first notes starts your Charlotte Symphony journey.

Performing all across the Charlotte region, the Charlotte Symphony presents a variety of concert series featuring classical masterworks, popular music favorites, family entertainment, and special events at Blumenthal Performing Arts theaters, plus dozens of other alternative venues. We also bring exceptional music experiences to breweries, sancutaries, parks, senior care centers, and schools.
We encourage you to share your email address with us, as we send a welcome email with helpful information about what to expect and important alerts several days before each performance.

Below is some helpful information so you'll know what to expect from a Charlotte Symphony experience.

Venue Information

As a resident company of Blumenthal Performing Arts, the Charlotte Symphony performs at both Belk Theater and Knight Theater.

Theater box offices open two hours prior to performances, and theaters open doors one-half hour before each concert. Arrive early and indulge in one of many uptown restaurants or bars prior to the performance. Full bar, beverages, and snacks also are available for your enjoyment both pre-concert and during intermission at Blumenthal theaters.

Belk Theater - 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202  

Knight Theater
- 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202

Detailed parking information for Belk and Knight theaters can be found below.

Belk Theater
Knight Theater

To view preferred $5 parking options, please visit Blumenthal's parking page.

Accessible seating for patrons using wheelchairs and walkers is available in all areas of Blumenthal Performing Arts theaters. We strongly suggest to consult with our Ticket Services office to determine your best and most accessible seating options. To walk through your options, please contact us at 704-972-2000.

Emotional Support Animals or Comfort Animals are not allowed at Charlotte Symphony concerts.

When should I arrive?
In most cases, performances begin at 7:30 p.m. We suggest you arrive 20 to 30 minutes before the concert starts in order to find your seat, read the program, and watch the musicians as they take the stage to warm up.

Ticketholders who come late will not be seated in the hall until after the conclusion of the first work on the program or as determined by the Symphony that evening. This is a courtesy "late seating" we offer those running late due to circumstances out of their control, while maintainging respect for those who arrive on time. Concertgoers who must leave the hall before or during a piece will not be reseated until after that piece has concluded, at the next natural break in the performance.

Smoking is not permitted in any Blumenthal Performing Arts theater.

Alcoholic beverages, coffee, soft drinks, bottles of water, and snacks are available before each performance and during intermission. Refreshments are allowed inside the hall unless otherwise noted. Outside food and beverages are not permitted.

Skip the lines! Download the Blumenthal mobile app to preorder your drinks and have them waiting for you at intermission.

In Case of Emergency
Please proceed to the closest door marked with a lighted Exit sign. Blumenthal ushers on duty will direct you to the closest and safest building exits. It is imperative that you listen to and comply with announed instructions.

Other Helpful Information

What exactly is a "symphony orchestra"?
As opposed to a chamber orchestra, a symphony orchestra is large enough to perform full symphonic works. An orchestra is made up of four sections: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Instruments found in each include the following:

Strings: violin, viola, cello, bass
Woodwinds: flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, English horn
Brass: trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba
Percussion: timpani, harp, xylophone

Are the musicians full-time?
Yes! Charlotte Symphony musicians are employed on a full-time basis and rehearse and perform during the regular season (September to May). Summer season includes performances at Symphony Park an elsewhere throughout our entire community.

When do I applaud?
You'll notice that audience members applaud for two reasons. First, to welcome the concertmaster (violinist who sits in the first chair of the first row). Get to know Calin Lupanu here. Applause is also used to welcome the conductor for the evening, after tuning. Soloists join the conductor, so you may applaud to welcome them as well. Applause is not nessary until the end of each piece of music. Longer works, like full symphonies, are composed of several movements, separated by a pause. The audience does not applaud between movements.

Can I use my cell phone or camera?
We request that you turn off your cell phones--or anything that beeps--before the performance begins. Please also check your devices to ensure that they are tunred off prior to the second half of the performance. Keep in mind that talking, whispering, rustling pages of programs, and unwrapping candy, can be distracting to the musicians and can negatively affect the audience's enjoyment. Please be respectful of those around you. Flash photography and video of any kind is prohibited unless you are a member of the media with prior approval.