Throughout the 2019-20 season, immerse yourself in a celebration of the unprecedented individuality, overwhelming power, and true genius of Ludwig van Beethoven. During the 250th anniversary of his birth, we celebrate not only Beethoven's works, but the composers that inspired his musical beginnings and musicians that began their journey because of his influence.

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Classical Series

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
September 27 & 28, 7:30 p.m.
September 29, 3 p.m.
Knight Theater
 
Christopher Warren Green, conductor
Inon Barnatan, piano

TCHAIKOVSKY Capriccio Italien
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5

Christopher Warren-Green opens the season with some of Tchaikovsky's greatest works, including the First Piano Concerto, full of sweeping melodies and dizzying technical challenges.
 
Stravinsky Firebird
October 18 & 19, 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater                                                                    
Christopher Warren Green, conductor

MUSSORGSKY Night on Bald Mountain
ELGAR In the South, "Alassio"
STRAVINSKY The Firebird Suite (1919 version)

An enchanted tale that has delighted generations, Stravinsky's The Firebird follows the spellbinding story of a prince and princesses caught in a struggle with an ogre, and the fantastic Firebird who saves them.
 
Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
November 8 & 9, 7:30 p.m.
Knight Theater              
                  
Hans Graf, conductor
Angelo Xiang Yu, violin

DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5, "Turkish"
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2         
                      
Distinguished Austrian conductor Hans Graf leads the orchestra in a program of sunny favorites anchored by Debussy's famous Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.
 
Dvořák's New World Symphony
November 22 & 23, 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater

Ilyich Rivas, conductor

SCHUMANN Overture to Manfred
BRAHMS Variations on a Theme of Haydn
Dvořák Symphony No. 9  "From the New World"

The "New World" Symphony, composed while Dvořák was living in America, fuses the music of his Bohemian roots with tuneful impressions of a fascinating new world full of new sounds.
 
Beethoven's Emperor
January 10 & 11, 7:30 p.m.
January 12, 3 p.m.
Knight Theater
                                                   
Christopher Warren Green, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano

BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 7
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"    

Majestic, striding, and tender, Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto is not only a crowning achievement among Beethoven's compositions, but among all the piano concertos written before or since.
 
Copland Appalachian Spring
January 31 & February 1, 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater

Christopher James Lees, conductor

COPLAND Appalachian Spring
BARBER Adagio for Strings
BRITTELLE We're Still Here

A portrait of America is captured in this program featuring Barber's iconic Adagio for Strings and Copland's Appalachian Spring, with its memorable melody "Simple Gifts."
 
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1
February 14 & 15, 7:30 p.m.
February 16, 3 p.m.
Knight Theater

Christopher Warren Green, conductor
Gabriela Martinez, piano

TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8

Rife with poetry, romance, and irresistible energy, this Romantic program featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Beethoven will make the perfect Valentine's date night.
 
Beethoven's Missa Solemnis
March 6 & 7, 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater                               
                                     
Christopher Warren Green, conductor
Christine Pier, soprano
Sarah Mesko, mezzo-soprano
Yeghishe Manucharyan, tenor
Michael Sumuel, bass

BEETHOVEN Missa Solemnis

Monumental and deeply affecting, Missa Solemnis ranges from moments of calmness and purity, to thundering passages, operatic intensity and war-like trumpets and drums.
 
Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony
March 20 & 21, 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater

Christopher Warren Green, conductor
James R. Jones, organ

KUSTER Moxie
MOZART Symphony No. 39
SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3, "Organ"

Inspired by Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, the resoundingly beautiful "Organ Symphony" by Saint-Saëns electrifies with its expressive originality.
 
Beethoven's Pastoral
April 3 & 4, 7:30 p.m. 
April 5, 3 p.m.
Knight Theater

JoAnn Falletta, conductor

KODALY Dances of Galánta
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral"

Evoking his love of living in nature, Beethoven's Pastoral brings life to rolling thunder and the calling of a shepherd's pipes.
 
Bach Brandenburg Concertos
April 17 & 18, 7:30 p.m.

Jeannette Sorrell, conductor

BACH Brandenburg Concertos No. 2 & 3
HANDEL Suite from Terpsichore
HAYDN Overture to The Uninhibited Island
MOZART Ballet Music from Idomeno

Dazzlingly inventive, virtuosic, and exuberant, Bach's Brandenburg Concertos are among the greatest works of the Baroque era.
 
Brahms Double Concerto
May 1 & 2, 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater

Christopher Warren Green, conductor
Simone Porter, violin
Joshua Roman, cello
                       
SMITH Field Guide
BRAHMS Concerto for Violin and Cello
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4

The series closes with a "bravo!" for Beethoven, as Christopher Warren-Green leads the orchestra in the vivacious Symphony No. 4 and Brahms' dramatic and virtuosic Concerto for Violin and Cello.
 

Pops Series

Sinatra and Beyond
September 20 & 21, 7:30 p.m.
Knight Theater

Tony DeSare, vocalist

In this critically-acclaimed tribute the legend of Ol' Blue Eyes, crooner Tony DeSare delivers a fresh take on old-school classics like "Come Fly with Me," "New York, New York," and more.
 
Patriotic Pops
November 15 & 16, 7:30 p.m.
Knight Theater

This Veterans Day weekend, your Charlotte Symphony pays tribute to the wonderful country we live in and the brave men and women who fight to protect our freedom.
 
Magic of Christmas
December 13 & 14, 7:30 p.m.
Knight Theater

Delight in the wonder of the holiday season at the annual Magic of Christmas! Families have been making this Charlotte Symphony celebration a part of their holiday traditions for over 20 years.
 
Totally '80s
January 24 & 25, 7:30 p.m.
Knight Theater

Break out those Members Only jackets, stirrup pants and shoulder pads and hold on to your hairspray - we're going Totally '80s! Featuring the greatest hits from the raddest decade around, including charttoppers by Sting, Elton John, Cyndi Lauper, and more!
 
007: The Best of James Bond
March 27 & 28, 7:30 p.m.
Knight Theater

The name's Bond...James Bond. Over two dozen Bond films spanning five decades have produced some of the greatest movie music of our time. The CSO presents the best of Bond, from the iconic Theme Song to the sultry "Nobody Does it Better."
 
Broadway Favorites
May 8, & 9, 7:30 p.m.
Knight Theater

This exciting program will showcase the best performers and music from the stages of Broadway. Stay tuned for more show-stopping details!
 

Special Events

Available now to 2019-20 subscribers only! Add on tickets to your subscription pacakage for yourself, family and friends.
 
Itzhak Perlman Plays Mendelssohn
October 5, 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater
 
Christopher Warren-Green, conductor
Itzhak Perlman, violin

MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
WALKER Lyric for Strings
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5
 
The legendary Itzhak Perlman joins your CSO for the must-hear performance of the season.
 
Handel's Messiah
December 6 & 7, 7:30 p.m.
Knight Theater

Handel's stunning masterpiece is back by popular demand. "Hallelujah!"
 
Magic of Christmas
December 13-15, 20-22, 7:30 p.m.
December 15, 21, 22, 3 p.m.
Knight Theater

Delight in the wonder of the holiday season at the annual Magic of Christmas! Families have been making this Charlotte Symphony celebration a part of their holiday traditions for over 20 years.
 
New Year's Eve Celebration
December 31, 9 p.m.
Belk Theater

Includes after-party, with desserts, champagne, and dancing.