The Classical series has an inspiring mix of orchestral blockbusters, like Beethoven's Fifth and Holst's The Planets, bold new works, and the talents of acclaimed guest conductors and artists. 

Packages are available on Friday or Saturday night, in subscriptions of 128, or 6 concerts.

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Beethoven's Fifth
October 5 & 6



 
The four most iconic notes ever written astound in this musical manifestation of fate. Legendary pianist Garrick Ohlsson mesmerizes with Beethoven's innovative and virtuosic Fourth Piano Concerto.
 
Handel Water Music
October 19 & 20



 
This program presents music fit for a royal celebration, including triumphant coronation anthems, all in honor of Charlotte's 250th.


 
Mendelssohn Italian Symphony
November 2 & 3


 
Renowned conductor Roberto Abbado takes the stage to lead this lively program, a nod to his native Italy. Anchored by Mendelssohn's most popular symphony, a bright and lively Berlioz overture and contemporary composer Luciano Berio piece completes the experience.
 
Holst The Planets
November 30 & December 1
A journey through the cosmos, this evening features Holst's enduring depiction of the planets, a pillar of the Classical repertoire. Inspired by the Hubble spacecraft, Eric Whitacre's Deep Field introduces a modern-day element complete with audience participation.

 
Rachmaninof Symphonic Dances
January 25 & 26
Venezuelan-born rising star Gabriela Montero brings virtuosity to Prokofiev's warm, vivid piano concerto, a complement to the lush sounds of Rachmaninoff's final work. An orchestral "foxtrot" from contemporary composer John Adams rounds out this evening of dances.
 
Scheherazade
February 8 & 9
Tales of the pursuit of love and conquest connect this provocative program complete with Rimsky-Korsakov's classic portrayal of history's most entrancing storyteller.
 
Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty
February 22 & 23
NextGen conductor Joseph Young leads a captivating program featuring a diverse cast of characters. Tchaikovsky at his best, Sleeping Beauty brings fairytale colors while Copland depicts a classic American scene. Michael Daugherty's poignant Native American musical journey spotlights principal flutist Victor Wang.
 
Mahler 1
March 15 & 16
With its use of symphonic poetry and spellbinding imagination, Mahler's titanic first symphony changed the genre forever. Maestro Warren-Green returns to the podium to lead the next step in our Mahler journey.
 
Dvorak Violin Concerto
March 29 & 30
Leading an evening of intensity and passion, Dudamel-conducting fellow Gemma New directs Avery Fisher recipient Paul Huang on Dvořák's dramatic and only violin concerto. Written at the peak of Brahms's creativity, his Third Symphony ends the program on a richly passionate note.
 
Mozart Requiem
April 12 & 13
Mozart's final statement, his Requiem presents a masterpiece shrouded in mystery. Maestro Warren-Green leads the orchestra and chorus in this emotionally stirring performance that also includes a work from one of Mozart's rivals.
 
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
April 26 & 27
Russian-born conductor Andrey Boreyko guides with authenticity Russian compositions including Mussorgsky's art-inspired piece to Rachmaninoff's virtuosic and beloved set of 24 piano variations. A recently discovered Stravinsky work rounds out the program.
 
Ravel Bolero
May 17 & 18
Ravel's daring and seductive masterpiece closes out the 2018-19 Classical series alongside works featuring Concertmaster Calin Lupanu and a newly premiered piece by renowned bassist and composer Edgar Meyer.
 

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Classical 12 includes:

Beethoven's Fifth (October 5 & 6)
Handel Water Music (October 19 & 20)
Mendelssohn Italian Symphony (November 2 & 3)
Holst The Planets (November 30 & December 1)
Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances (January 25 & 26)
Scheherazade (February 8 & 9)
Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty (February 22 & 23)
Mahler 1 (March 15 & 16)
Dvorak Violin Concerto (March 29 & 30)
Mozart Requiem (April 12 & 13)
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (April 26 & 27)
Ravel Bolero (May 17 & 18)
Classical 8 includes:
 
Handel Water Music (October 19 & 20)
Mendelssohn Italian Symphony (November 2 & 3)
Holst The Planets (November 30 & December 1)
Scheherazade (February 8 & 9)
Mahler 1 (March 15 & 16)
Dvorak Violin Concerto (March 29 & 30)
Mozart Requiem (April 12 & 13)
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (April 26 & 27)
Classical 6A includes:
 
Beethoven's Fifth (October 5 & 6)
Mendelssohn Italian Symphony (November 2 & 3)
Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances (January 25 & 26)
Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty (February 22 & 23)
Dvorak Violin Concerto (March 29 & 30)
Mozart Requiem (April 12 & 13)
 
Classical 6B includes:
 
Handel Water Music (October 19 & 20)
Holst The Planets (November 30 & December 1)
Scheherazade (February 8 & 9)
Mahler 1 (March 15 & 16)
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (April 26 & 27)
Ravel Bolero (May 17 & 18)

 

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