The 2019-20 Classical Series has an inspiring mix of orchestral blockbusters, bold new works, and the talents of acclaimed guest conductors and artists. 

Packages are currently available for Friday and Saturday nights subscriptions of 11, 9, or 6 concerts, and a Sunday Matinee 3-concert subscription. 




Stravinsky Firebird

October 18, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
October 19, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater

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.

MUSSORGSKY Night on Bald Mountain
GLAZUNOV Stenka Razine
LIADOV The Enchanted Lake
STRAVINSKY The Firebird Suite (1919 version)

Christopher James Lees, conductor

Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

November 8, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
November 9, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
Knight Theater

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.

Hans Graf, conductor
Angelo Xiang Yu, 

DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5, "Turkish"
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2

Dvořák's New World Symphony

November 22, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
November 23, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater

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.

Ilyich Rivas, conductor

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

Beethoven's Emperor

January 10 & 11, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
January 12, 2020 | 3 p.m.
Knight Theater

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.

Christopher Warren Green, conductor
Conrad Tao, 

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

Copland Appalachian Spring

January 31, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
February 1, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater

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."

Christopher Warren-Green, conductor

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

Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1

February 14 & 15, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
February 16, 2020 | 3 p.m.
Knight Theater

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.

Christopher Warren Green, conductor
Gabriela Martinez, 

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

Beethoven's Missa Solemnis

March 6, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
March 7, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater

Monumental and deeply affecting, Missa Solemnis ranges from moments of calmness and purity, to thundering passages, operatic intensity and war-like trumpets and drums.

Christopher Warren Green, conductor
Christine Pier, soprano
Sarah Mesko, mezzo-soprano
Yeghishe Manucharyan, tenor
Michael Sumuel, bass

BEETHOVEN Missa Solemnis

Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

March 20, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
March 21, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater

Inspired by Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, the resoundingly beautiful "Organ Symphony" by Saint-Saëns electrifies with its expressive originality.

Christopher Warren Green, conductor
James R. Jones, organ

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

Beethoven's Pastoral

April 3 & 4, 2020 | 7:30 p.m. 
April 5, 2020 | 3 p.m.
Knight Theater

Evoking his love of living in nature, Beethoven's Pastoral brings life to rolling thunder and the calling of a shepherd's pipes.

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Calin Lupanu, 

KODALY Dances of Galánta
WIENIAWSKI Violin Concerto No. 2
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral"

Bach Brandenburg Concerto

April 17, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
April 18, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
Knight Theater 

Dazzlingly inventive, virtuosic, and exuberant, Bach's Brandenburg Concertos are among the greatest works of the Baroque era.

Jeannette Sorrell, conductor

HANDEL Selections from Water Music
J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
VIVALDI/arr. Sorrell La Folia ("Madness"), after the Trio Sonata in D Minor
MOZART Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
MOZART Ballet Music from Idomeneo

Brahms Double Concerto

May 1, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
May 2, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
Belk Theater

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

Christopher Warren Green, conductor
Simone Porter, violin
Joshua Roman, 

SMITH Field Guide
BRAHMS Concerto for Violin and Cello
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4