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This month, the Charlotte Symphony is shining a spotlight on the contributions of Black composers and artists in classical music. We'll share notable performances of works by Black composers, the history of Black pioneers in classical music, and composers/artists of today that are enriching the classical music scene and inspiring countless future musicians. Check back throughout the month for additional content!
Lift Every Voice on WDAV
Join WDAV in celebrating contributions Black and African-American artists have made to classical music. Hosted by Charlotte Symphony bassoonist Joshua Hood, Lift Every Voice is a four-episode, hour-long series that will air Wednesdays at 7 pm and Saturdays at 4 pm throughout the month of February.
Enjoy works by Black composers all month long! More musician performances to come.
Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees & Cellist Sarah Markle
Scott Joplin's Bethena
On Tap Live (Oct. 6, 2020)
Valerie Coleman's Umoja
CSO al Fresco: CSO Brass
Duke Ellington's In A Sentimental Mood
Florence Price's Adoration
COMING UP: Jessie Montgomery's Starburst
On Feb. 6 at 7:30 pm, Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees leads your CSO in a program of night music. Settle in for Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, alongside Leonardo Balada's A Little Night Music in Harlem, Jessie Montgomery's Starburst, and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in D minor.
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A composer, pianist, organist, and music teacher, Florence Price is recognized as the first African-American woman to have a symphonic work performed by a major national symphony orchestra. >> Learn more
Jessie Montgomery is an acclaimed composer, violinist, and educator. Her music interweaves classical music with elements of vernacular music, improvisation, language, and social justice, placing her squarely as one of the most relevant interpreters of 21st-century American sound and experience. >> Learn more
In the Community: CLTSymphony X Beatties Ford Strong
In the fall of 2020, CSO musicians and the Beatties Ford Strong Project came together to create a video project that was inspired by and features the music of Brooklyn-based violinist and composer Jessie Montgomery, and showcases the Beatties Ford Strong Project, violinist/composer Lady Jess, musicians of the Charlotte Symphony, and Charlotte-based artists. >> Read more
One Work You Should Know: "Charlotte Mecklenburg"
"I'm a scholar, a composer, and I work with different cultures to tie them together. One of my strengths is a universal knowledge of music, [which gives me the] ability to be authentically inclusive and talk about history in a musical framework." - Okoye for The Charlotte Observer
In 2018, your Charlotte Symphony commissioned Okoye to write an orchestral piece, "Charlotte Mecklenburg," in celebration of the city's 250th anniversary. Okoye's genre-bending compositions reflect her many influences - from Sondheim to Copland, gospel, and jazz. >> Learn more