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Tuesday tidbits

Originally Posted: September 2011

  • Animals flew over London Monday in celebration of Pink Floyd's remastered albums.
  • When pigs fly... Never thought you'd hear rock 'n roll at the Symphony? Or at least, not until pigs fly? Well, yesterday one British porker did. The Music of Pink Floyd will play with the Charlotte Symphony on November 4th. With soaring swine and over a month to go until showtime, who knows what else we can expect before then. Fat ladies singing,perhaps?
  • The moderately slow Bolero, a dance that originated in Spain in the 18th century.
  • In honor of this weekend's performance, some Bolero to satisfy any latin cravings. We're posting Bolero videos daily. Suggestions? Post them to ourFacebook or leave a comment on this post.
  • Sun of Spanish Harlem by Latino artist Santiago 
  • More latin, this time in the form of Charlotte Symphony musicians enacting a Random Act of Culture, a project through the Knight Foundation that states, "Hearing Handel, or seeing the tango in an unexpected place provides a deeply felt reminder of how the classics can enrich our lives... the performances make people smile, dance, grab their cameras even cry with joy. For those brief moments, people going along in their everyday lives are part of a shared, communal experience that makes their community a more vibrant place to live. It's hard to watch what unfolds during a Random Act of CultureĀ®, and not be inspired to see and hear more." (Still hungry? Watch more here.)
  • Hypnotic, exotic, even erotic... That's what you can expect from this weekend's musical feast. Listen to our radio clip.
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Tagged as Bolero, History, Innovation, knight foundation, pink floyd, random act of culture.

Take Action for Vibrant Arts! A Plea from the Past and the Present

Originally Posted: August 2010

On Sunday, Dennis Scholl, the Vice President for Arts for the Knight Foundation, called the Charlotte community to action. Those who love culture and this city have "taken a big step toward fostering a creative environment by making a significant investment in its arts infrastructure," he wrote in The Charlotte Observer. The new Levine Center for the Arts, which includes the Knight Theater, the new Mint Museum, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and the Harvey Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, is an extraordinary addition to the city's cultural facilities a set of architectural jewels.
Scholl congratulated us for investing in the arts infrastructure, but he challenged us to "redouble" our efforts. "You have a plethora of world-class buildings that now need to be filled with world-class programming," he wrote. (Read more:http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/08/29/1650780/now-charlotte-must-take-the-next.html#ixzz0y7f5xKTU)

The plea to fund programs as well as buildings is not new. In 1963, the then-new Music Director of the Charlotte Symphony, Richard Cormier, addressed the Charlotte Rotary Club, issuing the same challenge:
"If we are to maintain a vigorous, vital cultural life in our cities, we must think not only of buildings, but of people artists, actors, musicians, writers, performers, teachers, students, philosophers, and administrators in every area of the cultural spectrum.... The big problem, as I scarcely need tell you, is money. Money not merely for theaters, concert halls, and museum buildings, but money to develop the public in its role as patrons and appreciators of the products of an artistic civilization....We must come to accept the arts as a new community responsibility."

Nearly half a century later, we still need to hear those words. The Charlotte community must demand and support excellent culture: "fight for vibrant arts programming that engages the community and brings it inside these incredible structures to have an equally compelling cultural experience," Scholl wrote.
The Charlotte Symphony is ready to do its part. New this season, the Symphony launches KnightSounds, a set of three concerts that aim to fill the new Knight Theater with "vibrant arts programming." We challenge the community to be a part of this process. Come join us!

For more about KnightSounds, visit /concerts-tickets/knight-sounds/
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Tagged as Culture, knight foundation, Levine Center for the Arts, Money.