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Classical Series

 

2022-23 Season

This season, the Charlotte Symphony shows off its incredible range and versatility as it welcomes a variety of guest conductors and artists with perspectives from around the world. Experience the full spectrum of orchestral music with Beethoven's rarely performed Triple Concerto, PIVOT by Grammy-nominated composer Anna Clyne, Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise, the return of Conductor Laureate Christopher Warren-Green for Handel's Messiah, and so much more.

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ELGAR CELLO CONCERTO

Oct. 7 & 8 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater

"Insightful" (The Salt Lake Tribune) guest conductor Andrew Grams joins your CSO to open the 22-23 Classical season with Elgar's intensely poignant Cello Concerto and Strauss' symphonic poem Aus Italien.

Andrew Grams, conductor
Inbal Segev, cello


ANNA CLYNE Pivot
ELGAR Cello Concerto in E minor
R. STRAUSS Aus Italien  

BEETHOVEN PASTORAL

Oct. 28 & 29 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater

"Accomplished" (Herald-Tribune) guest conductor Marcelo Lehninger, Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, returns to Charlotte to lead Beethoven's "Pastoral," bringing to life rolling thunder and the calling of a shepherd's pipes.

Marcelo Lehninger, conductor
Gabriela Martinez, piano


L. BOULANGER d'un matin de printemps
FALLA Nights in the Gardens of Spain
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral"

BEETHOVEN TRIPLE

Nov. 18 & 19 | 7:30 pm | Belk Theater

Scored for a trio of soloists -- violin, cello, piano -- the Triple Concerto is seldom performed today. "Powerhouse" (WTTW) guest conductor Erina Yashima leads this sparkling, lyrical work.

Erina Yashima, conductor

GLINKA Ruslan & Ludmila Overture
BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto
BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique

HANDEL MESSIAH

Dec. 2 & 3 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater
Dec. 4 | 3 pm | Knight Theater

Conductor Laureate Christopher Warren-Green returns to the Charlotte stage to lead his world-renowned interpretation of Handel's Messiah. 

Christopher Warren-Green, conductor
Charlotte Master Chorale

HANDEL Messiah

COPLAND SYMPHONY NO. 3

Jan. 13 & 14 | 7:30 pm | Belk Theater

Copland's Symphony No. 3, often called the "Great American Symphony," culminates in the stirring Fanfare for the Common Man. Canadian-Trinidadian guest conductor Kwamé Ryan leads this program also featuring John Adams and Korngold.

Kwamé Ryan, conductor
Bella Hristovaviolin

JOHN ADAMS Short Ride in a Fast Machine
KORNGOLD Violin Concerto in D Major
COPLAND Symphony No. 3

SIBELIUS SYMPHONY NO. 5

Feb. 3 & 4 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater

"Remarkable" (The Nashville Scene) guest conductor Vinay Parameswaran takes the baton to lead Sibelius's evocative Symphony No. 5, and works by Gabriella Smith, Britten, and Still.

Vinay Parameswaran, conductor

GABRIELLA SMITH Field Guide
BRITTEN Les Illuminations
STILL Poem for Orchestra
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5 

BRAHMS SYMPHONY NO. 4

Feb. 10 & 11 | 7:30 pm | Belk Theater

"Enthusiastic" (Los Angeles Times) guest conductor Joshua Weilerstein conducts Brahms's hauntingly beautiful Symphony No. 4 and Grieg's stunning Piano Concerto.

Joshua Weilerstein, conductor
Joyce Yang, piano


SMYTH On the Cliffs of Cornwall
GRIEG Piano Concerto in A minor
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

BRUCH VIOLIN CONCERTO

Feb. 24 & 25 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater

Bruch's Violin Concerto is one of the best-loved works of the Romantic period. "Vivid" (San Francisco Classical Voice) guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen leads this program, featuring Concertmaster Calin Lupanu. 

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Calin Ovidiu Lupanu, violin


FANNY MENDELSSOHN Overture in C Major
BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
FRANCK Symphony in D minor

PICASSO + STRAVINSKY

Mar. 10 & 11 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater

Experience the connection between music and art in this collaboration with The Mint Museum's 2023 exhibit, Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds. Pablo Bortolameolli joins the CSO to lead an exploration of the music of composers Picasso worked with and admired, including two ballets for which he designed costumes and sets: Igor Stravinsky's Pulcinella and Erik Satie's Parade.

Paolo Bortolameolli, conductor

SATIE Parade
STRAVINSKY Suite from Pulcinella
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2

MENDELSSOHN HYMN OF PRAISE

Mar. 24 & 25 | 7:30 pm | Belk Theater

"Engaging" (The Scotsman) conductor Jessica Cottis returns to lead the Charlotte Master Chorale and your CSO in Mendelssohn's expansive Symphony No. 2, "Hymn of Praise."

Jessica Cottis, conductor
Charlotte Master Chorale


MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 2, "Lobgesang"

RACHMANINOFF SYMPHONY NO. 2

April 28 & 29 | 7:30 pm | Belk Theater

"Interpretive" (Gramophone) guest conductor Lan Shui leads Rachmaninoff's exultant Symphony No. 2 and Mendelssohn's dazzling Piano Concerto No. 1.

Lan Shui, conductor
Mari Kodama, piano


BARBER The School for Scandal Overture
MENDELSSOHN Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2

DVOŘÁK SYMPHONY NO. 8

May 19 & 20 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater

A departure from his previous work, Dvořák's cheerful Symphony No. 8 evokes wonderment. Led by "attentive" (The Florida Times-Union) guest conductor Kazem Abdullah, this program also includes works by Mozart and Stravinsky.

Kazem Abdullah, conductor
Alexi Kenney, violin


MOZART Symphony No. 38, "Prague"
STRAVINSKY Violin Concerto
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8
 
*Artists and programs are subject to change at any time without notice.