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PRE-CONCERT TALKS


The Charlotte Symphony is committed to delivering exceptional musical experiences. By sharing information and the exciting stories behind the music before each Classical series concert, we hope concertgoers will feel more connected to the in-concert experience.

Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees, or a guest conductor or artist, leads a discussion about the evening's repertoire and composers an hour prior to the performance.

Lobby - Mezzanine Level

Belk Theater pre-concert talks take place on the Mezzanine Level of the lobby (unless otherwise noted below). 

Wells Fargo Pre-Function Space

Knight Theater pre-concert talks take place in the Wells Fargo Pre-Function Space (unless otherwise noted below). Once you enter the Knight Theater by the Box Office, take the stairs on your right down one level.

2022-23 Season


SIBELIUS SYMPHONY NO. 5

Feb. 3 & 4 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater

Pre-Concert Talk: 
6:30 pm | Wells Fargo Pre-Function Space
with Guest Conductor Vinay Parameswaran

Program:
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

Pre-Concert Talk: 
6:30 pm | Lobby - Mezzanine Level
with Guest Conductor Joshua Weilerstein & pianist Joyce Yang

Program:
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

Pre-Concert Talk: 
6:30 pm | Wells Fargo Pre-Function Space
with Guest Conductor Mei-Ann Chen

Program:
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

Pre-Concert Talk: 
6:30 pm | Wells Fargo Pre-Function Space
with Guest Conductor Paolo Bortolameolli

Program:
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

Pre-Concert Talk: 
6:30 pm | Lobby - Mezzanine Level
with Guest conductor Jessica Cottis

Program:
Jessica Cottis, conductor
Charlotte Master Chorale


MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 2, "Lobgesang"

RACHMANINOFF SYMPHONY NO. 2

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

Pre-Concert Talk: 
6:30 pm | Lobby - Mezzanine Level
with Guest conductor Lan Shui

Program:
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

Pre-Concert Talk: 
6:30 pm | Wells Fargo Pre-Function Space
with Guest Conductor Kazem Abdullah

Program:
Kazem Abdullah, conductor
Alexi Kenney, violin


MOZART Symphony No. 38, "Prague"
STRAVINSKY Violin Concerto
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 8