The Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras Spring Concert was led by Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees, Music Director Christopher Warren-Green, and Youth Philharmonic Conductor Jessica Morel. Students performed works by Elgar, Liszt, Mozart, and more. Photos ©Michael Harding, Genesis Photography.
Led by Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees and Youth Philharmonic Conductor Jessica Morel, the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras performed their first concert of the season with works by Puccini, Dvořák, Mussorgsky, and more. Photos ©Michael Harding, Genesis Photography.
The renowned Morehouse College Glee Club, led by Dr. David E. Morrow, shared the stage with your Charlotte Symphony, led by Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees, in a benefit concert to raise funds for Charlotte area students attending Morehouse College. Presented in partnership with the Morehouse College Alumni Association Charlotte Chapter. Photos ©Jon Strayhorn
Members from CSYO and CSYP had an exciting day full of music, learning, and fun! Our annual retreat is a great way for students to get to know each other and create lasting bonds through music and friendship.
Supporters of the Charlotte Symphony were welcomed to a cocktail reception and special event Itzhak Perlman Plays Mendelssohn at Belk Theater, followed by dinner at Urban Garden Charlotte. Photos ©Marissa Carter, Modern Eye Photography.
Led by Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees and Music Director Christopher Warren-Green, the Charlotte Symphony Youth Philharmonic and Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra concluded their season with a wonderful performance of works by Schubert, Lalo, Dvořák, and more. Photos ©Michael Harding, Genesis Photography.
Students from all four Project Harmony locations--Winterfield, Montclaire, Oaklawn, and West Sugar Creek--took the mainstage to perform a free prelude performance at Belk Theater. Photos ©Michael Harding, Genesis Photography.
Over 75 community musicians joined us this year for our second Pro-Am at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts. Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees led this talented group in works by J. Strauss, Fauré, and Tchaikovsky. Photos ©Michael Harding, Genesis Photography.
Families delighted in this fun, engaging concert for kids at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, also preceded by a pre-concert festival with hands-on activities. Led by Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees and narrated by Lindsay Kesselman, kids and adults alike enjoyed music by history's greats followed by The Orchestra Olympics, which introduced kids to the different families of the orchestra with friendly competitions between the instruments. Photos ©Michael Harding, Genesis Photography.
The classic tales of 1001 Arabian Nights came to life under the baton of Maestro Warren-Green with your Charlotte Symphony's performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestral showpiece Scheherazade, Strauss' Don Juan, and Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel: Prelude. Photos ©Michael Harding, Genesis Photography.
The Charlotte Symphony, Charlotte Symphony Chorus, and vocalist Lindsay Kesselman performed The Magic of Christmas led by resident conductor Christopher James Lees. This performance was hosted by Francene Marie Morris and included the world premiere of a Christmas carol written just for us, plus the songs you know and love, including 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Sleigh Ride, and selections from The Polar Express and Nutcracker, and Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. Photos ©Michael Harding, Genesis Photography.
The Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra and Charlotte Symphony Youth Philharmonic performed under the batons of Christopher Warren-Green and Christopher James Lees for a great audience in the Belk Theater. The concert featured works by Haydn, Rossini, Corigliano, and more.
Featuring works from Mozart to John Williams, the Charlotte Symphony performs side-by-side with young musicians from Northwest School of the Arts.
Patriotic favorites filled Symphony Park for this year's Celebrate America Independence day celebration. Photos ©Michael Harding, Genesis Photography.
Summer Pops 2018 continued with Broadway hits and a beautiful evening at Symphony Park. Photos ©Michael Harding, Genesis Photography.
Father's Day and the beloved film scores of John Williams helped kick off Summer Pops 2018 at Symphony Park. Photos ©Michael Harding, Genesis Photography.
Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra rehearsed, side-by-side, with the full orchestra in preparation for the 2018 Youth Festival performance, February 21 at Belk Theater. This annual performance, sponsored by the Symphony Guild of Charlotte, features the two winners of the Guild's Young Artists Competition winners, Christopher Saba and Caroline Smoak.
The Charlotte Symphony joined A Sign Of The Times of the Carolinas and UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture for a concert honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.
We continued our popular On Tap series at NoDa Brewing Company with an all-American themed concert, featuring a surprise visit from Grammy Award winner and Charlotte Symphony Artist in Residence, Mark O'Connor.
We continued our partnership with A Sign Of The Times of the Carolinas and Levine Museum of the New South, presenting Listen Up, Charlotte to our friends on the east and north sides. This concert and talk-back session took place at Mallard Creek Recreation Center.
We continued our partnership with A Sign Of The Times of the Carolinas and Levine Museum of the New South, presenting Listen Up, Charlotte to our friends on the east and north sides. This concert and talk-back session took place at Winterfield Elementary School.
We kicked off our 2017-18 season with a special Opening Night gala event and performance featuring pianist Jeremy Denk. A pre-concert cocktail reception took place at the Urban Garden at the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte, followed by a post-concert dinner featuring remarks by President and CEO Mary A. Deissler and Music Director Christopher Warren-Green and a performance by Artist-In-Residence Mark O'Connor and students from Winterfield Youth Orchestra.
On Wednesday, June 28, we kicked off our newly announced Project Harmony program in the Montclaire community in southwest Charlotte. Project Harmony is a free, after-school orchestra program, in collaboration with Community School of the Arts, aimed at building pathways to success for Charlotte-area youth. By engaging children in orchestra programs that foster skill development and personal empowerment. The evening began with a shared community meal at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, host of Montclair's Project Harmony location, and continued with a full-orchestra performance of patriotic tunes. The program will serve three Charlotte communities with the most need in the 2017-18 season. For more information, visit charlottesymphony.org/projectharmony.
The Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra traveled to New York City June 15 through 19, 2017. The highlight of the trip was their performance at Carnegie Hall on June 17. During the trip the students took a sightseeing cruise around Manhattan, visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Battery Park, the Empire State Building, and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The students also had the chance to take in one of two Broadway Shows. Wicked or Phantom of the Opera.
We continued our 2017 Summer Pops series on Sunday, June 25 at Symphony Park with a tribute to Broadway. We perform every Sunday night in June at Symphony Park, plus Celebrate America on July 1. Photo credit: Michael Harding, Genesis Photography Group
We continued our 2017 Summer Pops series on Sunday, June 18 at Symphony Park with a special Father's Day all-Star Wars concert. In-theme picnic spreads included spacecraft-inspired cheese-and-cracker plates and even a Death Star watermelon, and lightsabers lit up the park after dark. We perform every Sunday night in June at Symphony Park, plus Celebrate America on July 1. Photo credit: Michael Harding, Genesis Photography Group
We continued our 2017 Summer Pops series on Sunday, June 11 at Symphony Park with a perfect summer evening of big band and jazz hits from "In the Mood" to "Sing, Sing, Sing," and also teamed up with our friend at Jazz Arts Initiative. We perform every Sunday night in June at Symphony Park, plus Celebrate America on July 1. Photo credit: Michael Harding, Genesis Photography Group
We kicked off our exciting 2017 Summer Pops series on Sunday, June 4 at Symphony Park with Hollywood hits from Jurassic Park to The Wizard of Oz. An early drizzle didn't keep the Summer Pops loyal from coming out to the park to enjoy a cool evening of film favorites. We perform every Sunday night in June at Symphony Park, plus Celebrate America on July 1. Photo credit: Michael Harding, Genesis Photography Group
Nearly 50 community musicians joined the full orchestra for our first-ever Pro-Am experience at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts. Music Director Christopher Warren-Green led this talented group in works by Brahms, Bizet, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky. Photos ©Tia Wackerhagen
A Sign Of The Times of the Carolinas, the Charlotte Symphony, and the Levine Museum of the New South partnered to present "Listen Up, Charlotte," two free community concerts tackling issues of social injustice and fostering unity through music and history. The concerts took place at First Baptist Church-West and Providence Day School. Open forum community dialogue followed each concert. Photos ©Tia Wackerhagen
Winterfield Youth Orchestra students performed works they've practiced all season as a prelude to a Classical performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Photos by Daniela Urresti
One of the many perks that members of our youth orchestras enjoy is rehearsing with Music Director Christopher Warren-Green, who visited the group on February 13, 2017.
Every 4th grade student from Chester County, SC and 5th grade student from Lancaster County, SC attended a Link Up performance of "The Orchestra Moves" at Belk Theater.
A Charlotte Symphony ensemble presented works from Bach to Jimi Hendrix at this first-ever On Tap series concert in partnership with NoDa Brewing Company.
The talented young musicians of our Youth and Junior Youth orchestras joined forces at Halton Theater for their annual fall concert, performing works by Tchaikovsky, Haydn, and Berlioz.
Music Director Christopher Warren-Green stopped in to rehearse a little Berlioz with our talented Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra. Photos by John Graham
Eight members of our talented Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras hit the Knight Theater stage to record a holiday video featuring Carolina Panther (and pianist!) Jonathan Stewart, Sir Purr, a few Top Cats, and the Purrcussion ensemble. What fun this was for Drew Dansby, Gabija Zilinskaite, Andrew DeWeese, Liddy Farley, Daniel Chabeda, Emma Story, Cass Jackson, and Grace Kim!
After enjoying an intimate experience onstage during the orchestra’s rehearsal of Mendelssohn's "Scottish,” these generous sponsors were paired with musicians for a luncheon held in the lobby at Belk Theater. Photos: ©Genesis Photography Group
In celebration of Welcoming Week, Music Director Christopher Warren-Green and the full orchestra played a free concert at Winterfield Elementary School in east Charlotte. The event was in partnership with Community School of the Arts, Communities in Schools, and was part of the Arts & Science Council's Culture Blocks program. Photos by Daniel Coston
On June 4, 2014 CSO musicians Carlos Tarazona and Leonardo Soto performed at Levine Cancer Institute for patients and employees. The concert marked National Cancer Survivors Day and featured works for marimba and violin.
All images ©John Graham