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Charlotte Symphony's mobile stage meets people on their own turf May 20, 2024

Elvis Menayese, WFAE -- The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performs regularly outside of uptown in parks and breweries, and now it has a new venue with wheels. The symphony is hitting the road with [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony’s MERGE A New, Energizing Classical Party May 14, 2024

Lawrence Toppman, WDAV -- I'm told certain parts of Mecklenburg County saw the Aurora Borealis last weekend, due to freak solar flares. But you might have found an equally compelling light show [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Launches Innovative MERGE Series at Blackbox Theater May 9, 2024

Ryan Pitkin, QC Nerve -- Building on efforts to increase accessibility and reach more listeners where they are, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra this weekend will partner with Blackbox Theater to [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Roadshow Takes Music to the Masses May 1, 2024

Lawrence Toppman, WDAV -- Administrators and conductors like to remind concertgoers to enjoy "your Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (CSO)." But what does "your" really mean?The mostly white, [..] Read More

A gritty venue, electronic dance music, immersive art... and the Charlotte Symphony? May 1, 2024

Liz Rothaus Bertrand, The Charlotte Observer -- The Charlotte Symphony has a groundbreaking project in the works that takes the nearly century-old organization somewhere it's never gone before -- [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra goes mobile with new stage Apr 28, 2024

Savannah Rudicel, Queen City News -- The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra played its first performance on its new mobile stage on Sunday.Musicians aim to bring their art out of Uptown and into various [..] Read More

When Rosalia Met the CSO Roadshow Apr 24, 2024

Charlotte is Creative, The Biscuit -- Neighborhoods across Mecklenburg County, get ready the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is coming for you right where you live.Last week, the CSO and City [..] Read More

Mobile stage unveiled for Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's free concerts Apr 18, 2024

Gwendolyn Glenn, WFAE -- Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and city officials on Thursday unveiled a mobile stage that will be used to bring free concerts to Charlotte's underserved communities. [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra takes show on the road across the Queen City Apr 18, 2024 News Staff and Evan Donovan --The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra is taking its show on the road.The CSO is using a 40-foot mobile stage to set up mobile performances in streets, parks, and [..] Read More

Mobile stage created for Charlotte Symphony concert series Apr 18, 2024

Doug Coats, Queen City News -- The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will have a mobile stage for their new concert series.There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for the CSO Roadshow mobile stage, [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performing free concerts with mobile stage Apr 18, 2024

Emma Korynta, WCNC Charlotte -- The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is hitting the road in an effort to bring the community together. The orchestra is taking a mobile stage through the city's [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra launches community-focused mobile stage for free concerts Apr 18, 2024

Madeline Holly-Carothers, QCity Metro -- On Thursday, April 18, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra held a ribbon-cutting Thursday afternoon for a new community-focused mobile stage.The 40-foot stage [..] Read More

Ryan Delivers Tasty Meat-and-Potatoes Concert with Charlotte Symphony Apr 8, 2024

Lawrence Toppman, WDAV -- Kwamé Ryan and fans of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (CSO) both got a taste of the future last weekend at Belk Theater.Concertgoers who may have missed his two audition [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony's New Maestro, Kwamé Ryan, Thrills a Packed House Apr 7, 2024

Perry Tannenbaum, CVNC -- The audience at Belk Theater didn't rise and sing the National Anthem as we do at the start of every new Charlotte Symphony season, but the occasion -- Tchaikovsky & [..] Read More

New conductor Kwamé Ryan takes the baton at Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Apr 5, 2024


Here & Now host Scott Tong speaks with conductor Kwamé Ryan about the musical choices he's making this weekend in his debut concert as music director designate of the Charlotte [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Director Apr 5, 2024

Adam Wurtzel, WCCB Charlotte -- Adam Wurtzel went to the Belk Theater to meet the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's new Music Director, and their President & CEO who has some exciting news.It was [..] Read More

'I love this orchestra' | Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's new music director ready to harmonize with first concerts Apr 4, 2024

Nick Sturdivant, WCNC -- Passion is the conductor of the beautiful sound inside the Belk Theater on Thursday. And it's Kwame Ryan's passion for music that's led him to his newest endeavor."My [..] Read More

Raise the baton: Inside a pivotal week for new Charlotte Symphony conductor Kwamé Ryan Apr 4, 2024

Amy Carleton, The Charlotte Observer -- This is a big weekend for Kwamé Ryan, on top of an already big week. The weekend, the conductor leads The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for the first time as [..] Read More

For orchestra conductor, there’s magic in the baton Apr 3, 2024

Herbert L. White, The Charlotte Post -- Music made Kwamé Ryan a global citizen.Ryan, who makes his debut as Charlotte Symphony's music director this weekend with a pair of concerts, was born in [..] Read More

How the Charlotte Symphony quietly raised $41 million to help ensure a stable future Apr 3, 2024

Adam Bell, The Charlotte Observer -- In a surprise announcement, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra said it is solidifying its financial future with an ambitious $50 million fundraising campaign to [..] Read More

Musical visions Mar 28, 2024

Vanessa Infanzon, SouthPark Magazine -- At just 6 years old, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's next music director Kwamé Ryan knew what he wanted to do when he grew up. At a performance of Porgy and [..] Read More

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra hits the road Mar 28, 2024

Sharon Smith, SouthPark Magazine -- There's a saying, "Let the music move you." In this case, the Charlotte Symphony is moving the music -- going mobile -- so more people can experience it, free [..] Read More

A Musical Journey: Unearthing Oskar Böhme and Julia Perry’s Brilliance at the Charlotte Symphony Mar 25, 2024

Lawrence Toppman, WDAV -- Wilborn embraced the difficulties with gusto. He's not a flamboyant player, but his oral and digital dexterity served the tricky writing well. My notes during the third [..] Read More

Falletta and Wilborn Dazzle at Knight Theater as CSO Bookends Unfamiliar Composers with German Brand Names Mar 24, 2024

Perry Tannenbaum, CVNC -- Charlotte Symphony's latest concert pairing, Wagner + Strauss, is logical and cohesive enough, but with the two Germans represented by the "Liebestod" (love-death) from [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony’s Christopher James Lees Prepares Another Concert in Film For The Force Awakens Mar 6, 2024

Ryan Pitkin, QC Nerve -- Anyone who's attended one of the dozen-plus films-in-concert events that Charlotte Symphony has put on in recent years as part of its Movie Series can tell you that there [..] Read More

Fullana’s Fire, Harada’s Charm Light Up Knight Theater Feb 19, 2024

Lawrence Toppman, WDAV -- How does the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra find these whizbangs?Almost all the youngish music director candidates of the last two years impressed me, and the trend has [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s first Black music director brings experience and ‘magic’ Feb 8, 2024

Deneige Broom, WSOC -- Kwame Ryan conducts music with vigor, conviction, and a bit of Caribbean flair. To him, music is more than the scores of notes. "I just find it so magical and transporting, [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony Gets the Blues Jan 22, 2024

Lawrence Toppman, WDAV -- Patrons arrived with lips turned blue by the sudden savagery of a January wind. Soloist Jennifer Koh stood on the Knight Theater podium, her bright blue hair shining like [..] Read More

Charlotte Symphony's All-American Concert Heralds New Faces and New Voices to Herald the New Year Jan 19, 2024

Perry Tannenbaum, CVNC -- Just a little more than a year after Kwamé Ryan guest directed an all-American program at Belk Theater featuring violinist Bella Hristova, Charlotte Symphony (after naming [..] Read More