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Charlotte Symphony works unfamiliar holiday ‘Magic’

Dec 6, 2013

 Think of "The Magic of Christmas" as an aural tapas bar. It offers a few sugary things, some nourishing morsels, high-calorie comfort food and items that look weird but go down easily once you get used to them.

Conductor Albert-George Schram, who provided endearingly silly patter between pieces on Thursday, propelled the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Singers of Charlotte through a program that was exotic and familiar in equal parts.

When aerialist Caroline Calouche swathed herself in silk and performed above the stage to "Silent Night," the babe and his manger seemed far away. That was also true of Ulia O'Hara's trapeze solo to a langorous "Angels We Have Heard On High." (Calouche's troupe is everywhere this season, from Carolina Voices' "Singing Christmas Tree" Dec. 14-15 at Ovens Auditorium to a "Nutcracker" adaptation called "Clara's Trip" Dec. 20-21 at Booth Playhouse.)

Full article at: Charlotte Observer