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Charlotte Symphony’s Albert-George Schram leads two lives

Jun 6, 2014

Albert-George Schram bounces onstage with unshakeable confidence, a champion boxer entering the ring. He clasps his arms over his head in the traditional gesture of victory while acknowledging the cheers of the crowd. Yet this white-haired, jovial old gent comes to give lollipops and bonbons to audiences who can't get enough of them.

And though he's famous for showing up in December his Magic of Christmas concert has become a Charlotte Symphony Orchestra perennial he dispenses joy year-round. He'll lead the CSO's opening Summer Pops concert Sunday in Symphony Park.

"His exuberance is fabulous," said Nancy McGahey, a fan from Huntersville. "He puts his whole self into it, even jumping into the air a little bit as he conducts. He has great rapport; when he invites you to sing along at the Christmas shows, you really want to sing. Every time I see him, I think, 'I want to be a conductor!' "

Full Article at Charlotte Observer