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Ben Folds, Chinese Concerto Accent Symphony Season

Sep 15, 2014

The symphony orchestra is a European creation that, arguably, reached its pinnacle in the 19thcentury; so it stands to reason that the Charlotte Symphony's "bread and butter," as Director of Artistic Planning Tanya Davis Sparks calls it, is music by 19th-century European composers. Of the orchestra's 10 Classics Series concerts, nine are devoted to European music, and most of those works were composed in the 1800s.

The 2014-15 season opens this weekend with one of the greatest works ever composed for orchestra, Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony. Beethoven and his Austro-German compatriots Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, and Richard Strauss are well represented in the orchestra's 83rd season, with such beloved works as Mozart's Magic Flute Overture and Schubert's "Tragic" Symphony (Oct. 10 and 11), Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto (Oct. 31 and Nov.  1), Brahms's monumental German Requiem (Nov. 14 and 15), and Strauss's poignantDon Quixote (Jan. 16 and 17).

Full Article at Charlotte Viewpoint