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The woman who's turning the Charlotte Symphony upside down

Sep 28, 2016

For the last three years, as the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra struggled to keep its annual budget in the black, it motored along at a speed that wouldn't jostle any passengers.
Now Mary Deissler's at the wheel, putting pedal to metal and asking, "Did you know this thing could go 90 mph?"

The first concert during her tenure, an all-Tchaikovsky program, opens the Classical series Sept. 30.
In less than four months as the group's president and CEO, she has begun or revamped 10 significant programs. The new world of the CSO has room for bluegrass, beer, bucket bands and Brahms sometimes straight, sometimes mashed up with Radiohead. It's all part of her insistence that "we have an obligation to give back to the community every day."

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