New Faces and New Music With Charlotte SymphonyFeb 11, 2022
By Perry Tannenbaum, CVNC --
It was an evening for new faces at Belk Theater and plenty of unfamiliar music as Charlotte Symphony welcomed Sara Davis Buechner as guest soloist for Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto, and Kensho Watanabe appeared for the first time at the podium. Drawing the largest Symphony audience we've seen since the start of the pandemic, Tchaikovsky's ever-popular "Pathétique" Symphony No. 6 was not merely the only familiar piece on the program, it was also the only music by a male composer. Even in the absence of music director Christopher Warren-Green, the audience seemed to delight in the balance of adventurous and beloved fare.