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For new symphony season, a change in tune

Mar 25, 2023

Lawrence Toppman, The Charlotte Ledger -- 

I'll let a great composer of the mid-20th century sum up the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's 2023-24 season: "Roll over Beethoven, and tell Tchaikovsky the news."

Chuck Berry may not be featured in these concerts, though you can never tell what crossover violinist Regina Carter might play, and Beethoven and Tchaikovsky are still on the roster.

But for the first time in memory, members of the Great Classical Canon will be less important than the startling array of Black, female and living composers who'll populate the programs, not only in the Classical Series but the Pops Series and even the Family Series aimed at kids.

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