Classical SeriesThe Charlotte Symphony shows off its incredible range and versatility as it welcomes a variety of guest conductors and artists with perspectives from around the world. Jump to the 23-24 Season below.
RACHMANINOFF SYMPHONY NO. 2April 28 & 29 | 7:30 pm | Belk Theater
"Interpretive" (Gramophone) guest conductor Lan Shui leads Rachmaninoff's exultant Symphony No. 2 and Mendelssohn's dazzling Piano Concerto No. 1.
DVOŘÁK SYMPHONY NO. 8May 19 & 20 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater
A departure from his previous work, Dvořák's cheerful Symphony No. 8 evokes wonderment. Led by "attentive" (The Florida Times-Union) guest conductor Kazem Abdullah, this program also includes works by Mozart and Stravinsky.
2023-24 SeasonThis season, the Charlotte Symphony is honoring the past, present, and future with an exciting and eclectic range of concerts. Experience audience favorites like Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Beethoven's "Eroica," and Holst's The Planets; plus a diverse lineup of composers and guest artists -- including works by William Grant Still, Florence Price, and Jennifer Higdon.
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ANNUAL GALA CONCERT:
Sept. 20 | 7 pm | Belk Theater
Oct. 6 & 7 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater
Oct. 8 | 3 pm | Knight Theater
Experience the power and grandeur of Beethoven's monumental "Eroica" Symphony. This epic work culminates in a glorious finale that celebrates the heroic spirit. One of the most beloved works of its kind, The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto will transport you to ancient China with the tragic love story of star-crossed lovers.
Melissa White, violin
Valerie COLEMAN Umoja
CHEN Gang/HE Zhanhao The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica")
CHOPIN'S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2Oct. 20 & 21 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater
Oct. 22 | 3 pm | Knight Theater
"Brilliant pianist" (The New York Times) Orli Shaham performs Chopin's lyrical and poetic Piano Concerto No. 2 in a program culminating in the bluesy "Afro-American" Symphony by William Grant Still.
Orli Shaham, piano
MAYER Faust Overture
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 2
DVOŘÁK The Noonday Witch
STILL Symphony No. 1 ("Afro-American")
Nov. 17 & 18 | 7:30 pm | Belk Theater
The CSO and Charlotte Master Chorale join forces for a performance of Verdi's thrilling Requiem. This musical tour de force is full of contrasts from the sublime lyricism of the opening movement to the sheer terror of the work's infamous "Dies Irae."
Charlotte Master Chorale
VERDI Messa da Requiem
Dec. 1 & 2 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater
Dec. 3 | 3 pm | Knight Theater
Handel's stunning masterpiece is back by popular demand. Join your CSO, Charlotte Master Chorale, and four soloists for this enduring oratorio filled with passion and exquisite beauty. "Hallelujah!"
Charlotte Master Chorale
JENNIFER KOH PLAYS MAZZOLI
Jan. 19 & 20, 2024 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater
Commissioned for violinist Jennifer Koh as part of her New American Concerto project, Mazzoli's Procession casts the soloist as soothsayer, sorcerer, healer, and pied piper while leading the orchestra through interconnected healing spells.
Jennifer Koh, violin
Jennifer HIGDON Cold Mountain Suite (Charlotte Symphony Co-Commission)
Missy MAZZOLI Violin Concerto, Procession
BARBER Second Essay for Orchestra
COPLAND Billy the Kid Suite
RACHMANINOFF'S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3
Feb. 2 & 3, 2024 | 7:30 pm | Belk Theater
Acclaimed young American pianist Drew Petersen performs Rachmaninoff's demanding and electrifying Piano Concerto No. 3.
Drew Petersen, piano
Bela BARTÓK Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin
John ADAMS Dr. Atomic Symphony
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3
Feb. 16 & 17, 2024 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater
Feb. 18, 2024 | 3 pm | Knight Theater
Mozart's brilliant Symphony No. 41, nicknamed "Jupiter," anchors a program with Wieniawski's richly melodic Concerto for Violin No. 2, performed by Concertmaster Calin Ovidiu Lupano.
Calin Ovidiu Lupanu, violin
KODÁLY Dances of Galánta
WIENIAWSKI Concerto for Violin No. 2
MOZART Symphony No. 41 ("Jupiter")
GERSHWIN'S RHAPSODY IN BLUE
March 1 & 2, 2024 | 7:30 pm | Belk Theater
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Gershwin's jazz-infused Rhapsody in Blue with your CSO and acclaimed pianist Michelle Cann alongside the composer's energetic An American in Paris. Cann will also perform Florence Price's spirited Piano Concerto in One Movement -- a work she has championed.
Michelle Cann, piano
GERSHWIN An American in Paris
PRICE Piano Concerto in One Movement
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
RAVEL Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2
WAGNER & STRAUSS
March 22 & 23, 2024 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater
Strauss's powerful Death and Transfiguration explores the ultimate mystery of what lies beyond. Principal Trumpet Alex Wilborn takes the stage to perform Böhme's virtuosic Trumpet Concerto.
Alex Wilborn, trumpet
WAGNER Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
BÖHME Trumpet Concerto
PERRY A Short Piece for Orchestra
STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration
TCHAIKOVSKY & BRAHMSApril 5 & 6, 2024 | 7:30 pm | Belk Theater
Acclaimed for his stellar stage presence and joyous musicianship, cellist Sterling Elliott joins the CSO to perform Tchaikovsky's charming Variations on a Rococo Theme alongside Brahms's monumental First Symphony.
Sterling Elliott, cello
WANG Jie Symphonic Overture "America, the Beautiful"
TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS' A SEA SYMPHONYApril 26 & 27, 2024 | 7:30 pm | Belk Theater
Chorus, orchestra, and soloists sing of ships, captains, wind, and waves with music so vivid you can almost taste the salt air in Vaughan Williams's large-scale A Sea Symphony, conducted by CSO Conductor Laureate Christopher Warren-Green.
Christopher Warren-Green, conductor
Charlotte Master Chorale
BRITTEN Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
G. WILLIAMS Sea Sketches
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 1, A Sea Symphony
HOLST'S THE PLANETSMay 17 & 18, 2024 | 7:30 pm | Belk Theater
Journey into the heavens with a program inspired by space including Holst's mesmerizing celestial showpiece, The Planets; Caroline Shaw's The Observatory; and CSO cellist Jeremy Lamb's A Ride on 'Oumuamua, inspired by the first known interstellar object to travel our solar system.
Jeremy LAMB A Ride on 'Oumuamua
Caroline SHAW The Observatory
HOLST The Planets
*Artists and programs are subject to change at any time without notice.