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Classical Series

The 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.
 

2024-25 Season

This season, your Charlotte Symphony celebrates the past and heralds the future with Kwamé Ryan taking the stage for the first time as our new Music Director! Experience an exciting and eclectic range of concerts with favorites like Debussy's La Mer, Elgar's Enigma Variations, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, and selections from Wagner's The Ring; featuring a diverse lineup of composers and guest artists including performances by clarinetist Anthony McGill and violinist Amaryn Olmeda; and works by Jennifer Higdon, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Louise Farren -- plus works composed and performed by cellist Andrea Casarrubios and double bassist Edgar Meyer! 

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TCHAIKOVSKY'S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1

Oct. 25 & 26 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater

In the season opener, Joana Carneiro highlights each section of the Orchestra in Bartók's beloved Concerto for Orchestra, following Anna Clyne's This Midnight Hour, inspired by poetry from Charles Baudelaire and Juan Ramón Jiménez, and Tchaikovsky's sweeping Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring Pianist Chaeyoung Park. 

Joana Carneiro, conductor 
Chaeyoung Park, piano 

Anna CLYNE This Midnight Hour 
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra 

SHOSTAKOVICH'S SYMPHONY NO. 9

Nov. 8 & 9 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater
Nov. 10 | 3 pm | Knight Theater


"Violin prodigy" (San Francisco Chronicle) Amaryn Olmeda dazzles with Mendelssohn's majestic Violin Concerto in E minor, paired with Coleridge-Taylor's Ballade in A minor and Shostakovich's witty and subversive Symphony No. 9 in a dynamic program led by Anthony Parnther. 

Anthony Parnther, conductor 
Amaryn Olmeda, violin 

COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Ballade in A minor 
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 9
 

BRAHMS' A GERMAN REQUIEM

Nov. 22 & 23 | 7:30 pm | Belk Theater

In his first concert as the Charlotte Symphony's Music Director, Kwamé Ryan leads the combined musical forces of the Charlotte Symphony, Charlotte Master Chorale, and two soloists in a poignant interpretation of Brahms's inspiring and hopeful masterwork, A German Requiem.

Kwamé Ryan, conductor 
Janai Brugger, soprano 
Alexander Birch Elliottbaritone 
Charlotte Master Chorale

Pēteris VASKS Musica Dolorosa 
BRAHMS Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)

HANDEL'S MESSIAH

Dec. 13 & 14 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater
Dec. 15 | 3 pm | Knight Theater


The sacred holiday tradition of Handel's stunning masterpiece returns. Join your CSO, Charlotte Master Chorale, and four soloists for this enduring oratorio filled with passion and exquisite beauty. "Hallelujah!"

Julian Perkins, conductor 
Anna Dennis, soprano 
Diana Moore, mezzo-soprano 
Richard Pittsinger, tenor 
Hadleigh Adams, bass 
Charlotte Master Chorale 

HANDEL Messiah 
 

BACH & MOZART

Jan. 10 & 11, 2025 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater
Jan. 12, 2025 | 3 pm | Knight Theater


"Brilliant pianist" (The New York Times) Orion Weiss bridges the Baroque and Classical eras with Bach's delightful Harpsichord Concerto No. 6 and Stravinsky's Concerto for Piano and Winds in a program culminating with Mozart's electrifying Symphony No. 25.   

Jeri Lynne Johnson, conductor 
Orion Weiss, piano 

BACH Orchestral Suite No. 3
STRAVINSKY Concerto for Piano and Winds 
BACH Harpsichord Concerto No. 6 
MOZART Symphony No. 25 

MENDELSSOHN'S DOUBLE CONCERTO

Jan. 31 & Feb. 1, 2025 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater

Pianist Phillip Bush joins Concertmaster Calin Ovidiu Lupanu to bring new life to Mendelssohn's Romantic masterpiece, the exuberant Double Concerto, led by Akiko Fujimoto.

Akiko Fujimoto, conductor 
Calin Ovidiu Lupanu, violin 
Phillip Bush, piano 

FARRENC Overture No. 2 
MENDELSSOHN Concerto for Violin and Piano 
R. SCHUMANN Symphony No. 1 ("Spring") 
 

ELGAR'S ENIGMA VARIATIONS

Feb. 14 & 15, 2025 | 7:30 pm | Belk Theater

Pianist Olga Kern captivates with her rendition of Robert Schumann's uplifting Piano Concerto, setting the stage for Elgar's evocative Enigma Variations in an evening led by Ruth Reinhardt.  

Ruth Reinhardt, conductor 
Olga Kern, piano 

SUK Fairy Tale 
R. SCHUMANN Piano Concerto 
ELGAR Enigma Variations 

RACHMANINOFF'S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2

March 7 & 8, 2025 | 7:30 pm | Belk Theater

Music Director Kwamé Ryan returns to conduct the U.S. Premiere of Adam Walters's The Downfall of Gaius Verres alongside Respighi's vibrant Roman Festivals. Acclaimed pianist Louis Schwizgebel performs Rachmaninoff's demanding and expressive Piano Concerto No. 2. 

Kwamé Ryan, conductor 
Louis Schwizgebel, piano 

Adam WALTERS The Downfall of Gaius Verres (U.S. Premiere) 
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 
RESPIGHI Roman Festivals 

CHRISTOF PERICK CONDUCTS WAGNER

March 21 & 22, 2025 | 7:30 pm | Belk Theater

Former Music Director Christof Perick returns to lead the Charlotte Symphony in a thrilling evening of Wagner, showcasing highlights from the composer's most beloved operas.  

Christof Perick, conductor 

WAGNER Selections from Lohengrin and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg 
WAGNER/Arr. H. de Vlieger The Ring: An Orchestral Adventure 

MEYER PLAYS DOUBLE BASS

April 4 & 5, 2025 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater

Hailed by The New Yorker as "the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument," Edgar Meyer returns to the Charlotte Symphony to perform two concertos for double bass including one composed by Meyer himself.

Andre Raphel, conductor 
Edgar Meyer, double bass 

Jennifer HIGDON blue cathedral 
Edgar MEYER Double Bass Concerto No. 1 
BOTTESINI / Arr. E. Meyer Concerto for Double Bass No. 2 
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 

DEBUSSY'S LA MER

April 25 & 26, 2025 | 7:30 pm | Belk Theater

Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees leads the CSO in a colorful and impressionistic program culminating in Debussy's cherished symphonic portrait of the sea, La Mer. 

Christopher James Lees, conductor 
Andrea Casarrubios, cello 
Charlotte Master Chorale 

FALLA The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No. 2 
Andrea CASARRUBIOS MIRAGE Concerto for Cello and Orchestra 
STRAVINSKY Symphony of Psalms 
DEBUSSY La Mer 

BERNSTEIN & COPLAND

May 16 & 17, 2025 | 7:30 pm | Knight Theater
May 18, 2025 | 3 pm | Knight Theater


Conductor Laureate Christopher Warren-Green returns to lead the CSO in twentieth-century works, from Bernstein to Rachmaninoff, in the season finale. Acclaimed clarinetist Anthony McGill, hailed for his "trademark brilliance, penetrating sound and rich character" (The New York Times), performs Copland's lyrical and jazz-inspired Clarinet Concerto.

Christopher Warren-Green, conductor 
Anthony McGill, clarinet 

BERNSTEIN Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront
COPLAND Clarinet Concerto
RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances
 
*Artists and programs are subject to change at any time without notice.