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Best Upcoming Classical Music Performances In Charlotte

July 20, 2012 10:21 AM

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Charlotte’s active cultural scene has plenty to offer lovers of classical music with symphony orchestras, choral groups, organists and chamber orchestras providing entertainment every month of the year. Charlotte even has a fine early music group, Carolina Pro Musica, performing music written before 1800 on period instruments. Other sources of classical concerts are the fine and active music departments of UNC-Charlotte, Queens University and Central Piedmont Community College. All offer frequent concerts by students and faculty, as well as performances by visiting musicians. Read on for some highlights of the fall classical season.

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(Blumenthal Performing Arts Center / Credit: Renee Wright)

All Beethoven
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing  Arts Center
130 N Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 972-2000

Dates: September 21 and 22

The Charlotte Symphony’s season opener recreates the program of a private concert, held in March 1807 at the home of music patron Prince Franz Joseph von Lobkowitz in Bavaria. Ludwig van Beethoven introduced three new compositions at the concert: the “Coriolan Overture,” “Piano Concerto No. 4″ and his “Symphony No. 4.” Christopher Warren-Green conducts and Arnaldo Cohen is featured on the piano. The second concert in the Symphony’s Classics Series, titled “Firebird!,” takes place in early October. The orchestra, with Christopher Warren-Green conducting, performs Stravinsky’s classic “Firebird Suite,” Borodin’s “Prince Igor Overture” and Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 5,” featuring violinist Calin Lupanu.

Covenant Presbyterian and Myers Park United Methodist Combined Choirs
Covenant Presbyterian Church
1000 E Morehead St
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 714-9360

Date: August 26

The final performance of the Charlotte Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Summer Series features the combined voices of two of Charlotte’s longest-established church choirs. The soaring voices from Covenant Presbyterian and Myers Park United Methodist will come together in a performance sure to please any listener. See how these talented singers pair with organ music to create an inspiring event.

Related: A Guide To The Charlotte Symphony

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(Knight Theater / Credit: Renee Wright)

KnightSounds I: The Power of Song
Knight Theater
430 S Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 972-2000

Date: September 28

Tickets for this series sponsored by CSO Pulse, the young affiliate group of the Charlotte Symphony, include a reception with light hors d’oeuvres and a drink pairing. The first program of the four-concert series explores song and its influence on orchestral music, connecting the dots between our everyday lives and vocal music from Mozart to Leonard Bernstein and John Lennon. Christopher Warren-Green will be the conductor for this performance.

“Longings of the Heart”
Carolina Pro Musica
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
1510 E 7th St
Charlotte NC 28204
(704) 334-3468

Date: September 15

Celebrating its 35th season in 2012, Carolina Pro Musica provides a one-of-a-kind experience, authentically recreating the music of earlier centuries in compelling programs. Enjoy music from Scotland, Wales and England from such geniuses like Corelli, Handel, Barsanti and Robert Burns. “Longings of the Heart,” its season opener, will repeat on September 17th in the Belmont Abbey Basilica. The season’s second program, “The Composer’s Art,” will focus on the music of Bach, Telemann and Vivaldi and be performed in late October.

Opera Carolina
Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
130 N Tryon St
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 372-1000

Dates: October 11, 13, 18 and 21

Giacomo Puccini’s classic three-act opera, set in 1800 at the Battle of Marengo near Rome, is performed in Italian with English titles on a screen above the stage. See how the orchestra tries to keep up with such an emotional opera, using music to depict the feelings of the actors. James Meena will be conducting the orchestra for this production.

Related: Best Local Charlotte Arts Programs To Support

With 15 years of experience covering restaurants in Charlotte and the Carolinas, and two regional guidebooks under her belt, Renee Wright examines the dining scene with enthusiasm plus a deep knowledge of food trends and outstanding local eating ops. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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