The 1,970-seat Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is home to the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra – one of the most prestigious, largest, and most active performing arts organisations in the central Carolinas. In addition to hosting their own events, the symphony is also the regular orchestra for Opera Carolina and North Carolina Dance Theatre.
From 2009, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra has been led by Music Director Christopher Warren-Green, with over 100 professional musicians employed by the organisation. The orchestral programme runs from September through May each season, with a variety of performance genres including Classical, Pops, unusual altsounds, and the family-orientated Lollipops.
There’s something for everyone to enjoy with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra – take a look at the season’s full programme in detail below and book early to get the best seats.
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra:
Yefim Bronfman Plays Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto
09/12/2017 7:30 PM
Conducted by Music Director Christopher Warren-Green, the legendary pianist Yefim Brongman performs Beethoven’s thrilling Emperor Concerto at the exciting opening night. Brongman replaces Lang-Lang, who has sadly had to cancel due to
STRAUSS JR Overture to Die Fledermaus
BIZET Carmen Suite No. 1
STRAUSS JR Emperor Waltzes
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
09/22/2017 – 09/23/2017 7:30 PM
Featuring vocalists Laura Wilde, Sara Couden, Garrett Sorenson, Philip Cutlip and the Charlotte Symphony Chorus, prepare to experience what is widely considered of the world’s greatest classical works in full! Conducted by Christopher Warren-Green.
Charlotte Symphony Pops: Cirque Goes To The Cinema
10/13/2017 – 10/14/2017 7:30 PM
Prepare for something truly unique – a combination circus and orchestral experience! Cirque de la Symphonie brings stunt artists, high-flying acrobats, contortionists and more to the Belk Theatre, to a score conducted by Christopher James Lees!
Bernard Labadie – Mozart and Beethoven
10/27/2017 – 10/28/2017 7:30 PM
Harvard music professor Robert Levin, world-renowned pianist, joins the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for a stunning rendition of favorite pieces by Mozart and Beethoven. Conducted by Hugh Wolff.
MOZART Posthorn Serenade
MOZART Concerto for Piano, No. 23
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1
Beethoven Violin Concerto
11/17/2017 – 11/18/2017 7:30 PM
The Charlotte Symphony orchestra joins forces with Benjamin Beilman for this special concert, marking the 25th anniversary of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Experience Beethoven’s single complete Violin Concerto in stunning live performance.
BEETHOVEN Overture to The Consecration of the House
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4
Albert-George Schram & Mark O-Connor – Magic of Christmas
11/30/2017 – 12/02/2017 7:30 PM
Featuring The O’Connor Band of resident violinist Mark O’Connor in addition to the the Charlotte Symphony Chorus and the Charlotte Children’s Choir, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra brings you the special seasonal event with the Magic Of Christmas.
Aisslinn Nosky – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
01/05/2018 – 01/06/2018 7:30 PM
Aisslinn Nosky, conductor and violinist, leads the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in this celebratory rendition of pieces from Bah to Mendelssohn, finishing with Vivaldi’s glorious The Four Seasons.
BACH, J.S. Violin Concerto No. 1
TELEMANN Suite from Don Quixote
MENDELSSOHN Sinfonia No.1
VIVALDI The Four Seasons
Charlotte Symphony Pops: John Williams Unlimited
01/12/2018 – 01/13/2018 7:30 PM
In this special concert, conductor Christopher James Lees leads the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in this tribute to the works of John Williams, featuring pieces from Harry Potter, E.T, and Indiana Jones!
An American In Paris
02/02/2018 – 02/03/2018 7:30 PM
“An American in Paris,” by George Gershwin is performed by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra alongside the Charlotte Symphony Chorus. also featuring Copland’s Old American Songs and the symphony’s own Mark O’Connor’s Americana Symphony.
GERSHWIN An American in Paris
COPLAND Old American Songs (First Set)
COPLAND Old American Songs (Second Set)
Mark O’Connor Americana Symphony: Variations on Appalachia Waltz
Charlotte Symphony Pops: Jim Curry – John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High
03/02/2018 – 03/03/2018 7:30 PM
Featuring “Annie’s Song” and “Eagle and the Hawk,” Jim Curry pays tribute to the much-loved John Denver with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by Christopher James Lees.
Fleisher Plays Ravel’s Left Hand
03/09/2018 – 03/10/2018
Reputable pianist Leon Fleisher gives a stirring performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, conducted by Christopher Warren-Green with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
SIBELIUS En Saga
RAVEL Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5
West Side Story
03/23/2018 – 03/24/2018 7:30 PM
In celebration of the works of Leonard Bernstein’s, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra present Symphonic Dances from West Side Story in addition to the Symphony No. 1 and Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront. Featuring mezzo soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano,
BERNSTEIN Symphony No. 1, Jeremiah
BERNSTEIN Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront
BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Rite of Spring
04/06/2018 – 04/07/2018 7:30 PM
In this very special production, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra brings you two of Stravinsky’s most beautiful compositions, with the visual dance and choreography of the Charlotte Ballet. Experience both music and dance with the Rite of Spring.
STRAVINSKY Apollon Musagète
STRAVINSKY Rite of Spring
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1
04/27/2018 – 04/28/2018 7:30 PM
Critically acclaimed pianist Kirill Gerstein presents Brahms’ moving Piano Concerto No. 1, together with addition works by Bartok and Ligeti. Conducted by Christopher Warren-Green.
BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1
Charlotte Symphony Pops: Disney’s Fantasia
05/04/2018 – 05/05/2018 7:30 PM
Experience the magic of Disney’s timeless classic on the big screen with live orchestral accompaniment from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra! Conducted by Christopher James Lees, this special concert compiles works from both the 1940 and 2000 motion pictures.