Charlotte Symphony

Two Wells Fargo Center 301 South Tryon Street, Suite 1700
Charlotte, NC 28282

(704) 972-2003


The mission of the Charlotte Symphony is to perform great symphonic music.

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The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra believes that orchestral music nurtures the human spirit and is integral to the preservation and development of our American culture. It is our mission to perform a broad range of this music, including appropriate genres of American traditional and popular music, at the highest possible professional standards consistent with fiscal responsibility. The Charlotte Symphony will be a highly respected, financially sound, and valued arts organization whose performances will enrich, inspire, entertain, educate, and develop large and diverse audiences of all ages. About the Charlotte Symphony Founded in 1932 by Spanish conductor and composer Guillermo S. de Roxlo, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has grown into one of the premier musical institutions in the Southeast, giving some 100 performances each season and reaching an annual attendance of more than 200,000 listeners. Now in its 79th season, the Orchestra is led by the acclaimed German conductor Christof Perick, whose appointment as Music Director in 2001 garnered national attention. In May of 2009, the Symphony named Christopher Warren-Green Music Director Designate. Mr. Warren-Green will succeed Mr. Perick in the fall of 2010. The Charlotte Symphony is the largest and most active professional performing arts organization in the central Carolinas, employing some 100 professional musicians, 62 on full-time contracts. The Orchestra’s principal home is the acoustically acclaimed 1,970-seat Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. The Symphony’s Classics series concerts encompass a broad spectrum of symphonic masterworks from the 18th century through the current day. Throughout its history the CSO has collaborated with the world’s leading soloists, including Andrés Segovia, Alicia de Larrocha, Luciano Pavarotti, Isaac Stern, André Watts, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, and Yo-Yo Ma, among many others. Committed to performing works by American composers and to expanding the orchestral repertoire through commissioning, the Charlotte Symphony has given the world premiere of more than 30 compositions. The Symphony released its first compact disc in 2007, a collection of orchestral masterworks by Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler, and Mozart, conducted by Christof Perick. Led by Conductor Albert-George Schram, the Charlotte Symphony explores American popular music through the Pops series. Over the years these entertaining concerts have featured quintessential orchestral favorites and performances with leading artists such as Johnny Mathis, Ella Fitzgerald, Bernadette Peters, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, and James Taylor. The popular Lollipops family series introduces young listeners to orchestral music through one-hour, story-based concerts. The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra is committed to a long-range plan of educational service and community engagement. A cornerstone of the cultural community, the Symphony collaborates with other cultural institutions through its extensive Community Partnership Program and serves as the resident orchestra for Opera Carolina and North Carolina Dance Theatre. Dedicated to mentoring the region’s best young musicians, the CSO sponsors two Youth Orchestras, serving children from 4th through 12th grades. In-school programming brings music education to hundreds of local school children, while the Symphony’s “On Campus” project provides multi-media orchestral concerts and hands-on arts learning to the area’s colleges. Each year, small ensembles of Charlotte Symphony musicians perform “Healing Hands” outreach services in hospitals, retirement centers, and nursing homes, bringing the power and joy of live music to those who would otherwise not hear it. The Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, founded in 1952, is the acclaimed volunteer chorus of the Charlotte Symphony and includes the 130-voice main chorus and the 50-voice Chamber Singers. Oratorio Director Scott Allen Jarrett and the choruses perform with the Orchestra several times each season, including the annual “Messiah” in December. To meet economic challenges, the Charlotte Symphony launched a vigorous funding campaign in the summer of 2009. As the Symphony continues to build its donor base and broaden its contributed income streams, it has initiated a specialized campaign to secure “bridge” funding for the next six years. This “bridge” funding provides additional operating support to the Symphony, allowing it to maintain balanced budgets as it achieves financial sustainability. The not-for-profit Symphony organization is governed by a 47-member volunteer Board of Directors and operates on an $7.8 million annual budget providing artistic excellence, community service, music education, and a wide variety of performances. It is supported by ticket sales, performance fees, generous individuals, the Symphony Guild of Charlotte, Inc., corporate sponsors, foundation grants, the North Carolina Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by a basic operating grant from the Arts & Science Council-Charlotte/Mecklenburg.

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