Best Upcoming Classical Music Performances In Charlotte

Best Upcoming Classical Music Performances In Charlotte
For lovers of classical music, Charlotte offers many delights, with concerts by accomplished musicians scheduled year-round. Our list includes highlights the 2014-2015 seasons planned by area universities and performing arts centers, but it only scratches the surface of the classical scene. Several local community orchestras offer concerts including the Queen City Community Orchestra, performing a free concert in the Gorelick Theater at Charlotte Country Day School on December 1, 2014, and the Charlotte Civic Orchestra, with concerts scheduled for November, February and June. Charlotte Concerts, the city’s oldest presenter of performing arts which celebrates its 85th season this year, brings top groups from around the world to perform in CPCC’s Halton Theater. Follow the links in our 2012 article “Best Upcoming Classical Music Concerts In Charlotte” to find out about the exciting 2014-2015 seasons planned by Carolina Pro Musica and Opera Carolina.
So Longs The Soul: Carolina Pro Music
Arts at the Abbey
Belmont Abbey Basilica
100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road
Belmont, NC 28012
(704) 461-6813

Date: Feb. 9, 2015

Located just west of Charlotte in the town of Belmont, Belmont Abbey College hosts the annual Arts at the Abbey series, with free performances open to the public. The concerts are held in the magnificent basilica on campus that is over one hundred years old and decorated with colorful windows that won four gold medals at the Colombian Exposition, the famous World’s Fair held in Chicago in 1892. The February 9th Lenten program features Carolina Pro Musica, the region’s foremost orchestra, playing music written before 1800. Works performed will include Belgian composer Hector-Joseph Fiocco’s “Lamentations” seconda for soprano and viola da gamba solo, Bach arias including “Bete, bete” from Cantata 115 and sonatas by Veracini and Marcello. The Belmont Abbey series continues with concerts by the Cecilia Ensemble and the Palmis Trio, as well as performances by the college’s chorus and musical ensembles.

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
Duke Family Performance Hall
Davidson College
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 894-2000

Date: Nov. 11, 2014

The Davidson Symphony Orchestra celebrates the 2014-2015 season with a series of concerts themed On Fire! The November performance, “Ablaze,” features the winners of Davidson’s 2014 Concerto Competition. All of the college symphony’s concerts are free, with donations accepted for local charities. The Davidson College Music Department presents more than 50 events annually, many of them free and open to the public, including frequent faculty recitals and concerts. Ticketed classical concerts this season include performances by the Davidson Trio playing chamber music by Dohnanyi, Mozart and Winthrop University professor Mark Lewis; cellist Deborah Pae and international concert pianist Dana Protopopescu; pianist Phillip Bush; and the Marinus Ensemble, presenting music by Mendelssohn, Piazzolla and Ravel.

Brahms “A German Requiem”
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
130 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 372-1000

Date: Nov. 14-15, 2014

The most important work of Brahms’ career, the seven-part Requiem for orchestra, chorus and soloists established the composer as a major player on the 19th century music scene. Soprano Anna Devin, baritone Russell Braun and the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte join conductor Christopher Warren-Green and the Charlotte Symphony for this presentation, part of the symphony’s Classics Series. The series continues with “Don Quixote” by Strauss, plus concerts featuring the works of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Barber, Copland, Bernstein, Chopin, Dvorak and more. The Charlotte Symphony also offers a Pops Series, the KnightSounds Series at Knight Theater and the Lollipops Series designed to inspire the love of music in children.

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Madison Park String Quartet
Rowe Recital Hall
UNC – Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
(704) 687-1849

Date: Nov. 16, 2014

Part of the UNCC Department of Music Faculty and Friends Concert Series, this performance of the Madison Park String Quartet features classical works for violin, viola and cello. UNCC’s associate professor of cello Mira Frisch leads the group. Kirsten Swanson plays viola with Charlotte Symphony musicians Jenny Topilow and Kari Giles on violin. Other classical performances on the UNC-Charlotte calendar this fall include performances by the university’s Wind Ensemble on December 1, and the University Chorale and Chamber Orchestra performing Mozart’s “Litaniae de venerabili altaris” on December 3, 2014.

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