The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Summer Pops will celebrate themes ranging from movie music to America with five concerts at Symphony Park behind SouthPark Mall.
Guest Conductor Albert-George Schram will lead four of the five concerts. CSO Music Director Christopher Warren-Green will conduct the June 16 concert, “A Summer Pops Fantasia.” The evening will feature “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” excerpts from Beethoven’s sixth symphony and “Night on Bald Mountain,” among others.
Opening the series on June 9, Schram will lead “The Thrill of the Orchestra” with “The Barber of Seville” overture, the first movement of Beethoven’s fifth symphony and two movements of Tchaikovsky’s fourth symphony. The movie music concert on June 23 will feature “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Gone with the Wind,” “The Patriot,” “Grease,” “Mission Impossible,” “Star Wars” and some Disney favorites.
Tenor Frank Portone will join the ensemble on June 30 for “That’s Amore,” a program highlighting Italian works from Mancini’s “Pink Panther” to “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot.” On July 3, a patriotic program includes cannons and fireworks.
The Summer Pops free, outdoor community performances are June 7, Stumptown Park, Matthews; June 20, Belle Johnston Park, Pineville; June 21, Energy Explorium, Lake Norman; June 29, Bailey Road Park, Cornelius; July 2, Village Park, Kannapolis. All community concerts begin at 8:15 p.m.
This article is part of the Charlotte Arts Journalism Alliance.
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