The glittering "Firebird" outside the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art isn't merely the inspiration for the Charlotte Symphony's KnightSounds concert tonight: The sculpture will appear in the concert's finale.
As the orchestra plays excerpts from Igor Stravinsky's "The Firebird," views of the mirrored creation will unfold in a video by George Cochran and John Errington of Central Piedmont Community College's film program. It will be the Charlotte Symphony's fourth music-driven video by Cochran, whose contributions have included a video uniting scenes from the Hollywood classic "On the Waterfront" with a suite from Leonard Bernstein's score.
Tonight's concert is the last installment for the season of the orchestra's KnightSounds series, which is aimed at newcomers to classical music. Ticketholders will receive free admission to the Bechtler Museum before the concert and until 9:30 p.m. afterward. As with all KnightSounds programs, the ticket price includes preconcert appetizers and drinks.
The concert will also include works by Handel, Bizet and others. Along the way, conductor Christopher Warren-Green and Bechtler president John Boyer will talk to the audience about the Russian "Firebird" fairy tale and the works of sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle, subject of a new Bechtler show (story, page 8).