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May 19, 2014

Charlotte Concerts unveils varied 2014-15 season

Artists on the jazz and classical spectrum lead up to the “homecoming” of Mandy Patinkin.

Two jazzy nights, two pianists, two old pals with a song-and-comedy shtick and a Mexican chamber orchestra with its feet in two worlds. That’ll be the lineup when Charlotte Concerts returns to Halton Theater for its 2014-15 season.

The city’s oldest presenting arts group, which will celebrate its 85th birthday next year, has a range of subscription tickets on sale now; single tickets go on sale closer to the concerts, if any are left. (Joshua Bell sold out last season.) Here’s the slate, with all concerts at 8 p.m.:

Oct. 10: The youthful Anderson and Roe Piano Duo may play anything from an adaptation of “The Rite of Spring” to Schubert’s songs to a Mozart sonata for two pianos. Sometimes they play at one bench, sometimes at two. Sometimes they caress the keyboards, and sometimes they thunder.

Oct. 24: Brother Wynton gets more ink, but Branford Marsalis is just as versatile. He earned a Tony nomination for his score for the 2010 Broadway revival of “Fences,” won a Grammy as a jazz saxophonist with his quartet and has lately concentrated on crossover between classical and jazz. His concert here with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has been titled “Well Tempered;” expect his takes on Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and other Baroque composers.

Jan. 29: Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México was founded 43 years ago by the late Enrique Batiz and the State Government of Mexico as a way to promote Mexicans’ understanding of classical music and their own culture. Since then, it has proved adept not only at Beethoven and Verdi but at traditional Mexican or Spanish songs. Expect a mixed program.

Feb. 27: The name Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra explains itself: This 18-piece ensemble can dip into jazz history at any point from the early 20th century to the present, giving listeners a crash course in the music some critics consider the greatest American art form. Soloists, duos and trios all step out during the concert to show their versatility.

March 18: “An Evening With Mandy Patinkin and Nathan Gunn” pairs the “Homeland” star with a quasi-operatic tenor and the baritone with Metropolitan Opera experience and a popular approach. You may get songs from musicals known well (“Carousel”) or less well (“The Secret Garden”), Americana, ’70s pop tunes, even a medley of “Singing in the Bathtub” and “Largo al factotum” from “The Barber of Seville.” Gunn’s wife and music director Julie Jordan Gunn and Patinkin’s longtime accompanist, Paul Ford, join them onstage.

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