Charlotte Symphony music director Christopher Warren-Green will share a bit of his job with his audience in his second season: He'll let the orchestra's subscribers help pick which Mozart symphony they want to hear.
The orchestra's 2011-12 Classics series will include a Russian program featuring Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition"; a Spanish-themed program harking back to a recent, sold-out Knight Sounds concert; a Bach and Beethoven bill capped by Beethoven's ever-popular Fifth Symphony; and an all-Mozart program including his Symphony No. 40 - or the Symphony No. 41.
While those two symphonies are only one digit apart, they practically represent different Mozarts. The 40th is dark-hued and turbulent. The 41st, the so-called "Jupiter," is one of Mozart's most jubilant works. The referendum between them fits in with Warren-Green's goal of drawing Charlotte's music lovers closer to the orchestra.
"I think they'll feel more involved - that we're listening to them and trying to take their opinions into consideration," Warren-Green says.
Warren-Green will return some emphasis to music that was less prominent under his predecessor, Christof Perick. There will be two Russian programs: the mixed bill with "Pictures" and an all-Tchaikovsky program. Russia's Sergei Rachmaninoff will share a January program with music by an earlier pianist-composer, Franz Liszt. Spanish music, also absent under Perick, will come back in a program aimed at building on the success of the Knight Sounds concert of Latin American music.
Not only did the Latin American program sell every ticket, it brought in new listeners. "What I hope to do is appeal to the Hispanic community," Warren-Green says.
But with Mozart, for instance, Warren-Green sees himself as following Perick's lead. Perick used works from the 18th and early 19th centuries to polish the orchestra's playing, and Warren-Green intends to keep it up.
"That will be terribly helpful for the training of the orchestra," Warren-Green says, "as well as being fabulous music."
The season's guest performers will include conductor Grant Llewellyn, the Welsh-born music director of the N.C. Symphony. Warren-Green says he hopes the Charlotte Symphony and the state's other orchestras can find ways to collaborate.
"The symphony community is not just an orchestra - it's an entire community," Warren-Green says. "It should spread its tentacles statewide and be involved with other cities, and then further - nationally and internationally.
"But let's not run before we can walk."
2011-12 Charlotte Symphony season
Classics concerts are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. Subscription packages are $160-$720 for all 10 programs, $133-$539 for seven. Single tickets go on sale in August. Schedules for the orchestra's other series will be announced later. Details: 704-972-2000; www.charlottesymphony.org.
Nov. 16, 17: Christopher Warren-Green conducting, with piano soloist Martina Filjak. Shostakovich's Festive Overture; Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1; Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition."
Sept 30, Oct. 1: Warren-Green conducting, with violin soloist Calin Lupanu. Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol"; Sarasate's "Gypsy Airs" and "Carmen Fantasy"; excerpts from DeFalla's "Three-Cornered Hat"; Ravel's "Bolero."
Nov. 11, 12: Warren-Green conducting, with Oratorio Singers of Charlotte. Mozart's Symphony No. 40 or 41 (to be picked by subscribers) and "Requiem."
Nov. 18, 19: Warren-Green conducting. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4; Beethoven's "Egmont" Overture and Symphony No. 5.
Jan. 13, 14: Grant Llewellyn conducting, with pianist Joyce Yang. Liszt's "Mazeppa" and "Mephisto Waltz No. 2"; Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" and "Symphonic Dances."
Feb. 3,4: Warren-Green conducting, with violinist Chad Hoopes. Richard Strauss' "Don Juan"; Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto; Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 4.
Feb. 17, 18: Michael Stern conducting. Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3; other works to be announced.
March 30, 31: Warren-Green conducting, with cellist Joshua Roman. Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme," Symphony No. 4 and selections from "Swan Lake."
April 27, 28: Warren-Green conducting, with soprano Klara Ek. J.S. Bach's Orchestra Suite No. 1; Mahler's Symphony No. 4.
May 11, 12: Warren-Green conducting, with Oratorio Singers. Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis."