The Charlotte Symphony is less than a month from kicking off its annual Summer Pops. In case your appetite for music under the stars depends on what you’ll hear, here’s a look at what’s in store at SouthPark and the other locations.
Amid the traditional mixture of light classics, Broadway favorites and Hollywood fare, a few items stand out.
In the opening concert, Dmitri Shostakovich’s arrangement of “Tea for Two” will show that even Shostakovich could have fun when he wasn’t brooding about life under Soviet rule. In the second program, Aaron Copland’s “Outdoor Overture” will let everyone get acquainted with some Copland beyond the beloved “Appalachian Spring.”
In a salute to France, the finale of Berlioz’s “Fantastic Symphony” will let the orchestra go a little wild. And in a less manic mode, three members of the orchestra – flutist Amy Orsinger Whitehead, clarinetist Eugene Kavadlo and concertmaster Calin Lupanu – will take turns in the spotlight during the month.
Here are the five programs, listed by the dates the orchestra plays them at Symphony Park in SouthPark:
At SouthPark, admission is $10 for adults, free for children under age 18. Admission is free at the other locations, thanks to sponsorships. Details: 704-972-2000; www.charlottesymphony.org.