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Charlotte Symphony's first WDAV broadcast is Sept. 24

Launching a revived on-air relationship between the Charlotte Symphony and WDAV-FM (89.9), the first concert of the orchestra's season will be broadcast live from Belk Theater.

The Sept. 24 broadcast will feature the orchestra's first concert under its new music director, Christopher Warren-Green.

"For the start of the Warren-Green era, we wanted to start a new era in the broadcast relationship, too," WDAV general manager Ben Roe told the Observer.

The Davidson classical radio station will broadcast seven Charlotte Symphony concerts this season, Roe said. The remaining six - featuring concerts to be picked later - will be broadcast on a delayed basis on WDAV's weekly "Carolina Live" program.

Warren-Green said in a statement that the broadcasts are "a critical step to the future of this orchestra."

"The Charlotte Symphony belongs to the people of this community, and our presence on WDAV will bring the orchestra to everyone - into their homes, their cars, their offices."

Roe pointed to the benefits that have come from WDAV's broadcasts from the Brevard Music Center, which began last summer.

Festival leaders have said the broadcasts boosted ticket sales, Roe said, and the station has had indications of audience growth in the broadcasts' time slot.

Roe said the Charlotte Symphony broadcasts could generate the same payoff.

"The healthier the Charlotte Symphony is, the healthier WDAV is," Roe said, "and vice versa."

The agreement between the orchestra and WDAV needs the ratification of the orchestra's players, said Frank Portone, chair of the committee that represents the players.

"This agreement represents a long-held desire by the musicians of the Charlotte Symphony to have a regular broadcast presence," Portone said in a statement. "I'm excited that we will have the opportunity to showcase the symphony just as we embark on a new era of artistic excellence under maestro Warren-Green."

The broadcasts will continue through the 2012-13 season, with seven concerts a year going out over the air.

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