Classical Music

Arts at the Abbey

Concerts are performed in the Belmont Abbey Basilica on campus, Interstate 85, Exit 26. 704-461-6813; bac.edu.

Sept. 9: Lopez-Tabor duo, violin and piano.

Oct. 6: Carolina Pro Musica, “Music Around Frederick the Great or C.P.E. Bach at 300.”

Nov. 3, John Apple and Karen Hite Jacob, organists.

Dec. 5: Holiday concert.

Feb. 9: Carolina Pro Musica, “So Longs the Soul,” music for Lent.

Feb. 20: Cecilia Ensemble, music from the 16th to 20th century.

March 26: Palmis Trio (clarinet, cello, piano)

May 3: Spring concert.

Bechtler Museum Of Modern Art

The museum at 420 S. Tryon St. presents chamber music concerts. Music and Museum shows are Tuesdays at noon and 6 p.m. or Sunday at 6 p.m. Living Room Concerts are 4 p.m. Sundays in homes. 704-353-9200; bechtler.org.

Sept. 21: Living Room: Violinist Xiang Angelo Yu.

Oct. 7: Music and Museum: Pipa player Wu Man.

Oct. 19: Music and Museum: Music from the British Isles by the Bechtler Ensemble.

Nov. 2: Living Room: Pianist Bruce Murray and violinist Rosemary Furniss in “A Chopin Salon.”

Nov. 4: Music and Museum: Murray and Furniss in “A Chopin Salon.”

Nov. 23: Music and Museum: Bechtler Ensemble plays “A Tribute to the Firebird.”

Dec. 2: Music and Museum: Peter Blanchette in “Apotheosis of the Archguitar.”

Jan. 6: Music and Museum: “The Classical Style: 200th Anniversary of the Handel and Haydn Society” by Handel and Haydn Society Trio.

Jan. 25: Music and Museum: “New Modern: Music Inspired by the Bechtler Collection” by Bechtler Ensemble.

Feb. 1: Living Room: Violinist Calin Lupanu and Company.

Feb. 3: Music and Museum: Violinist Calin Lupanu and Company.

Feb. 15: Music and Museum: “Chamber of Love IV – Serenades and Ballades” by Bechtler Ensemble.

March 3: Music and Museum: “Rondo a la Zingerese” by UNC School of the Arts Chamber Players.

March 22: Living Room: “Rondo a la Zingerese” by by UNC School of the Arts Chamber Players.

April 7: Music and Museum: “Progress, Politics, and Pastimes in the American Parlor” by soprano Maria Jette and pianist Ethan Uslan.

April 19: Music and Museum: “Composing in the Age of Modernism” by the Bechtler Ensemble.

Carolina Pro Musica

Performs early music at churches and other locales. 704-334-3468; carolinapromusica.org.

Sept. 27: “Music Around Frederick the Great or C.P.E. Bach at 300.”

Nov. 6 and 15: “An 18th-Century Potpourri.”

Dec. 20: Christmas at St. Mary’s.

Feb. 7: “So Longs the Soul,” music for Lent.

March 28: “The Heart’s Adoration.”

Carolina Voices

Choral group performs around the region. 704-374-1564; carolinavoices.org.

Oct. 18: “Things That Go Bump in the Night.”

Nov. 15-16: “Voices of Courage,” a patriotic concert.

Dec. 13-14: The Singing Christmas Tree and Singing Christmas Tree for Kids.

Feb. 13: “Love Bites.”

April 26: “Luminosity: At First Light.”

May 15-16: “In the Groove.”

June 26-27: “That’s a Take,” music from films.

Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s

Performances take place at noon (except as noted) at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 115 W. Seventh Street. Free; donations accepted. 704-332-7746; centercityconcerts.org.

Oct. 20: Ethan Uslan, ragtime piano.

Nov. 17: Cellist Tanja Bechtler and guitarist Bob Teixeira.

Dec. 15: A Choral Christmas at St. Peter’s.

Jan. 19: Poet Anthony Abbot and the Davidson College Freeword Poets collaborate with musicians.

Feb. 16: Pianist Alyono Aksyonova, cellist James Waldo and violinist Eun Sun Lee.

March 16: Organist Marilyn Keiser (repeated at 7:30 p.m.).

April 20: Timeline Jazz Quartet.

May 18: Ensemble Vermillian.

Charlotte Children’s Choir

Kids from 8 to 18 make up this ensemble. 704-374-1892; charlottechildrenschoir.org.

Nov. 15: Fall concert.

Dec. 15: Concert at Billy Graham Library.

Feb. 8: United Presbyterian Church concert in Fort Mill.

May 9: Spring concert.

Charlotte Chorale

Chorus performs across the region, often at civic events. 980-297-0391; charlottechoraleinc.org.

Dec. 13: “Christmas Traditions.”

Charlotte Civic Orchestra

This volunteer orchestra of 70 musicians tends to give concerts in churches. 704-344-0098; charlottecivicorchestra.org.

Oct. 5: Music by J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Bill Lorraine (world premiere of “Asheville Suite”).

Charlotte Concerts

The region’s longest-running presenter of national tours imports music and dance to CPCC’s Halton Theater. 704-330-6534. charlotteconcerts.org.

Oct. 10: Anderson and Roe Piano Duo.

Oct. 24: Branford Marsalis and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Jan. 29: Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México.

Feb. 27: The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

April 17: Inon Barnatan and Alisa Weilerstein.

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

Professional orchestra produces four winter-spring seasons: Classics, Pops, KnightSounds and Lollipops, playing in Belk Theater (130 N. Tryon St.) or Knight Theater (430 S. Tryon St.). The orchestra presents performances by the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra and Charlotte Symphony Junior Youth Orchestra (CSYO/CSJYO) at CPCC’s Halton Theater. Christopher Warren-Green conducts Classics concerts, except as noted; other series vary. 704-972-2000; charlottesymphony.org.


Sept. 19-20: Beethoven’s Third Symphony (“Eroica”), Dvorak’s Cello Concerto (Gary Hoffman soloist).

Oct. 10-11: Schubert’s Fourth Symphony, Jiping’s Pipa Concerto (Wu Man soloist, Mei-Ann Chen conductor).

Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Strauss’ “Ein Heldenleben,” Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto (Abdel Rahman El Bacha soloist).

Nov. 14-15: Brahms’ German Requiem (with Oratorio Singers of Charlotte).

Jan. 16-17: Strauss’ “Don Quixote,” Liszt’s “Les Preludes” (Julian Schwartz cello soloist, Gerard Schwartz conductor).

Feb. 20-21: Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto, Strauss’ “Le Bougeois Gentilhomme” (Lukas Vondracek soloist).

March 13-14: Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony (Pekka Kuusisto soloist)

March 27-28: Barber’s Violin Concerto and Adagio for Strings, Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” and Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” (Calin Lupanu soloist, Oratorio Singers of Charlotte).

April 24-25: Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony, Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto (Yulianna Avdeeva soloist).

May 8-10: Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony (“New World”), Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto (Natasha Paremski soloist).


Sept. 27: Ben Folds plays his piano concerto.

Nov. 7-8: “A John Denver Celebration.”

Nov. 21-22: “Cirque Musica.”

Dec. 4-7: “Magic of Christmas.”

Jan. 9-10: “Classic Soul,” with Darius de Haas and Capathia Jenkins.

Feb. 13-14: “A Symphonic Valentine.”

March 7: Mary Chapin Carpenter.

March 21: “The Music of Led Zeppelin.”

May 1-2: Pink Martini.


Oct. 24: “Bachtoberfest II: Bach and Beer.”

Feb. 6: “So You Think You Can Waltz?”

April 17-18: “A Night in New York,” including klezmer music.

May 15: “Musical Fireworks: Handel and the Royals.”


Nov. 8: “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” with Grey Seal Puppets.

Feb. 14: “Beethoven Lives Upstairs.”

May 16: Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.”

Youth orchestras

Nov. 25: Joint concert.

March 2: CSYO concert.

April 29: Youth Festival concert (Belk Theater).

May 11: CSJYO concert.

May 17: CSYO concert.

Special event

March 24: Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway, flutists.

Choir School at

St. Peter’s

The young singers perform three major concerts at their home church at 115 W. Seventh St. but also sing in other churches. 704-749-6146; st-peters.org.

Oct. 10: Cabaret Night – Music from Around the World.

Dec. 12-13: Christmas Concert.

May 8-9: Spring Concert.

Music at St. Alban’s

Concerts are given first at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson, then usually repeated at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 115 E. Seventh St., Charlotte. 704-941-0650; musicatstalbansdavidson.org.

Sept. 21: BachFest with Agave Baroque.

Oct. 19: Old-time pianist Ethan Uslan.

Nov. 16: Bechtler-Teixeira Duo, cello and guitar.

Jan. 18: “A Celebration of Human Rights through Music & Poetry.”

Feb. 15: The A.W. Duo and Eun Sun Lee in “A Mendelssohn Salon.”

March 15: “Celebrating Grace” Young Artists Showcase.

April 19: Timeline, a jazz quintet with vocals.

May 17: Ensemble Vermillian plays chamber music by Biber and Buxtehude.

Opera Carolina

Performances take place at Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., except as noted. 704-372-1000; operacarolina.org.

Sept. 13: Art•Poetry•Music Benefit Concert, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St.

Oct. 18, 23, 26: “Nabucco” by Giuseppe Verdi.

Jan. 24 and 29, Feb. 1: “Turandot” by Giacomo Puccini.

April 11, 16, 19: “Lucia di Lammermoor” by Gaetano Donizetti.

Providence Chamber Music Series

Professional musicians have come together to make chamber music for more than 30 years. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road. 704-366-7442; providenceumc.org.

Sept. 28: Music by Clarke (her Viola Sonata), Jensen, Ambrosius, Shapiro.

Nov. 9: Debussy’s Music for Flute, Viola and Harp and Schumann’s Piano Quartet.

Dec. 7: Poulenc’s “Gloria” and Russell Bennett’s “The Merry Moods of Christmas.”

Jan. 11: Music by Suk, Nakada, Poulenc (his Flute Sonata).

Feb. 8: Music by Robbins, Prokofiev (his Sonata for Two Violins) and Goossens.

March 8: Music by Louis, Dubois, Kogan (his Klezmer Dances for Clarinet, Strings, Percussion, and Tuba).

April 12: Music by Goodrich, Parks and Poulenc (his Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet).

May 17: Chilcott’s “Little Jazz Mass” and Landes’ “Images,” done by a jazz combo and the PUMC Chancel Choir.


Colleges all have student and faculty performances but sometimes bring in groups. Here are highlights. Queens University of Charlotte: queens.edu; UNC Charlotte: 704-687-1849; arts.uncc.edu.

Davidson College Concert Series

The college brings in musicians from the region and around the country. 704-894-2000; davidson.edu.

Oct. 5: Pianist Blair McMillen.

Nov. 9: Davidson Trio.

Feb. 1: Cellist Deborah Pae and pianist Dana Protopopescu.

March 29: Smokey’s Farmland Band.

April 19: Marinus Ensemble, a trio playing Mendelssohn, Piazzola and Ravel.

May 3: Pianist Phillip Bush and guests.


Oct. 24: The Bechtler Ensemble (Dana Auditorium).


Aug. 26: Pianists Dylan Savage and Dan Knight (Rowe Recital Hall).

Sept. 11: Stories and Music from the Violins of Hope, with James Grymes discussing and reading from his book “Violins of Hope” (Belk Theatre, Robinson Hall).

Nov. 1: Fresh Ink New Music Concert. (UNCC Center City)

Nov. 16: Madison Park String Quartet (Rowe Recital Hall).