Local Arts

Arts season 2017-18: Music

Charlotte Concerts will host the New York Philharmonic String Quartet in October.
Charlotte Concerts will host the New York Philharmonic String Quartet in October. Chris Lee

What’s coming up in the 2017-18 season? Check out the lineup. Find where you’re going on our interactive map. You can check the rest of the calendar by discipline, too: dance; theater; and visual arts.


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Arts at the Abbey

Free concerts are performed in the Belmont Abbey Basilica, 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Rd., Belmont Abbey College campus. bac.edu.

Sept. 10: Carolina Pro Musica and singers Carl DuPont and Rebecca Miller Saunders perform J.S. Bach and Telemann.

Sept. 25: The violin-piano duo of Alfonso Lopez and Michele Tabor do a mixed program, including his own work.

Oct. 16: David Thompson plays Southern piano music from the Civil War.

Nov. 13: Queen City Ringers, a community handbell ensemble.

Dec. 9: Abbey Chorus and Instrumental Ensemble Holiday Concert.

Feb. 12: Carolina Pro Musica plays European sacred music from the 1600s and 1700s.

March 1: Clarinetist Allan Ware and pianist Jane Hawkins play French duets.

April 9: “Flutes4: Music for Flute Quartet.”

April 29: Annual Spring Concert with soloists, Abbey Chorus and Instrumental Ensemble.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

The museum at 420 S. Tryon St. presents jazz by Ziad Jazz Quartet and imported soloists. 704-353-9200; bechtler.org.

Oct. 6: “Kind of Blue.”

Nov. 4: Vocalist Nnenna Freelon.

Dec. 1: “Jingle Bell Jazz.”

Jan. 5: “Post-Holiday Blues.”

March 2: Harmonica player Frédéric Yonnet.

April 6: “Horace Silver: Song for My Father.”

May 4: “McCoy Tyner’s Atlantis.”

June 1: “Latin Jazz.”

Caritas Acapella Ensemble

Nonprofit chorus sings exclusively a cappella music. Part of the proceeds go to local charities; the rest helps pay concert costs. 980-272-8556; facebook.com.

Sept. 17: “For the Beauty of the Earth: Songs About Nature.” 3 p.m., Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Davidson; 7 p.m. Sharon Presbyterian Church, Charlotte.

Carolina Pro Musica

Performs early music at churches and other locales in and near Mecklenburg County. 704-334-3468. carolinapromusica.org.

Sept. 9: “The Path to Faith.” Singers Carl DuPont and Rebecca Miller Saunders perform J.S. Bach (including Cantata 152) and Telemann.

Oct. 28: “From Rote to Note,” featuring music from monasteries, churches, and courts in the time of Charlemagne to the 14th century.

Dec. 16: “Christmas at St. Mary’s.”

Feb. 10: “Divinely Inspired,” sacred music by Monteverdi, Arrigoni, Castello, Lotti, Handel, Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann. (Also Feb. 11 at St. Ann Catholic Church and Feb. 12 at Belmont Abbey Basilica.)

April 14: “Celebrating 40” offers baroque violinist John Pruett and favorite music by Buxtehude, Bach, Handel and Hasse.

Carolina Voices

This choral group performs around the region in different sizes and configurations. 704-374-1564; carolinavoices.org.

Oct. 27-28: “Monsters and Monstrosities,” a Halloween concert featuring the chamber group Impromptu.

Nov. 5: “The Voiceless Concert Series: Reflections,” featuring the Festival Singers and Charlotte Gay Men’s Chorus.

Dec. 9-10: The MainStage Choir does the 63rd Annual Singing Christmas Tree and Singing Christmas Tree for Kids.

April 29: “Celestial Sounds,” featuring the Festival Singers.

May 12: “The Big Sing Animated!” offers the MainStage Choir in music from animated films and TV shows.

June 22-23 “Creative A Cappella” presents Impromptu in well-known songs that have been reimagined.

Charlotte Civic Orchestra

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

Sept. 24: Free performance of Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony, plus three works for chorus and orchestra.

Nov. 26: “Christmas Extravaganza,” with more than 300 performers altogether.

Feb. 11: Saint-Saens’ Third Symphony, Elgar’s “In the South.”

Spring 2018: TBA concert at Gardner-Webb University.

May 20: Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” and Khachaturian’s Adagio from “Spartacus.”

Charlotte Concerts

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

Oct. 5: New York Philharmonic String Quartet, four first-chair players from the NYP.

Oct. 20: Violinist Gil Shaham and pianist Akira Eguchi.

Jan. 18: The Five Browns, a piano quintet made entirely of siblings.

Feb. 15: The Gershwin Big Band, led by jazz vocalist Michael Andrew.

March 1: South Korean pianist Yekwon Sunwoo, winner of the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

April 23: The second annual “Musical Showcase,” a competition for bands, choruses and orchestras from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Charlotte Folk Society

Old-time, bluegrass, contemporary folk, storytelling, gospel, Native American, Celtic and black string band are just some of the styles played by local and regional performers; shows at Great Aunt Stella Center unless otherwise noted; folksociety.org.

Oct. 13: Wyatt Rice Trio, bluegrass.

Nov. 10: The Trailblazers, bluegrass.

Jan. 12: Annual Young Talent Showcase.

Feb. 9: Andrew Finn Magill, Celtic fiddler/composer.

March 9: Harpeth Rising, chamber music meets folk.

April 13: Si Kahn and Joe Jencks, folk.

May 11: CFS Members Showcase.

June 8: Joe Newberry and April Verch.

The Charlotte Folk Society brings in Celtic fiddler/composer Andrew Finn Magill in February. ANNA COLLITON ANNA COLLITON/Courtesy of the artist

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

Professional orchestra produces four winter-spring seasons: Classical, Pops, altsounds and Lollipops, playing in Belk Theater (130 N. Tryon St.) or Knight Theater (430 S. Tryon St.). The orchestra also sponsors an outdoor Summer Pops season, plays concerts in parks and at civic events, and presents performances by the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra and Charlotte Symphony Junior Youth Orchestra at CPCC’s Halton Theater. The Charlotte Symphony Chorus accompanies some shows, while its Chamber Singers perform their own programs. Christopher Warren-Green conducts Classics concerts, except as noted; other series vary. 704-972-2000; charlottesymphony.org.


Sept. 12: Gala fund-raiser with pianist Yefim Bronfman playing Beethoven’s Fifth Concerto. Also up: Bizet’s first suite from “Carmen” and short works by Johann Strauss Jr.

Sept. 22-24: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Oct. 6-7: Guest conductor Marcelo Lehninger leads Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” (Pablo Sainz Villegas, soloist), Gabriela Frank’s “Three Latin American Dances” and four dances from Alberto Ginastera’s ballet “Estancia.”

Oct. 27-28: Pianist Robert Levin and guest conductor Bernard Labadie offer Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and the chaconne from Mozart’s ballet music from “Idomeneo.”

Nov. 17-18: Benjamin Beilman plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Also on the bill: Beethoven’s overture to “The Consecration of the House” and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.

Jan. 5-6: Soloist-conductor Aisslinn Nosky will double up in Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 1, Telemann’s “Don Quixote” Suite, Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 1 and Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”

Jan. 19-20: Mozart’s overture to “The Magic Flute” and “Exsultate, jubilate” get paired with Haydn’s Symphonies No. 65 and No. 45 (“Farewell”).

Feb. 2-3: The Charlotte Symphony Chorus does Copland’s 10 “Old American Songs.” Also up: composer-in-residence Mark O’Connor’s “Americana” Symphony and Gershwin’s “An American in Paris.”

March 9-10: Leon Fleisher plays Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand; the CSO will do Sibelius’ “En Saga” and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5.

March 23-24: Leonard Bernstein’s suites from “West Side Story” and “On the Waterfront” join his Symphony No. 1, “Jeremiah.”

In March, the Charlotte Symphony will honor Leonard Bernstein, who would have turned 100 in 2018. Coddington MCT/Ron Coddington

April 6-7: Stravinsky’s ballets “Apollon Musagete” and “Rite of Spring” pair the CSO with dancers from Charlotte Ballet and students from four Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

April 27-28: György Ligeti’s “Melodien,” Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, and pianist Kirill Gerstein in Brahms’ Concerto No. 1.

May 11-12: One movement from Mark Petering’s tuba concerto (Aubrey Foard, soloist) goes with Mozart’s Symphonies 25 and 41 (“Jupiter”) and Violin Concerto No. 4 (Calin Ovidiu Lupanu, soloist).


Oct. 13-14: “Cirque Goes to the Cinema.”

Nov. 30-Dec. 3: “Magic of Christmas,” with the Charlotte Symphony Chorus, Charlotte Symphony Children’s Chorus, and Mark O’Connor and the O’Connor Band.

Jan. 12-13: “Music of John Williams.”

Jan. 26-27: “Dancing Queen: The Music of ABBA.”

March 2-3: “Rocky Mountain High: John Denver.”

May 4-5: “Disney’s Fantasia.”


Sept. 30: “The Musical World of Harry Potter.”

Dec. 2: “Magic of Christmas,” featuring Mark O’Connor.

Jan. 27: “Stone Soup.”

May 5: “Disney’s Fantasia.”


Nov. 10: “Concerto for Steel Pan and Orchestra,” with Columbia native Andy Akiho playing the solo in his own concerto.

Feb. 16: “Beatbox Plus” features flute-cello-doublebass ensemble Project Trio. They’ll play Adam Schoenberg’s concerto “Scatter,” among other things.

April 20: “Mr. Tambourine Man: Poems of Bob Dylan.” Conductor Christopher James Lees and his wife, soprano Lindsay Kesselman, perform John Corigliano’s settings of Dylan’s lyrics to new music. School of Rock Charlotte will take part.


Nov. 9: This Chamber Singers concert features works for chorus and organ, from Parry’s “I Was Glad” to Ives’ Psalm 90.

Dec. 15-16: Handel’s “Messiah.”

Feb. 11 and May 31: The Chamber Singers’ winter and spring concerts have not been set.

CPCC Connor Chamber Music Series

This collaboration between the Charlotte Symphony and CPCC offers reduced-scale concerts in intimate Tate Hall, near the corner of Kings Drive and Elizabeth Avenue. 704-330-6534; tix.cpcc.edu.

Oct. 15: Telgar, Shostakovich and Britten.

March 11: Mozart and Wagner.

CPCC Music

April 14-15: Britten’s “War Requiem.” Two orchestras, mixed chorus, boys’ chorus and three soloists juxtapose Latin Requiem mass texts and poetry of Wilfred Owen, in a partnership with regional institutions. (Part of the Sensoria Festival.)

CPCC Opera

Productions take place in Halton Theatre, near the corner of Kings Drive and Elizabeth Avenue. 704-330-6534; tix.cpcc.edu.

Nov. 17-19: Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.”

April 6-8: Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love.”

Jazz Arts Initiative

Though this group mainly teaches young musicians, it presents concerts – many as tributes to the greats of jazz history – in the intimate Stage Door Theater, Fifth and College Streets. (These often sell out quickly.) A full schedule will be announced later in the season. thejazzartsorg.

Sept. 15-16: “Melissa Morgan Sings Billie Holiday.”

Music at St. Alban’s

Matinee concerts are given at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. 704-941-0650; musicatstalbansdavidson.org.

Sept. 24: Robin Bullock plays Bach’s suites for solo cello on his mandolin.

Oct. 22: Scott Allen Jarrett leads the new Bach Akademie of Charlotte in J.S. Bach’s Cantatas 80 and 140. The concert repeats that night at Myers Park Presbyterian Church.

Nov. 19: New River Ensemble plays music for clarinet, piano, and cello.

Jan. 21: Wingate University Singers perform classical and traditional music and spirituals.

Feb. 25: Duo Amabile, violinist Matvey Lapin and pianist Katja Lapin, perform Schubert, Franck, Ravel and Part.

March 18: Asheville-based Melodica and keyboard ensemble One Road Over specializes in transcriptions of classical, folk, and traditional music.

April 15: Bodega Bay Baroque plays chamber music, including a Paris quartet by Telemann and Marais’ “Sonnerie de St. Genevieve.”

May 20: Cello Forum, a cello quartet from the N.C. Symphony, does classical and contemporary transcriptions for cello ensemble.

Opera Carolina

The company, which imports soloists and uses the Charlotte Symphony in the pit, performs mostly at Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., and occasionally in other theaters or churches. 704-372-1000; operacarolina.org.

Oct. 21: Annual “Art Poetry Music” concert.

Nov. 4 and 9: David DiChiera’s “Cyrano.”

Jan. 15: Collaboration with Vox in “A Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.”

Feb. 11, 15, 17: Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto.”

April 15, 18 and 21: W.A. Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.”

May 18-20 and 24: Douglas Tappin’s R&B opera “I Dream,” about Martin Luther King Jr.

Providence Chamber Music Series

These professional musicians have come together to make chamber music for more than 30 years. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road. 704-336- 7442 or 704-333-9536; providenceumc.org.

Oct. 1: Charlotte Mandolin Quintet is featured in a program running from Eubie Blake to Elliott Carter.

Nov. 5: Poulenc’s Oboe Sonata and Arensky’s Piano Trio No.1.

Dec. 3: The Youth Choir and Chancel Choir of Providence United Methodist Church will be featured in Gloria settings by Vivaldi and Rutter.

Jan. 28: Villa-Lobos’ “The Jet Whistle” for flute and piano and Beethoven’s Septet for strings and winds.

March 4: Michael Fiday’s “9 Haiku” for flute and piano and Tchaikovsky’s string sextet “Souvenir de Florence.”

May 6: Alexander Zemlinsky’s String Quartet No. 2.

Singers of Renaissance

This chamber-sized choral group performs short-form classical music – mainly at churches around Charlotte, though you can find it as far afield as Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston. singers-renaissance.org.

Oct. 29: Fall concert, Holy Comforter Episcopal Church. Other concerts will be announced later.


This semi-professional choir is the chorus of Firebird Arts Alliance. David Tang conducts anything from Bach to jazz, and instrumentation ranges from organ to full orchestra. voxfirebird.org.

Sept. 30-Oct. 1: “The Art of Hymns,” a collaboration with Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble.

Dec. 5: WDAV’s Lessons and Carols (live broadcast).

Jan. 15: Collaboration with Opera Carolina in “A Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.”

March 17: Poulenc’s Stabat Mater and Verdi’s Quattro Pezzi Sacri.

April 29: Johannes Brahms’ German Requiem with Christina Pier and Jason McKinney.

June 9: “Pass Me the Jazz 2,” with Dawn Anthony and the Rick Bean Trio.