Local Arts

Charlotte Arts ’18-19: Music

Ziad Rabie (left) and Curtis Taylor perform during Jazz at the Bechtler.
Ziad Rabie (left) and Curtis Taylor perform during Jazz at the Bechtler. Courtesy of Andy Goh, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Mark down these dates for the 2018-19 season in classical music, opera, jazz, early music and more.

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. 17: New Century Saxophone Quartet plays Bach, Shaffer, Lago, Riojas, Pollock and folk music from around the world.

Oct. 15: Pianist Thomas Pandolfi performs music by Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Gershwin and his own “Rhapsody on Themes from ‘West Side Story’.”

Nov. 18: Carolina Pro Musica presents music of Purcell, Pepusch, sea chanteys, and folksongs to highlight the life of Blackbeard.

Dec. 8: The Abbey Chorus and Instrumental Ensemble hold a holiday concert, including a new work by American composer Michael John Trotta.

Feb. 10: Charlotte Civic Orchestra teams with Carolina Pro Musica in music by Bach, Telemann and Mozart.

March 4: The Pan Harmonia pairing of flutist Kate Steinbeck and harpist Jacquelyn Bartlett play Handel, Osvaldo LaCerda, Henk Badings, Dana Wilson and more.

April 1: Carolina Pro Musica does an unpublished Hasse cantata for soprano and two flutes, a cantata from the Santini Library, Münster, and rarely heard instrumental works by J.S. Bach.

May 5: Sacred and secular music by the 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.

Sept. 7: A tribute to bop pianist Bud Powell.

Oct. 5: Guitarist Russell Malone.

Nov. 2: “Smokin’ Saxophones.”

Dec. 7: “Jingle Bell Jazz.”

Jan. 4: “Many Shades of Blue.”

Feb. 1: Vocalist Toni Tupponce.

March 1: Drummer T.S. Monk.

April 5: “Miles 1958” – a tribute to Miles Davis 60 years on.

May 3: Vocalist Nicolas Bearde.

June 7: “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; caritasacapella.org.

No concerts had been announced at press time.

Carolina Pro Musica

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

Oct. 13: Music of Purcell, Pepusch, sea chanteys, and folksongs to highlight the life of Blackbeard.

Dec. 15: “Christmas at St. Mary’s.” Annual holiday event with music from medieval and Renaissance times, readings of the season, carols for all to sing. Bob Sweeten returns to tell the Christmas story.

Feb. 2: Bach's Italian Cantata for soprano and flute solo and Telemann's Suite in A minor for recorder and strings.

March 30: Premier performance of a new edition of an unpublished Hasse cantata for soprano and two flutes, a cantata from the Santini Library, Münster, and rarely heard instrumental works by J.S. Bach.

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Carolina Voices Festival Singers Courtesy of Carolina Voices

Carolina Voices

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

Oct. 20: “Cappella Scary: Pitch Dark!” Impromptu’s annual ghoulish experience of a cappella music highlighted by make-up and costumes, with a few scary surprises. Music by Kelly Clarkson, Fall Out Boy, Delta Rae and more.

Nov. 16: “Voiceless Concert Series: Stand Strong.” The Festival Singers and Northwest School of the Arts Chamber Choir collaborate in music with messages of hope, kindness, determination and love. Selections include “The Music of Stillness” by Elaine Hagenberg and Jake Runestad’s “Please Stay.”

Dec. 8-9: “The 64th Annual Singing Christmas Tree: Big Band Bash!” An all-new production of Carolina Voices’ Singing Christmas Tree, accompanied by a big band, Miller Street Dance Academy and special guests. “Singing Christmas Tree for Kids” runs in the afternoon on those days, with Grey Seal Puppets, Carolina Kids Voices, dancers, etc.

May 11: “The Big Sing: Mixtape.” The MainStage Choir covers tracks from The Beach Boys to The Beatles to Sarah Bareilles, Stevie Wonder, Cyndi Lauper, even “The Greatest Showman,” joined by dancers from Northwest School of the Arts.

May 18: “Colors of Song.” The Festival Singers explore the sound of color via music by Eric Whitacre, James Mulholland, Irving Berlin and Jake Runestad.

June 29: “Great Vocal Bands A Cappella!” Impromptu joins guest artists Queen City Groove in harmony-driven songs by Chicago, The Eagles, Boys II Men, Alabama and more.

Charlotte Civic Orchestra

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

Sept. 23: Brahms’ First Symphony, a Cole Porter medley and choral works.

Nov. 25: “Christmas Extravaganza,” with singers, dancers and more.

Feb. 10: Telemann’s Suite in A minor for recorder and strings and Mozart’s Symphony No. 39. Carolina Pro Musica join the orchestra.

April 14: Handel’s “Messiah.”

May 19: “Songs for Our Earth” offers “A Story of Carbon and Some Other Things” by Charlotte composer Dean Kluesner plus works for chorus and orchestra.

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Charlotte Concerts brings in Polish-born pianist Emanuel Ax in October. URS FLUEELER AP file photo

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. 18: Pianist Emanuel Ax plays Bach, Schoenberg, Schumann, Ravel and Chopin.

Dec. 19: Vienna Boys Choir.

Jan. 9: The conductor-free Orpheus Chamber Orchestra joins Spanish pianist Javier Perianes, named 2019 Artist of the Year by the International Classical Music Awards.

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Charlotte Concerts brings in Spanish pianist Javier Perianes. Josep Molina Josep Molina

Feb. 12: Havana Cuba All-Stars play Latin jazz, accompanied by six dancers.

March 20: “ ‘The Pink Panther’ in Concert,” with a 30-member orchestra from the Henry Mancini Institute at the Frost School of Music led by resident conductor Scott Flavin.

April 8: The third annual “Musical Showcase,” a competition for bands, small ensembles, choruses and orchestras from all grade levels of 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. A full season has yet to be announced.

Sept. 14: “Celtic Music and Mythical Tales,” with fiddler Jamie Laval and singer Megan McConnell.

Oct. 12: Pianist Jeff Little and guitarist Wayne Henderson collaborate on Appalachian music.

Nov. 9: Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish perform as the Honey Dewdrops, blending voices and guitars in traditional and original numbers.

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

Professional orchestra produces three winter-spring seasons: Classical, Pops 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. Christopher Warren-Green conducts Classics concerts, except as noted; other series vary. 704-972-2000; charlottesymphony.org.


Sept. 21: Annual gala concert: Joshua Bell playing Brahms’ Violin Concerto, a world premiere by Nkeiru Okoye and Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture.”

Oct. 5-7: An all-Beethoven program: Fifth Symphony, Fourth Piano Concerto (with Garrick Ohlsson) and the overture to “The Ruins of Athens.”

Oct. 19-20: William Walton’s “Crown Imperial,” Hubert Parry’s “I Was Glad” and Handel’s “Water Music,” “Zadok the Priest” and “Royal Fireworks Music.” The Charlotte Symphony Chorus joins the orchestra.

Nov. 2-3: Guest conductor Roberto Abbado leads Luciano Berio’s “Return to Madrid,” Mendelssohn’s Fourth Symphony (“Italian”) and Paganini’s First Violin Concerto (Sergej Krylov, soloist).

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Sergej Krylov will be with the Charlotte Symphony Nov. 2-3. Mary Slepkova

Nov. 30-Dec. 2: Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” and Eric Whitacre’s “Deep Field,” a piece about the Hubble spacecraft’s flight that involves audience participation.

Jan. 25-26: Rachmaninov’s “Symphonic Dances,” Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto (Gabriela Montero, soloist) and John Adams’ “The Chairman Dances.”

Feb. 8-9: Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” Richard Strauss’ “Don Juan” and Rodion Shchedrin’s Concerto No. 1 for Orchestra, “Naughty Limericks.”

Feb. 22-23: Guest conductor Joseph Young leads Michael Daugherty’s “Trail of Tears” (featuring principal flutist Victor Wang) and suites from Copland’s “Billy the Kid” and Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty.”

March 15-16: Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony.

March 29-30: Guest conductor Gemma New leads Brahms’ Third Symphony, Dvorak’s Violin Concerto (Paul Huang, soloist) and Mendelssohn’s “Hebrides Overture.”

April 12-14: Antonio Salieri’s Symphony in D (“Il Giorno Onomastico”) and Mozart’s Requiem, with the Charlotte Symphony Chorus.

April 26-27: Guest conductor Andrey Boreyko leads Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” Rachmaninov’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” (George Li, soloist) and Stravinsky’s “Funeral Song.”

May 17-19: Grieg’s First Suite from “Peer Gynt,” Edgar Meyer’s “New Piece for Orchestra,” Ravel’s Bolero and Tzigane, and Saint-Saens’ “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.” The latter two feature concertmaster Calin Lupanu.


Sept. 28-29: “The Music of Elton John and More with Michael Cavanaugh.”

Oct. 26-26: “Broadway Tonight! ‘Chicago,’ ‘Phantom’ and More.”

Nov. 23-24: “ ‘Home Alone’ in Concert,” with John Williams’ score.

Dec. 14-16 and 21-23: “Magic of Christmas.”

Dec. 28-29: “ ‘E.T.’ in Concert,” with John Williams’ score.

Dec. 31: “New Year’s Eve with the Charlotte Symphony,” featuring music by the Strauss and Gershwin families. The post-concert party offers desserts, champagne and dancing.

Feb. 1-2: The genre-crossing band Pink Martini.

March 22-23: “The Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein.”

LOLLIPOPS (matinees)

Oct. 27: “Halloween Spooktacular,” including favorites from the “Harry Potter” films and “Jaws.”

Dec. 15: “Magic of Christmas.”

Feb. 23: “Classical Kids Live: Beethoven Lives Upstairs.”

March 23: “The Orchestra Games.”

CPCC Music and CPCC Opera

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

March 22 and 24: CPCC Opera Theatre, “Is it Bel Canto or Can Belto?”

Davidson College Concert Series

Each season, the Davidson College Music Department presents more than 50 events, including performances by touring artists – those are listed below – as well as faculty and student soloists and ensembles. Most performances are free. davidson.edu.

Sept. 16: Kurt Riecken joins fellow Charlotte Symphony musicians in Dvorak’s Second String Quintet, Rossini’s Duo for Cello and Bass and Strauss’ “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.”

Sept. 27: “Celtic Adventure” links Celtic fiddler Jamie Laval and classical violinist Rosemary Warren-Green in Laval’s concerto for violin and viola with the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra.

Sept. 28: Stephen Anderson and Dominican Jazz Project play music from the Dominican Republic, such as bachata and merengue.

Oct. 28: Flute4 Quartet, made up of Carolina flutists, plays unfamiliar repertoire.

Nov. 13: Clarinetist-composer Kinan Azmeh, a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, plays Syrian music with the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra.

Jan. 20: The AYA Trio, winners of the 2018 WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition, will perform.

Jan. 25: Jazz drummer Michael Glaser, who plays everything from klezmer to New Orleans music, joins the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble.

Jan. 31: Zoe and Cloyd, the duo formed by John Cloyd Miller and his wife, Natalya Zoe Weinstein, play original folk, old-time, bluegrass and country tunes.

Feb. 10: Percussionist-composer Scott Deal joins pianist William Fried in music for piano, percussion, and electronics (using fixed and interactive media).

Feb. 19: Cedric Mangum and Co. deliver music in the African-American shout band tradition, with Mangum leading massed trombones.

March 10: Pianist Phillip Bush leads Bridge's Phantasy Quartet, Mozart's Piano Quartet in G Minor and Brahms's Piano Quartet in G Minor.

March 17: Jon Singleton, David Gilliland and Jon Hill play Irish tunes on fiddle, clawhammer banjo, accordion, piano, mandolin, and guitar.

March 21: The Whitewater Bluegrass Company, five musicians from western North Carolina, have played together for 35 years.

April 9: Mandolinist Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen play progressive bluegrass mixed with jazz.

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Pat Metheny is also headed to Davidson. Paul Kitagaki Jr. File photo

April 12: Pat Metheny has racked up 20 Grammys in 40-plus years of music-making. The guitarist will join the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble.

April 14: WDAV’s Young Chamber Musicians Competition invites four ensembles, two in high school and two in college, after judging entries from all over America.

May 4: Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter (and self-taught guitarist) Ari Hest offers a concert of globally inspired music.

May 5: “Flame and Fury.” The Pro Arte Orchestra teams up with more than 170 singers in the Davidson College Choirs for the prologue from Boito's opera “Mefistofele” and William Walton's oratorio “Belshazzar's Feast.”

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. 14-15: Clarinetist Janelle Reichman plays a tribute to Benny Goodman.

Little Opera Company

This group, dubbed LOCO because of offbeat takes on classic operas and operettas, may perform anywhere from a brewery to a church. It generally does two shows a year. littleoperacompany.weebly.com.

Nov. 9-10: Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel,” from the fairy tale about children lost in a wood and menaced by a cannibalistic witch.

March 9: “Cendrillon,” a French operetta version of the story of Cinderella – not the better-known opera by Massenet but one with dialogue by the great soprano Pauline Viardot, who turned to composing later in life.

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. 23: Soprano Molly Quinn and Heartland Baroque perform music by 17th-century Venetian composers.

Oct. 21: Chamber Music for All, an ensemble comprised of principals from the Charlotte Symphony, explores music for two violins and harp.

Nov. 18: Iris Piano Trio performs trios by Mozart, Ravel and McKee.

Jan. 20: “Of Time and Space" with the Chamber Singers of the Charlotte Master Chorale, directed by Kenney Potter. The main composition will be Kile Smith's “The Consolation of Apollo,” a musical setting of the radio transmission from the first manned spaceflight to the moon and back to Earth.

Feb. 17: Durham-based Hank, Pattie & the Current play bluegrass and Americana tunes.

March 17: The Baroque Arts Project offers dancer Paige Whitley-Bauguess leading period dance and music in “Characters of the Dance.”

April 28: The Virginia-based classical chamber ensemble Mannheim Rocket play sextets and octets with strings and Classical-era clarinet.

May 19: New Century Saxophone Quartet (from Winston-Salem) plays classical transcriptions, jazz standards and music written for saxophone quartet.

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.

Nov. 10, 15, 18: Gaetano Donizetti’s “La Fille du Regiment” (aka “Daughter of the Regiment”), sung in French.

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Opera Carolina’s first offering of the season will be “La Fille du Regiment,” aka this. Courtesy of Opera Carolina; designed by Kendra Slisz

Jan. 19, 20, 24: Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” sung in French.

Jan. 21: Annual “Art*Poetry*Music” performance, this year celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., done in collaboration with Vox.

May 9, 11, 12: Peter Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” sung in Russian.

Organ at Davidson

Concerts take place at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St., Davidson, and are followed by meet-the-artists receptions. dcpc.org.

Sept. 17: Elizabeth Harrison.

Oct. 15: Nicolas Haigh and soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh.

Nov. 12: Dorothy Papadakos accompanies the 1920 silent film “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

Jan. 14: Katherine Johnson.

Feb. 11: “Alicia Chapman and Friends,” with the organist accompanied on oboe, English horn and piano.

March 11: “Bach Birthday Bash:” Jane Cain, David Brinson, Katie Ann McCarty.

April 8: Mastersingers Choir School at St. Peter’s, led by Elizabeth Lenti.

Providence Chamber Music Series

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

Oct. 28: Britten’s “Temporal Variations” for oboe and piano; Poulenc’s Sonata for Two Clarinets, John Adams’ “Road Music,” short pieces by Vlado Sunko, Peter Ostroushko, Fritz Kreisler.

Dec. 2: “Messiah” singalong. Part I only; bring a score or borrow one at the door.

Jan. 13: Prokofiev’s Quintet in G minor and Borodin’s Second String Quartet.

Feb. 17: Messiaen’s “Quatour pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time)” for clarinet, violin, cello and piano.

March 24: Penderecki’s Prelude for Solo Clarinet in B-flat, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor

May 5: Arthur Honegger’s oratorio “King David,” with the Chancel Choir of Providence United Methodist Church.

May 12: Florence Price’s String Quartet, Leonard Mark Lewis’ Concerto for Viola (in a viola/piano version) and William Grant Still’s Clarinet Quintet.

Singers of Renaissance

This chamber-sized choral group performs short-form classical music – mainly at churches around Charlotte. singers-renaissance.org.

No schedule had been announced at press time.

Director David Tang conducts a Vox rehearsal at St. John’s Baptist Church in this 2015 file photo. JASON E. MICZEK WWW.MICZEKPHOTO.COM


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.

Oct. 20-21: “Rivers of Light: Exploring Music from the Baltics” features pieces by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Veljo Tormis, and Pēteris Vasks.

Dec. 4: Charlotte Lessons and Carols from St. John’s: This 10th-anniversary broadcast includes Daugirdas’ “Silent Night – Reimagined” and MacGimsey's “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” and other music for brass, organ, choir, and audience sing-alongs.

Jan. 21: Annual “Art*Poetry*Music” performance, this year celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., done in collaboration with Opera Carolina.

April 6,7, 13: Arvo Pärt's “Passio,” accompanied on April 6 only by Paul Carr's “Seven Last Words from the Cross.”

June 15: “Pass Me the Jazz 3,” with Dawn Anthony again joining the Rick Bean Trio and Vox.

Youth Orchestras of Charlotte

This organization of young musicians, coached by Charlotte Symphony Orchestra players and conducted by CSO violinist Ernest Pereira, performs both as a full ensemble and in sections. It highlights the talents of students in grades 4 through 12 in the Charlotte area and performs mainly at Halton Theatre. youthorchestrasofcharlotte.org.

Sept. 23: Youth Orchestra of Charlotte at Festival in the Park.

Nov. 20: YOC Family Concert.

March 4: YOC and Flute Choir performance.

April 29: Preparatory Orchestra and Sinfonia Strings.

May 12: YOC and Flute Choir.