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Classical music season in Charlotte is brimming with promise – and variety

The A.W. Duo will join soprano Ariadne Greif twice.
The A.W. Duo will join soprano Ariadne Greif twice. Courtesy of Center City Concerts

Arts at the Abbey

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

Sept. 14: Carla Copeland-Burns, flute; Inara Zandmane, piano; Michael Burns, bassoon.

Oct. 5: Carolina Pro Musica and baroque violinist John Pruett.

Nov. 2: U.S. Scottish Fiddle Champion Jamie Laval, classical guitarist Amy Brucksch.

Dec. 4: Abbey Chorus, instrumental ensemble and voice students.

Feb. 1: Evolution of piano styles, classical to modern, with Mark Valenti on piano.

Feb. 21: UNC Charlotte Chorale in “Innovations Italian Style – Music of the 17th Century.”

March 14: Carolina Pro Musica in “Music in the Isles,” with a salute to Ireland.

May 1: Abbey Chorus, instrumental ensemble and voice students.

Bechtler Museum Of Modern Art

The museum at 420 S. Tryon St. presents chamber music concerts. 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. 19: Living Room: Amit Peled, cello; and Stefan Petrov, piano.

Oct. 7: Museum: Madison Vest, violin; Zlatomir Fung, cello; and Carlos Avila, piano.

Oct. 19: Museum: “Quartet of Trios: 1st movements” by the Bechtler Ensemble.

Nov. 1: Living Room: “The Art of the Archguitar” by Peter Blanchette.

Nov. 4: Museum: “The Art of the Archguitar” by Blanchette.

Nov. 15: Museum: Bechtler Ensemble plays Schubert and Schumann.

Dec. 8: Museum: “Celebrating the Season” with the Skylark Ensemble.

Jan. 5: Museum: Bruce Murray, Chloé Kiffer and Jon Lewis play Schumann’s music for piano and strings.

Feb. 9: Museum: Michael Collins, clarinet; Rosemary Furniss, viola; and Phillip Bush, piano.

Feb. 14: Museum: Bechtler Ensemble plays film music by Ennio Morricone, Tan Dun and Nino Rota.

March 6: Living Room: Antonio Lysy plays Bach suites for solo cello.

March 8: Museum: Lysy plays Bach suites.

April 5: Museum: Andrea Mumm, harp; Rosemary Furniss, viola; and members of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

April 17: Museum: Bechtler Ensemble plays George Enescu, Frédéric Chopin and Antonin Dvořák.

Carolina Pro Musica

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

Oct. 3: “Captivated by Love and Dancing,” music by Handel and Telemann.

Nov. 14: “Changing the World – Queen Christina in Rome.”

Dec. 12: Christmas at St. Mary’s.

Feb. 20: “Innovations Italian Style,” music by Monteverdi, Carissimi and others.

March 5: “Music in the Isles,” with a salute to Ireland.

Carolina Voices

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

Oct. 23-24: “To Die For,” featuring Impromptu.

Nov. 14: “Voiceless,” featuring Festival Singers in “Beatitude Mass: For the Homeless” by Henry Mollicone.

Dec. 12-13: The Singing Christmas Tree and Singing Christmas Tree for Kids.

Feb. 13: “Sealed With a Kiss,” featuring Impromptu and Friends.

May 14: “Cue The Music! Songs of Stage and Screen.”

May 22: “Elements: Earth, Water, Air and Fire.”

June 17-18: “Extreme A Cappella: “Guilty Pleasures,” with audience participation.

Center City Concerts at St. Peter’s

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

Sept. 21: Organist Elizabeth Lenti.

Oct. 19: Bechtler Ensemble Piano Trio.

Nov. 16: Lois Deloatch Jazz Ensemble.

Jan. 18: Benedict College Gospel Choir.

Feb. 15: Chamber music with the A.W. Duo and soprano Ariadne Greif.

March 21: Lake Norman Choral Artists with the N.C. Baroque Orchestra.

May 16: N.C. Brass Band Quintet.

Charlotte Chorale

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

Dec. 5: “A Storybook Christmas.”

Charlotte Civic Orchestra

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

Oct. 11: Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Fifth Symphony, Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. Nathan Meltzer, violin.

Nov. 29: “Christmas Spectacular.”

Feb. 21: “Magic Moments in Opera,” with Virginia Gutierrez.

June 5: Mendelssohn’s music for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, and a new piece by Dean Kluesner in conjunction with poets of SlamCharlotte.

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. 9: Turtle Island Jazz Quartet, with pianist Cyrus Chestnut.

Jan. 31: Chanticleer.

Feb. 26: Jazz singer Diane Schuur.

April 15: The American Chamber Players.

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 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 (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. 25-26: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Piano Concerto No. 1 (Behzod Abduraimov), Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella” Suite.

Oct. 8-10: Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 (Lukas Vondracek, piano; John Parker, trumpet), Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, Copland’s “Applachian Spring.”

Nov. 6-7: Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.

Nov. 19-21: Faure’s Requiem, Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite.”

Jan. 8-9: Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No. 1 (Cecily Parnas), Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1, Ravel’s “Valses nobles et sentimentales” (Han-Na Chang, conductor).

Feb. 5-6: Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto (Michael Collins), Larsson’s “A Winter’s Tale,” selections from Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” ballet.

Feb. 19-20: Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Second Rhapsody (William Wolfram, piano), Copland’s “Our Town” and “Rodeo” (Andrew Grams conducting).

March 17-19: Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 3, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 (Calin Lupanu).

April 29-30: Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 2, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (Angelo Xiang Yu).

May 12-14: Orff’s “Carmina Burana.”


Sept. 18-19: The CSO accompanies a screening of “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Oct. 2-3: “A Frank Sinatra Tribute,” featuring Steve Lippia.

Oct. 30: “Super Diamond –The Neil Diamond Experience.”

Nov. 13-14: “A Salute to America’s Heroes,” with the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club.

Dec. 3-6: “Magic of Christmas.”

Jan. 15: Randy Newman.

Feb. 12-13: “A Symphonic Valentine,” featuring Eva Noblezada.

March 12: Boyz II Men.

April 1-2: “Bond and Beyond,” with vocalist Hilary Kole.

May 7: Bernadette Peters.


Oct. 23: “Bachtoberfest III: Bach and Beer.”

Jan. 29: “¡Sinfonica!”

April 15: “The Jazz Room at the Symphony.”

May 20-21: “Romeo and Juliet,” featuring artists from Opera Carolina and Charlotte Ballet.


Oct. 3: “Meet the Orchestra,” with Grey Seal Puppets.

Feb. 13: “It’s a Small World,” with vocals by Eva Noblezada.

April 2: “For the Love of Nature,” with puppeteer Victor Yerrid.


Nov. 24: Joint concert.

March 10: Joint concert (Belk Theater).

March 21: CSYO concert.

May 2: CSJYO concert.

May 15: CSYO concert.

June 5: CSYO concert.

Music at St. Alban’s

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

Sept. 13: BachFest with soprano Margaret Carpenter and mezzo-soprano Tamsin Simmel.

Oct. 18: Bechtler Ensemble Piano Trio.

Nov. 15: Lois Deloatch Jazz Ensemble.

Jan. 17: Benedict College Gospel Choir.

Feb. 14: The A.W. Duo and soprano Ariadne Greif.

March 20: Lake Norman Choral Artists.

April 17: Young Artists Showcase.

May 15: N.C. Brass Band Quintet.

Opera Carolina

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

Oct. 3: Art • Poetry • Music Benefit Concert, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St.

Oct. 17, 22, 25: “Fidelio” by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Jan. 24, 28, 30: “Romeo et Juliette” by Charles Gounod.

April 10, 14, 16: “I Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo and “Aleko” by Sergei Rachmaninov.

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.

Oct. 11: Music by Bax, Armistead-Jones, Ewazen.

Nov. 8: Brahms’ Violin Sonata No. 3 and String Quartet No. 2.

Dec. 6: Sing-along with Handel’s “Messiah.”

Jan. 10: Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors.”

Feb. 7: Music by Rozsa, Shinohara, Parks, Leclair, Wieniawski.

March 13: Music by Varese, Jensen, Calace, Bartok.

May 1: Janacek’s “Mládí” and Brahms’ String Quartet No. 1.

Singers of Renaissance

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

Oct. 24: “Oktoberfest,” St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.

Dec. 19: “Christmas in the City,” St. John’s Baptist Church.

May 7: “Of Hearts and Flowers,” Christ Lutheran Church.