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Charlotte Symphony cancels ‘Symphony on Tap,’ adds ‘Performance for Peace’

The Charlotte Symphony’s “Performance for Peace” will begin Friday with Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man.”
The Charlotte Symphony’s “Performance for Peace” will begin Friday with Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man.” Courtesy of Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

What began as a party has become a prayer for peace: The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra has cancelled its “Symphony on Tap” show tonight and will instead produce “One Charlotte: A Performance for Peace” Friday at noon at Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.

“Symphony on Tap” was meant to introduce the city to the upcoming CSO seasons, as it did last year. But recent events inspired the orchestra to exchange it for a reflective lunchtime concert at Blumenthal Performing Arts.

Said music director Christopher Warren-Green, “We have a moral imperative to provide an opportunity for reflection and community. Music cares beyond pain.”

This concert, which is presented by Wells Fargo, will begin (weather permitting) with Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” on the plaza outside the Belk at 11:30 a.m.

It will then move indoors for Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” narrated by Pastor Clifford Jones of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church; “Lift Every Voice and Sing;” “Simple Gifts;” the largo from Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony, later adapted into the song “Goin’ Home;” and the “Nimrod” section of Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.” Hugh McColl will also address the audience.

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