Charlotte Symphony en Arts Funding Troubles, part 2: What It Will Take To Survive <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charlotte's arts funding landscape is grim.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Arts and Science Council was created decades ago to be the primary fundraiser for Charlotte's cultural sector. But it is no longer the money-raising powerhouse it once was. Cultural institutions that rely on the </span>ASC<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, are struggling to pay their bills. And that new museum complex Uptown is in the middle of what arts leaders call a "perfect storm."</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Julie Rose & Briana Duggan 31044 at Arts Funding Troubles, part 2: What It Will Take To Survive From Soviet Romania To Front Stage: Charlotte Symphony's Concertmaster <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Charlotte Symphony begins its summer outdoor concert series this weekend.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And before the conductor steps onto Symphony Park stage, steps the orchestra’s highest ranked member: the concertmaster. He takes the seat to the left of the conductor.</span></p><p>For the last ten years, one man has occupied that chair: Romanian born violinist,&nbsp;Calin Lupanu.&nbsp;WFAE's&nbsp;Briana Duggan met with the concertmaster and discovered that the route to that chair has been a tumultuous one.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:38:20 +0000 Briana Duggan 28873 at From Soviet Romania To Front Stage: Charlotte Symphony's Concertmaster Music And The Holocaust <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What school children learn about history in school can, sometimes, leave something to be desired. And when it comes to the Holocaust it seems there are always new tidbits of information to be learned.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Charlotte Symphony, in partnership with the </span>UNC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture, is taking a unique education program into local schools that explores music and its connection</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to the Holocaust. Certain music and musicians were banned before and during the Holocaust. But some ghettos had full musicals that were put on for the Nazis and many victims used forms of music to keep their spirits up. We’ll explore music and its role in the Holocaust, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 04:00:00 +0000 25922 at Music And The Holocaust Classical Idol And The Pearl Fishers <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Part One: Charlotte Symphony's <em>Classical Idol</em>. </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The concept behind American Idol is not new. We have always been fascinated by that special talent who comes along and inspires us with their vision and craft. But most American Idol winners are everyday folks with a gift. Classical musicians are highly trained, dedicated and persistent artists who often go unnoticed in the communities they serve with their music. Not in Charlotte. Last year </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Classical Idol </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">was hatched. It's&nbsp;a friendly competition to raise funds for the Symphony but it's also a way to raise awareness of these incredibly talented musicians in our midst. With offerings from Celtic fiddle to an elementary school choir, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Classical Idol </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">has music for everyone.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 04:00:00 +0000 24839 at Classical Idol And The Pearl Fishers Symphony Takes Steps To Diversify Audience <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Charlotte Symphony is in the midst of change. For 10 years, the Symphony’s been running a deficit. It is now trying to appeal to a younger and more diverse audience without upsetting its traditional supporters.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>KnightSounds<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> series is part of that effort. It’s a series of informal concerts geared to attracting first-timers to the Symphony. The latest show was called Pop Up Opera it’s an effort that’s still evolving.</span></p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:45:58 +0000 Briana Duggan 21815 at Symphony Takes Steps To Diversify Audience Anonymous Donors Give Charlotte Symphony $2 Million <p>A group of anonymous donors is giving the Charlotte Symphony $2 million. The donors’ contribution could increase if some financial goals are met.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The donation represents about one-quarter of the Symphony’s $9 million budget.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two-thirds of that comes from fundraising, but it’s been 10 years since the Symphony met its fundraising goals, says Robert Stickler. He’s the Symphony’s Interim Executive Director.</span></p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:23:17 +0000 Briana Duggan 21464 at Anonymous Donors Give Charlotte Symphony $2 Million Charlotte Symphony Showcases Young Musicians <p>Charlotte Symphony Music Director Christopher Warren-Green is paying it forward. He credits singing in a church choir as a boy for sparking his interest in music. Now, as a professional conductor, he’s leading an orchestra with an ambitious mission: to become the region’s primary source for music education. Warren-Green has invited more than two dozen elementary through high school students from groups sponsored by the Symphony to join the Orchestra and Oratorio singers on stage at their performances November 16&nbsp;and 17&nbsp;at the Belk Theater.</p><p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:49:07 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 15961 at Charlotte Symphony Showcases Young Musicians Charlotte Symphony Music Director Renews Contract <p>Christopher Warren-Green has renewed his contract as music director of the Charlotte Symphony.&nbsp; The man who conducted during the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last year will be staying on in Charlotte through the summer of 2016.&nbsp; And Warren-Green has some big ambitions.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Marshall Terry 3007 at Charlotte Symphony Music Director Renews Contract