Charlotte Symphony

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and its musicians have reached a new contract agreement. The 5-year deal with the American Federation of Musicians Local 342 gives full-time symphony players an 8 percent salary increase over the five years.   The Symphony says the agreement also gives the organization more flexibility with musicians’ work schedules to bring performances to audiences on holidays and Sundays.  The new contract replaces an agreement that expired at the end of August.
 

David Kejr

When you think of the harp, you probably think of classical music.  Not experimental improvisation.  But that is exactly the approach harpist and Shelby-native Mary Lattimore takes.  She runs her harp through effects and loopers to get a layered sound which can fill a room. Lattimore is performing in Charlotte on Thursday. 

Justin Driscoll

If you visit the Charlotte Symphony this season, chances are you’ll hear something…a little different. The Symphony’s new President and CEO Mary Deissler is encouraging a diversity in the group’s sound and audience. WFAE’s Sarah Delia has more.

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A legendary singer, songwriter, and composer is in town to perform his music from the big screen with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. WFAE’s Sarah Delia chatted with Randy Newman before his visit to Charlotte.


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The band Pink Martini defies labels. The Portland-based group has an eclectic repertoire including standards from the Great American Songbook, original material with that classic feel, and songs from throughout the world, sung in their original languages.

The 12-member ensemble plays with the Charlotte Symphony Friday and Saturday nights in Belk Theater. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen talked with Pink Martini’s lead singer, China Forbes.

Charlotte Symphony

Friday and Saturday the Charlotte Symphony is trying something new. The symphony will perform its KnightSounds Series concert, A Night In New York inside the Knight Theater but also for the public outside. 

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating more than its season-opening concerts this weekend. The Orchestra announced this week it finished the last fiscal year in the black for the first time since 2002. Charlotte Symphony president and CEO Bob Stickler says the Symphony is doing a better job of generating community support after years of relying too much on big donations from institutions like the Arts and Science Council. He spoke to WFAE's Duncan McFadyen.


Former Charlotte Symphony Violinist Denied Green Card

Jul 25, 2014
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The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s reputation is at the center of a violinist’s application for an EB-1 green card. These green cards are awarded to professionals with “extraordinary ability” in a specialized field. Distinguished academics and artists, for example, or top international business executives.

Arts Funding Troubles, part 2: What It Will Take To Survive

Jul 12, 2013
Briana Duggan

Charlotte's arts funding landscape is grim.

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 ASC, are struggling to pay their bills. And that new museum complex Uptown is in the middle of what arts leaders call a "perfect storm."


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The Charlotte Symphony begins its summer outdoor concert series this weekend. 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.

For the last ten years, one man has occupied that chair: Romanian born violinist, Calin Lupanu. WFAE's Briana Duggan met with the concertmaster and discovered that the route to that chair has been a tumultuous one.

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