Charlotte Symphony offers free “One Charlotte: A Performance for Peace” concert

Posted on: September 23, 2016

“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,” writes Lawrence Toppman in Thursday’s (9/22) Charlotte Observer (N.C.). “ ‘Symphony on Tap’ was meant to introduce the city to the upcoming CSO season, as it did last year. But recent events inspired the orchestra to exchange it for a [free] 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 … will begin (weather permitting) with Aaron Copland’s ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’ on the plaza outside the Belk [Theater] 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 Dvorák’s ‘New World’ Symphony, later adapted into the song ‘Goin’ Home;’ and the ‘Nimrod’ section of Elgar’s ‘Enigma Variations.’ Hugh McColl [chairman and CEO of Bank of America] will also address the audience.”

Posted September 23, 2016

Pictured: Members of North Carolina’s Charlotte Symphony at a previous performance outside Charlotte’s Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. At Friday’s “Performance for Peace,” Charlotte Symphony musicians will perform Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” in the same location, then continue the concert indoors.