Charlotte Symphony’s “Symphony on Tap”: let the beer and Bach jokes commence

Posted on: October 28, 2016

“The next time you see Christopher James Lees, he may have a beer in his hand. You will almost certainly have a beer in your hand, because Bach and a bock go together,” writes Lawrence Toppman in Wednesday’s (10/26) Charlotte Observer (N.C.). “That’s the thinking behind ‘Symphony on Tap,’ the new mini-season announced by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Lees, the CSO’s new assistant conductor, will lead three shows at NoDa Brewing Co., which will create libations for each occasion. The opening concert … offers Hellesbock, a pale bock dubbed ‘Neighborhood Bach Party.’ … The series kicks off Nov. 29 with an arrangement of the Capriccio from Bach’s Partita No. 2 in C Minor. It goes on to the allegro from Mozart’s Divertimento K. 136, the ‘Hoedown’ from Copland’s Rodeo, a string quartet arrangement of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Purple Haze,’ Turtle Island Quartet’s ‘Skylife,’ Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, a piece by Lee Kesselman titled ‘o lente lente currite noctis equi,’ the Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’ and Gloria Estefan’s ‘Turn the Beat Around.’ The symphony will give similar parties … Jan. 31 and April 25 … with musicians hanging around afterward to meet you. The $10 ticket price includes … a beer.”

Posted October 28, 2016