North Carolina’s Charlotte Symphony has announced the expansion of its “Listen Up, Charlotte!” series of community programs. The symphony launched the series a year ago, following unrest in the city after the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. Working in partnership with local organizations A Sign Of The Times of the Carolinas and Levine Museum of the New South, the “Listen Up, Charlotte!” programs aim to build community by employing music and history to tackle issues of discrimination and inequality. The new series of “Listen Up, Charlotte!” will take place on Thursday, September 14 and Saturday, September 16, 2017 on the east and north sides of Charlotte, respectively. These events are a continuation of the partners’ commitment to convene the Charlotte community in dialogue around relevant issues. “We are committed, along with our wonderful partners, to promote listening and understanding of differences through music and dialogue,” says Charlotte Symphony President and CEO Mary A. Deissler. The program will weave personal stories of the African-American experience and historical context provided by Dr. Brenda Tindal, staff historian at Levine Museum, with musical selections from Bach to Bill Withers. Following the first programs, the partners organized a Community Advisory Board aimed at asking the community how the arts and culture sector can better serve Charlotte’s needs. Click here for more.
Posted September 5, 2017