Charlotte Symphony 2020-21: Beethoven, ballet, plus Frank, Glass, Stravinsky, Tower

Posted on: February 20, 2020

“Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday falls in December 2020…. The Charlotte Symphony programmed six pieces by the birthday boy in 2019-2020 and will play another eight by him—and even one about him—in 2020-21,” writes Lawrence Toppman in Sunday’s (2/16) Charlotte Observer (NC). “Beyond the Ludwigfest … you’ll discover rewarding surprises…. Christopher Warren-Green … the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s music director, will conduct many of the pieces the symphony will play this season to mark Beethoven’s 250th birthday.… Guest conductor David Danzmayr leads Gabriela Lena Frank’s ‘Elegía Andina,’ Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (Calin Ovidiu Lupanu, soloist) and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5…. Guest conductor Karen Kamensek will lead Joan Tower’s ‘Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman,’ Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto for Orchestra and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (Joyce Yang, soloist)…. Guest conductor Peter Oundjian leads Vivian Fung’s ‘Dust Devils,’ Grieg’s Piano Concerto (Drew Petersen, soloist) and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6…. The CSO and Charlotte Ballet will do a joint program, with musicians playing live for the entire ‘Spring Works 50’ concert. The orchestra will play Philip Glass’ ‘Company’ and Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring.’ ” Gerald Barry’s Beethoven for bass voice and ensemble, based on letters from Beethoven, will be paired on a program with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.