Charlotte Symphony promotes city unity in concert at ballpark

Posted on: October 9, 2020

“In an event aimed at bringing the city together ‘through the power of music,’ the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra announced it will hold an hour-long concert at Truist Field in uptown this month,” writes Joe Marusak in Thursday’s (10/8) Charlotte Observer (NC). “ ‘A Concert for Charlotte,’ set for 7 p.m. Oct. 24, is meant to celebrate the Queen City, symphony music director Christopher Warren-Green said Thursday in announcing the event. The concert will feature Opera Carolina singer Jennifer Wiggins as well as [composer] Nkeiru Okoye’s ‘Charlotte Mecklenburg,’ a piece the symphony commissioned for Charlotte’s 250th anniversary. Works by Barber, Beethoven, Gluck, Jessie Montgomery, Rossini and John Williams are also on the bill. And there will be fireworks at the end of the event…. Charlotte-based singer [Jennifer Wiggins] said she hopes the piece [she will sing] will ‘allow people to find closure from any heartbreak they might be experiencing and help them realize it’s OK to mourn the ones you’ve loved and lost.’… The symphony and the Knights [baseball team] have worked with Atrium Health on COVID-19 safety procedures, including crowd-size limits and reduced seating capacity for proper social distancing. Ticket buyers must wear masks and follow other government health guidelines.”