Charlotte Symphony gives its first in-person concerts since March

Posted on: October 23, 2020

“After sitting dark for months, music and light have filled Knight Theater once again,” writes Liz Rothaus Bertrand in Monday’s (10/19) Charlotte Observer (N.C.). “Twenty-two musicians from the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra recently gathered there for their first indoor rehearsals together since March … carefully adhering to COVID-19 health guidelines…. After arriving from London … music director Christopher Warren-Green spent two weeks in quarantine and passed a COVID-19 test before rehearsals [for the Oct. 23 concert] could start. ‘If you’re captain of a ship, you need to be there for them,’ said Warren-Green…. ‘We’ve been 100% following the governor’s recommendations,’ symphony general manager John Clapp said…. On stage, [musicians] are now six feet apart…. For now, only strings are allowed indoors…. Wind and brass will be part of the sold out, socially distanced Oct. 24 performance at Truist Field and are featured in the symphony’s outdoor On Tap series…. With many of the nation’s musicians furloughed or out of work, Assistant Concertmaster Kari Giles said she and her colleagues are grateful for the board and community’s support…. ‘We’ll get through this,’ Warren-Green said, ‘but we must not get through this having entirely annihilated the arts world. There is no future of humanity if that happens.’ ”