Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

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Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Belk Theater - Charlotte, NC.jpg
Belk Theater, home of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Founded 1932
Concert hall Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Principal conductor Christopher Warren-Green

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra is an American orchestra based in Charlotte, North Carolina. As the largest and most active professional performing arts organization in the central Carolinas, the Charlotte Symphony plays approximately 100 performances each season and employs 100 professional musicians, 62 of whom are on full-time contracts. Annual attendance for CSO performances numbers over 200,000.

Founded in 1932 by Spanish conductor and composer Guillermo S. de Roxlo leading 15 musicians,[1] the Orchestra was led by conductor Christof Perick from 2001 to 2010. In May 2009, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra named Christopher Warren-Green its 11th music director, effective with the 2010-2011 season.[2][3] Perick has continued his association with the orchestra as conductor laureate in the 2010-2011 season.[4]

The Orchestra’s principal home is the 1,970-seat Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. The Symphony also serves as the resident orchestra for Opera Carolina and North Carolina Dance Theatre. The Symphony Park amphitheater at SouthPark is home to Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s free Summer Pops concerts.[5]

In 2007, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra released its first compact disc, a collection of orchestral masterworks by Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler, and Mozart, conducted by Christof Perick.

In July 2009, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra launched a bridge fund campaign at its “Celebrate America” concert in Charlotte’s Symphony Park, with a goal of raising $5.6 million to cover projected budget gaps over a six-year period. This fund is separate from the Symphony’s annual operating budget of $7.6 million. As of February 2010, the Symphony had raised $4.3 million toward the bridge fund goal.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Time". Time. Time, Inc. 1932-11-07. Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  2. ^ "Charlotte Symphony Announces Music Director Designate Christopher Warren-Green to become orchestra's eleventh Music Director" (Press release). Charlotte Symphony. 26 May 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-05-29. Retrieved 2009-06-13. 
  3. ^ Charlotte Smith (2009-05-28). "Warren-Green appointed Charlotte Symphony director". Gramophone. Retrieved 2009-06-13. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Christof Perick Bids Farewell To Charlotte Symphony Orchestra". The Charlotte Observer. The McClatchy Company. 2010-04-16. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  5. ^ Charlotte Symphony - Summer Pops
  6. ^ "Blumenthal Foundation Awards $100,000 to Charlotte Symphony". (Press release). Charlotte Symphony. 2010-02-08. Archived from the original on 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  7. ^ Garloch, Karen (2009-12-23). "Charlotte Symphony hits goal". The Charlotte Observer. The McClatchy Company. Retrieved 2010-04-15. [permanent dead link]

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