The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
is an American orchestra based in Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte is the largest city in the U.S. state of North Carolina and the seat of Mecklenburg County. In 2010, Charlotte's population according to the US Census Bureau was 731,424, making it the 17th largest city in the United States based on population. The Charlotte metropolitan area had a 2009...
. 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,
the Orchestra was led by conductor Christof Perick
Christof Prick , who uses the name Christof Perick in English-speaking countries, is a German orchestra conductor. His father was the concertmaster of the Hamburg Philharmonic.Perick's conducting posts include:...
from 2001 to 2010. In May 2009, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra named Christopher Warren-Green
Christopher Warren-Green is a British violinist and conductor. He attended Westminster City Grammar School and the Royal Academy of Music....
its 11th music director, effective with the 2010-2011 season. Perick has continued his association with the orchestra as conductor laureate in the 2010-2011 season.
The Orchestra’s principal home is the 1,970-seat Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
The North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is located in Charlotte, North Carolina. It opened in 1992 and is named in honor of the people of the state of North Carolina and the Blumenthal Foundation established by I.D. Blumenthal who founded RSC Brands, the largest private donor to the...
. The Symphony also serves as the resident orchestra for Opera Carolina
Opera Carolina is a professional opera company located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company reaches over 75,000 people from North Carolina and South Carolina....
and North Carolina Dance Theatre. The Symphony Park amphitheater at SouthPark is home to Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s free Summer Pops concerts.
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.