China National Symphony set to play Queen City

Charlotte Concerts , an organization that brings world-renowned classical music and performing arts to the Queen City, announces the internationally-acclaimed China National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO) as its third of the four-performance season on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 8:00 p.m., at Central Piedmont Community College’s Halton Theater (1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, N.C.) For tickets, call 704.330.6534.

The CNSO, founded in 1956, is an orchestra known the world over for its musical power, intensity and sensitivity. With a combination of consummate artistry, dedication and professionalism, this orchestra’s 85 musicians have created an orchestral tradition unique to China. Their performances have brought western compositions to life for Chinese audiences, and premiered the works of Chinese composers to appreciative western audiences.

Originally named as the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China, the orchestra was restructured and renamed in 1996 and is currently lead by Director Guan Xia (composer), Laureate Conductor Muhai Tang, Principal Resident Conductor Li Xincao and Principal Guest Conductor En Shao. The CNSO has toured throughout the world with successful performances in the USA, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Spain, Australia, Mexico and Thailand just to name a few. In London, The Times celebrated the CNSO as “a mature group with a vital sound.” American music critics praised the CNSO as “an honorable member of the world music stage.” For additional information please visit the official website of the China National Symphony Orchestra: .

The scheduled program for the evening is below. Please note: this information is subject to change.

Guan Xia
“The Earth Requiem” 2008

First Movement
“Gazing at The Stars: Meditation for Orchestra”

Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, 1905
Yang Xu, violinist


Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27, 1908

Following the China National Symphony Orchestra concert, Charlotte Concerts will host its annual fundraising gala on Saturday, March 23 at Myers Park Country Club. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please call 704.527.6680. Charlotte Concerts’ season finale features The Eroica Trio on Friday, March 15.

About Charlotte Concerts, Inc.

Formed in 1930, Charlotte Concerts is the oldest presenting arts organization in Charlotte, N.C. Formerly the Carolinas Concert Association, Charlotte Concerts’ mission is to sponsor, promote and present concerts featuring world-renowned performing artists while sponsoring arts education outreach initiatives which cultivate an understanding and appreciation for the performing arts.

Now in its 83rd season, Charlotte Concerts has welcomed to the stage many acclaimed guest artists including Nelson Eddy, Arthur Rubinstein, Leontyne Price, Marilyn Horne, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, the New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theatre and the London Symphony Orchestra. For more information about Charlotte Concerts, visit or call 704.527.6680.

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