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Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

Category: Arts & Culture
Award: Best Community Reach in 2014, Culture for Kids for the Lollipops series in 2017
Year Won: 2014, 2017
Pick: Editor's Pick

Tom Burge, a Juilliard School-trained trombonist for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, has multiple concerts most weeks, but he still finds time to mentor music students at Northwest School of the Arts. Burge is one small part of this huge ensemble with broad community reach. From a performance of Jewish music from the Holocaust to Ansel Adams photography synced with the compositions of Aaron Copland and Duke Ellington, the symphony exposes our city to history, other cultures, and dozens of musical genres. Two youth orchestras, lessons for kids at Winterfield Elementary, a used-instrument drive, performances in nursing homes, and Pops in the Park are just a few of the diverse ways the symphony reaches every person in Charlotte.