This Weekend in Charlotte (4/30/14): Charlotte Symphony, The Whigs, and The Reluctant Dragon

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Rick Simerly is a jazz trombonist and associate professor at Milligan College in Tennessee.

Friday

CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY: VERDI REQUIEM
Christopher Warren-Green conducts another performance from the Charlotte Symphony and Oratorio Singers of Charlotte. This time, the group tackles Giuseppe Verdi’s reflection on death and spirituality. 

JAZZ AT THE BECHTLER: RICK SIMERLY
Guest trombonist Simerly works as both a performer and a teacher, providing clinics across the nation. He now joins the monthly series in the Bechtler’s lobby. 

Saturday

THE WHIGS
Fresh of the release of their newest record, Modern Creation, the band brings its garage rock back to the Visulite. For this effort, the band recorded in a rural church in Woodstock, N.Y. 

FRANK CALIENDO
Close your eyes, and Caliendo can become anyone. The celebrated impressionist brings popular figures like John Madden, William Shatner, and a couple U.S. presidents to the stage. 

Sunday

THE RELUCTANT DRAGON
A tea-drinking, butterfly-wooing dragon attempts to change the minds of angry villagers with his best friend, Glaston. $12 and up, times vary. 

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER 
(through May 4) It’s time to go back to Neverland, but through the events that precede Peter Pan. See the humorous story behind the famous Lost Boy. 

Categories: Arts + Culture, Revue