This Weekend in Charlotte: Symphony, John Mulaney, & John Mellencamp
CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY: BARBER, COPLAND & BERNSTEIN
No, Barber, Copland & Bernstein isn’t the name of your new favorite folk rock trio. Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and “Lincoln Portrait,” Samuel Barber's "Violin Concerto" and "Adagio for Strings,” and Leonard Bernstein's “Chichester Psalms” are presented in these performances. The Oratorio Singers join the symphony for the show. WHAT'S AHEAD FOR EACH SYMPHONY SERIES: Classics includes Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2 (March 13-14), Barber, Copland & Bernstein (March 27-28), Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 (April 23-25), and Dvorak “From the New World” (May 8-10). Pops programs have Mary Chapin Carpenter (March 7), The Music of Led Zeppelin (March 21, Ovens Auditorium) and Pink Martini (May 1-2). KnightSounds performs A Night in New York (April 17-18) and Music Fireworks: Handel & the Royals (May 15).
Thirty-two years later, "Hurts So Good" and "Jack & Diane” remain radio staples. Mellencamp has continued to wow rock crowd, whether or not he includes “Cougar” in his name this time around.
John Mulaney is back on the road, returning to the form that first landed him a writing gig on Saturday Night Live and several guest spots on the late night circuit. After the recent cancellation of his sitcom, aptly titled Mulaney, there will be plenty to talk about come Saturday in the Knight Theater.
THE ART BOOKS OF HENRI MATISSE
Henri Matisse helped define modernist art in the 20th century. His cutouts, paintings, and drawings are his best-known outputs, but at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, an exhibit highlights another successful endeavor for the artist: book illustration: The Art Books of Henri Matisse runs through the spring, displaying prints from the books and the tomes themselves.
THE NORMAL HEART
The Normal Heart balances the individual stories of one group of friends, battling with politics and fear during the original AIDS crisis.
Fifteen sites uptown are represented in the Liberty Walk, an interactive tour of bronze markers telling the early history of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Pick up a brochure at the Visitor’s Information Center at 330 S. Tryon St., or just start in front of the Wells Fargo Plaza at 301 S. Tryon St., and follow the markers in the pavement for a trip through the historical adventure of the city’s Revolutionary War days. A “Charlotte Liberty Walk” app is available at handheldhistory.com to help you along.
LEVINE MUSEUM OF THE NEW SOUTH
The Levine explores historic issues, such as civil rights and immigration, by providing a modern context and viewpoints. Looking Forward/Looking Back (through March 30) highlights the public art planned for the LYNX Gold Line. New Orleans artist Nancy O’Neil combines documents, photos, and graphic art from the city’s past and present. And the Struggle Continues (through July 12) follows the Southern Christian Leadership Conference after 1968, connecting present fights with the past.