As the sun starts to sets on the queen city, on the first summer Sunday evening of the season, nearly 3000 people descend on the green grass of Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall. Couples on dates, families, even corporate groups. And they are all prepared with lawn chairs, blankets and food.
“I made some homemade cookies, a sandwich and green tea” one woman said. Everything some a simple picnic to full on tailgate worthy spreads. It’s like an outdoor festival with music included, this festival features a full on orchestra who specialize in classical music. 30 years the Charlotte Symphony has reach out to the community with their summer series “Symphony Pops”. Robert Stickler, President and Executive Director of Charlotte Symphony says “We get a very different audience than we get with our classics and some of our other series.” The goal is to attract broader audiences to classical music. And it’s done in a fun way. On this night songs from movies were played.
There are two more chances to enjoy Symphony Pops concerts this season: This Sunday June 30 the and the Last show is July 3rd: “Celebrate America,” a patriotic concert of Independence Day complete with real cannons for the Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture and, of course, fireworks! Tickets are $10 for adults, children under 18 free. You can buy the online and over the phone until 4 pm on Friday afternoons. Gates open at 5 pm; you cannot enter the park to reserve a spot until the gates open. Prelude act begins at 7 pm; Charlotte Symphony begins at 8:15 pm. Visit www.charlottesymphony.org