Charlotte Symphony musicians ready for unique challenge

Charlotte Symphony musicians ready for unique challenge

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC CHARLOTTE

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WCNC.com

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 7:23 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Symphony musicians will have a unique challenge when they take the stage Friday night--making sure they don't hurt the dancers on stage with them.

It's a one of a kind performance and NBC Charlotte got a sneak peak.

It is a perfectly orchestrated dance.  It has to be.

“It is challenging but it’s worth it, it’s worth it,” said Clément Joly of Metropolitan Ballroom.

Alan Black has spent 27 years with the symphony, but never like this.

“Having dancers right next to you is really different--actually quite distracting and it makes it very difficult,” Black said.

The symphony is teaming up with the Metropolitan Ballroom dancers.

They'll touch on all the favorites—tango, salsa and waltz.  It takes choreography from the dancers and the musicians.

“It is a concern when they're so close because like my bow, when I play I could actually hit them or they could hit my bow when I go by.  That's not a good thing for them or us,” Black added.

It's a first, one both sides are excited to perform for Charlotte audiences.

“These guys are amazing.  They’re really great, ridiculous to see how great they are right in front of you,” Black said.  “It’s actually a dancers dream.  It’s an honor to be invited and be partnering with the Charlotte Symphony.”

Concertgoers are encouraged to participate in fancy shoe night by donning their fanciest, wackiest, dressiest shoes, and are invited to stay after for an impromptu, post-concert dance party! For ticket information, KnightSounds tickets are $39 and include a drink, light hors d’oeuvres, and post-concert
audience activity. Both are available through the Charlotte Symphony ticket office at 704-972-2000 or online at http://www.charlottesymphony.org.
 

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