CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's not exactly the kind of music you expect the symphony to play, but this weekend the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will play some of Michael Jackson's biggest hits.
Throughout the week they have been warming up and rehearsing for a major opera that will have a different tune.
“It sinks in and you have a good time, you sing along and its fun. You kind of dance in your chair,” says violinist Jenny Topilow. “You grow up with his songs and he’s an icon in American culture, so it’s really fun to be able to play that kind of stuff.”
And she thinks audiences will love hearing the Charlotte Symphony's take on the king of pop--complete with a guest singer.
“Just the experience of having that kind of music live, it’s so much different than just listening to it from ‘Thriller,’” she added.
The symphony begins Saturday at 8 p.m. inside the Ovens Auditorium. For ticket information, head here.
This story was created as part of the Charlotte Arts Journalism Alliance, a consortium of local media dedicated to writing about the arts scene.