Charlotte Symphony plays Liszt and Rachmaninoff

CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Symphony invites area residents to beat the cold with an evening full of warm, romantic pieces and lively dance.

On Jan. 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. in the Belk Theater, the symphony will present works by composers Liszt and Rachmaninoff, featuring pianist Joyce Yang with guest conductor and N.C. Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn. Yang, the silver medalist of the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will perform Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” and Lizst’s “Mephisto Waltz No. 3.”

A pre-concert “Musically Speaking Chat” with lecturer Anna Brock will begin at 7 p.m. inside the theater on the orchestra level. A post-concert Musically Speaking Talkback with Yang and Llewellyn will begin immediately following the concert. Both are free to ticket holders.

On Jan. 7 at 2:30 and 8 p.m. at the Belk Theatre, the symphony also will present Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies. The show features songs from Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean and more.

Nearly one hour of classic Disney-produced visuals will accompany the music, depicting original drawings of a Mary Poppins-style London, the frolicking young Simba and Nala and other nostalgic Disney scenes. Vocal talents Candice Nicole, Stephanie Burkett Gerson, Andrew Johnson and Aaron Phillips also will bring favorite characters to life.

Tickets for both shows are available online at www.charlottesymphony.org or by calling 704-972-2000.

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