Monday, September 12, 2011

Charlotte Symphony will go on the air

For the second year, the Charlotte Symphony's first concert of the season will go out over the airwaves - and the web - Friday thanks to WDAV-FM

The concert, launching Christopher Warren-Green's second season as the orchestra's music director, will feature three Russian crowd-pleasers: Shostakovich's Festive Overture; Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1; and Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." Those will add up to a night of "wall-to-wall musical blockbusters," WDAV general manager Scott Nolan said in a statement.

Warren-Green said in an interview last week that he'd like for all the orchestra's concerts to be broadcast. That would extend the orchestra's reach beyond the music lovers who attend its concerts.

Friday's broadcast will start at 8 p.m. over the air at 89.9 FM and on the web at Before that, Warren-Green and the orchestra's No. 2 conductor, Jacomo Bairos, will step onto the Belk Theater stage to discuss the coming season with WDAV's program director, Frank Dominguez. Their chat will start at 7 p.m., and it's free for ticketholders.

The concert will start at 8 p.m. - and the same time Saturday night - in the Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. Tickets are $31.50-$80.50. Details: 704-972-2000;