Christopher Warren-Green

Charlotte Symphony’s Maestro Discusses Tenure, Future Plans

[The Charlotte Observer] – After 12 years leading the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Christopher Warren-Green is taking his final bows as music director this weekend. His tenure will end with a flourish, as he conducts Beethoven’s iconic Ninth Symphony May 20-22 at Belk Theater. But Warren-Green isn’t entirely leaving. He will become conductor laureate and artistic adviser to the orchestra until his successor is named. Orchestra leaders have said they expect that decision to be made by 2024.

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Pictured: Christopher Warren-Green; photo by Jeff Cravotta.

Our Own Warren-Green to Conduct at Royal Wedding

Christopher Warren-Green 2.jpgThe Charlotte Symphony’s Music Director, Christopher Warren-Green, has been tapped to conduct the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Today, St. James’s Palace announced that he will lead the London Chamber Orchestra at the ceremony which takes place April 29, 2011. This is great news for Christopher Warren-Green and for Charlotte as well – a great connection (or is that connexion?) between Queen City and Queen.
Warren-Green is in London at the moment, no doubt hammering out some of the details of the Big Day, but he’s scheduled to return to Charlotte soon, and when he does, I hope to get a few minutes in the studio to talk to him about this exciting news. So stay tuned.
A copy of the official press follows.


CSO Set To Reach 3-Year Broadcast Agreement with WDAV

Today WDAV Classical Public Radio and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (CSO) announced an unprecedented three-year agreement to bring the area’s largest professional orchestra to the airwaves. Beginning with the 2010-11 season, WDAV will produce and broadcast seven of the CSO’s classical concerts each season through 2013. The agreement, forged among WDAV, CSO management, CSO musician representatives, and Local 342 of the American Federation of Musicians, is pending ratification by the full membership of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.


Charlotte Symphony Names Assistant Conductor

From a press release issued by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, June 17, 2010:
The Charlotte Symphony and its Music Director Designate, Christopher Warren-Green, announced today the appointment of Jacomo Rafael Bairos as Assistant Conductor. Bairos (pronounced BYE-ros) will join the Symphony conducting staff in mid September, beginning an initial two-year engagement as Assistant Conductor.