Phil & Mel In The Afternoon

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All of the sudden, out of the blue, my wife says to me, “You know what I’d like to do? Go to a Charlotte Symphony concert.” I can count on one hand the number of times we’ve done that in the past twenty years. But you know what? We enjoyed each of those experiences greatly. Why don’t we do it more often?

I’ve already purchased tickets for the Charlotte Symphony’s upcoming performance of Handel’s Messiah with the Charlotte Master Chorale in early December. I had to do it. That’s a tradition of the Christmas season. It runs December 3rd through 5th at Knight Theater. Fun Fact: A couple of years ago, Sara and I stayed at a hotel in Dublin that was next door to the place where George Frideric Handel debuted his masterpiece in 1742.

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Another Charlotte Symphony concert that caught my eye is coming up just after Thanksgiving. It’s called “Home Alone in Concert.” According to the Charlotte Observer, the entire 1990 movie will be projected on a large screen above the musicians as they perform John Williams’ film score. There will be two performances of “Home Alone in Concert,” November 26th and 27th at the Belk Theater (130 N. Tryon Street). Both shows begin at 7:30 PM. Tickets start at $10 and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or negative test required.

The Charlotte Symphony is also bringing back its “Magic of Christmas” spectacular, December 10th through 19th. This year’s edition will feature vocalist Tony DeSare, sing-alongs, and even falling snow. “A Very Thorgy Christmas,” “Cirque de Noel,” and “New Year’s Eve with Melinda Doolittle” round out the CSO’s holiday calendar. You can find more information about all of them HERE.