6 Reasons to Get Excited About the Arts in Charlotte This Fall

Grab your magic carpet and take a ride through the intoxicating world of music, art and theater in the Queen City.

“Aladdin” flies into Belk Theater, the Symphony takes on a spooky-fun film in concert, snazzy jazz tunes rock the Booth Playhouse and so much more. This autumn brings these impressive and entertaining arts to the Queen City. Here are six of our favorite exhibits and performances to get excited about this season.

DISNEY’S ‘ALADDIN’

Blumenthal Performing Arts presents this classic tale of a pauper boy, a magic lamp and a genie with three wishes. “Aladdin” whisks you away on a magic carpet ride adventure to a whole new world, filled with exotic costumes, an Academy Award-winning score and timeless romance. Sept. 10-29, Belk Theater. Ticket prices start at $30.

TOSCO MUSIC PARTY

What began as small and intimate living-room jam sessions among local musician John Tosco’s friends has grown into a full-fledged nonprofit aimed at celebrating “music parties,” teaming up nationally known acts with local and undiscovered artists. As many as 1,200 audience members join in for singalongs at this eventSept. 14, Knight Theater. Ticket prices range from $15.50-$34.50.

‘IMMERSED IN LIGHT: STUDIO DRIFT AT THE MINT’

September welcomes “Immersed in Light: Studio Drift at the Mint” to the Mint Museum’s Uptown location. Founded by Dutch artists Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn, Studio Drift’s exhibit explores the relationships of humanity, nature and tech through sculpture. The opening marks the duo’s first solo museum exhibit outside of Europe. Sept. 21-April 2020. Open W-Su; free W, 5-9 pm.

THE JAZZ ROOM: TRUMPET SUMMIT

For a truly Charlotte experience, don’t miss The Jazz Room’s fall Trumpet Summit. This explosive concert features five of the region’s top jazz trumpeters taking on the classics of masters from Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis to Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Hargrove. Hosted by Jazz Arts Charlotte, now celebrating 10 years, The Jazz Room presents great music in a casual, intimate setting. Sept. 20-21, Booth Playhouse. Ticket prices range from $16-$18.

CHARLOTTE BALLET: LEONCE AND LENA

A fairytale dance that’s said to be “more Tim Burton than Disney,” “Leonce and Lena” tells the tale of a betrothed prince and princess who both flee on the eve of their wedding only to meet and fall in love as strangers. Ballet Zurich’s Christian Spuck adapts this 19th century satirical romantic comedy. Recommended for children ages 8 and up. Oct. 24-26, Knight Theater. Ticket prices start at $25. 

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS WITH SYMPHONY

From classical performances to Pops shows, the Charlotte Symphony always makes for a great night out. This fall, join Jack the Pumpkin King and immerse yourself into Tim Burton’s wild world as “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is shown on a huge screen while the Charlotte Symphony takes on Danny Elfman’s colorful score live. Vibrant resident conductor Christopher James Lees takes the podium. Oct. 25, Belk Theater. Ticket prices start at $32.

Virginia Brown
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