Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Society Inc.
Founded in 1932 by Spanish conductor and composer Guillermo S. de Roxlo, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has grown into one of the premier musical institutions in the Southeast, giving some 100 performances each season and reaching an annual attendance of more than 200,000 listeners. Building on a 79-year tradition, Christopher Warren-Green was appointed Music Director of the CSO in July, 2010, the eleventh conductor to hold that position in the orchestra's 79 year history. He also continues as Music Director of the London Chamber Orchestra. Previous positions have included Principal Conductor of the Camerata Resident Orchestra of the Megaron Athens, taking over from Sir Neville Marriner (2004-2009), Chief Conductor of the Nordiska Kammar Orkestern (1998-2005), and Chief Conductor of the Jonkopings Sinfonietta (1998-2001).
The Charlotte Symphony is the largest and most active professional performing arts organization in the central Carolinas, employing over 100 professional musicians, 63 on full-time contracts. The CSO's principal home is the acoustically acclaimed 1,970 seat Belk Theater of the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.