Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Performs Alongside JCSU Concert Choir and Drumline

White bowing during CSO JCSU concernt

Charlotte, N.C./March 22, 2023 – Johnson C. Smith University’s Concert Choir and drumline, Funk Phi MOB, performed alongside the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on Tuesday night in Brayboy Gymnasium.

“This is the first time in 13 years that the symphony has performed here at JCSU,” said Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Conductor Christopher James Lee. 

More than 70 attendees packed the bleachers for the performance. Lee collaborated with Dr. Shawn-Allyce White, JCSU’s professor of Music, director of Choral Activities and University soloist, to select pieces that would appeal to a diverse audience of listeners.

The dual performance is CSO’s effort to diversify its audience and increase accessibility to orchestral music. 

White performed Spirituals such as “Ride on King Jesus” and “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit,” accompanied by Frank Williams on piano. She conducted the Concert Choir in several selections, followed by selections from the CSO.

The show ended with a combined performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

For more information on the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, visit Visit for more information on the Music program and ensembles at JCSU.

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