Charlotte Observer: These 500-plus young performers are making history with Charlotte Concerts

Young musicians and singers from Torrence Creek Elementary, Butler High, McClintock Middle, Windsor Park Elementary, West Charlotte High and Hough High School will perform in a musical showcase.

WCCB: CMS Talent Shines At The Belk Theatre For ‘A Musical Showcase’ Competition

Created by Charlotte Concerts, A Musical Showcase featured performances by 14 instrumental and choral ensembles from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Judges, including Charlotte-native Anthony Hamilton, were in the audience and selected three overall winners from the performing groups.

Wilson’s World: Previewing Charlotte Concerts Presents “A Musical Showcase”

One of our favorite former Panthers, Jordan Gross, joined Wilson this morning as he was previewing tonight’s Charlotte Concerts Presents A Musical Showcase at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

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