CCO performs Christmas Spectacular, a sold-out show

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Last Sunday, the Charlotte Civic Orchestra held the Christmas Spectacular at the Central Piedmont Community College Halton Theater in uptown Charlotte.

The CCO is a community group that relies on the community for volunteers and ticket sales to survive.

The group's mission is to provide an educational entertainment approach by breaking down the traditional barriers that can limit the exploration of symphony music by listeners.

The concert highlighted classic holiday music and featured performances by the orchestra accompanied by Christian rock singer Caroline Keller, the Eddie Mabry dancers, the Charlotte City Ballet, as well as the South Mecklenburg and Providence High Schools choirs.

The performances on Sunday were conducted by the Charlotte Civic Orchestra's Geoffrey Whitehead, who has been passionate about music for a number of years and particularly for the Christmas Spectacular show.

"Well, I mean it is all Christmas music and who doesn't love Christmas music? If they can leave and feel my passion about music and that is exactly what I want them to do. I want them to be able to go home and plan their next visit to the Charlotte Civic Orchestra.

The concert on Sunday encompassed a wide variety of Christmas songs, ranging from a medley of classic holiday pieces to newer pop-cultured hits.

A number of members of the Orchestra revealed their favorite piece of music from the performance: the Nutcracker.

The song was not only performed by the orchestra, but the Charlotte City Ballet as well.

According to the Orchestra's President Verena Keller, the performance was a sold out show.

In the future, to get involved or to attend one of CCO's concerts, you can find more information on their website charlottecivicorchestra.org.

To see images from the performance, click here.

To visit the CCO's twitter page, click here.