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Updated: 06/23/2014 04:17:28PM

Orchestra rings in classical Christmas

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The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's classical Christmas concert started with "Winter Dreams, Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13," by Piotr Hyich Tchaikovsky, conducted by Raffaele Ponti.

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Elias Quintos and his wife, Tita, stop in the lobby at CPAC to learn the details on the upcoming Charlotte High musical "Shrek."

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Jamie Landsberg, Shaune Hotchkiss and Julie Bennett visit during intermission of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra concert.

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Principal cellist Lyle Lamboley during the first half of the concert.

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Suzanne and Joseph Moran, Vance Wright-Browne and Marty Satterfield preconcert Sunday evening.

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Alan and Sylvie Von Holden joined Bob and Sherri Bechtold at the Sunday evening concert of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

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Bill Arson on flute, principal oboe Cindy Barbandera-Wedel and her husband, Shane Wedel.

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Percussionist Brad Sharo on bass drum alongside Todd Betz on cymbals during the finale of "Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13" by Tchaikovsky.

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Maestro Raffaele Ponti conducts the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

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Violinist Shannon Underwood warms up for the second half of the concert.

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Minutes before the start of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra concert on Sunday evening, Joanne Ryder, Bill Jones, Renee Johnson, and Jerry Mears visit in the lobby of CPAC.

By BILL JONES

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PUNTA GORDA — Santa was nowhere in sight. Neither were Rudolph, Frosty or even those bells jingling along the way.

There still were carols aplenty, but they were woven instead by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra into a fabric of classical Christmas music from the ages before an appreciative sold-out audience Sunday evening at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda.

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