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Updated: 06/23/2014 04:22:52PM

Concert sets stage for expanded schedule

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Maestro Raffaele Ponti conducts the orchestra at the start of the last performance of the season for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra on Sunday.

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Principal cellist Lyle Lamboley warms up prior to the start of Sunday's concert, the season finale for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

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From left, Sandra Catandella and Shannon Underwood practice as attendees take their seats for the final concert of the 2013-2014 season.

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Concertmaster Stewart Kitts sits next to Elizabeth Kitts while performing “Ditcher und Bauer” by Franz Von Suppe.

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Oliver Weston works at fine tuning his cello at the start of the second half of the concert. The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performed scores from three different composers.

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From left, trumpet player and stage manager Alan Klispie, his wife and trumpet principal Cindy Klispie, along with trombone principal George Mancini warm up.

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A portion of the string section performs Igor Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella Suite” at the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s season finale on Sunday.

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Julia Pereira tunes up as her fellow musicians start to take their seats during the season finale of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s concert series at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center.

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Charlotte Performing Arts Center had a full house for the season finale of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in Sunday.

By BILL JONES

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PUNTA GORDA — Citing the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's five sold-out concerts this season as “an important milestone,” orchestra chairman Ken Barber said Sunday the orchestra will expand to play seven concerts in the 2014-2015 season.

Speaking before the orchestra's fifth and final concert this season at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, Barber thanked the orchestra and conductor Raffaele Ponti for “all the good things” they made happen during the year, and told the audience that “we have been honored by you.”

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