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The Duke Energy Foundation Establishes The Duke Energy “Power of Music” Opera/Symphony Partnership

January 30, 2009

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    January 30, 2009
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The Duke Energy Foundation Establishes The Duke Energy “Power of Music” Opera/Symphony Partnership

The Charlotte Symphony (CSO) and Opera Carolina announced today that The Duke Energy “Power of Music” Opera/Symphony Partnership has been created with a generous gift of $150,000 from The Duke Energy Foundation. This grant enables Opera Carolina and the CSO to continue a collaborative partnership that has provided live orchestral music for opera productions in Charlotte for more than 60 years.

“Duke Energy values vitality and growth in our communities,” said Brett Carter, President, Duke Energy Carolinas. “The Duke Energy Foundation continues to honor this commitment to Charlotte with support of local organizations such as the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Opera Carolina, two of the city’s most vibrant and venerable performing arts groups.”

Charlotte Symphony musicians performed for Opera Carolina’s (then known as the Charlotte Opera Association) inaugural production, Rosalinda, in 1948. The two organizations have worked together ever since. In the 2008-2009 season, the Charlotte Symphony will accompany Opera Carolina in multiple performances of four productions.

While the audience for opera continues to grow, recent cost trends have challenged the longstanding arrangement by which the orchestra provided accompaniment for the opera. The Arts and Science Council recognized these challenges and last year provided a one-time grant to help the process.

“The Charlotte Symphony is dedicated to our longstanding collaboration with Opera Carolina,” said Pat Rodgers, Chair of the CSO Board of Directors. “The Duke Energy’ ‘Power of Music’ Opera/Symphony Partnership provides us with the resources necessary to sustain this artistic relationship in a financially responsible way. We are most grateful to The Duke Energy Foundation for its support of this vital cultural partnership.”

C. Wells Hall, III, Chair of Opera Carolina’s Board of Directors, echoes Carter’s sentiments. “This is a unique union, between two long-standing arts institutions and a magnanimous Foundation. The Power of Music partnership will ensure that Charlotte continues to enjoy remarkable opera.”

About the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1932, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra is the largest and most active professional performing arts organization in the central Carolinas. The CSO gives some 100 performances each season and reaches an annual attendance of more than 250,000 listeners. Education and outreach services, including free concerts for all fourth and fifth graders in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, will reach 30,000 children this season

The Charlotte Symphony is funded in part by the Arts & Science Council-Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Inc.; The North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the state of North Carolina; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Opera Carolina
Founded in 1948 as the Charlotte Opera Association by a small group of volunteers, Opera Carolina today is the largest professional opera company in the Carolinas with an operating budget of over $3.5 million. The mission of Opera Carolina is to inspire the region’s diverse community through the presentation of excellent Opera, Operetta, Music Theater, and Education & Outreach programs that elevate the quality of life in the Carolinas. Opera Carolina is a community resource with a commitment to artistic excellence and community service.

Opera Carolina is supported by the Arts & Science Council-Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Inc.; The North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the state of North Carolina; and the National Endowment for the Arts. Opera Carolina is a member of OPERA America.

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