Posted in: Arts Posted on: Jul 23rd, 2015

Discovering Art, Museums, and Music in Charlotte

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Known as the “Queen City,” Charlotte boasts an arts and culture scene that is certainly fit for royalty! The area was settled by European-Americans around 1755. The city’s earliest residents were deeply religious. Charlotte is considered by many to be the birthplace for Southern Presbyterianism, but the city quickly became home to churches from many branches of Christianity, which became the cause for the nickname “The City of Churches.”

The city was host to the country’s first gold rush in the early 1800’s. The discovery of multiple veins of gold in the city led to the founding of the Charlotte Mint in 1837. Panning for gold still occurs occasionally in the area.

Charlotte developed as a railroad hub and cotton processing center after the Civil War.

This “rich” background has also been instilled in the arts and history community in town. Explore the links that follow to learn about the wealth of things to do in Charlotte.

Art

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is considered a local gem by art fans, but it has only been in town since January of 2010. The museum houses pieces formerly from the Bechtler family’s private collection. Influential artists from the mid-20th Century, including Picasso, Warhol, Ernst, Calder, Hepworth, and more are exhibited in the museum. The facility is a marvel unto itself, as it was designed by Mario Botta, a prominent Swiss architect. The venue is intended to offer visitors an art experience that is intimate and elegant, yet simple. The museum also hosts jazz concerts featuring the Ziad Jazz Quartet. Visitors may also find other events at the Bechtler that combine its passion for modern visual arts with other art forms, including classical music and film. The Bechtler is open every day of the week except Tuesdays.

Museums

Imagine a museum experience that could offer you a firsthand look at what it was like to live through one of the historic gold rushes in North Carolina! You may find that and more at the Wells Fargo History Museum. Here, you will have the chance to see a Concord stagecoach from the mid-19th century, explore an underground mine tunnel, and see real gold nuggets and rare coins! Learn about gold mining and check out a model of a Winston-Salem Bank branch from 1899. There is also a stagecoach that you may climb aboard, so that you may sit at the helm of the most convenient form of travel from another time. Visitors may schedule a guided tour or explore the museum on their own without an appointment.

Music

The Charlotte Symphony has served as the premier classical music ensemble in town since 1932. The symphony is led by Christopher Warren-Green, and proudly offers sixty-two classically trained musicians performing together for your listening pleasure. Together, Warren-Green and the Charlotte Symphony put on nearly 70 performances every season, attended by an estimated 130,000 symphony patrons.

As you can see, art, history and culture are each integral pieces of Charlotte, NC living. Take a few days to visit these points of interest and see how they contribute to the appeal of the town.