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OSCAR NIGHT® AMERICA COMES TO CHARLOTTE FOR THE FOURTH YEAR TO BENEFIT THE CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY

January 6, 2009

Oscar Night® America returns to Charlotte for the fourth year on Sunday, February 22, 2009 for the 81st Annual Academy Awards®.  This glamorous event will take place on the Belk Theater stage in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center from 7 pm until midnight.

One of the most significant fundraisers for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Oscar Night® America is also one of the city’s best parties. This year’s event features live entertainment with local celebrities, a sumptuous array of food and drink, contests, a live auction, and unique door prizes. Party-goers can stay tuned to Hollywood’s festivities through a live television feed of the Academy Awards® telecast – direct from Los Angeles to Charlotte’s Belk Theater via our local ABC-TV affiliate, WSOC Channel 9. Oscar Night® America recently announced that actor Hugh Jackman, star of the movie “Australia,” will host the telecast.

All tickets are just $75 per person and include valet parking.

Jonathan Martin, President & Executive Director of the Charlotte Symphony, says, “We are honored that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has once again designated our event as the only official Oscar Night® America party in Charlotte. We have planned an exciting night of fun, great food and entertainment to celebrate the magic of the movies and support the operations of Charlotte Symphony in a very special way.”

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. Employing 64 musicians on full-time contracts, the orchestra gives some 100 performances each season and reaches an annual attendance of more than 250,000 listeners. In addition, the Symphony will serve 29,740 students this year with educational programs for children in elementary, middle and high school.


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