“For many, New Year’s Eve has been a time to reflect on the year behind and embrace what is to come. This season, you can join the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for a New Year’s Eve performance that does both,” writes Anders J. Hare in Wednesday’s (12/22) QCityMetro (Charlotte, NC). “American Idol finalist and R&B songstress Melinda Doolittle will headline CSO’s first New Year’s Eve concert since the start of the pandemic, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 31, at Belk Theater. Christopher James Lees, the show’s conductor, says …the show will feature a blend of classical music and classic soul, with an all-star setlist that includes the music of Otis Redding, Tina Turner, Gladys Knight & The Pips and more…. Typically, a CSO New Year’s Eve concert is followed by an onstage party, where members of the audience are joined by professional dancers. Because of Covid, the onstage party has been scrapped this year…. The evening’s performance, Lees said, will be sprinkled with short interludes called ‘Symphonic Chocolates,’ composed by Maxime Goulet, … who also writes soundtracks for video games.… Lees said he hopes the performance will be cathartic for all who attend … ‘after a really tough year.’ ”