Christopher Warren-Green and the Charlotte Symphony and Charlotte Master Chorale in performance.

“After 12 years leading the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Christopher Warren-Green is taking his final bows as music director this weekend,” writes Liz Rothaus Bertrand in Wednesday’s (5/18) Charlotte Observer. “His tenure will end with a flourish, as he conducts Beethoven’s iconic Ninth Symphony May 20 to 22 at Belk Theater…. Warren-Green … will become conductor laureate and artistic adviser to the orchestra until his successor is named. Orchestra leaders have said they expect that decision to be made by 2024. Warren-Green, who began his career as a violinist and concertmaster in the United Kingdom, will continue as music director for the London Chamber Orchestra, a group he has helmed since 1988…. In Charlotte, he has worked to elevate the CSO’s stature as an international-class orchestra through appointments. Nearly half of the 62 full time musicians now playing were hired by Warren-Green…. ‘Charlotte is a constantly growing city,’ [says Warren-Green]. ‘It should have an international-class symphony orchestra and it’s got that…. I have every confidence that they will look after it.’ ” Included is an interview with Warren-Green.