Acclaimed instrumentalist Chris Botti joins the Charlotte Symphony (with Albert-George Schram conducting) in jazzing up Belk Theater by the means of smooth sounds. Botti — whose award-winning successes include multiple Gold, Platinum and Grammy Awards — is a true master at the mouthpiece. He transforms the trumpet into what seems to be an entity of its own. $47.50 and up. 8 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.