Charlotte Symphony Al Fresco Is A New Virtual Concert Series You’re Sure To Enjoy

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Andrea Mumm, Charlotte Symphony 2020

Enjoy music from the safety of home with Charlotte Symphony al fresco, a new virtual concert series.

The first concert is dedicated to hope and healing for our community, and will be performed in Principal Cellist Alan Black’s backyard.

The performance will be made available for free on Facebook and YouTube, and on-demand afterward Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

What Charlotte Symphony is Offering in 2020

The Charlotte Symphony will present a new virtual concert series featuring a different ensemble of Charlotte Symphony musicians each week, performing a variety of works and giving a glimpse into the music and into their lives as performing musicians.

Charlotte Symphony al Fresco will be hosted by Principal Cellist Alan Black and will take place
in his backyard in Woodberry Forest, Charlotte. The concerts will be free.

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Ben Geller, Charlotte Symphony Al Fresco

Interim President and CEO Michelle Hamilton said, “I’m impressed every day by the musicians
of the Charlotte Symphony. This series of ‘al fresco’ concerts is a wonderful example of their
innovative spirit and commitment to their artistry and the community. I’m so thankful to Alan for
allowing us all into his backyard so we can continue to share together in the joy of music.”

First Charlotte Symphony Al Fresco Concert

The first concert in the series is dedicated to hope and healing for our community. The Charlotte
Symphony believes that music is uniquely able to console and uplift, that it can help bind a
community together and even act as a change agent. The concert, which features cellist Alan
Black and harpist Andrea Mumm as soloists, includes works that inspire introspection by Bach,
Vaughan Williams, Arvo Pärt, and Saint-Saëns.

Principal Cellist Alan Black said: “For the past four years, I have been creating a backyard space
with the intent to host concerts. When COVID-19 shut down the world I immediately thought
that this was an opportunity for me to use this space with two goals in mind: to provide live
intimate performances to our community, and to give CSO musicians, and my friends, the
chance to play together again in a safe way. I am hoping that achieving these goals will bring
happiness and joy for all involved, and help get us through the difficult times we are
encountering.”

Charlotte Symphony al Fresco Schedule

Wednesday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Andrea Mumm, harp
Alan Black, cello
Bach Prelude in C major
Vaughan Williams Six Studies in English Folk Song
Arvo Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel
Saint-Saëns Le cygne (The Swan)

Wednesday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Victor Wang, flute
Monica Boboc, violin
Kirsten Swanson, viola
Sarah Markle & Alan Black, cello
Jeff Ferdon, bass
Pleyel Theme and Variations, for Cello and Bass
Mozart Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 285

Wednesday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Amy Orsinger, flute
Hollis Ulaky, oboe
Sam Sparrow, clarinet
Olivia Oh, bassoon
Robert Rydel, french horn
Muczynski Movements for Wind Quintet, Opus 16
Haydn Divertimento No. 1, in B-flat
Farkas Antiche Danze Ungheresi

Wednesday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Jenny Topilow, violin
Lenora Leggatt, violin
Alan Black, cello
Stamitz Trio in G Major
Haydn Divertimento No. 12, Hob. V:12
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Wednesday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Jeremy Lamb & Sarah Markle, cello
Taddes Korris, Bass
Shostakovich, arr. Jeremy Lamb Jazz Suite No. 2: Waltz
Jeremy Lamb The Lamb Jam Set:
The Hempeh Tempeh Jam
A Stroll Down Alpha Mill Lane
Keepin’ It Schwifty
Jeremy Lamb A Ride on Oumuamua

Wednesday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Joseph Meyer, violin
Kirsten Swanson, viola
Alan Black, cello
Clarke Lullaby for Viola and Cello
Dohnanyi Serenade in C Major, Opus 10