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Charlotte Symphony al Fresco is a new, free virtual concert series featuring CSO musicians performing a variety of works, giving a glimpse into the music and their lives as performing musicians. 

Hosted by Principal Cellist Alan Black in his backyard in Charlotte, the concerts premiered on Facebook and YouTube on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm between June 10 and July 29.

"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." ~ Principal Cellist Alan Black

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Charlotte Symphony al Fresco


Music for Harp and Cello

Wednesday, June 10 | 7:30 pm

Andrea Mumm
, principal harp
Alan Black, principal cello

J.S. BACH Prelude in C major
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Six Studies in English Folk Song
ARVO PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel
SAINT-SAËNS Le cygne (The Swan)
This performance is dedicated to hope and healing for our community.

Music in the Time of Mozart

Wednesday, June 17 | 7:30 pm

Victor Wang, principal flute
Monica Boboc, violin
Kirsten Swanson, acting asst. principal viola
Alan Black, principal cello
Sarah Markle, cello
Jeff Ferdon, bass

PLEYEL Theme and Variations, for Cello and Bass
MOZART Flute Quartet

Winds in the Woods

Wednesday, June 24 | 7:30 pm

Amy Orsinger-Whitehead, flute
Hollis Ulaky, principal oboe
Sam Sparrow, clarinet
Olivia Oh, principal bassoon
Robert Rydel, french horn

MUCZYNSKI Movements for Wind Quintet
HAYDN Divertimento No. 1
FARKAS Antiche Danze Ungheresi

Viennese Serenades

Wednesday, July 1 | 7:30 pm

Jenny Topilow, violin
Lenora Leggatt, violin
Alan Black, principal cello

STAMITZ Trio in G major
HAYDN Divertimento No. 12

All-Lamb Jam!

Wednesday, July 8 | 7:30 pm

Jeremy Lamb, cello
Sarah Markle, cello
Taddes Korris, bass

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

Romance of the Viola

Wednesday, July 15 | 7:30 pm

Joseph Meyer, assoc. concertmaster
Kirsten Swanson, acting asst. principal viola
Alan Black, principal cello
Marlene Ballena, cello

KJELL MARCUSSEN Berceuse for Viola and Cello
CLARKE Lullaby for Viola and Cello
DOHNÁNYI Serenade in C Major


Wednesday, July 22 | 7:30 pm

Alan Black, principal cello
Sarah Markle, cello
Marlene Ballena, cello
Jeremy Lambcello
Taddes Korris, bass

J.S BACH Allemande & Courante from Suite No. 2 for solo cello
MOZART Sonata in D Major
1. Allegro
2. Andante
GOLDFRAPP/arr. Black & Lamb Stranger
OLA GJEILO/arr. Alan Black Northern Lights
JEREMY LAMB The Quarantango

This performance is dedicated to the memory of Mary Black.

Charlotte Symphony Brass

Wednesday, July 29 | 7:30 pm

Alex Wilborn, principal trumpet
Jon Kaplan, trumpet
Andrew Fierova, horn
Tom Burge, trombone
Scott Hartman, principal bass trombone

FARNABY/Ed. Howorth Fancies, Toyes, and Dreames
1. The Old Spagnoletta                    
2. His Rest
3. The New Sa-hoo
DUKE ELLINGTON In a Sentimental Mood
MORELY CALVERT Suite from the Monteregian Hills
1. La Marche
2. Chanson Mélancolique
4. Danse Villageoise 
FLORENCE PRICE/arr. Felix Linsmeier Adoration
LEW POLLACK/arr. Cooper That's a Plenty