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Changing its tune

Aug 3, 2020

By Page Leggett, SouthPark Magazine 

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra brings the music straight to you -- wherever you are. 

When Charlotte Symphony Orchestra cellist Alan Black built a pavilion in his backyard, he thought it could be the ideal spot for al fresco concerts. But he wasn't thinking of chamber music. He sometimes performs with Barnaby Bright, an indie-folk duo from Kansas, and he liked the idea of playing a backyard concert with them. 

Then COVID-19 happened.

When the CSO was no longer able to perform on their home turf, Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Black began performing on his home turf. "I'd never used the pavilion for concerts," he says, "but suddenly it seemed perfect." 

Black, in his 28th season as CSO's principal cellist, called some of his colleagues with his idea to perform together, spaced six feet or more apart, film it and share it on social media with music-starved fans. 

"Everybody wanted to be part of it," he says. "We miss playing together. We miss each other. We miss performing. So, these are always happy reunions."

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