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Alan Black is in his twenty-first season as Principal Cellist with the Charlotte Symphony and 11th year as Founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Music at St. Peter’s.  His performance experience covers the complete spectrum of music; from classical music including chamber music, solo recitals, and concertos with the Charlotte Symphony, to appearing on stage as a soloist and chamber musician with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Bobby McFerrin, Van Cliburn Gold Medal pianist Jon Nakamatsu, and fiddler Mark O’Connor. He has performed all over the Southeast, including chamber music concerts at famed Spivey Hall near Atlanta, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, and the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. In addition, he has been a coach and performer in the Chapel Hill Chamber Music Workshop for Adults for the last four years, and conducts the orchestra for the Charlotte Community School of the Arts Band and Orchestra Camp in July. He also teaches at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.

In Charlotte, Mr. Black has received many awards, including the prestigious $5,000 Mecklenburg County Arts & Science Council Fellowship in 1997 and an Emerging Artists Grant in 1990. In 2001 he was honored by the Charlotte Observer’s year-end review for his contribution to the arts community, and he also received the 2001 Spirit Award, a yearly award given by the Charlotte Mint Museum and Royal & SunAlliance to recognize those whose involvement and commitment to the arts have made a significant impact on the quality of life in the Charlotte community.

Alan graduated in 1980 from UCLA, and received a Masters Degree from Indiana University in 1983, where he was a teaching assistant to Fritz Magg. Other teachers include former Principal Cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Ronald Leonard, Jeffrey Solow, Gary Hoffman, and most recently, David Hardy, Principal Cellist of the National Symphony in Washington D.C. As a student he also appeared in masterclasses with such notable musicians as Leonard Bernstein, James Buswell, Bernard Greenhouse, and Janos Starker.

Mr. Black performs on a 1995 Moes & Moes cello, originally built for and owned by Yo-Yo Ma.

Sunday Salons at the River House Inn on the New River are patterned on the famous international “salons” of the past; featuring musical and theatrical performances, poetry readings, book signings, art displays and literary and historical discussions, followed by dinner. If you can’t make dinner, you’re welcome to stop by for the entertainment in the North Carolina mountains and a libation with hors d’oeuvre! But please call to reserve.

Sunday afternoons on the front porch

Music from 4pm until 6pm

Hors d’oeuvre passed at 5pm

Four Course Chef’s Selection Menu seating at 6pm

CLICK HERE to see a complete schedule!

For more info visit: http://riverhousenc.com/ 

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