Alan Black, founder of the concert series best known as Chamber Music at St. Peter's, has stepped down as the artistic leader of the popular uptown concerts.
Black, the Charlotte Symphony's principal cellist, announced his resignation at Tuesday's installment of the monthly series, which recently changed its name to Charlotte Chamber Music. Music lovers who attended the noon performance said Black was emotional as he told the audience the news before the music began.
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“It's time for me to move on to look for other avenues and other options,” Black said Tuesday afternoon, shortly before the 5:30 p.m. performance. Beyond saying that “for several months, I've been considering this option,” he wouldn't elaborate.
Black established the series in 1996 as an outlet for Charlotte Symphony players and others to collaborate in chamber music. Black envisioned the concerts at St. Peter's Episcopal Church as a free offering for uptown workers, but the audience has grown far beyond that. Though the concerts have always been free, the group raises money to pay the players.
Black said he will not play on any of this season's remaining concerts.
Black announced his decision to the series' board of directors in a letter Tuesday morning, executive director Elaine Spallone said.
The group intends to “take what he has created, and continue what it contributes to the community,” Spallone said. The group's leaders will sound out musicians in the area about how to do that, she added.