Chamber music time has come

It will be the unofficial kickoff of Charlotte's cultural season. Fresh from the Labor Day holiday, music lovers will converge at St. Peter's Episcopal Church to hear the jolly Septet by the young Beethoven.

Yes, if it's the first Tuesday of September, there's chamber music at St. Peter's. But it's no longer Chamber Music at St. Peter's.

The group starts its 13th season with a new name: Charlotte Chamber Music.

While the founders may have started out thinking they'd offer uptown office workers a musical break, a look across any of the crowds will show you that the concerts have a wider reach.

“We felt the Charlotte community has embraced our organization,” the group writes in its announcement, “and with this new name, we embrace Charlotte.”

The moniker has a short-term advantage, too. Early next year, St. Peter's will close its sanctuary for a renovation. Starting with the Feb. 3 program, the concerts will move a few blocks to the First Presbyterian Church, 200 W. Trade St. They're expected to stay there for about a year, until St. Peter's reopens in early 2010 – with a new pipe organ to arrive later in the year. When that's in place, Chamber Music Charlotte will have even more to work with.