Lake Norman & Mooresville

It's time for Music at St. Alban's series

The Music at St. Alban's 2008-09 concert series kicks off at 3 p.m. Sept. 21 with what will be “our biggest and best show ever,” series artistic director Henry Lebedinsky said.

Bachfest III will feature the St. Alban's Bach Festival Orchestra and nationally acclaimed soloists performing Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and the Coffee Cantata, along with Georg Bohm's Orchestral Suite in D Major and cantatas by Dietrich Buxtehude, one of the top composers of the generation before Bach.

“It's going to be a concert from the sublime to the caffeinated,” Lebedinsky said.

Lebedinsky also is director of music at St. Alban's Church, 301 Caldwell St., which hosts the six-concert series through April 5. Subscription deadline is Friday.

The season also includes:

“Beethoven to Broadway,” 3 p.m. Nov. 2, featuring N.Y. tenor Stephen Oosting and Russian-American pianist Mark Pakman and works from Beethoven to Rachmaninoff to Sondheim.

The Beggar Boys: A Celtic Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 3 p.m. Dec. 14. The Boston-based band will be joined by Irish step dancers from Charlotte's Rince na h'Eireann Academy of Irish Dance. Portion of proceeds benefit the Ada Jenkins Center.

The Farallon Recorder Quartet, 3 p.m. Jan. 25, performing on recorders from 6 inches to 6 feet long.

Counter-tenor Ian Howell and Tableau, 3 p.m. March 1, music for voice and strings by composers who directly influenced German composer Georg Frideric Handel.

Vox & Friends, 3 p.m. April 5. The Charlotte professional singing group will perform a diverse program of classical, folk, jazz, world and high-energy gospel music.

“(The series) is a major cultural offering for Lake Norman,” Lebedinsky said.