Lake Norman & Mooresville

Concert series brings flautist

The last of three concerts in this year's inaugural Alexander Community Concert Series will be presented at St. Peter By-the-Lake Episcopal Church on Fairfield Forest Road in Denver on Mother's Day, Sunday. The guest artist, Jessica Sherer, is a classical flautist from Decatur, Ga.. She has performed with orchestras throughout the country, and can be heard playing principal flute on a recently released recording of orchestral works.

The program she will present is entitled Evolution: A Progression of Music for Solo Flute. Selections will range from the 18th century compositions of J.S. Bach, to music by contemporary composers. A meet and greet reception for all guests will follow the performance. At this time, audience members will be able to speak with Sherer, while enjoying fellowship and refreshments.

The concert series, which will be an annual tradition, is named in honor of long-time church members and music enthusiasts Richard and Clara Alexander. Richard passed away in July 2010 at 83.

Alexander moved to the Denver area with his wife Clara from New Jersey in 1984. Having retired from his career as a school principal, he found he had time to pursue his lifelong passion for playing the piano. Music lessons and daily practice, beginning at 6:30 every morning, were the result. He also substituted for the church organist on occasion.

The Alexanders' desire to share their love of music with the community led to the suggestion that St. Peter-By-the-Lake sponsor an annual series of concerts. Church Rector Ron Taylor also wanted to offer area residents a musical cultural opportunity, in addition to that provided by the East Lincoln Community Chorus. The ultimate goal, as described in the season brochure, is to offer "diverse musical experiences that engage, entertain, and inspire."

The concerts, each of which may cost as much as $1,000, are entirely self-sustaining, independent of church funds, supported through ticket sales and donations from local residents and corporate sponsors.

Donations under $50 come with the designation of Good Samaritan. An offering of up to $100 entitles the donor to be called a Saint. For $150, the donor can achieve the status of Angel, while a larger donation elevates the donor to the level of Archangel.

The first two concerts in the current season, which featured traditional Celtic music by the duo Earl's Chair in November, and New Orleans style jazz by The Half Dozen Brass Band in February, attracted many local residents. The goal, however, is to entice even more area folk to attend.

Next year's season will be expanded to include four concerts, at least one of which will feature classical music. The first concert of the new season, in February, will feature Edgar Cruze, a guitarist.

The second in the series will take place in April, featuring the University of North Carolina, Charlotte Percussion Ensemble. In November, pianist Jeff Perks will perform, and the fourth in the series is yet to be arranged.