Lake Norman & Mooresville

Denver-area music season opens in October

The Alexander Community Concert Series will kick off its second season with a performance in Denver by three prominent area musicians.

The Alan Black Trio, which consists of two lead musicians from the Charlotte Symphony and the artistic director for London Chamber Orchestra, will perform on Oct. 9 at the Episcopal Church of St. Peter by-the-Lake in Denver.

The performance will feature Alan Black, the principal cellist for the Charlotte Symphony; Elizabeth Landon, the principal flutist for the Charlotte Symphony; and Rosemary Furniss, the artistic director and concert master of the London Chamber Orchestra.

Other performances include pianist Jeff Perks on Nov. 6; Edgar Cruz, flamenco and classical guitarist, on Feb. 2; and the Gold Standard Chorus, a barbershop harmony-style vocal group, on April 22.

The Denver concert series was started last year in memory of Richard Alexander, a Denver resident who was heavily involved in the arts and culture scene of the greater Charlotte area.

He died in July 2010.

"The series is a continuing memorial to him for his lifelong commitment to art, music and civility in our public discourse," Ben Benoit, an organizer of the concert series, said in a statement.

Because of the popularity of the series last year, organizers have expanded it from three to four concerts.

After each concert, residents will have a chance to meet with the musicians and ask them questions, said Benoit.

"Our mission is to provide diverse musical experiences that engage, entertain, and inspire," Benoit said in a statement.