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Drew Dansby, photo by Richard Israel
Erica Circe, photo by Charlotte Symphony
Drew Dansby, 21-year-old, native Charlottean, and a cellist in the Charlotte Symphony, has organized the Myers Park Summer Series, premiering over the next four weeks at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. From May 16 to June 27, this collection of 6 free innovative chamber music concerts features Charlotte Symphony musicians and other young talented performers. All events are non-ticketed, free, and seating is first-come, first-served, but donations are welcome. 100% of any donations made will go toward mutual aid group Feed the Movement CLT, a volunteer-run mutual aid fund that directly goes to Black trans women and the unhoused community in Charlotte.
Free transportation to any of the concerts is also available for anyone and can be arranged online.
The first performance was last weekend, 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟏𝟔 𝐚𝐭 𝟕𝐩𝐦, and featured the 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐞 𝐏𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐨 𝐓𝐫𝐢𝐨 in its 𝟑𝐫𝐝 𝐀𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐭. The Charlotte Piano Trio revisited the first piece it ever performed three years ago: Brahms’ First Piano Trio, alongside Kodaly's fiery Duo for Violin and Cello and Schoenfield's jazz-inspired Café Music.
𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐌𝐚𝐤𝐡𝐮𝐥𝐢 𝐒𝐨𝐥𝐨 𝐏𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐥: 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝟑𝐫𝐝 𝐚𝐭 𝟕𝐩𝐦
Join local 17-year-old Steinway Artist Cristian Makhuli, who is scheduled to make his debut with the Charlotte Symphony next season, for his competition-tier program of solo piano works by Ravel, Schumann, Beethoven, and Liszt.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐬 𝐟𝐭. 𝐍𝐢𝐚 𝐉: 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝟔𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐭 𝟕𝐩𝐦
Experience a lush cello ensemble sound in works by Antonín Dvořák, Marcus Norris, Astor Piazzolla, with a special appearance by R&B singer-songwriter Nia J featuring arrangements of her original songs "Rabbit Hole" and "Meadow View."
This features Charlotte Symphony section members Sarah Markle, Jeremy Lamb, and Marlene Ballena and acting Symphony members Drew Dansby and Denielle Wilson in a 5-part cello ensemble. Denielle will also be featured in the slow movement of Dvorak's cello concerto arranged for soloist and cello quartet.
𝐏𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚: 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝟏𝟎𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐭 𝟕𝐩𝐦
A program of fantastical pieces for cello and piano: Adolphus Hailstork's solo sonata, John Corigliano's Phantasmagoria, and Johannes Brahms' Cello Sonata No. 2.
Drew Dansby, cello
Cristian Makhuli, piano
Paul Nitsch (professor of piano at Queens University), piano
𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐞 𝐒𝐲𝐦𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐲
𝐓𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝟏𝟔𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐭 𝟕𝐩𝐦
Join flute, oboe, bassoon, and horn players from the Symphony for eclectic chamber works by Madeleine Dring, Valerie Coleman, W.A. Mozart, and more.
Featuring Charlotte Symphony members:
Victor Wang, flute
Erica Cice, oboe
Naho Zhu, bassoon,
Philip Brindise, horn
Oliver Kot, violin
Drew Dansby, cello
Zaiba Sheikh and Bomi Tunstall (pianists with Opera Carolina)
𝐆𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬, 𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐁𝐥𝐮𝐞𝐬
𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝟐𝟕𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐭 𝟕𝐩𝐦
Four conservatory musicians from four different NC towns are uniting in Charlotte to deliver contemporary string quartets - Philip Glass' String Quartet No. 3, Tan Dun's Eight Colors, Caroline Shaw's Blueprint, and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson's Calvary Quartet.
Dustin Wilkes-Kim (violin) is from Winston-Salem, went to UNCSA and recently graduated from Yale School of Music and joined the Charlotte Symphony. Yulia Price (violin) is from Shelby, NC, and Santiago Vazquez-Loredo (viola) is from Hickory, NC, and they both went to the ECU School of Music and are currently at NEC for their Masters' Degrees. Drew Dansby (cello) is from Charlotte, a rising junior at Oberlin Conservatory and Acting Section Cellist in the Charlotte Symphony.