For 90 years, Charlotte Concerts has brought the best in international classical music to the Queen City. Now, our organization is undergoing an evolution.
Beginning next year, Charlotte Concerts will continue its rich history at Queens University of Charlotte’s Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for Arts & Civic Engagement, the center taking shape at the corner of Selwyn and Wellesley Aves. The Gambrell Center will make an ideal permanent home for the concerts that have become a Charlotte tradition.
Even as Charlotte Concerts is woven into the Gambrell Center’s programming, the mission remains the same: Bring internationally known classical musicians to Charlotte and educate our youth on the joys of playing and listening to classical music.
To continue our mission, Charlotte Concerts has established two funds:
- The Charlotte Concerts Legacy Fund will sponsor one classical concert per year, part of Arts at Queens Spotlight Series, at the Gambrell Center.
- The Charlotte Concerts Scholarship Fund will annually award at least one Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools student a $5,000-per-year music scholarship to Queens.
The board worked diligently in recent years to refine our mission, clarify the role we play in the
community and ensure a bright future. Our alliance with Queens is the outcome of that strategic review. Leaders from both organizations feel this is a ‘right time/right place’ opportunity.
We’re proud that we have presented more world-class artists – Joshua Bell, the Vienna Boys Choir, Kathleen Battle, Itzhak Perlman, the Boston Pops, to name just a few – on Charlotte stages than any other local organization.
Thanks for your role in making Charlotte Concerts a vital part of the city’s cultural life for nearly a century. Please join Executive Director Diane Lumpkin Peery, the board and me in celebrating the next chapter.
2019 A Musical Showcase
Monday, April 8, 2019, 7:00 pm
Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts
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