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Charlotte Symphony offers free concert of peace

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The Charlotte Symphony offered a free concert of "peace and healing," and for symphony president and CEO Mary Deissler, it was very personal.

“Music can speak in a way that words that can never speak and it can make people sit back and think and let them feel their emotions, they can grieve, they can start the healing, so what we do is so important, especially at a time like this," Deissler said. “Right here, I was watching it over the last two nights, I just live a block up the street, so I’ve been watching it unfold and it’s just heartbreaking to see what’s happening in this beautiful city and if we can be one little piece of helping the city move on and heal, we had to do it.”

A concert that had been planned for Thursday had to be called off due to the protests, so the symphony changed direction and offered its own way to help the community.

Along with the music, former Bank of America head and philanthropist Hugh McColl spoke briefly, urging the community to come together and to try to understand one another.

"We need to talk with and listen to the concerns of each other," McColl said.  "Black lives do matter.  All lives matter.  Let me repeat that...all live matter."

The concert ended with "Amazing Grace," which for attendee Wanda Webb, provided just the right note.

“Certainly it was calming and a period of reflection but I left here with the understanding that I have a mission that I can’t just sit and listen, I also have to do, so I think this was a wonderful opportunity to gather individuals, to refocus us, to regenerate us, and to remember why we’re even here and what it is that we should be doing," Webb said. “Amazing Grace is one of the pieces that reflects those ideas and that mission.”

Former Governor Jim Martin, who played tuba in the orchestra many years ago, said the concert was a great contribution.

“I’m glad the musicians agreed to do this as a special tribute as a special service of memorial for Mr. Scott, but a way of supporting all of this city," Martin said.

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