November 28, 2023

A journey of flavors and indulgence with Intermezzo: Wine, Cheese and Chocolate 2023

Staff member, Hunter Rigsby

A few weeks ago, Charlotte patrons and purveyors gathered behind their computer screens to embark on a journey of flavors and indulgence during a virtual happy hour benefitting accessible arts education. Intermezzo: Wine, Cheese and Chocolate was started in 2021 as a way of fundraising virtually and quickly became a favorite amongst participants.

The decision to bring back Intermezzo was really due to the overwhelming amount of inquiries we received about it. Wine as well as cheese and chocolate is best shared with one another and that is what we wanted to make this event about — connecting with friends, learning something new, and having a fantastic time while supporting arts education from the comfort of our own homes.

Executive Director Dais A. Tapp explains.

The nearly two-hour event was hosted online by Charlottean and certified "wine nerd," Mitch Sayers who along with Josh Villapando of Assorted Table Wine & Shop, Rachel Klebaur of Orrman's Cheese Shop, and Blair Potts of Potts Chocolate took 42 participants through a guided wine, cheese and chocolate tasting.

Tickets to the event included a pre-packaged assortment of the evening's provisions curated by the featured partners and could be purchased for groups of 2 all the way up to groups of 8.

With the success seen in this year's event, patrons can expect to see Intermezzo as an annual fundraising event put on during the Fall leading up to the holiday season.

If you missed this year's event but would like to be notified of next year's, make sure to sign up to receive our monthly updates directly to your inbox.

A special thank you to our partners and participants for contributing to Intermezzo: Wine, Cheese and Chocolate 2023.

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Attending a Concert

Whether you’ve been attending Charlotte Choir School concerts for years, or this will be your first time, we want you to enjoy yourself and support our singers as a comfortable member of our audience. Here are some frequently asked questions about the concert-going experience that may help.

When do I applaud?

Our choirs love an enthusiastic and appreciative audience, so we encourage your applause. Please hold any applause during short pauses between movements or sections of longer pieces. Once a complete piece has ended, your applause is greatly appreciative. A standing ovation for our final curtain call is always appreciated, too!

May I bring food and beverages?

Food or beverage is not permitted in our main stage venue, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Please respect the sanctity of our founding partner’s worship space.

What if I arrive late?

Concerts begin promptly at the announced starting time. Latecomers and those who leave the venue before or during a work will be seated at the first appropriate break in the program.

When should I arrive?

Please consider how long it will take you to park, walk to our venue, check in, and have a moment before the show to familiarize yourself with the program and relax. We suggest you arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes before showtime.

Can I bring my cell phone or camera?

Yes, cell phones and cameras are allowed. However, we require that you turn off all cell phones, cameras, pagers, beeping watches, and other electronic devices before the performance begins — and that you check to see that they are again turned off after any intermission.Audience members may take photographs before and after the concert. Please note, however, that no photography or recording of any kind is permitted during the performance. Anyone seen using a camera, smart phone, or other device for these activities will be asked to leave.

How long are your concerts?

Our main stage concerts are about 90 minutes and are generally presented without an intermission.

Where do I get my tickets?

Tickets are sold on our website and all tickets are delivered by email to the purchaser. We do not have a will call, and your ticket (printed or on device) must be presented for proof at the venue.

Where do I park?

For main stage concerts at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church or First United Methodist Church, free parking is provided in the TransAmerica Square parking garage on Seventh Street. Enter on Seventh just west of Tryon and bring your ticket with you to the show for validation.

What should I wear?

You’re Uptown for a concert in Charlotte — have fun! But there’s no need to stress. Business or business casual works for all main stage concerts. Most importantly, we want you to be comfortable.

What if I know nothing about choral music and your repertoire?

That’s okay! We perform sacred and secular choral music with a repertoire that features a mix of accessible, familiar choral works, and some pieces you may not expect. You don’t need to know anything about our repertoire to enjoy our concerts. We will publish the concert program in advance, with information about the composers featured and pieces to be performed. We’ll also include links to Spotify and Apple Music where you can hear some pieces in commercial recordings. Elizabeth Lenti, our Artistic Director, also offers program notes from the stage with information on what to listen for in a piece.