Breaking News: Carl David Hall, principal piccolo for Atlanta Symphony, dies of cancer

Hall joined the ASO in 1984.
Hall joined the ASO in 1984.
Hall joined the ASO in 1984.
Hall joined the ASO in 1984.

Carl David Hall, who served as the principal piccolo and third flute for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for 32 years, died last night after a bout with cancer.

Hall joined the symphony in 1984 after playing principal flute with the Florida Orchestra, and piccolo in the New Orleans Symphony and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He was selected to premiere Martin Amlin’s Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra at the 1999 National Flute Association (NFA) convention in Atlanta, and was a member of that organization’s board of directors.

Carl David HallHe was also an Emory University artist affiliate, where he was featured as a soloist on flute and piccolo. His Emory faculty recitals have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s Performance Today

The tributes have poured in on Hall’s Facebook page. Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, the ASO’s principal oboist, wrote: “I’ll miss your laugh, inappropriate cartoons, silly socks, your incredible crystal clear piccolo tone, your musicality, and most of all you. Thank you for making the wind section smile in so many ways.”

Musician Jim Fudge worked with Hall at the New Orleans Symphony in 1981. “We became immediate friends, tried to visit him as much as possible since, mostly though through letters,” Fudge wrote on Facebook. “He premiered a piece my wife Tammy wrote for solo flute, it was perfect, of course. He was one of the most outstanding flutists I’ve ever heard, also incredibly sweet person, always a smile and sense of humor. I was woken up to hear that he passed in the middle of the night. This is going to be difficult to get over.”

Ken Meltzer, who writes the ASO’s program notes, called Hall “an amazing musician and colleague.”

The NFA issued a statement Thursday evening saying it will honor Hall at its 44th annual convention in San Diego in August. “On behalf of the NFA Board of Directors, we offer our deepest condolences to all who knew and loved this wonderful musician and wonderful man, Carl Hall,” the statement said.

The ASO announced Thursday that this weekend’s concerts will be dedicated to Hall’s memory with a performance of “the Air” from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major.

Hall is survived by his life partner John MacGregor. 

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