Cellist Lynn Harrell [assed away unexpectedly Monday night. (photo Christian Steiner)

News in brief: Lynn Harrell dead at 76, Atlanta Jazz Festival postponed, Georgia boosts coronavirus testing

EarRelevant Staff | 29 APR 2020

Lynn Harrell has died at age 76

Prominent American cellist Lynn Harrell, died unexpectedly Monday night at age 76. His death was announced by his wife, violinist Helen Nightengale on social media early Tuesday afternoon, including Harrell’s Facebook fan page:

We have lost a wonderful father, husband , mensch. All four of Lynn’s children, his sister, friends and I mourn him along with those who were lucky enough to know his music, his wit and his humanity. You were an end of an era, Dear Lynn, and will be missed more than you will ever know. We love you to the moon and back. Rest in Peace, dear one, you have earned it.

Cause of death was not disclosed.

Harrell was born in New York City, the son of Metropolitan Opera baritone Mack Harrell and violinist Marjorie McAlister Fulton. His godfather was Robert Shaw, the eminent choral conductor and former music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. ■

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Atlanta Jazz Festival postponed

In a Tuesday morning press release the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) announced that it postponed the 43rd annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, which had been scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, May 23 and 24. The decision was based on “an abundance of caution due to the coronavirus pandemic and keeping the public’s safety as a top priority.” Although the weekend falls beyond Georgia’s shelter-in-place time frame, large gatherings like the Festival, which draws over 150,000 attendees to Piedmont Parck each year, continue to be discouraged. Alternative dates for the Festival later in 2020 are being explored. ■

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Georgia ramps up coronavirus testing

In a Tuesday afternoon press release, the Office of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced that nearly 13,000 new tests were reported to the website of the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), recording the largest single day in new tests reported since the coronavirus pandemic began. (View the report here.)

In a pres briefing on Monday, Gov. Kemp reported that as of noon that day, Georgia had 23,773 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 942 deaths, and a total of 127,169 tests for coronavirus infection. As of this writing, the number of tests shown on the website exceeded 140,000.

Kemp spoke optimistically about Georgia’s progress in ramping up the testing, saying, “As of this morning, Georgia ranks 13th among states and territories in the total number of tests, and for per capita testing, we are now 36th overall, In less than one week, Georgia moved up from 42nd in per capita testing to 36th. We still have work to do, and we will keep fighting to improve testing access and capacity.” ■