POSTED 8/23/09 — Mr. Michael Cimbala, 60, of Charlotte, died August 17, 2009, at Carolinas Medical Center Main, after a sudden illness. Michael was a violinist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for 35 years and a member of the American Federation of Musicians. Music was more than a profession to him, it was a calling.
In addition, he was a kind man, a sensitive man, a great storyteller and was endowed with a wicked sense of humor. He was often approached by audience members who told him how much they enjoyed watching him perform because of the expression on his face and the way he moved to the music.
Michael is survived by his wife of 40 years, Janice Cimbala, son Nathan Cimbala, daughter-in-law Marion Burch Cimbala and grandson Dylan James Cimbala of Austin, TX, several cousins, and his extended family — past and present members of the Charlotte Symphony.
No formal service is planned, but those who wish to honor his memory are asked to perpetuate Michael’s love of music by supporting the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra with either donations or attendance. The 2009-10 season-opening concert, Beethoven’s “Emperor,” is dedicated to Michael’s life and memory.