If you've been meaning to go to a Charleston Symphony Orchestra performance and you just haven't gotten around to it, now's the time to go — they're coming up on their last concert of the season.
On Sun. April 28, the CSO will present a concert of arrangements and original works for the trumpet featuring CSO principal trumpet Michael Smith at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church. Smith has served as the acting principal trumpet of the CSO since 2009, though he's actually been with the organization since 2006. He's also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica de Guanajuato, and more. He'll be accompanied by organist JeeYoon Choi, CSO principal timpanist Beth Albert, and violinist Mayumi Nakamura.
General admission tickets are $15, but students and those under the age of 22 can get in for $5. Find out more at charlestonsymphony.org.
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming Russian Masters concert, scheduled for Jan. 12, is already sold out — but as of press time, it looks like you can still get in to the open dress rehearsal on Jan. 11 at 10 a.m.
The big draw of this show? Guest conductor JoAnn Falletta, who is the music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony, principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra (Ireland), principal guest conductor at Brevard Music School, and artistic advisor to the new Hawaii Symphony.
The concert will feature works by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff including selections from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Rachmaninoff’s Piano concerto No. 2. Local 17-year-old pianist Micah McLaurin will perform with the CSO. Both events will take place at the Sottile Theatre.
The last eight months have been quiet for violinist Lee-Chin Siow. The College of Charleston violin professor and director of strings broke her playing arm in a car accident eight months ago, and she’s been recovering ever since.
But on Fri. Nov. 30, Siow will make a triumphant return to the stage for the Charleston Music Fest’s season opener. She’s teaming up with alumni from the Curtis Institute of Music — her own alma mater — for the concert, including pianist Beatrice Long and cellist Peter Stumpf, professor of cello at Indiana University and former principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. They’ll perform music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Strauss, Paul Schoenfield, and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
“Going ahead with this concert just eight months after my accident was a scary proposition, but in the key moments of my life, I’ve always taken the challenges that scare me,” Siow said in a recent release.
The concert will take place in the Recital Hall at the Simons Center for the Arts. Tickets are $25. Find out more about the Charleston Music Fest, which includes three other concerts, at charlestonmusicfest.com.
Ready to take a musical tour around the solar system? Now you’ve got one more night to do so, as the Charleston Symphony Orchestra is opening up its Thursday dress rehearsal of Holst’s The Planets to the general public. This is a new offering by the CSO, prompted by the concert’s popularity — the Friday and Saturday concerts are nearly sold out.
Attending the dress rehearsal will not only let viewers enjoy the music for a discounted price ($25 for the general public, $15 for students), but they’ll also get the chance to watch a working orchestra on stage. “This is something that is usually a staff perk,” says CSO’s marketing director Nicole Ward. The CSO is especially encouraging those with young musicians in the family to attend, as this will give them a chance to see professional musicians at work.
The program also includes pieces by Verdi and Brahms, with The Planets performed last. This orchestral piece has seven movements with each planet represented by its astrological character, from the dramatic opening with “Mars, the Bringer of War” to “Jupiter, the bringer of Jollity.” Poor little Pluto doesn’t get a movement.
If dress rehearsals aren’t your thing, you can still get tickets to the performances on Friday and Saturday if you act fast. Both Friday and Saturday's concerts will also feature pre-concert discussions with guest conductor David Amado from 6:30-7 p.m. It should be an interstellar evening. Tickets are available online at CharlestonSymphony.org or by calling (843) 723-7528, ext. 110.
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra's top brass and percussion players will celebrate the end of summer with a free concert at Hampton Park Friday. Besides a few works by classic composers like Bach, Mozart, and Gershwin, the orchestra will be performing a few more modern works from Emmy Award-winning composer Anthony DiLorenzo. You might recognize his works from The Simpsons Movie, Toy Story, or any of his countless cues for ESPN, HBO, and ABC, including those catchy College Football intros.
The event also serves as the premiere of the organization's new inflatable band shell, which will be set up near the pond in the center of the park.
Bring chairs but don't worry about the picnic basket, because food trucks including Roti Rolls, Hello My Name is BBQ, Dulce, and Foodie Truck will be in attendance. No alcohol or glass is allowed.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. on Fri. Sept. 21 and will last about an hour. See the full schedule of works to be performed here.