The Charleston Symphony Orchestra announced on Wednesday that they are resuming operations. The 75th anniversary season will be announced next week, and musicians will perform with the CSO Chorus for a holiday celebration concert on Sat. Dec. 18 at the Gaillard. CSO Masterworks and Pops Opening Nights will take place in January.
Outstanding issues with the local musician’s union were the final key to making the CSO operational again. The union offered to withdraw charges that the temporary shut-down of the organization was illegal in exchange for the immediate resignation of board president Ted Legasey and board bargaining committee chair Marty Klaper, as well as the appointment of 10 new board members, to be nominated by CSO musicians.
A final agreement between board members and the union was reached on Tuesday. The resolution says that 23 percent of the seats on the CSO board will be filled from a list of nominees provided by the local union. The board of directors will also implement a plan to transition board members from the current team and hire new officers and chairs within the next 60 days.
“The past is behind us, and all of us — board members, musicians, staff, patrons, donors and community leaders — must now focus on making the future as bright as it can be for this orchestra and the Charleston Community,” Legasey says in a release. “We understand and regret that this agreement impacts some musicians and their families, and we have put in place as many measures as we could to soften their loss, but a smaller core orchestra was necessary to secure the future of this centerpiece of Charleston’s arts scene.”
Find more information about the upcoming season at charlestonsymphony.com.