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Yuriy Bekker Leads CSO Chamber Orchestra

Sunday, November 22, 2015
by Peter Ingle
Yuriy Bekker Leads CSO Chamber Orchestra

YURIY BEKKER is making the rounds. Last month, he sat as concertmaster for the CSO at the gala opening of the new Gaillard Center. Ten days ago he was a soloist with the Missoula (Montana) Symphony where he performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major. And this past weekend, he served as conductor to the CSO Chamber... Read »

Ken Lam and CSO Debut at Gaillard Center

Sunday, November 8, 2015
by Peter Ingle
Ken Lam and CSO Debut at Gaillard Center

THE OFFICIAL GAILLARD CENTER DEBUT of new Music Director Ken Lam and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) started leisurely with an overture by Brahms, rose in grandeur with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, and went wonderfully over the top with Sir William Walton’s spectacular Belshazzar’s Feast which calls for a large orchestra, an even... Read »

Gerard Schwarz Highlights CSO’s Elegance

Friday, February 20, 2015
by Peter Ingle
Gerard Schwarz Highlights CSO’s Elegance

ALL THE SELECTIONS on the program, like the evening itself, were polished and beautifully presented—in some ways making the difficult look easy. That was partly due to the ever-increasing elegance of our orchestra’s playing, and partly to guest conductor Gerard Schwarz’s measured precision with both his baton and his taste in programming. Before his distinguished... Read »

CSO Starts 2014 with a “Mighty Five”

Friday, September 26, 2014
by Peter Ingle
CSO Starts 2014 with a “Mighty Five”

“GOD GRANT that our… guests may never forget today’s concert; God grant that they may forever preserve the memory of how much poetry, feeling, talent, and intelligence are possessed by the small but already mighty handful of Russian musicians.” This music critic’s quote from 1867—some 150 years ago—could well apply to the mighty group... Read »

Ken Lam Sparks CSO in Superb Masterworks

Friday, March 14, 2014
by William Furtwangler
Ken Lam Sparks CSO in Superb Masterworks

THE FIFTH MASTERWORKS concert of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra comprised four sterling performances of top-notch classical music under the lively and exacting baton of Ken Lam, who is being considered for the post of music director of the orchestra. Lam is one of six conductors chosen to lead a Masterworks concert this season. He... Read »

Pianist Di Wu Surprises CSO Audience at Sottile

Friday, January 10, 2014
by William Furtwangler
Pianist Di Wu Surprises CSO Audience at Sottile

THE CHARLESTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S Third Masterworks concert for the 2013-14 season deserves a hearty bravo for programming, soloist, guest conductor, and orchestra. Thursday evening’s near capacity audience may have been more than a little off-put by the opening of the first item, John Harbison’s Remembering Gatsby (Foxtrot for Orchestra) which starts off atonally and... Read »

CSO and Verdi Make the Rafters Ring

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
by Lindsay Koob
CSO and Verdi Make the Rafters Ring

THE VERDI REQUIEM and I go way back. Like all the way back to the first time I heard it performed in Vienna in the 1960s, as a thunderstruck boy of 14. Since coming home to Charleston in the early 1990s, I’ve performed it (as a chorus member) twice with the Charleston Symphony under... Read »

Volodymyr Vynnytsky Leads Sottile Powerhouse

Saturday, March 16, 2013
by Peter Ingle
Volodymyr Vynnytsky Leads Sottile Powerhouse

WHAT TURNED OUT to be a barn-burner concert of works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev on Friday night began benignly with Gabriel Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, Op. 80—a piece (or combination of pieces) with an unusual history of transmutations. Its origins lie in a score that Fauré wrote in 1898 for a play by... Read »

A Symphonic Circus at the Sottile

Sunday, January 27, 2013
by Peter Ingle
A Symphonic Circus at the Sottile

THE SOTTILE THEATER saw a different CSO crowd this past weekend. After all, people came to see the circus as much, if not more than, the symphony—and they got a delightful dose of both. Cirque de la Symphonie was co-founded in 2006 by Bill Allen and Russian native Alexander (Sasha) Streltsov, who is also... Read »

CSO Triumphant in Russian Masterworks Program

Monday, January 14, 2013
by Lindsay Koob
CSO Triumphant in Russian Masterworks Program

DISTINGUISHED GUEST CONDUCTOR JoAnn Falletta and young piano wonder Micah McLaurin conspired with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) to conjure rare musical magic in Saturday evening’s repeat program of universally cherished masterpieces by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff at the sold-out Sottile Theatre. In two significant respects, the evening was also a memorable... Read »

Greenberg and Bekker Highlight Chamber Group

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
by William Furtwangler
Greenberg and Bekker Highlight Chamber Group

THE CHARLESTON CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, consisting of Charleston Symphony Orchestra members, performed with great passion and intensity to sold out houses on Friday, November 9, and Saturday, November 10. The much anticipated program consisted of Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, followed by Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. The Italian Vivaldi’s collection of... Read »

Masterworks Lead with Holst

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
by William Furtwangler
Masterworks Lead with Holst

THE FIRST MASTERWORKS CONCERT by the Charleston Symphony for this 2012-2013 season featured a sure fire blockbuster in Gustav Holst’s seven-movement suite for orchestra The Planets. The orchestra, which we weren’t sure was going to be around just a year or so ago, has emerged as a top-flight ensemble featuring guest conductors. Conductor Michael... Read »

CSO Concludes Season with Massive Mahler

Monday, April 23, 2012
by William Furtwangler
CSO Concludes Season with Massive Mahler

THE CHARLESTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA was impressive in its final concert of the season: the massively scored Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” (1888-1894) by Austrian composer Gustav Mahler. Tallying the names listed in the program, there were 102 orchestral members, the Symphony Chorus of 65, the College of Charleston Concert Choir numbering 42, plus two soloists... Read »

Thursday Night Chamber Music

Sunday, February 19, 2012
by Peter Ingle
Thursday Night Chamber Music

HOPEFULLY not too many people will read this because the word might get out that Charleston Symphony Orchestra chamber music at the Library Society is a special treat. Musical hors d’oeuvres on a Thursday night… that’s what it felt like. For one thing, there is something special about classical music in a scholarly atmosphere,... Read »

An Unprecedented Evening with the CSO

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
by Lindsay Koob
An Unprecedented Evening with the CSO

HOW MANY OF YOU have heard a master violinist perform live in concert right here in Charleston on an instrument made by Antonio Stradivarius (1644-1737): the legendary north Italian craftsman who is almost universally regarded as the world’s finest-ever maker of violins? Actually, quite a few of Charleston’s music lovers have probably heard them... Read »

Premier of Edward Hart’s “Under an Indigo Sky”

Friday, February 3, 2012
by ChasToday
Premier of Edward Hart’s “Under an Indigo Sky”

Edward Hart’s “love letter to South Carolina”—his latest violin concerto formally entitled Under an Indigo Sky—will premier at the Gaillard Auditorium on Saturday, February 11, 2012. Charleston Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Yuriy Bekker (for whom the piece was written) will be featured with the orchestra led by guest conductor Darko Butorac, the Music Director of... Read »

CSO Flourishes with Falletta

Sunday, January 15, 2012
by Peter Ingle
CSO Flourishes with Falletta

CONDUCTOR JOANN FALLETTA represents the best of what classical music is all about, and it rubs off—as it did Thursday night at the Gaillard Auditorium where she led the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in a lyrically rich program of Russian-European music. This may have been the best we have heard the CSO play, and much... Read »

CSO Chamber Orchestra Charms at Dock Street

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
by Peter Ingle
CSO Chamber Orchestra Charms at Dock Street

YES, IT’s ABOUT THE MUSIC, but it is also about so much more. It’s about how the composers’ lives divine their works, how eight little notes yield endless variety, how precious listening promotes well being, and how fine music sets the tone for mingling—as it did for us in the Dock Street Theatre courtyard... Read »

Emanuel Ax Plays Lush Beethoven

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
by William Furtwangler
Emanuel Ax Plays Lush Beethoven

THE CHARLESTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’s 76th year of Masterworks concerts opened Saturday, November 12, with two Romantic era works. Shuffling onto the stage of Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, Emanuel Ax, one of the world’s foremost keyboard giants, performed flawlessly Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73,” better known as the “Emperor,”... Read »

CSO Quartet Shines in Opening Church Series

Friday, November 4, 2011
by William Furtwangler
CSO Quartet Shines in Opening Church Series

THE UNITARIAN CHURCH in Charleston presented this year’s first in what has been a distinguished series of candlelight concerts, this time featuring a string quartet drawn from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. The quality of music-making for a three-quarters full sanctuary remained on a high plane Thursday evening, October 27. The quartet comprised violinist Yuriy... Read »

An Undercurrent of Hope

Monday, April 4, 2011
by Peter Ingle
An Undercurrent of Hope

THAT’S HOW GUEST PIANIST Robert Blocker described the third movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 which he performed last weekend at the Dock Street Theatre as part of a chamber music concert by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. As Dr. Blocker explained, Mozart’s favorite key to compose in was A major, largely due to... Read »

Celtic Fiddler & Friends Rock the Gaillard

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
by Lindsay Koob
Celtic Fiddler & Friends Rock the Gaillard

MY MOST RECENT musical adventure came on Saturday, with the recently resurrected Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s absolutely smashing Pops Series concert at the Gaillard. A fair-sized and very enthusiastic crowd welcomed star Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers (the New York Times has called her “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin”) and her crack backup combo, Immigrant... Read »

The Depth of the Slavic Soul

Monday, March 14, 2011
by William Furtwangler
The Depth of the Slavic Soul

The CHARLESTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ended this season’s Masterworks series last Thursday in Gaillard Auditorium with  an energizing and emotionally uplifting “Slavic Soul” concert. Featuring Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104 (1895) and Russian Pytor Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 (1876-77), the orchestra demonstrated how noble... Read »

Powerful Performaces

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
by William Furtwangler
Powerful Performaces

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s performance last Saturday at the Gaillard revealed a still solid-sounding group and raised the question of whether a permanent conductor would be preferable to a series of guest conductors. The results were astonishing. Steven Jarvi, associate conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, led an impressive program of the “Bold Voices... Read »

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