The Charleston Symphony Orchestra has announced their 2019-2020 season, one they describe as “their most ambitious season of music yet.” In honor of the Symphony's 83rd season and the Holy City's 350th anniversary, the Charleston Symphony highlights local musicians and artists who have contributed to the fields of classical music and the fine arts.
The Symphony's flagship Masterworks series will be conducted by Maestro Ken Lam who kicks things off next fall with a performance of “Mozart in the Lowcountry," including some of Mozart’s best known works like Symphony No. 39.
This series will also mark the return of Charleston-born composer Edward Hart’s beloved piece, "Under an Indigo Sky." This concerto was first performed at the Gaillard Center to a sold-out audience before the building's 2012 renovations — and fans have long been awaiting its return.
Other season highlights include a collab with local watercolorist Mary Whyte
for the debut of her new collection, We the People
, as well as the return of pianist and composer Conrad Tao
(who is just 24 years old).
For those more casual fans of concert music, might we recommend "Masterworks' lighthearted counterpart" the Charleston Symphony Pops series.
Pops features Yuriy Bekker conducting four thematic performances in “Music at the Movies," which draws its themes from films like Saving Private Ryan, 2001: A Space Odyssey,
and Gone with the Wind
The series will also include the holiday favorite “Holiday Pops;" “From Russians with Love,” inspired by Bekker’s musical homeland; and “Ranky Tanky with the CSO," a night of community collab featuring Charleston’s premier Gullah-inspired jazz band.
The season will close with a performance of “Charleston and the New World” designed to celebrate Charleston’s 350th Anniversary Celebration in 2020. The Symphony Orchestra performs Dvorak’s "New World Symphony," created by Charleston’s chief 20th century African-American composer Edmond Thornton Jenkins and the world premiere of Edward Hart’s newest work, "A Charleston Concerto."
To attend this season of events
, peruse one of the CSO’s three subscription plans: Pops season pass, Masterworks season pass (performed on Fridays or Saturdays), and a new Pick 6 pass which allows patrons to choose their own season of six concerts. Individual performance tickets will go on sale later this year.