by Jeffrey Day
After some maneuvering, I was able to get into the sold out Piccolo concert by young violinist — and apparently local celebrity — Seth Gilliard. The concert at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park was packed with people of all ages (including the much put-upon former S.C. first Lady Jenny Sanford) there to cheer on the recent Furman University graduate who played a mix of classical (Bach and William Grant Still) in a chamber grouping, jazz with pianist Richard White, and more pop-oriented pieces of his own creation.
Gilliard gave thanks and flowers to former Piccolo director Ellen Dressler Moryl for her long-time support. She first heard about Seth in 1997 when she purchased a car from his dad Rodgers. Dad and mom Andrea were there of course — I sat between the beaming couple. And Moryl joined him on cello for the opening Bach.
The City Gallery doesn’t have great acoustics, but I’ve gone to a number of concerts there over the years and it’s a terrific setting surrounded by art and a view of the park and water.