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August 2021

Lowcountry Listens: Kevin Patton

August 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
$25

This performance is part of the Charleston Gaillard Center’s Lowcountry Listens program. Learn more about Lowcountry Listens here. Patrons will have the unique opportunity to enjoy the show from seats on the stage of the Martha & John M. Rivers Performance Hall. Kevin Patton – saxophone Gavin Smith – trombone Abdiel Iriarte – piano Tim Khayat – bass Miller Boone – drums Kevin Patton is a composer, instructor, and saxophonist from Charleston, South Carolina. Over the past decade, he has performed in…

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Lowcountry Listens: Lindsay Holler

August 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
$25

This performance is part of the Charleston Gaillard Center’s Lowcountry Listens program. Learn more about Lowcountry Listens here. Patrons will have the unique opportunity to enjoy the show outside on the Gaillard Center’s Terrace Lawn. Lindsay Holler sings and plays guitar. Her voice moves onto the sidewalk through a cracked upstairs window on dusky afternoons. It smells you with its tongue, pensively considers, and strikes. In clubs and theatres … it’s the same. On some occasions it caresses; other times accuses. When…

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Lowcountry Listens: Tom Mackell

August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
$25

This performance is part of the Charleston Gaillard Center’s Lowcountry Listens program. Learn more about Lowcountry Listens here. Patrons will have the unique opportunity to enjoy the show from the Gallery Lobby of the Martha & John M. Rivers Performance Hall. Tom Mackell – guitar James Frolio – lead guitar A Charleston, South Carolina-based singer/songwriter whose honest and soulful mix of Americana, pop and rock creates a melodic, smooth sound that’s effortlessly organic. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mackell honed…

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Lowcountry Listens: Dallas Baker

August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
$25

This performance is part of the Charleston Gaillard Center’s Lowcountry Listens program. Learn more about Lowcountry Listens here. Patrons will have the unique opportunity to enjoy the show from seats on the stage of the Martha & John M. Rivers Performance Hall. Established in 2014 on a Friday night at Holy City Brewing, Dallas Baker and Friends are two time winners of Charleston City Paper’s Bluegrass Band of the Year. They can best be described as Beach Driven Bluegrass, their improvisational string…

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September 2021

Lowcountry Jazz Festival All White Party Affair

September 3 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm EDT
$113

From our friends at the Lowcountry Jazz Festival: After months of unprecedented change (or lack of) you DESERVE a weekend of world-class smooth jazz, and the finest Lowcountry cuisine. The Lowcountry Jazz Festival and the City of Charleston welcome you back on Labor Day weekend! Experience the culture that makes visitors return year after year. With some of the world’s best musicians, great dining options, sophisticated shopping, and rich history, there is no argument why The Lowcountry Jazz Festival and Charleston, SC provide one of the…

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Lowcountry Jazz Festival: Day One 2021

September 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
$63

The Lowcountry Jazz Festival, South Carolina’s premier annual Smooth Jazz event, returns to the Charleston Gaillard Center with a stellar lineup. The festival continues its Labor Day weekend tradition, kicking off Friday, September 3. From our friends at the Lowcountry Jazz Festival: After months of unprecedented change (or lack of) you DESERVE a weekend of world-class smooth jazz, and the finest Lowcountry cuisine. The Lowcountry Jazz Festival and the City of Charleston welcome you back on Labor Day weekend! Experience the culture that makes…

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Lowcountry Jazz Festival: Day Two 2021

September 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
$63

The Lowcountry Jazz Festival, South Carolina’s premier annual Smooth Jazz event, returns to the Charleston Gaillard Center with a stellar lineup. The festival continues its Labor Day weekend tradition, kicking off Friday, September 3. From our friends at the Lowcountry Jazz Festival: After months of unprecedented change (or lack of) you DESERVE a weekend of world-class smooth jazz, and the finest Lowcountry cuisine. The Lowcountry Jazz Festival and the City of Charleston welcome you back on Labor Day weekend! Experience the culture that makes visitors…

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CSO Masterworks – A Triumphant Return

September 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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One event on September 25, 2021 at 7:30 pm

With this season opening concert — a journey from France to Russia and back again — the CSO will rejoice with music to honor our much-anticipated return to the audience-filled concert hall. There may be no better sound to usher in a celebratory homecoming than with Hector Berlioz’s rousing, colorful Roman Carnival Overture. It has become one of the French Romantic composer’s most frequently performed works since its 1844 Paris premiere.   Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini…

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Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers

September 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
$35

Tickets on sale Friday, June 18 at 11am. Members receive presale access. Learn more about becoming a member here. Bruce Hornsby is on a roll. After taking the music world by surprise with his wide-ranging, critically acclaimed 2019 album Absolute Zero, the singer, songwriter, composer and bandleader returns with a follow-up that picks up where its predecessor left off. Non-Secure Connection features 10 new songs exploring a broad range of themes, from civil rights to computer hackers, mall salesmen to the Darwinian aspects of…

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October 2021

CSO POPS – Music of the Movies: Heroes and Villians

October 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

In the CSO’s annual tradition of performing music from popular films and television, we will journey to the cinema and explore the sounds of good versus evil. Selections will include music from the Marvel superhero movies Spiderman and Black Panther, and DC Comics’ favorites Superman and Batman. The concert will also feature familiar favorites from classics such as Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Psycho, Game of Thrones, songs from James Bond,the famous “Parade of the Charioteers” from Ben Hur,…

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The Beach Boys

October 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
$60

As The Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America’s musical history. The Beach Boys have become synonymous with the California lifestyle and have become an American icon to fans around the world. Since the band’s co-founder, lead-singer and chief lyricist Mike Love penned the lyrics to The Beach Boys’ first hit, “Surfin’” (1961), dozens of the bands chart toppers have become eternal anthems…

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Emerson String Quartet

October 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

This performance is part of the Charleston Gaillard Center's 2021-2022 Series Subscription.  Subscriptions go on sale Friday, July 9. Learn more about their subscriptions here! Become a member to receive exclusive presale access beginning July 6. (Members will receive an email when their presale access begins.) Learn more about becoming a member here. Single tickets on sale in August; final date to be announced. Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer – violins Lawrence Dutton – viola Paul Watkins – cello PROGRAM* Hayden Seven…

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CSO Masterworks – Bolero

October 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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One event on October 16, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Richard Strauss’ tone poem Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks brought the German folklore character Till Eulenspiegel to the international masses. As the title suggests, the work follows the escapade and antics of Till with a delightful, romping journey around the orchestra. The composer said of the work, “I only wanted to give the people in the concert hall a good laugh for once.” Strauss’ Burleske for piano and orchestra is youthful and vigorous and features a complex piano solo and soaring…

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Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

October 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
$39

Pat Benatar’s staggering vocals and take-no-prisoners attitude, along with Neil Giraldo’s trailblazing artistry as a guitarist, producer and songwriter forged the undeniable chemistry and unique sound that created some of rocks most memorable hits including We Belong, Invincible, Love Is A Battlefield, Promises In The Dark, We Live For Love, Heartbreaker and Hell Is For Children. Together they have created two multi-platinum, five platinum and three gold albums, as well as nineteen Top 40 hits. They have sold over thirty…

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L.O.L. Surprise! Live

October 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
$20

Tickets on sale Friday, June 18 at 10am. Members receive presale access. Learn more about becoming a member here. L.O.L. Surprise!™ Live – Calling All B.B’s will feature fan favorites and best sellers Lady Diva, Royal Bee, Neonlicious, and Swag in the first-ever family spectacular with original music, dancers, a DJ, and never-before seen live holograms. Using groundbreaking hologram technology, the beloved characters will sing, dance and come to life while being able to interact with live audiences. L.O.L. Surprise!™ is known…

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Million Dollar Quartet

October 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
$25

Tickets on sale Friday, June 18 at 11am. Members receive presale access. Learn more about becoming a member here. Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony® Award-winning smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll…

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CSO Masterworks – Beethoven and Witches

October 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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One event on October 30, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Recognized as the leading opera composer of his time, the prolific Gioachino Rossini wrote The Silken Staircase at age 20. The comedic opera, though very popular in its day, is not performed as often as are his The Barber of Seville or William Tell. However, The Silken Staircase Overture stands the test of time as a masterpiece punctuated by lively banter between the strings and the upper woodwinds. At its 1803 premiere, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto was not…

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November 2021

An Evening with Audra McDonald

November 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT

This performance is part of the Charleston Gaillard Center's 2021-2022 Series Subscription.  Subscriptions go on sale Friday, July 9. Learn more about their subscriptions here! Become a member to receive exclusive presale access beginning July 6. (Members will receive an email when their presale access begins.) Learn more about becoming a member here. Single tickets on sale in August; final date to be announced. Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and…

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Crowder: The Milk & Honey Tour

November 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
$25

Special Guest Sean Curran featuring Chidima The show will open with Capitol CMG/sixstepsrecords artist Sean Curran followed by an inspired set from seasoned artist Crowder, leading songs from his new album ‘Milk & Honey’ to end the night. Watch his electrifying performance of “Good God Almighty,” a song that recently topped the Billboard Hot Christian Songs Chart, here: youtu.be/6TzECToPYIk “We’re finally getting out of the basement!,” says Crowder. “We can’t wait to see you fantastic folks in person for the Milk &…

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Ben Folds: In Actual Person Live for Real Tour

November 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST
$29

Ben Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation. He’s created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and numerous collaborative records. His last album was a blend of pop songs and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra that soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts. For over a decade he’s performed with some of the world’s greatest symphony…

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Keb’ Mo’ Band

November 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST
$29

Keb’ Mo’s self-titled release under his coined Keb’ Mo’ moniker, reached it’s quarter century milestone in 2019, and over the years, Keb’ has proven that he is a musical force that defies typical genre labels. Album after album, 14 in total, he has garnered 5 GRAMMY awards, including his most recent 2019 release, Oklahoma, which won in the Best Americana Album category. Keb’s list of GRAMMY recognitions continues with 12 GRAMMY nominations, in total, including his 2014 self-produced release, BLUESAmericana, earning three nominations…

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CSO Masterworks – Stars of the CSO

November 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
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One event on November 20, 2021 at 7:30 pm

The “King of Swing” Benny Goodman commissioned American composer Aaron Copland to write the Clarinet Concerto. This performance will feature the Charleston Symphony’s Charles Messersmith. Charles was appointed as Second Clarinet with the CSO in 1998 in a national audition and became Principal Clarinet in 2005. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major for Violin and Viola will allow two CSO musicians to really shine. Jan-Marie Christy Joyce has been an indispensable member of the CSO as Principal Viola for more…

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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

November 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST
$49.50

Do you remember the first time you heard the Christmas sounds of Mannheim Steamroller? You can again celebrate the holiday magic of Mannheim Steamroller in 2021 when they bring their annual holiday tour to fans throughout the country. While 2020 was the first year the group was unable to tour in 35 years, 2021 will reunite the #1 Christmas music artist in history with its legion of long-time fans. Experience the music that has become the hallmark of the holidays and a tradition for…

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December 2021

Heather McMahan: The Farewell Tour

December 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
$32

Tickets on sale Friday, June 18 at 10am, online only. Ticket Office opens at 11am. Members receive presale access. Learn more about becoming a member here. Put the phones down! Your favorite, high functioning hot mess comedian, Heather McMahan, is coming to a city near you. She’s live, liberated and lubed up–doing the most and the least at the same damn time. Heather McMahan’s Farewell Tour…Her First, and Possibly the LAST!

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An Officer and A Gentleman: A New Musical

December 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST

This performance is part of the Charleston Gaillard Center's 2021-2022 Series Subscription.  Subscriptions go on sale Friday, July 9. Learn more about their subscriptions here! Become a member to receive exclusive presale access beginning July 6. (Members will receive an email when their presale access begins.) Learn more about becoming a member here. Single tickets on sale in August; final date to be announced. A SWEEPING ROMANCE THAT LIFTS YOU UP WHERE YOU BELONG! AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, based on…

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CSO Holiday POPS!

December 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
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One event on December 23, 2021 at 7:30 pm

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Bring your family and friends to enjoy the annual holiday tradition, which has become a spectacular celebration. Holiday Pops will include choirs, dancers, guest vocalists, pipers, and special appearances by Frosty the Snowman, Saint Nick, and more. The festive performance will feature beloved orchestral selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker to two movements of Duke Ellington and His Orchestra’s jazzy Nutcracker Suite. Joyous carols such as “The First Noel” and “Gloria” will showcase the…

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January 2022

CSO Masterworks – Hart of Tchaikovsky

January 7, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
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One event on January 8, 2022 at 7:30 pm

This performance will explore fanfare, reflection, and fate with music from two living composers and a 19th Century Russian Romantic. The concert opens with Black American composer Adolphus Hailstork’s Fanfare on “Amazing Grace,” a work performed by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration. Listeners will find that its brass embellishment grasps your attention while its familiar hymnal melody captivates. The Shanghai Quartet—one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles—will join the Charleston Symphony for the…

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CSO Pops – The Great American Songbook

January 20, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST

There was a time before Elvis swiveled his hips on national television and prior to anyone knowing a musical genre called “rock and roll.” Music written during what we now call the Great American Songbook originally started around 100 years ago and continued to be at the forefront of popular culture through WWII and the 1950s. Often jazz-influenced, usually witty, and sometimes pulled from Broadway musicals, the tunes are now American musical standards. The legacy lives in songs and compositions…

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February 2022

CSO Mastworks – Chopin’s Masterpiece

February 4, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
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One event on February 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Julia Perry’s aptly-titled A Short Piece for Small Orchestra manages to celebrate the entire orchestra in its seven-minute journey. Perry, a Black American composer who started out writing vocal compositions, lived from 1924-1979 and penned a dozen symphonies before her death. A Short Piece for Orchestra, written in 1952, is far more complex and bolder than its simple, humble title suggests. Read more about Julia Perry. Frédéric François Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 displays emotional depths and poetic melodies that…

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March 2022

CSO Masterworks – Stravinsky’s Petrushka

March 4, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
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One event on March 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Johannes Brahms’ one and only violin concerto does indeed demonstrate the gifts of its soloist, but it is less focused on technique and more on substance and expression. It also features extensive passages for the orchestra, often highlighting the woodwinds and giving the concerto an almost symphonic feel. Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka tells the story of the title character, a popular puppet in Russian folk tales, who finds himself in several uniquely human experiences including love and death. After his…

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CSO Pops – Dreaming of April in Paris

March 31, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

By the time this concert starts, it will still be March in Charleston; but it will be April in Paris! Charleston has a deep connection to French culture and this performance will celebrate that shared legacy with well-known French music. Take a walk in the moonlight with Claude Debussy’s Claire de lune, dance the can-can to Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, and revel in the sounds of George Bizet’s Habanera from Carmen. In addition to these classics, the performance…

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April 2022

CSO Masterworks – Beethoven’s 9th

April 28, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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One event on April 29, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs is a choral work which heavily features a baritone soloist in four of the five songs. Based on poems set to music, the verses are largely spiritually derived. While the first four maintain a tone of a deep introspection, the concluding fifth song “Antiphon,” lifts like a triumphant hymn. Rapturous. Colossal. Legendary. These are all apt descriptions of one of the most well-known pieces of music of all time. In it, you experience sounds…

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