We’re still waiting to hear back about the results of the community sessions that will help determine the future path of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, but city officials and musicians have pulled together to celebrate the organization’s 75th anniversary in style.
Members of the CSO, along with the CSO Chorus, CSO Spiritual Ensemble, and the College of Charleston Concert Choir, will present the concert on Fri. Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gaillard. Maestro Stuart Malina, who worked as the CSO’s associate conductor from 1993-97, will conduct. Guest soloists are soprano Deanna McBroom, mezzo soprano Janet Hopkins, tenor Harold Meers, and bass baritone David Templeton. It’s promised to be the largest symphony orchestra Charleston has seen in a decade, with an orchestra of 90 and a mass chorus of 180. The concert features Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
The City of Charleston is serving as the fiscal agent for the event. Mayor Joe Riley praised the public-private partnership in a recent release. “These are vital members of our community,” he said. “They teach in our schools, mentor our children, enrich our religious services with beautiful music and add so much to our quality of life. I hope that everyone will support this effort and ensure that we will be celebrating many more anniversaries with these musicians in the future.”