Good Tidings for Charleston Arts

It’s been a big week in Charleston.  The beleaguered Charleston Symphony Orchestra announced that, after some intensive restructuring, it is back in business and resumes operations this month.  They had to do some serious downsizing, and cut their operational budget in half.  The smaller core orchestra of just 24 musicians will be augmented periodically by ‘freelance’ musicians, if you will, and the former CSO musicians will get preference for those jobs. It sounds like the board of directors did their best to take care of the musicians who were let go, especially right before Christmas.

We are so pleased that the CSO will continue, and applaud them for taking the big steps they had to to keep the organization sustainable–but at the same time mourn the loss of jobs for many fine musicians and the passing of long time director David Stahl, who lost his battle with cancer this fall.

The CSO’s first performance will be in conjunction with the CSO Chorus on December 18th.  Visit www.charlestonsymphony.com for more information and tickets.

The late David Stahl directing the CSO in 2004

 

PURE Theatre opens Waffle Haus Christmas tonight.  Written by co-founder Rodney Lee Rogers, and starring Rogers, wife Sharon Graci, and Graci’s children Sullivan Graci Hamilton and Tripp Hamilton.  Should be a tasty little holiday snack.  Check out the P&C’s preview.

Sharon Graci plays a pissed off waitress stuck working on Christmas Eve in "Waffle Haus Christmas"

Tonight, I will be attending Charleston Stage‘s production of A Christmas Carol.  As I am always a sucker for a good ghost story and Christmas is my favorite holiday, second only to my birthday four days later, I am looking forward to this very much.  Will report back later!

A Christmas Carol playing at Dock Street Theatre

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One response to “Good Tidings for Charleston Arts

  1. I’m so happy the CSO is back on – charleston wouldn’t be the same without it!

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