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Sep 29

Mayhem Poets

1:00 pm
Appropriate for Grades: 4th-12th PRESENTED BY THE GAILLARD EDUCATION INITIATIVE “Let’s go see a poetry show.” That is a sentence rarely proclaimed and usually responded to with cringes and excuses. The Mayhem Poets are on … Read More
Sep 30

Peppa Pig Live!

5:00 pm
Peppa Pig, the #1 Family show of 2016, is back with an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters in Peppa Pig’s Surprise! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy … Read More
Oct 1

TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band

7:30 pm
TAJ MAHAL & KEB’ MO’ TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band sees Blues titans Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ share the stage with their band for an exciting night of music, performing songs … Read More
Oct 3

Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey

6:00 pm
Appropriate for Grades: 3yrs-4th PRESENTED BY THE GAILLARD EDUCATION INITIATIVE In recognition of National Bullying Month, the Charleston Gaillard’s Education Initiative presents Lightwire’s Moon Mouse, the story of accepting differences. Marvin the Mouse wants to … Read More
Oct 6

Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts

8:00 pm
Local jazz impresario and Charleston favorite, Charlton Singleton, and Nathan L. Nelson, Founding Director of Lowcountry Voices once again combine their considerable talents to bring Charleston audiences the landmark Sacred Concerts from jazz’s most prolific … Read More
Oct 13

Ode to Joy

7:30 pm
CSO Chorus, Dr. Robert Taylor, director CSU Concert Singers, Mary-Hollis Hundley, soprano Sara Couden, alto Alexander McKissick, tenor Robert Cantrell, bass Ken Lam, conductor Program Richard Strauss Metamorphosen Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in … Read More
Oct 14

Ode to Joy

7:30 pm
CSO Chorus, Dr. Robert Taylor, director CSU Concert Singers, Mary-Hollis Hundley, soprano Sara Couden, alto Alexander McKissick, tenor Robert Cantrell, bass Ken Lam, conductor Program Richard Strauss Metamorphosen Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in … Read More
Oct 18

Herbie Hancock

7:30 pm
Now in the sixth decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: at the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music. In addition to being recognized as a legendary pianist … Read More
Oct 21

Masterworks I: Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast

7:00 pm
Join the Colour of Music Festival for a performance of Hiawantha’s Wedding Feast followed by the Black Classical Renaissance Gala Benefit. Maestro Kazem Adbullah will open the Colour of Music Festival’s Masterworks series, as he … Read More
Oct 22

Masterworks II : Dett, Haydn and Weston

5:00 pm
The Colour of Music Festival concludes with an ode to the Emanuel-9, its survivors and congregation of the Mother Emanuel AME Church, with a moving performance of Robert Nathaniel Dett’s Chariot Jubilee, Franz Joseph Haydn’s … Read More
Oct 24

Ballet Hispánico

7:30 pm
Ballet Hispánico, the premier Latino dance organization in the United States, brings individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance. Whether dancing on stage, in school, or in the street, Ballet … Read More
Oct 26

Happy Birthday, John Williams

7:30 pm
Yuriy Bekker, principal pops conductor In honor of John Williams’ 85th birthday, the CSO kicks off its Pops series with some of his most memorable film scores. Let the music from Indiana Jones, Star Wars, … Read More
Nov 1

A Life in Lessons: A Conversation with William McRaven

6:00 pm
  Keynote speaker William H. McRaven will present A Life in Lessons – inspirational and informative wisdom drawn from his life of exceptional public service in the U.S. military and as a leader in higher education. In keeping … Read More
Nov 2

Othello

1:00 pm
Appropriate for Grades: 6th-12th PRESENTED BY THE GAILLARD EDUCATION INITIATIVE What happens when evil and manipulation are loosed upon a world where inequity and jealousy already reign?  When suspicion, xenophobia, and distrust flourish, how can … Read More
Nov 3

Bill Blagg – Science of Magic

1:00 pm
Appropriate for Grades: 2nd-7th PRESENTED BY THE GAILLARD EDUCATION INITIATIVE For centuries magicians have used scientific principles to make people levitate in mid-air and vanish in the blink of an eye. Illusionist Bill Blagg’s one-of- … Read More
Nov 5

The Wizard of Oz

7:30 pm
There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful WIZARD OF OZ, twists its way into Charleston! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down … Read More
Nov 9

Joshua Bell

7:30 pm
JOSHUA BELL Violin With a career spanning more than thirty years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. Growing up with … Read More
Nov 17

Cathedral Sounds

7:30 pm
CSO Chorus, Dr. Robert Taylor, Director Ken Lam, conductor     Program Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis Ralph Vaughan Williams Toward the Unknown Region Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 2 in … Read More
Nov 18

Cathedral Sounds

7:30 pm
CSO Chorus, Dr. Robert Taylor, Director Ken Lam, conductor     Program Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis Ralph Vaughan Williams Toward the Unknown Region Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 2 in … Read More
Nov 21

Rodrigo Y Gabriela: Tenth Anniversary Tour with Marc Scibilia

7:30 pm
RODRIGO Y GABRIELA Mexican acoustic rock-maestros Rodrigo y Gabriela are continuing their triumphant US touring run, celebrating the tenth anniversary re-release of their classic self-titled break-out album. Originally released in Ireland in 2006, the album … Read More
Dec 2

Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker

2:00 pm
Celebrate the magical sights and sounds of the holidays at Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker! Join us on a holiday voyage complete with choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, live music, and the professional dancers of Charlotte Ballet joined … Read More
Dec 2

Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker

7:00 pm
Celebrate the magical sights and sounds of the holidays at Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker! Join us on a holiday voyage complete with choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, live music, and the professional dancers of Charlotte Ballet joined … Read More
Dec 3

Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker

2:00 pm
Celebrate the magical sights and sounds of the holidays at Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker! Join us on a holiday voyage complete with choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, live music, and the professional dancers of Charlotte Ballet joined … Read More
Dec 9

Renée Fleming

7:30 pm
One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. Known as “The People’s Diva” and winner of … Read More
Dec 14

Mike Birbiglia: The New One

7:00 pm
MIKE BIRBIGLIA RESCHEDULED for Thursday, December 14 All tickets issued for the current date will be honored for the new date. If you are unable to attend, a refund will be issued. Refund request must be … Read More
Dec 16

CSO’s Annual Holiday Pops

7:30 pm
Amanda Castellone, soprano Megan Moore, mezzo-soprano Yuriy Bekker, principal pops conductor Festive fun for the whole family! Join the CSO and the CSO Chorus for our annual holiday celebration! Principal Pops Conductor, Yuriy Bekker, leads … Read More
Dec 20

Canadian Brass

7:30 pm
Canadian Brass CSO Brass Quintet The world-famous Canadian Brass returns after their sold-out performance in 2016 with the CSO Brass for a new spectacular Christmas program! Masters of performance, Canadian Brass has developed a uniquely … Read More
Jan 5

Brahms

7:30 pm
Music Director, Ken Lam, conducts the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s opening Masterworks concert of the 2017-2018 season featuring Johannes Brahms’ beloved Symphony No. 2. Guest cellist, Julian Schwarz, joins the CSO in performing Édouard Lalo’s Concerto … Read More
Jan 6

Brahms

7:30 pm
Music Director, Ken Lam, conducts the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s opening Masterworks concert of the 2017-2018 season featuring Johannes Brahms’ beloved Symphony No. 2. Guest cellist, Julian Schwarz, joins the CSO in performing Édouard Lalo’s Concerto … Read More
Jan 9

Riverdance

7:30 pm
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the … Read More
Jan 10

Riverdance

7:30 pm
The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the … Read More
Jan 12

CSO Concerto Evening

7:30 pm
Ivan Moshchuk, piano Ken Lam, conductor     Program Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins and Violoncello in B minor Alfred Schnittke Concerto Grosso No. 1 for Two Solo Violins Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto for … Read More
Jan 13

CSO Concerto Evening

7:30 pm
Ivan Moshchuk, piano Ken Lam, conductor     Program Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins and Violoncello in B minor Alfred Schnittke Concerto Grosso No. 1 for Two Solo Violins Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto for … Read More
Jan 18

Gershwin and Bernstein Take New York and Tonight, Tonight Gala

7:00 pm
Gershwin and Bernstein Take New York Leah Edwards, soprano Paul Sanchez, piano Yuriy Bekker, principal pops conductor George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein captured New York City’s essence and became the iconic musical voices of their … Read More
Jan 19

5 Browns

7:30 pm
The 5 Browns – Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae –all attended New York’s Juilliard School, where they were the first family of five siblings ever admitted. They have performed in venues around the world, … Read More
Jan 20

Kenny G

8:00 pm
The 4th Annual Charleston Jazz Festival welcomes Kenny G to the Gaillard Center. In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, Pop and … Read More
Jan 25

Pink Martini

7:30 pm
Drawing inspiration from music all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – Thomas Lauderdale founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical … Read More
Jan 27

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous

7:00 pm
 LIMITED SEATING. REMAINING SEATS IN GALLERY LEVEL ONLY. JOHN MULANEY is an Emmy Award winning writer and comedian. He most recently starred in the Broadway hit, “Oh, Hello on Broadway” alongside Nick Kroll. In 2015 … Read More
Jan 28

Cabaret

7:30 pm
Based on Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award®-winning production, SAM MENDES (Skyfall, American Beauty) and ROB MARSHALL’S (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films), CABARET comes to the Charleston Gaillard Center. Welcome to the infamous Kit … Read More
Jan 30

Go, Dog. Go!

12:30 pm
Appropriate for Grades: 3yrs-2nd PRESENTED BY THE GAILLARD EDUCATION INITIATIVE Go, Dog. Go! brings the adventures of P.D. Eastman’s book to life in a frolicking musical dog party. The cast of this beloved preschool favorite has … Read More
Feb 2

Classical Bernstein and Gershwin

7:30 pm
Conrad Tao, piano Ken Lam, conductor     Program Leonard Bernstein Prelude, Fugue and Riffs George Gershwin Piano Concerto in F major Leonard Bernstein Symphony No. 2 The Age of Anxiety Pre-concert conversations by the … Read More
Feb 3

Classical Bernstein and Gershwin

7:30 pm
Conrad Tao, piano Ken Lam, conductor     Program Leonard Bernstein Prelude, Fugue and Riffs George Gershwin Piano Concerto in F major Leonard Bernstein Symphony No. 2 The Age of Anxiety Pre-concert conversations by the … Read More
Feb 6

Darius & Twig

1:00 pm
Appropriate for Grades: 5th-8th PRESENTED BY THE GAILLARD EDUCATION INITIATIVE Can two friends break away from the city to live their dreams? On Harlem’s 145th Street, teenage best friends Darius and Twig dream of a … Read More
Feb 8

Travis Wall’s SHAPING SOUND, After The Curtain

7:30 pm
Through his Emmy Award winning work on “So You Think You Can Dance”, Travis Wall has established himself as one of America’s favorite choreographers. His artistic direction of SHAPING SOUND has already produced one spell-binding … Read More
Feb 10

Diana Krall: Turn Up The Quiet World Tour 2017-2018

7:30 pm
Tickets on sale to the public Friday, October 27 at 11am. Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer, Diana Krall, is coming to Charleston, in support of her newest album, “Turn Up The Quiet,” … Read More
Feb 12

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

1:00 pm
Appropriate for Grades: 2nd-7th PRESENTED BY THE GAILLARD EDUCATION INITIATIVE This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of … Read More
Feb 22

Shh! We Have a Plan

12:30 pm
Appropriate for Grades: 3yrs-2nd PRESENTED BY THE GAILLARD EDUCATION INITIATIVE Shh! We have a Plan is the enchanting new theatre production by the multi award winning Theatre Company Cahoots Northern Ireland. A nonverbal tale featuring … Read More
Feb 23

Mavis Staples

7:30 pm
Tickets to Mavis Staples will go on sale to the public on Friday, September 8, beginning at 11am. Mavis Staples is living, breathing history. She is an alchemist of American music, having continuously crossed genre … Read More
Mar 2

A Hero’s Life

7:30 pm
Sejoon Park, piano Ken Lam, conductor     Program Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor Richard Strauss Ein Heldenleben Pre-concert conversations by the Music Director or his assistants are held from 6:30-7:15pm … Read More
Mar 3

A Hero’s Life

7:30 pm
Sejoon Park, piano Ken Lam, conductor     Program Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor Richard Strauss Ein Heldenleben Pre-concert conversations by the Music Director or his assistants are held from 6:30-7:15pm … Read More
Mar 6

Venice Baroque Orchestra

7:30 pm
Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognized as one of the very finest period instrument ensembles. The Orchestra has received wide critical acclaim for its concert … Read More
Mar 10

Celebrate L’Italia!

7:30 pm
Maria Antunes, soprano Martin Nusspaumer, tenor Yuriy Bekker, principal pops conductor The CSO celebrates everything Italian! Let the CSO whisk you away to the opulent, rich, and fun culture of Italy through its incredible music. … Read More
Mar 17

Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny

11:00 am
Appropriate for Grades: 3yrs-2nd PRESENTED BY THE GAILLARD EDUCATION INITIATIVE Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will add to its acclaimed repertory of outstanding children’s productions with an innovative double-bill adaptation of Margaret Wise Brown and … Read More
Mar 26

My Father’s Dragon

1:00 pm
Appropriate for Grades: K-5th PRESENTED BY THE GAILLARD EDUCATION INITIATIVE Enchantment Theatre Company is thrilled to announce its newest touring production, My Father’s Dragon, based on the beloved book series by Ruth Stiles Gannett. In collaboration … Read More
Mar 27

Million Dollar Quartet

7:30 pm
The Tony® Award winning smash hit Broadway musical inspired by the true story of the recording session that brought together rock n’roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the … Read More
Mar 30

Viennese Expressions

7:30 pm
Sandra Wright Shen, piano Ken Lam, conductor     Program Anton Webern Five Movements for strings Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, “Coronation” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C … Read More
Mar 31

Viennese Expressions

7:30 pm
Sandra Wright Shen, piano Ken Lam, conductor     Program Anton Webern Five Movements for strings Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, “Coronation” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C … Read More
Apr 10

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live

1:00 pm
Appropriate for Grades: K-5th PRESENTED BY THE GAILLARD EDUCATION INITIATIVE Get ready for the ultimate playdate – 65 million years in the making – as Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking … Read More
Apr 12

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

7:30 pm
Tickets onsale to the public Friday, September 29 at 11 AM.  The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education, and advocacy. With … Read More
Apr 13

Beethoven’s Seventh

7:30 pm
Ken Lam, conductor       Program Charles Ives The Unanswered Question Max Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor Yuriy Bekker, violin  Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A major Pre-concert conversations … Read More
Apr 14

Beethoven’s Seventh

7:30 pm
Ken Lam, conductor       Program Charles Ives The Unanswered Question Max Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor Yuriy Bekker, violin Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A major Pre-concert conversations … Read More
Apr 20

Carmina Burana

7:30 pm
Carmina Burana will feature 150 singers from The Charleston Symphony Chorus, 60 plus musicians from The Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and three guest vocalists, alongside 28 dancers from Nashville Ballet. Based on a collection of poems written … Read More
Apr 21

Carmina Burana

7:30 pm
Carmina Burana will feature 150 singers from The Charleston Symphony Chorus, 60 plus musicians from The Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and three guest vocalists, alongside 28 dancers from Nashville Ballet. Based on a collection of poems written … Read More
Apr 24

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

7:30 pm
Coming direct from New York, where a most gentlemanly NPR critic said he’d “NEVER LAUGHED SO HARD AT A BROADWAY MUSICAL,” GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a … Read More