CSO News & Updates

From the Charleston Symphony:

“The Charleston Symphony is committed to delivering a wonderful season that celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven, and commemorates the works of women in classical music. We are excited to announce that we have worked diligently to deliver as close to what we were planning as possible. In order to allow socially-distanced live audience performances, we have decided to postpone the start of our 20-21 season until October 23rd. Patrons will also have the opportunity to access all concerts through the CSO Virtual Concert Hall available on the Charleston Symphony website. The CSO is committed to offering you the highest quality programming while prioritizing your health and safety. Full details including dates, times, seating policies and programming changes be found on the CSO website.”


The safety and security of our patrons, our community partners, and our staff remains the Charleston Gaillard Center’s number one priority. Yesterday, the Gaillard Center was notified one of our back-of-house, technical team members tested positive for COVID-19. While this team member does not have direct interaction with patrons or front-of-house activities, their role backstage is critical to executing on-stage events. For this reason, and out of an abundance of caution for our team, the Gaillard Center is working directly with the Charleston Symphony to reschedule its October concerts.

The following Charleston Symphony events are rescheduled:

Masterworks – Beethoven’s Beginnings October 23 & 24 to November 6 & 7
POPS – Once Upon a Time in the West October 30 to November 13
*October tickets will be accepted at the new scheduled dates

At this time, all other November performances are taking place as scheduled. The Charleston Gaillard Center will continue to closely follow the various safety measures already in place to keep patrons, team members, and partners safe. To learn more about the Gaillard Center’s stringent safety policies, please visit the Patron Safety page on our site.

Stephen A. Bedard, President and CEO of the Charleston Gaillard Center, stated, “As always, safety is our top priority. Upon learning of this positive COVID-19 case, we immediately alerted the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control as well as the Charleston Symphony, which is scheduled to have four in-person events in the next two weeks. Even though this particular member of our staff does not have contact with patrons, the inability to execute technical responsibilities before these shows requires us to reschedule October’s concerts. We look forward to providing unforgettable experiences when we have all staff members safe and healthy to present these events. ”

Michael Smith, Executive Director of the Charleston Symphony, noted, “The Charleston Symphony has worked directly with Gaillard Center staff to ensure all patrons safely enjoy the incredible programming we have planned this year. We know postponing the beginning of our season a little longer is the right decision to effectively produce the highest quality performance, which our patrons truly deserve. ”

Ticket holders for the rescheduled performances will receive information from the CSO regarding next steps in the next twenty-four hours. Both organizations are working together diligently to ensure this process runs as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions, please contact the CSO’s Director of Patron Services, Cindy Branch at (843) 723-7528 ext. 110. For questions regarding the Charleston Gaillard Center, please reach out directly to our Ticket Office at (843) 242-3099.

Thank you for your continued support of the Charleston Gaillard Center and Charleston Symphony Orchestra.