The Charleston Symphony Orchestra presents

Charleston and the New World

Shanghai String Quartet
Ken Lam, Conductor
Apr 17, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
$25-$114 (+applicable fees)
Charleston and the New World @ Charleston Gaillard Center

CANCELED – From the Charleston Symphony Orchestra: In accordance with the latest COVID-19 containment recommendations and to support the safety and security of CSO patrons, musicians, staff, and community, the Charleston Symphony has decided to cancel this performance. This has not been an easy decision to make and we understand that these cancelations will come as a great disappointment to our patrons as it does to the whole Symphony team. For any questions or concerns regarding the performances, please reach out to the Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s Director of Patron Services, Cindy Branch at (843) 723-7528 ext. 110.

There is perhaps no better way to describe our 2019-2020 season than “an embarrassment of riches.” Dvořák’s New World Symphony hardly needs an introduction. Among the most popular symphonies of all time, From the New World debuted to “thunderous applause” at Carnegie Hall in 1893, with immediate encores around the world. Dvořák wrote this masterpiece after studying Native American and African American spirituals in the United States, and became heavily involved in promoting

the success of African American musicians and composers. He fervently believed that the future of American composition lay in the roots of spirituals and folk music, saying, “They are the folk songs of America and your composers must turn to them.”


True to Dvořák’s words, folk and spiritual music is the common denominator for both of the pieces accompanying the New World Symphony. Edmund Thorton Jenkins’ Charlestonia is a rhapsody for orchestra with roots in African and jazz music that predates Gershwin. Additionally, the Shanghai Quartet will perform the world premiere of Edward Hart’s A Charleston Concerto, written in three movements to examine the past, present, and future of our city. Hart takes Dvořák’s advice to heart, seamlessly weaving elements of traditional Gullah music into his concerto. Part of the City of Charleston’s 350th Anniversary Celebration, Charleston and the New World examines our city’s place in the world and its unique contributions to the genre of classical music.



A Charleston Concerto 

Symphony No. 9

Please note Orchestra Row DD will be the front row of seating for this performance.