Charleston Symphony turnaround a group effort

Posted on: December 15, 2011

In Wednesday’s (12/14) Charleston City Paper (South Carolina), Erica Jackson Curran writes, “The Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s Concertmaster and Artistic Advisor Yuriy Bekker has seen the CSO through some of its toughest times since joining in 2006. But when the company suspended operations last year, he accepted a position with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. … When the CSO started making its slow comeback, so did Bekker. … Having returned to Charleston and assumed a leadership role among the musicians, he’s optimistic about the orchestra’s current direction. ‘There is this certain feeling of ownership from the musicians, the board, and members of our community,’ Bekker says. ‘Everyone is involved and everyone is working very hard behind the scenes—musicians, staff, and board. It is so exciting to see everyone so involved from all angles, all around. Nobody’s taking a nap right now. We need to keep this momentum going.’ It’s been a year since Daniel Beckley took the reins as executive director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, signaling a fresh start for the struggling 75-year-old organization. … By all outward appearances, the CSO is well on its way to becoming a modern, sustainable symphony.” Click here to read SymphonyNOW’s coverage of the Charleston Symphony’s turnaround.

Posted December 15, 2011