Post-hurricane updates: Hilton Head Symphony, Savannah Philharmonic, Colour of Music Festival

Posted on: October 14, 2016

South Carolina’s Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra has rescheduled its gala opening night concert to Monday, October 24 at 7:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church, Hilton Head. Hurricane Matthew forced the cancellation of the original October 10 concert. Music Director John Morris Russell will lead the performance, featuring Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”) with soloist Garrick Ohlsson, and Barber’s Second Essay for Orchestra. At the concert, the HHSO will be collecting donations for the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s Disaster and Recovery Fund; concertgoers who wish to make a donation may bring a check to the concert, contact the orchestra office, or visit In Georgia, the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus will present only one performance of Mozart’s Requiem, on Saturday, October 15. Two performances were originally scheduled. Ticketholders for the cancelled Friday, October 14 performance will be admitted to Saturday’s performance, or they may attend the dress rehearsal at 6:30 p.m. on October 14 at the Lucas Theatre. At the Friday dress rehearsal and Saturday concert, the orchestra will be collecting food donations in partnership with Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, with a special appeal for protein donations such as canned tuna, chicken, and peanut butter. In Charleston, South Carolina, the fourth annual Colour of Music Festival will go on as planned from October 19 to 23. The festival showcases black classical composers and performers at venues throughout Charleston. Lee Pringle, the festival’s founder and producer, notes that it is the second year the festival has opened two weeks after a tropical storm or hurricane.

Posted October 14, 2016