Charleston Symphony 2020-21: Beethoven, 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage

Posted on: March 2, 2020

“Lately, the Charleston Symphony has been presenting concert programs … designed to tell a story,” writes Adam Parker in Thursday’s (2/27) Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.). “Next season, the big story is about Beethoven during his 250th anniversary year. The CSO will perform all nine symphonies, plus a few other pieces by the revolutionary German composer. The other big story is about the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S.… The CSO plans to honor the moment by featuring music by five female composers. On tap is the Hiob (Job) Cantata by Fanny Mendelssohn … songs by Alma Mahler … ; a work by French composer Lili Boulanger … ; ‘Circuits’ by Cindy McTee … a ‘Short Piece for Orchestra’ by African-American composer Julia Perry [1924-1979]; and ‘To the Point’ for string orchestra by Jennifer Higdon…. The nonprofit CSO, which has ended the last nine years with a modest budget surplus, has seen improved ticket sales and steady subscription rates, according to Music Director Ken Lam and Executive Director Michael Smith. … Morale is high, [Concertmaster Yuriy] Bekker added…. ‘It’s a great time for the symphony, and an opportunity to grow it the right way,’ Bekker said.”