Opinion: Charleston Symphony holiday concert, a listener appreciation

Posted on: January 5, 2022

“Charleston, here is my thank-you note to the Charleston Music Hall, Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Charleston School of the Arts for their recent holiday program of music,” writes Christine Ebel in a letter to the editor in Sunday’s (1/2) Post and Courier (Charleston, SC). “I have never liked the song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas.’ But the rendition—or I should say the spoofing—of it by four gentlemen at the Charleston Music Hall is something all should experience…. By the second verse, the audience was writhing with laughter. Not to be outdone, CSO conductor Yuri Bekker got the audience involved. Two ‘elves’ went through the audience and encouraged several people to sing the ‘five golden rings’ part of the song. After initially showing looks of panic, a man and a woman sang the phrase great. Then the rest of the audience was eager to join in … The best part was saved for last. Charleston County School of the Arts musicians and choral group lit up the theater. About a dozen deaf students signed the words to ‘Silent Night,’ which left many breathless. Thank you, Charleston, for once again making this season very merry and bright in spite of COVID.”