If you’ve been following Eargasms, you know that the Charleston Symphony (players and staff alike) is in pretty bad shape. Scroll down to catch up on their unhappy saga. But the show goes on – at least for now.
What can the average classical music fan do, in these precarious times? It may seem that those of us with financial problems of our own can only sigh and shake our heads and pray for a wealthy savior.
But NO – we can do better than that. Even if we can’t cast a substantial vote for the CSO with our wallets, most of us can splurge on at least a nosebleed section ticket for tomorrow night’s Masterworks concert (Sat/8 pm/Gaillard). The musicians are doing everything they can to spread word of their goal: to PACK THE GAILLARD for this one. So if you care about what happens to your orchestra, SHOW UP.
You’ll get a wonderful assortment of great music: After Mendelssohn’s juicy “Fingal’s Cave” overture, CSO’s own awesome Charlie Messersmith will do solo honors in Copland’s nifty Clarinet Concerto. After halftime, we’ll also hear Schubert’s shimmering, dreamy “Unfinished” Symphony as well as Haydn’s ingenious “Clock” Symphony (No. 101) – one of his fab final “London” symphonies. The ever-passionate Maestro Stahl – who built this terrific orchestra – will conduct. My ears are drooling.
C’mon, people. Get involved. Send a check if you can. If that’s beyond your means, you CAN still spread the word – and perhaps even bring the CSO’s plight to the attention of somebody who’s in a position to help more substantially. The internet can be a powerful tool. So send everybody you know a link to Eargasms. Talk up the CSO’s case (and their Pack the Gaillard Project) on Facebook and MySpace and Twitter. Also, check out PACSO, the CSO Musician’s independent website. It’ll smarten you right up on many of the issues they face.
And I don’t care what other Saturday plans you have to abandon: Just BE THERE tomorrow night to show your love and support.