In South Carolina, the College of Charleston will partner with the Coastal Community Foundation and the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts to conduct a series of public conversations on how to sustain symphonic music in the greater Charleston community. The first session will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on June 16 at the College of Charleston’s Stern Student Center, with details on further sessions to be announced at a later date. The sessions are designed to inform the community about the resources necessary to support a professional symphony orchestra; educate participants on how other comparably sized communities successfully support such orchestras; and gauge the public’s desire for a symphony orchestra in the city and how willing the public is to provide support. In March, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra was forced to suspend its operations, marking the first time in the orchestra’s 75-year history that its season was disrupted due to financial difficulties. (That news was posted in March in Media View.)

Posted June 7, 2010