Welcome to the wonderful world of Reveling!
The Revels program is the ingenious method of combining food, laughter and camaraderie with a unique activity/event while raising significant money for the Symphony. What better way to contribute throughout the season while financially supporting the arts?
Events and parties are organized at the beginning of the season by a Revels committee, and then published in a booklet that is mailed out to everyone in the League. It is always eagerly anticipated to see what is planned for the party season ahead! Each event is limited, so reservations are accepted in the order in which they are received.
Every event is generously hosted by supportive companies in the community and individual patrons in the League, which allows your full ticket price to go toward the League’s donation schedule. It may provide for a scholarship for a talented youngster to continue their lessons, or contribute to a musician’s salary, or pay for the music that the Orchestra performs so beautifully each concert. In essence, it is your support in attending Revels events that enable the music to continue to resound in the halls, auditoriums and churches throughout Charleston.
There is plenty of opportunity for anyone to participate on a committee or hosting an idea you may have. It is a great way to meet new friends, and use your skills to help the Symphony – in organization, cooking, computer skills, decorating, or networking to contact businesses and individuals.
You may book as many reservations as you wish up to the limit for each event. Attendance is limited. Events are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations with payment will be accepted by MAIL or ONLINE in the order in which they are received.
If an event is sold out when your payment is received, you will be placed on a waiting list. If space later becomes available, we will notify you. Cancelations more than 30 days in advance will receive a full refund. If you are unable to attend an event, notify ME Canady by email. so that someone who is wait-listed can attend.
Reservations for all Revels events may be made online or may be mailed with a reservation form long with payment. When your online reservation is made, you will receive a ‘confirmation of purchase’ via email to indicate we have your reservation. You will receive no other notice until a few days before the event when you will receive a reminder, address/directions and any other specifics.
WAIT LIST: If an event below is listed as “SOLD OUT – WAIT LIST ONLY” you may be added to the wait list by emailing ME Canady. There is no charge to be added to the wait list for an event.
“Inspiring the love of music for generations to come”
This begins the 82nd season for the Charleston Symphony (the orchestra) and the 54th for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc. (CSOL®). The CSOL’s mission is to support the orchestra through music education programs, audience development activities and financial assistance from fundraising projects.
The CSOL is proud to be the largest institutional donor to the Charleston Symphony. This past year, the League was especially proud of our fundraising efforts: We donated $210,000, making us the single largest donor to the orchestra. We further contributed nearly $35,000 in music scholarships to young musicians in the tri-county area as well as to orchestra musicians. Through the efforts of our dedicated volunteers, our goal is to increase that amount even further for the 2018/2019 season.
Revels is just one of many fundraising projects that the CSOL sponsors to raise money for the orchestra and CSOL music scholarship programs. The Revels events planned for the 2018/2019 season are interesting, fun-filled and varied. Pick all or simply one event. Whatever you choose promises to be a unique and thoroughly enjoyable time. It’s a great way to bring friends together and to meet others who love and support our orchestra.
We can’t thank our hosts and sponsors enough for allowing us to offer you these special experiences. We further appreciate your assistance in carrying out our mission and look forward to seeing you as we learn about photography, sample Ukrainian food, and wager on horses – all in support of fine music!
Kitty Reid, President
Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc.
Deepen Your Appreciation of Music with Ken Lam
10:00 AM $30pp (or $75 for all three) (Limit: 40)
The orchestra’s Maestro Ken Lam isn’t only a wonderful conductor, he’s also a witty and entertaining speaker and an inspiring teacher — providing unique insights about composers and their works. Whether you’re a newcomer to classical music or already have significant knowledge, you’ll surely deepen your knowledge during these sessions. Sign up for this wonderful opportunity to participate in music appreciation workshops with Ken, to be held at The Charleston Library Society on King Street on three Saturday mornings during the coming year. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Hosted by Ken Lam and Becky and Paul Hilstad.
Contemporary Art in a 19th Century Tradition
Friday, November 9 at 5 PM $45pp. (Limit 30)
Redux Contemporary Art Center will be the setting for an evening of food, drink, fellowship, and the visual arts. Karen Vournakis, an artist specializing in Fine Arts Photography, will display her work and explain her creative process of using black and white film and then adding color by hand. Karen has been a professor at Colgate University and Dartmouth College, and her work is in numerous museums as well as private and corporate collections. Revelers can also tour Redux and interact with other artists who maintain studios at this bustling center for contemporary art with 38 private artists’ studios, as well as printmaking and darkroom facilities. Hosted by Kathy Pease.
Holiday Visit to Middleton Place Plantation with Lunch
Thursday, November 29 at 10:30 AM $75pp (Limit 45)
Kick off your holiday season with a visit to Middleton Place Plantation. Tour the gardens — the oldest landscaped gardens in America — where we expect(!) the camellias to be blooming. We’ll also have a guided tour of the house – decorated for the holidays! – and then enjoy lunch in the newly built pavilion. Also visit the tax free gift shop and outdoor market and receive 15% off on purchases. So come enjoy and shop! Hosted by Dottie Hardin, Julie Fenimore, and Ellen Straub. Sponsors: Marian Schools, Jodie-Beth Galos and Michael Zwerling.
Wreath Workshop by Rynic Scapes
Thursday, December 6 at 10 AM $60pp (Limit 20)
Learn how to make a live wreath that will last the entire holiday season. Tonya McClellan, owner of Rynic Scapes, will teach you how to use materials like Frasier fir, boxwood, wild pine and other materials to create a beautiful wreath. Your festive wreath can be hung on your front door, over your fireplace mantel or be used as a table centerpiece. Tonya is a Certified Square Foot Gardening Instructor. The event will be held in Gage Hall, on Archdale Street, and coffee and pastry will be served. We’ll finish around noon – just in time for you to join friends for a holiday lunch or do some gift shopping on King Street. Hosted by Gail Maginnis, Sponsors: Caroline Thibault and Karen Kichline Ruef.
Love is in the Air with Yuriy and Friends
Wednesday February 13, 7:30 PM $75pp (Limit 30)
You’re invited to the beautiful home of Karen and Jim Wordsworth to celebrate love and friendship. Enjoy an amazing view of the Ashley River from this former Designer Showhouse as you enjoy scrumptious desserts, bubbles and, of course, music. Yuriy Becker, orchestra Concertmaster and Principal Pops Conductor and his friends will entertain us with a selection of romantic pieces appropriate for the season. Hosted by Faye Griffin and Celia Hansult.
Ukrainian Food Tasting — Right in Your Backyard
Sunday, February 24, 4 PM $60pp (Limit 30)
Come join us on a wintery afternoon for the ultimate in comfort food, lovingly made by our Ukrainian sister hosts, Jane Opryszko Miller and Olga Opryszko Mathews. Sample the tradional dishes and staples of every Ukrainian family: Borsch (beetroot soup), Varenyky/Pierogis (varied stuffed dumplings), Holubtsi (stuffed cabbage), Kovbasa (Kielbasa), and crusty bread, delectable desserts and, of course, a vodka bar. These quintessential examples of Ukrainian soul-food will give you a better sense of Ukrainian cuisine. Musical entertainment will be provided. One can learn much about a culture through the food that is eaten. Eating, drinking vodka and learning – an unbeatable combination.
Evening of Music and Food
Tuesday, March 5, 5:30 PM $40pp (Limit 25)
Ancient people used to blow on the actual horns of animals before creating instruments to replicate their sounds in metal or other materials. Sip a civilized glass of wine while the orchestra’s Principal Horn, Brandon Nichols, educates us about horns while entertaining us with his music. In addition to performing with the Charleston Symphony, Brandon performs regularly with the Atlanta Symphony. He is also Instructor of Horn at the College of Charleston and Charleston Southern University. After enjoying the music, we’ll dine on delectable appetizers provided by our hosts, Donna Reyburn and Mike Griffith in their lovely West Ashley home.
Hanna Raskin: A Food Critic’s Experiences
Thursday, April 25, 12:30 PM $45pp (Limit 35)
Ever wonder how food trends start, how Charleston became such a foodie paradise, or what’s likely to be the next “big thing” on the food scene? Well, here’s your opportunity to find out. Meet Hanna Raskin, Food Editor and Chief Critic for The Post and Courier, author of Yelp Help: How to Write Great Online Restaurant Reviews, and James Beard Award winner for Local Impact. She will talk about the questions she is most often asked (and is looking forward to answering your questions). Her talk will be followed by a light lunch. All will take place at Laura Alberts restaurant on Daniel Island. Hosted by Dottie Hardin, Carol Woods, and Sandra Gordon.
Bring Your Betting Funds — Kentucky Derby
Celebrate the two greatest minutes in sports! Don your fanciest hat and come sip Mint Juleps, the iconic drink of the Kentucky Derby, dine on classic Southern cuisine while watching all the action at Churchill Downs. Don’t care for the racing? Enjoy croquet or bocce ball on the lawn (and wager on that outcome). Join us at the charming country home of hosts Don and Kitty Reid on Wadmalaw Island for post time action