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.

Revels Reservations 
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 Kathy Pease 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 Kathy Pease.  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 81st season for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the 53rd for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc. (CSOL®). The CSOL’s® mission is to support the CSO through music education programs, audience development and to provide financial assistance through fundraising projects.

The CSOL® is proud to be the largest institutional donor to the CSO. This past year, the League was especially proud of our fundraising efforts: We were able to make a donation of $210,000. We further contributed over $33,000 in music scholarships to young musicians in the tri-county area as well as to CSO musicians.

Revels is just one of many fundraising projects that the CSOL® sponsors to raise money for the CSO and the CSOL® music scholarship programs. The Revels events planned for the 2017-2018 season are interesting, fun-filled and varied. 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 CSO.

We can’t thank our hosts and sponsors enough for allowing us to offer you these special experiences. We look forward to seeing you as we learn about brothels, drink Mint Julips and wager on horses – all in the support of fine music!

Kitty Reid, President
Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc.




Classes with Ken – Music Appreciation

Saturday, January 13, 10 am: Bernstein, The Age of Anxiety

Saturday, March 3, 10 am: Mozart and Anton Weburn
$30pp. (or $75 for all three)
(Limit: 50)


CSO’s Maestro Ken Lam isn’t only a wonderful conductor, he’s also an inspiring teacher – providing unique insights about composers and their works. Sign up for this wonderful opportunity to participate in music appreciation workshops with Ken, to be held in the community room at the lovely Bristol Condominium building, overlooking the Ashley River on three Saturday mornings during the coming year. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Hosted by Ken Lam, Becky and Paul Hilstad.


Transformed Trolley Barn — American College of the Building Arts

Friday, February 16, 6 pm $50 pp.
(Limit: 50)

In 2014, the 1897 Meeting Street building, known as the Trolley Barn, was an abandoned garage formerly used as a depot for public transportation trolleys. The American College of the Building Arts (ACBA) purchased and renovated the building, transforming it from a one-story, open barnlike structure to a three-story college totaling nearly 40,000 square feet. Join our tour of the building and learn about ACBA’s programs to educate and train artisans in the building arts. The rigorous curriculum fosters exceptional craftsmanship and encourages the preservation, enrichment and understanding of the world’s architectural heritage. Members of the CSO Brass will perform a short New Orleans-style program and then lead us to a cocktail reception. What better place than Charleston for this one-of-a-kind program?


Gospel Brunch

Sunday, March 18, 11:30 am $65pp.
(Limit: 100)

Celebrate the Easter season with a seated brunch at the elegant Charleston Yacht Club and enjoy the delicious harmonies of gospel group, Spiritually Yours. The group consists of 6 beautiful women who range from the highest of sopranos to the lowest in baritone. The group has been singing Gospel, Country, R & B, Beach and Spirituals for over 8 years and performs in venues local to international. Together, this group boasts over 100 years of experience singing not only for the joy of the Lord but for the joy, entertainment and appreciation of others. You’ll feel the spirit.


Reeds and Chef LaVia – SOLD OUT — Wait list

Saturday, April 7 at 4:00pm $45pp.
(Limit: 20)

Mangia! One of our favorite doctors and Italian capocuoco (that’s chef) Mariano and his wife, June LaVia will serve a light repast along with paired wines at their James Island home. To add to the fun, Kari Kistler of the CSO (Second Oboe and English Horn), will demonstrate how she designs reeds for her oboe. Kari will play with her handcrafted reeds for your enjoyment while you savor imaginatively executed antipasti. È meglio cenare con un medico di visitarlo. (Translation: It’s better to dine with a doctor than visit one).


The Citadel — Honor. Duty. Respect.

Friday, April 20, at 2:00 pm $40pp.
(Limit: 24)

The Citadel, also known as the Military College of South Carolina, is a Charleston landmark founded in 1842. Explore its rich educational and military history, enjoy highlights of the campus and have front row seats for the Dress Parade featuring the undergraduate student body of about 2,300 students who make up the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Refreshments will be served. Hosted by Don Reid, Class of 1958.



Bring Your Betting Funds — Kentucky Derby

Saturday, May 5, 5:30 pm, $45pp.
(Limit: 20)

Celebrate the two greatest minutes in sports! Don your fanciest hat and come sip Mint Juleps, the iconic drink of the Derby, dine on classic Southern cuisine while watching the action at Churchill Downs. Don’t care for the race action? 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.



A Brothel? A BROTHEL!

Thursday May 17, 5:00 pm, $50pp
(Limit: 40)

Not just any brothel … but the famous Sunset Lodge in Georgetown! The notorious madam, Hazel Weisse, opened her business in 1936 and ran it like a big business for 33 years until she retired in 1969. A pragmatic businesswoman, Hazel closed the Sunset Lodge for one week every year to all customers … except legislators and judges. (She was a major contributor to charities as well). Do you know about Tom Yawkey’s, the owner of the Boston Red Sox, connection to Hazel and the Sunset Lodge? Presentation by David Gregg Hodges at the lovely Mt Pleasant home of Debbie Avinger. Learn how an illegal and immoral business survived and thrived 33 years. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.