Welcome to the wonderful world of Reveling!
As the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc. (CSOL) launches its 2019-2020 season this fall, we’re delighted to bring you a new calendar of fun-filled and interesting events from our Revels program. Revels offers unique parties and get-togethers in and around the Charleston area and is one of the most popular of CSOL’s annual friend/fundraisers.
This year’s schedule of activities include an Oktoberfest Celebration at an historic home in the High Battery, timely tips on stress-free holiday entertaining from one of Charleston’s most renowned chefs, Nathalie Dupree; a wonderful evening of jazz entertainment with vocalist and violist, Alva Anderson; and a Gullah walking tour with author Alphonso Brown, who will share the places, history and lore relevant to the rich and varied contributions of black Charlestonians. Check out the full listing of events in this brochure – there’s something for everyone in this year’s Revels program!
This begins the 83rd season for the Charleston Symphony and the 55th for the CSOL and we’re proud to be the largest institutional donor to our Symphony. The CSOL’s mission is to support the orchestra through music education programs and audience development, and to provide financial assistance through fundraising projects. Revels is one of many projects that the CSOL sponsors to raise money for the Symphony and the CSOL music scholarship programs.
So make your reservations today and guarantee your spot at your favorite event. Pick one or many experiences. 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 Charleston Symphony.
We can’t thank our hosts and sponsors enough for allowing us to offer you these special times. We appreciate Revels attendees’ assistance in helping us carry out our mission, and we look forward to seeing y’all Reveling in the Lowcountry!
Lyn Magee, President
Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, Inc.
Tuesday, October 29, 5:30 – 8:00 pm. $75pp
Let’s get our um-pah-pah on! Oktoberfest will be upon us before you know it. What better way to celebrate this fun festival than to hear music and taste foods reminiscent of Deutschland? We’ll kick off the evening with the CSO Polka Band (think CSO Brass), wurst, pretzels and brews, all hosted at the fabulous Roper House on The Battery. Note: Guests must be able to climb a flight of stairs.
Stress-Free Entertaining with Nathalie Dupree
Thursday, November 14, 1-3 pm. $50pp
Are you ready to host friends and family for the holidays? Noooooooo? Get tips and techniques on entertaining preparation by Nathalie Dupree: Author, chef, cooking show host and winner of the 2019 Pursuit of the Podium. Nathalie lectures and teaches cooking classes around the world. As a special bonus, each attendee will receive Nathalie’s latest cook book, Nathalie Dupree’s Favorite Stories and Recipes. Refreshments will be provided. Held at the Bristol Condominiums on Lockwood Drive.
An Evening of Jazz with Alva Anderson
Thursday, December 19, 7-9pm $50pp
Join us for a special holiday event at the Mt. Pleasant home of Debbie and John Avinger. We’ll be entertained by jazz singer and violist Alva Anderson. For more than 20 years she shared her love for music with students in the New York City public schools, many of whom have gone on to become professional musicians and music teachers. We’ll enjoy chocolate, Prosecco and port while we listen to Alva sing holiday favorites, jazz favorites, and her own compositions.
Gullah Tour of Charleston
Wednesday, January 15, 10:00 am – lunch. $50pp
Explore the language and culture of Charleston’s first black inhabitants thriving today in and around the Charleston/Beaufort, South Carolina region. Our tour explores the places, history, and stories from the rich and varied contributions made by black Charlestonians, as told by gifted raconteur Alphonso Brown. Tune your ears to his Gullah speech and enjoy an engaging, funny, and knowledge-filled trip from a new perspective. Each participant will receive a copy of Alphonso’s book, A Gullah Guide to Charleston. The mini bus departs from the bus shed at 375 Meeting St. Lunch with the group afterwards at a local restaurant at your own expense.
Celebrate Yuriy’s New Arrival!
Sunday, February 16, 12:30 – 3pm $80pp
Come celebrate Principal Pops Conductor Yuriy Bekker’s recent acquisition – a Guarneri violin. The Guarneri violin was made by Andrea Guarneri in 1638 and is one of his finest examples. It was owned earlier by the Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera and is called the ex-Franz Degen. It was purchased for Yuriy by a generous, anonymous donor in Charleston. Yuriy plans to play works by Bach, Mozart, Franck, and Kreisler and will be accompanied by Chee-Hang See on piano. Oh, and enjoy a champagne brunch at the Hilstad’s overlooking the Kiawah River.
Cruise and Tour of Hobcaw Barony
Thursday, March 26, depart Charleston 8:45 am, depart Georgetown 10:00 am. $75pp
Step aboard the Carolina Rover in Georgetown for a cruise to Hobcaw Barony overlooking beautiful Wynyah Bay. Built in the 1930’s, Hobcaw Barony was the winter hunting retreat for Bernard Baruch, Wall St. financier, and visitors such as Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt. A guided tour and description of the property and its management will follow. We’ll return to Georgetown by 1:00pm for lunch on your own at one of Georgetown’s many restaurants. Transportation to Georgetown will be on your own or by car pool leaving from the Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park.
Meet Maura Hogan, Post and Courier Arts Critic
April, 6, 2020, 4:30 – 6:00pm $50pp
Maura Hogan, the new Arts Critic at the Post and Courier, will share her candid insights about the burgeoning arts scene in Charleston based upon her considerable experience in staged performing arts. For Maura, this is a happy return to Charleston: She was raised here and graduated from the College of Charleston. (Full Disclosure: She also spent time “off,” working in big city publishing and marketing.) Maura has written theater and Spoleto festival reviews for the Charleston City Paper — so the Arts is her beat! The event will be held in the Garden Cafe at the Designer Showhouse; theatrical wine and dramatic food will be served.
Raising the Next Generation of Charleston’s Musicians
Sunday, April 26 6:00 pm $50pp
Ever wonder why the CSOL invests in music education for children? Or how to interest children in music? Our special guest, Kellen Gray, Charleston Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor and Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra Music Director will share insights about the importance of music education for young people, how music education and instrumental study can open paths and opportunities otherwise unavailable to some, and the benefits of music as a hobby in adult life. And a few young musicians will make an appearance! Sugar and Tom Slabaugh will host us and provide refreshments at their lovely home west of the Ashley for this entertaining evening.