out to diverse audiences, new venues
By KATHLEEN WILSON
Interim executive director, Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
19, 2009 -- The Charleston
Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 74th season as it promotes
Charleston and the wealth of musical talent found in our own city.
the state's largest full-time performing arts organization, the
CSO brings a multi-series approach to its season. For those classical
music fans, the flagship Merrill Lynch Masterworks series, taking
place at the Gaillard Auditorium, includes works from the greatest
composers of all time. The McCrady's Restaurant Pops series has
expanded to two nights at the Memminger Auditorium, giving patrons
a choice of a Friday or Saturday night performance. This series
opens on Oct. 30-31 with music from the great James Bond movies,
a sure winner.
those who wish to watch the musicians at close range and have an
insider's look at the orchestra, the Backstage Pass series at Memminger
Auditorium is for you. The performance length is just over an hour
and features one living composer's composition at each performance.
These performances take place on selected Thursday evenings at 7
p.m. with enough time for dinner following the performance.
Charleston Symphony is committed to bringing the orchestra into
the community and has chosen two new series in which to take the
orchestra to new venues and make it accessible to all. The Gamble
Homes Stained Glass series takes place at The Citadel's Summerall
Chapel. These one-hour performances are perfect for those who wish
to see the orchestra perform familiar classical repertoire in a
less formal setting. The CSO's fabulous concertmaster, Yuriy Bekker,
leads the orchestra in the second new series, appropriately named
Yuriy Bekker & Friends, in which the orchestra performs without
a conductor in two different venues, Christ Episcopal Church in
Mount Pleasant and St. John the Beloved in Summerville. Like the
Stained Glass series, these are one-hour performances with more
familiar classical repertoire. Both series are a terrific way to
experience the CSO for the first time or to bring children for a
first hearing of a classical performance by a symphony orchestra.
from its performance series, the CSO undertakes a rigorous educational
and outreach program each season. With in-school performances by
its musicians, the CSO reaches more than 17,000 students each year.
The orchestra also performs Young People's Concerts in which schoolchildren
visit either Charleston Southern University's Lightsey Chapel or
the Gaillard Auditorium for a performance by a full symphony orchestra,
often times a child's first hearing of a symphony orchestra.
CSO is a tremendous asset to the community, not only in its performance
capabilities but the caliber of its musicians and the resources
that they bring. CSO musicians sit on the faculties of both the
College of Charleston and Charleston Southern University, where
they teach their specific instruments on a collegiate level. They
also raise the standards of musical excellence within the community
when called upon to perform at public and private events throughout
the area. This $2.4 million organization is a keystone to Charleston's
arts community, and the CSO extends a warm welcome to all who attend
a performance. For further information on concert attendance, ticket
purchase or donation, please visit http://www.charlestonsymphony.com.
addition to serving as interim executive director of the Charleston
Symphony Orchestra, Kathleen Wilson is a harpist with the orchestra
and represents District 12 on Charleston City Council.
fun dressing up on Halloween
ANDY BRACK, publisher
19, 2009 - With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, there
ought to be plenty of opportunities for adults to get into the spirit
of the coming holiday.
a good costume is key. As a boy, I recall dressing up as Batman,
Daniel Boone, a football player and a hobo.
older daughter didn't fare too well on her first Halloween in 2004
when she was just 13 months old. We couldn't decide what to do (figuring
she'd never remember the costume anyway), and ended up waiting too
long. Instead of coming up with something ourselves, Avery became
a flower, courtesy of some cheap manufactured costume from China.
(It's still around somewhere, but needs to be thrown out). She didn't
like it much at all, although to be fair, she didn't really understand
what we were doing at the Aquarium's spookfest.
the years to come, we've gotten better at costuming as Avery has
been a stylish ballerina, Tinkerbell and a princess. The best costume
so far was in 2006 when she wanted to be an alligator. We dressed
her up in green, created a hat with big alligator eyes and hung
a big poster-board tongue around her neck as a necklace to mimic
the big open mouth of a gator. That year also featured my best costume
in years - that of a game warden who was holding onto the pesky
year, Avery probably will be a pirate, which she also enjoyed at
a birthday party. But our younger daughter Ellie will have a great
costume - a pirate ghost. Avery asked what that meant and I told
her that Ellie would have a sheet on over her clothes, but all of
the cool objects of a pirate (bandanna, sword, sash, etc) on the
outside of the ghost costume.
now that you're in the spirit of Halloween, what are you going to
be this year -- or what is your recollection of your best costume
ever. Let us know soon so that we can publish ideas to readers before
All Hallows Evening comes around again.
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Sanger to speak at CRDA luncheon
Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, will
be the keynote speaker at the Charleston Regional Development Alliance's
annual luncheon on Nov. 12. The event is open to the public.
addition to being part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting teams,
Sanger is the author of the recently released book "The Inheritance:
The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power."
He specialized in writing about the influence of economics and foreign
policy as a bureau chief in Tokyo, and has long focused on the relationships
between the United States and its major allies.
luncheon will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Trident Technical
College's Complex for Economic Development, with a book signing
to follow (copies of the book will be available for purchase at
the event). Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at http://www.crda.org/annualluncheon.
County plans Earthquake
Preparedness workshop for citizens
a part of the Ready Lowcountry campaign, Charleston County's Emergency
Management Department has teamed up with the South Carolina Earthquake
Education and Preparedness program to offer an earthquake preparedness
workshop from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 29. The program, which is open
to the public, will be held at the Charleston County Emergency Operations
Center, located in the Charleston County Public Services Building
(third floor, room 339) at 4045 Bridge View Drive in North Charleston.
Carolina is home to one of the most active earthquake-producing
regions in North America. The center of a 25-by-15-mile oval known
as the Middleton Place-Summerville Seismic Zone lies about 22 miles
northwest of Charleston," said James Tarter, Charleston County's
Emergency Management Training Coordinator. "Unlike hurricanes,
the arrival date, time and intensity of an earthquake can't be predicted.
That's why residents have to get prepared now."
will be joined at the workshop by Dr. Steve Jaume of the College
of Charleston's Geology Department. To register for the workshop,
contact Tarter at 202-7405 or email@example.com.
exec to address Small Business Summit attendees
Lesonsky, former editorial director of Entrepreneur Magazine, will
be the featured speaker at the Charleston Metro Chamber's Small
Business Innovation Summit and Expo on Nov. 4 the College Center
at Trident Technical College. Lesonsky is one of the only women
to ever hold a top spot at a business publication. She is now a
nationally known speaker and authority on entrepreneurship.
will share her experience and give an inside perspective on what
entrepreneurs want, how to connect with them and how to help them
grow successful businesses.
The Small Business Innovation Summit and Expo showcases new ideas,
new technologies and small business in the region. The one-day conference
includes breakout sessions on topics such as business planning,
funding, marketing, social media, branding and technology; an exhibition
hall; roundtable discussions with experts; a networking luncheon;
and the presentation of awards in the New Ideas SC Contest. In addition
to Lesonsky, another featured speaker will be Noah Everett, founder
for the summit begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program runs from 8
a.m. to 4 p.m.; the awards celebration and reception will be held
from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $125 for chamber members and $225
for nonmembers; that includes a continental breakfast, luncheon
and closing reception. For complete conference details, visit http://www.charlestonchamber.net.
honored for work with abused, neglected children
a Charleston agency that serves abused and neglected children, recently
honored Lowcountry physician Dr. Sara Schuh with the Eve Spratt
Award for her lifetime of work on behalf of abused and neglected
children. Schuh received the award at a ceremony in the atrium of
Blackbaud on Daniel Island.
is nationally known for her expertise regarding child sexual abuse.
She has performed thousands of forensic exams on children in the
Charleston community while on staff at MUSC and through the Dee
Norton Lowcountry Children's Center. She has served on the HALOS
board of directors since the organization was established. Schuh
is also listed in the 2009-10 edition of "America's Best Doctors."
can't think of a more deserving choice for the Eve Spratt Award,"
says HALOS Executive Director Kim Clifton. "Dr. Schuh has devoted
her entire career to better outcomes for child victims of sexual
abuse. She continues to advocate for children through HALOS and
other child focused agencies."
Eve Spratt Award is given annually to an individual who has made
a major impact in the Charleston community to combat child abuse
and neglect and exemplifies the organization's mission to provide
resources and opportunities to abused and neglected children and
their caregivers through partnerships with faith-based agencies
and other community organizations.
us your opinion
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endeavor, please send no more than 150 words to editor Ann
Thrash. Make sure to include your name and full contact information.
in Charleston on August 22, 1816, Nathaniel H. Lebby was the son
of William Lebby and Frances Scott. He conceived of the mechanism
for the world's first hydraulic suction dredge, which became the
standard method of modern dredging. The device was first employed
in the dredge boat General Moultrie in the late 1850s to deepen
a new channel through the Charleston harbor bar.
it provided the city with an active and prosperous port for almost
two centuries, Charleston's harbor had a serious drawback at its
mouth-a shifting barrier of sand and debris that lay between one
and three miles offshore. As ships got larger, they drew increasingly
deeper drafts, which made the problem of the bar more acute with
each passing decade. By 1852 the U.S. Coast Survey found that shoaling
in the main channel through the bar had reduced its depth to less
than eleven feet at low tide, down from an estimated thirteen feet
in 1780. As a result federal, state, and local officials began looking
for ways to deepen the channel.
this time Lebby was employed by the South Carolina Railroad. In
1852 he had been awarded a patent for a "water raising apparatus,"
a steam-driven pump that found frequent employment on rice plantations
to flood and drain fields. When in operation, his pumps discharged
sizable amounts of mud, sand, and even rocks. Lebby believed that
a similar pump would pass through dredged material as well. His
working model for a dredge that used a pump to suck up materials
through a pipe impressed Captain George Cullum of the U.S. Corps
of Engineers, who had assumed charge of public works in the harbor
in 1855. Lebby's machine was housed in a New York-built dredge boat,
which, christened the General Moultrie, went into service in early
1857. The results were spectacular. By June 1858 Lebby's suction
pump had been used to remove some 145,000 cubic yards of material,
an unprecedented dredging achievement.
and mechanical drawings for the dredging apparatus do not survive,
but Captain Cullum recorded a description of Lebby's apparatus in
1857: "a large centrifugal pump six feet in diameter, revolving
on a vertical axis, to which an iron 19" (diameter) suction
hose is attached, its lower, or bell-shaped, end resting on the
bottom of the channel. The pump is placed in the center of a powerful
propeller under the deck in the hold of the vessel and is powered
by a steam engine, which is supplied by steam from the propeller
boiler." Lebby received three additional patents after the
Civil War: one in 1867 and one in 1869, each for a "Centrifugal
Pump"; and a third in 1870 for an "ore washing machine."
He never married. Lebby died of consumption in Charleston on February
11, 1880, and was buried at Magnolia Cemetery there.
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This week (Oct.
18-24) is National Adult Education and Family Literacy week. In
the Lowcountry, the Trident
Literacy Association will work this week -- as it does every
week of the year -- to help local adults who need to improve their
basic literacy and math skills, improve oral and written English,
practice for the GED test to attain a high school equivalency degree,
and prepare for community college or vocational training. Here are
five stats about the agency and the needs of the people it helps.
percent of adults in South Carolina have below-basic literacy
skills. This means they can read just a few words but not entire
sentences or paragraphs. They can't complete a job application,
follow the directions on a medicine label, fill out a bank deposit
slip, read to their children or help their children with schoolwork.
- In the Charleston
tri-county area, 60,000 adults over age 25 did not graduate from
high school, and 16,000 local adults over 25 have less than a
ninth-grade education, which means that one person in seven is
- 78% of the
inmates at Charleston County Detention Center have low literacy
Literacy serves almost 2,500 adults annually in Charleston, Berkeley
and Dorchester counties with the help of more than 300 volunteers.
- Last year,
Trident Literacy programs helped 33 people earn GEDs, and 55 earned
WorkKeys Career Readiness certification.
the art of living
is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can."
Kaye, American actor/singer (1913-1987)
Seafood Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Wild Olive Restaurant,
2867 Maybank Highway, Johns Island. Sponsored by the restaurant
and the S.C. Aquarium, the dinner will include classic sustainable
seafood recipes paired with wines, as well as information from Megan
Westmeyer, the aquarium's sustainable-seafood coordinator, on buying
and serving fresh fish. Cost: $44 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Reservations (required by Oct. 16): 737-4177.
Council Districts 8 and 12 Forum: 7 p.m. Oct. 19, Charleston
County Main Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun St. Sponsored by League
of Women Voters of the Charleston Area and the Charleston Metro
Chamber of Commerce. District 8 candidates Yvonne Evans and Michael
S. Seekings are expected to take part, as are District 12 candidates
Craig T. McLaughlin and Kathleen G. Wilson. Free and open to the
public. Audience may submit questions at forum for candidates to
Forum: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20, Charleston Marriott.
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerces Annual Growth Forum
will have recommendations from the city of Charlestons Green
Committee (CGC), which is advising the city in the creation of a
local action plan for climate protection and sustainability. Charleston
County Deputy Administrator Kurt Taylor will provide an update on
major road projects that are being funded through the half-cent
sales tax program. Cost: $45 chamber members, $60 nonmembers. To
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Great Presentations: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 20, Center
for Women, 129 Cannon St. The Entrepreneurial Woman Series, which
focuses on helping women create, manage and build businesses, will
look at how to make a great presentation and maximize your time
in front of a client or customer. Debbie Cooler of Dale Carnegie
and Claire Gibbons of Powerspeak Communications will lead the program.
Cost: $20 for CFW members, $40 nonmembers. Register
Rutenberg Book Signing: 6 p.m. Oct. 21, Gibbes Museum
of Art, 135 Meeting St. Book signing and talk by South Carolina
native Brian Rutenberg, whose abstract landscape paintings of the
Carolina coast are the subject of the monograph "Brian Rutenberg:
The Sensation of Place." Event is part of "Tidesong,"
an exhibition of Rutenberg's works at the Gibbes beginning Oct.
23 and running until Jan. 10. Book signing and talk are free for
Gibbes members, $10 for nonmembers. More
City Council Districts 2 and 10 Forum: 7 p.m. Oct. 21,
West Ashley High School, 4060 W. Wildcat Blvd. Sponsored by League
of Women Voters of the Charleston Area and the Charleston Metro
Chamber of Commerce. District 2 candidates William Blake Hallman
Jr., Rodney Williams and Stephen Ziker are expected to take part,
as are District 10 candidates Arthur L. Beane Jr., Dean C. Reigel
and Virginia (Ginger) Rosenberg. Free and open to the public. Audience
may submit questions at forum for candidates to answer.
in the Swamp: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and Oct.
24, Cypress Gardens, 3030 Cypress Gardens Road, Moncks Corner.
Haunted boat ride through the swamp at Cypress Gardens; participants
will be dropped off on a haunted walking trail through the woods.
Includes campfire and marshmallow roasting, storytelling, a game
room for kids, lighted pumpkin trail and music. Food will be available
for purchase. Event is not recommended for young children or those
with weak hearts. Tickets: $15 (includes general park admission).
More info: 553-0515 or online.
of Sleepy Hollow': 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and 3 p.m. Oct.
24 and Oct. 25, Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Charleston
Stage opens its Piggly Wiggly Family Series with Washington Irving's
spooky classic story about a headless horseman and his ghostly ride
through the hamlet of Sleepy Hollow. Family-oriented production
is described as "scary, but not too scary" by director
Marybeth Clark. Tickets: $19 adults, $15 students; call the box
office at 577-7183 or order
Picnic: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25, Dill Sanctuary, 1163
Riverland Drive, James Island. The Friends and Needed Supporters
(FANS) of the Charleston Museum will host their annual family picnic,
which includes nature walks, live bluegrass by the Eagle Creek Band,
a Lowcountry dinner (fried chicken, ham, red rice, etc.), a
touch tank with marine animals, games, hayrides and demonstrations
by experts from the Center for Birds of Prey. Cost (all-inclusive):
$15 FANS member adults; $20 nonmember adults; $7 for children; free
for ages 5 and under. Advance reservations are required; call 722-2996,
ext. 264, or register
online through the calendar.
Charleston Style: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 30
through Nov. 18, Culinary Institute of Charleston's Palmer Campus,
66 Columbus St., Charleston. A series of short courses celebrating
the many facets of entertaining with a focus on Charleston style
and traditions. Guest presenters include hosts, event professionals,
authors, collectors, stylists and other specialists known for their
distinctive contributions to local hospitality and tourism. Light
beverage and cocktail samplings will be provided. Cost: $149. More
ONGOING AND SOON
Pleasant Voters Forum: 7 p.m. Oct. 26, Mount Pleasant
Municipal Complex, 100 Ann Edwards Lane. Sponsored by League of
Women Voters of the Charleston Area and the Charleston Metro Chamber
of Commerce. Mayoral candidates Joseph M. Bustos, Gary K. Santos
and William D. Swails will make statements, and audience can ask
questions. The 19 Town Council candidates will make short statements.
Free and open to the public.
Graham Dance Company: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Gaillard Auditorium,
77 Calhoun St. The Charleston Concert Association opens its 73rd
season with the Martha Graham Dance Company, a modern-dance company
called "one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe"
by the Washington Post. Tickets: $25 to $99; on sale at the Gaillard
box office or order
online through TicketMaster. More info: http://www.charlestonconcerts.org.
Education Summit: 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 28, the College
Center at Trident Technical College, North Charleston. The Charleston
Metro Chamber of Commerce's Education Foundation will host the 14th
annual Business Education Summit. The theme is "Building the
Pipeline" within the public schools so that all students graduate
equipped with the knowledge and skills to further their education
or go directly into the workforce. A representative from the Ford
Motor Company's Next Generation Learning Communities program will
outline its national model and discuss why the nine communities
in the Ford network have been successful in transforming their schools,
and why Charleston has been invited into the network. Cost: $50
for educators, $85 for others. Registration
is online here.
of Palms Voters Forum: 7 p.m. Oct. 28, Isle of Palms
Recreation Center, 24 Twenty-Eighth St., Isle of Palms. Sponsored
by League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area and the Charleston
Metro Chamber of Commerce. Mayoral candidates Richard Cronin and
Jimmy Ward are expected to take part, as are City Council candidates
Barbara Bergwerf, Marty Bettelli, Ron Denton, Barbara Gobian, Sandy
Stone and Douglas A. Thomas. Free and open to the public. Audience
may submit questions at forum for candidates to answer.
Red Party: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 29, Old City Jail,
21 Magazine St. The American College of the Building Arts will present
the party, during which the always-spooky Old City Jail will be
transformed into a rich red venue. Attendees are asked to dress
in red and wear masks. The event features a raffle and silent auction
with items such as luxury trips to Africa and the Caribbean. DJ
Arthur Brouthers will provide music for guests to dance to on a
color-changing, illuminated dance floor. Open bar; food by Carolina
Catering. Tickets: $55 in advance, $65 at the door. To purchase,
call 577-5245, visit
online or e-mail
or Treat in the Park: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 30, Hampton
Park. Free event sponsored by the city of Charleston Recreation
Department. Kids up to age 12 can trick-or-treat in a safe, family-friendly
environment featuring hay rides, jump castles, magic shows and theme-decorated
vehicles full of candy.
at the Museum: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 30, Charleston Museum.
A special Halloween-season edition of the popular event will feature
glimpses of rarely seen animal mounts, fencing demonstrations, a
colonial nautical touch table, new historical figures, and an elaborate
scavenger hunt. Kids will be able to make Halloween crafts, learn
about the Museum's funerary collection, and more. Costumes welcome.
Cost: museum members, $10 per adult, $5 per child; nonmembers, $20
per adult, $10 per child; under 3 get in free. A light pizza supper
is included with the ticket price. Registration (required): online
or 722- 2996, ext. 264.
'Mothers, Sisters, Adversaries': 3 p.m. Nov. 1, Gibbes
Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St. The Charleston Chamber Opera and
the Gibbes Museum of Art are partnering for an hourlong program
that explores the diversity of female relationships in some of opera's
most beloved stories, including "Madama Butterfly," "Carmen"
and "Suor Angelica." Featured performances by soprano
Patrice Tiedemann and mezzo soprano Lara Wilson, with narration
by actress Terry Bell-Aby and piano accompaniment by musical director
Steven Morris. Tickets: $10 for museum members and students, $20
for nonmembers. Purchase online, at the Gibbes Museum Store or by
calling 722-2706, ext.18.
Calligraphy Workshops: Nov. 7, Charleston Museum,
360 Meeting St. As part of the new exhibit "Aisle Style:150
Years of Wedding Fashion," the museum and professional calligrapher
Natasha Lawrence will offer two workshops on calligraphy: Introduction
to Calligraphy (10 a.m. to noon) and Wedding Calligraphy (1 p.m.
to 3 p.m.). All materials are included: a calligraphy pen to keep,
a workbook, practice paper and more. Cost: $25 for museum members,
$30 nonmembers, per workshop; $5 discount if taking both workshops.
Registration (required): 722-2996, ext. 235, or online
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