The rancor continues regarding the direction of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra, comprising imported and highly qualified musicians, has expenses greater than the general public and attendees of the orchestra concerts realize. Withholding donations and refusing to purchase tickets will bring change -- more cuts.
While this debate continues, there is an alternative north of the Broad River, and that is the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra. A smaller, professional orchestra that performs a limited number of concerts in a smaller venue at the University of South Carolina Beaufort campus has an average audience of about 95 percent capacity. London pianist Daniel Adni has thrilled audiences with his virtuoso playing, as has violinist and current concert master of the Ulster Symphony in Ireland, Tamas Kocsis.
On March 3 and March 6, the Beaufort Symphony will perform "Symphony No. 100" by Haydn and "Symphony No. 4" by Dvorak. Perhaps you will add the under-publicized Beaufort Symphony to your choices of symphonic music in Beaufort County.
William Baker St. Helena Island