Public Q&A planned with Charleston Symphony Orchestra music director candidates

Charleston Symphony Orchestra music director candidate Perry So will conduct Masterworks performances this week at the Sottile Theatre downtown.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s first Masterworks program, featuring Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7, Schumann’s Manfred Overture and orchestrated songs by Schubert, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-19 at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

The concerts will be conducted by Perry So, the first of six candidates for music director.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League is sponsoring a public meet-and-greet for each of the candidates. The first “Coffee with the Maestro,” with So, is planned for 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the main branch of the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St.

A Q&A session, free and open to the public, will be hosted by Post and Courier arts writer Adam Parker.

Three pre-concert conversations hosted by William D. Gudger and free to all ticket holders, are scheduled for 6:30-7 p.m. at the Sottile Theatre.

So is one of the inaugural Dudamel Conducting Fellows at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and received the first and special prizes at the fifth International Prokofiev Conducting Competition in 2008. So recently concluded a two-year period as associate conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, in which he redesigned and spearheaded the orchestra’s outreach and educational programs.

For more information about So and the other candidates, and to buy tickets for any of the Masterworks performances, visit CharlestonSymphony.org. Tickets also may be purchased by calling 723-7528, ext. 110.

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