CCA to open season with Shanghai Ballet

A scene from the Shanghai Ballet’s production of “The Butterfly Lovers.”

The Charleston Concert Association opens its 2013-14 season with the renowned Shanghai Ballet in a production that weaves together the grace and splendor of Chinese culture and classical ballet.

“The Butterfly Lovers” is the story of a young couple’s ill-fated romance, expressed through impressive choreography, spectacular costumes and fanciful sets. It is considered the “Romeo and Juliet” of Chinese folklore. The Shanghai Ballet brings more than three decades of skill and flair, and a repertoire that spans Western classical ballet, Chinese national ballet and modern ballet.

The ensemble last performed in Charleston 11 years ago to a nearly sold-out Gaillard Auditorium.

The 7 p.m. Oct. 23 performance will be at the Sottile Theatre.

Season tickets range from $190-$390 and can be purchased by calling 727-1216.

Individual tickets start at $35 and are available through TicketMaster, (800) 745-3000 or, or at the Charleston Concert Association office, 131 King St., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

On Nov. 6, the Charleston Concert Association will present the fast-rising baritone Nathan Gunn in recital. The Grammy Award-winning pianist and conductor Peter Nero will take the stage of the Sottile Theatre on Feb. 11 for an evening of entertaining fingerwork. And the Venice Baroque Orchestra will perform on March 4.

Visit for more information.WHAT: Shanghai Ballet’s “The Butterfly Lovers”

WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23