Gaillard Center announces programming for inaugural season

Crews recently were landscaping the front of the Gaillard Center.

After existing more than 40 years as a municipal auditorium and enduring three years of extensive renovations and construction, The Gaillard Center will begin its new lease on life with an inaugural season featuring three distinct series and 13 total events.

So far. Gaillard officials say more concerts will be added to the first season in the weeks and months to come.

The Masterpiece Series, organized by the Charleston Concert Association (now part of the Gaillard Management Corporation), includes performances by the all-male vocal ensemble Chanticleer (Oct. 22), The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China (Nov. 2), Compania Flamenca Jose Porcel (Nov. 9), the Munich Symphony Orchestra (Nov. 14), the Vienna Boys Choir (Dec. 8) and Disney’s Fantasia, Live in Concert! (March 4).

The Gaillard Broadway Series, sponsored by Jill and John Chalsty, includes a production of the musical comedy “Bullets Over Broadway” (Nov. 17 and 18), The Broadway Tenors (Jan. 12), “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” (March 2) and a new production of “Saturday Night Fever” (March 14).

The Gaillard Dance Series, presented by Charles and Celeste Patrick, will feature Charlotte Ballet’s “Nutcracker” (Dec. 5 and 6), “Moves” by New York City Ballet (March 8 and 9) and Charlotte Ballet’s “Little Mermaid” (April 9 and 10).

This programming has been organized by the Gaillard Center itself, whose primary mission is to schedule events in the concert hall and exhibition hall and coordinate with local arts organizations (and others) that want to rent space in the center.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra recently announced its 2015-16 season, which includes an eight-concert Masterworks Series at the Gaillard Center. Other organizations, such as Jazz Artists of Charleston, Charleston City Ballet and Ballet Evolution might also use the new hall.

The Gaillard Center also is planning to offer outdoor events in the greenspace between the building and Calhoun Street.

The renovated concert hall was supposed to be ready in time for this year’s Spoleto Festival USA, but construction delays forces festival organizers to make costly last-minute programming and venue changes. Spoleto Festival will have use of the hall in 2016, the festival’s 40th year.

For Gaillard Center subscriptions and single ticket sales, call (843) 242-3099 or go to www.gaillardcenter.com.

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