A steering committee formed to lead public discussions about the status of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra has scheduled three public sessions. All are welcome to attend the meetings, but must register in advance.
The first session is 9 a.m.-noon June 16 at the College of Charleston's Stern Student Center on George Street.
The second meeting is 1-3 p.m. June 21 in the Kiawah Island/Seabrook area (exact location to be determined). The third meeting is 10 a.m.-noon June 22 at Church of the Holy Cross, 299 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island.
The sessions are meant "to inform the community about the resources necessary to support a professional symphony orchestra; to educate participants on how other comparably sized communities successfully support such orchestras; and to gauge the public's desire for a symphony orchestra in the city and how willing the public is to provide support."
The steering committee will be co-chaired by College of Charleston President George Benson and Blackbaud President Marc Chardon. Other members are Nella G. Barkley, chairwoman of the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts; Tony Bland, director, Merrill Lynch; Leah D. Greenberg, civic leader; Martha Rivers Ingram, chairwoman of Spoleto Festival USA; Burton Schools, former president of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra; and George Stevens, president of Coastal Community Foundation.
To register, go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/P3L6H79.