Suddenly we have one of the best symphony orchestras in the United States right here in Charleston. The concert I attended on April 22 at the new Gaillard featured some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra played Piano Concerto No. 2 by Brahms. Pianist Ran Dank was fabulous. The crowd gave him a well-deserved standing ovation. The work is filled with passion and energy, and Dank played it beautifully. I never truly appreciated this concerto until hearing it Friday night.

Next we were treated to the most unbelievable piece of music I have heard anywhere in years. Our new conductor, Ken Lam, conducted a magnificent 4th Symphony by Tchaikovsky. The music was moving and grand and gorgeous. The melodies are some of the best ever written in any genre. It was unbelievable. I had no idea that our new conductor would be so masterful.

We now have a world-class conductor to go with a fantastic symphony orchestra, in one of the most beautiful symphony halls in the world. This is exciting for Charleston. I am not associated with this symphony, but I know amazing music when I hear it. Even the patrons around me were mesmerized by the music and the playing.

I also noticed that tickets for next season are on sale now. I promise, you will not be disappointed if you get to see this orchestra on a regular basis. I highly recommend purchasing season tickets immediately. I know that I am.

John Kuhn

Church Street

Charleston