Reviews and Insights


Holy City Messiah

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Hallelujah Chorus including “Thou Shalt Break Them” from George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” St. Andrews Anglican Church – December 3rd 2016 Watch Video

An audition can change your life

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The members of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus (or CSOC as it is known by the cognoscenti) were given the opportunity to participate in an extraordinary program that was performed only once, at the Gaillard Auditorium on Tuesday evening, June 7. We would become part of a blended choir — the other part being the … Read More

CCP: Flummerfelt exits in blaze of sonic glory

Friday, June 7, 2013

After more than four decades of bringing unparalleled choral excellence to Spoleto festivals on both sides of the Atlantic, Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt has decided it’s time to bow out as the festival’s Director of Choral Activities

P&C: Flummerfelt bids addio

Friday, June 7, 2013

At TD Arena Thursday night, the Westminster Choir, joined by the CSO Chorus (its recent performance still reverberating in the singers’ ears) and by the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, tried to blow the top off the venue…

CSO and Verdi Make the Rafters Ring

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Often called Verdi’s “Sacred Opera,” his Requiem—perhaps more political in purpose than sacred—came at a pivotal point in Italian history, serving as a kind of musical capstone to the long and turbulent process of national unification…

Ambitious CSO presents heartfelt Verdi Requiem

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Saturday at the Sottile Theatre, then, was something of a minor miracle, a musical restoration completed, a clear indication that the symphony provides Charleston with something essential and fundamental: an expression of itself.

CSO opens season on a high note

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Special to The Post and Courier, October 13, 2012 By Leah Harrison With opera composer Verdi’s three fateful knocks, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra opened the 2012-2013 season Friday with a theme of destiny and the heavens. Though it may seem a bold move to invite fate into a new hall with a guest conductor, the … Read More

Choir Warms Gaillard

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Post & Courier – June 6, 2012 By Bill Gudger The first of two concerts by the Spoleto Festival USA forces bids farewell to the Gaillard Auditorium before its renovation. Tuesday night was the choral/orchestral concert. Under the baton of Joseph Flummerfelt, the choral conductor for the festival since its inception in 1977, this … Read More

A Blissful Mahler Performance

Friday, April 27, 2012

Post and Courier, The (Charleston, SC) April 27, 2012 BY ADAM PARKER The sheer numbers were impressive. It’s not often you get to see the Gaillard stage filled edge to edge and feel the wide-open hall vibrate with such a big sound. Leave it to Gustav Mahler to write a symphony that requires two … Read More

Review: Choral/Orchestral Concert Lives up to its Scale

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

By Lily Betjeman Special to The Post and Courier Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Earning standing ovations for two of the three pieces performed, the Choral/Orchestral Concert for the Spoleto Festival USA offered expressive and at times sublime interpretations of work by Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner and Leonard Bernstein. Both the Brahms and the Bruckner pieces … Read More