Charleston Symphony Orchestra acquires the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra

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CHARLESTON, SC –?The Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has acquired the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra?(CSYO), making the CSYO a division of the CSO’s core educationprograms. The CSO will immediately begin a search for an Assistant Conductor, who will also serve as the conductor of the CSYO.

“The acquisition of the CSYO by the CSO creates a new path for the talented young musicians and their future in music,” stated outgoing?CSYO President Janine Nagrodsky. Under the terms of the acquisition, aCSYO representative will sit on the CSO Board of Directors. “This will?ensure that the CSYO receives the highest level of artistic oversight from Music Director Ken Lam, and administrative leadership from the Director of Education and Community Engagement, Mitsuko Flynn,” said CSO?Executive Director Michael Smith.

“I am excited to welcome the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra into?our family and look forward to deepening our ties to the community as we serve and nurture the most talented young musicians from the tri-?county area,” said Ken Lam.

Over 70 students ages 13-18 are participating in the CSYO this season, representing 20 schools and four counties. The CSO hopes to grow the program in future seasons to serve even more students throughout the Lowcountry.

Auditions for Assistant Conductor will be held in Charleston on April 8 and 9, 2018. Interested candidates should visit? more information. Application deadline is February 23, 2018.

About the Charleston Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1936, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is the?cornerstone of Charleston’s arts scene, performing its Masterworks and?Pops series at the Gaillard Center and throughout the tri-county region. The CSO also participates in community outreach events, special concerts, and school programs throughout the state. Visit? more information.


Kate Gray
Director of Marketing
Charleston Symphony Orchestra
843-723-7528 ext. 102

Charleston Photographer Spotlight Series – Taylor Franta (A True Charleston Visionary)

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Taylor Franta is a visionary photographer that adds a fantasy element to the Charleston landscape.? The vision of this photographic artist is showered with energy and amazement.? We are so pleased to share the talents of this artist with you.? A very special thank you to Taylor for exposing use to this magical journey of photographic arts.


Taylor Franta – Bio


Born and raised in Missouri, Taylor has always had a knack for any and every activity pertaining to the outdoors.? In late high school he picked up his first camera and has been hooked ever since.? Taylor moved to Charleston mid-2015 and has since been photographing landscape scenes around the lowcountry.
Contrary to many photographers, his goal is not a photograph a scene exactly as it is witnessed at any one moment but instead aims to portray the impressions that a scene gives over time in order to provide the whole experience.? Because of this, he tends to lean on many alternative photographic techniques both in camera and in post production and often blends several photographs taken over a period of time.? If you can imagine yourself in the scene witnessing it for yourself then Taylor knows he was able to embody this philosophy. – Navigate to galleries -> South Carolina for relevant photos


Shem Creek, Mount Pleasant


Morris Island Lighthouse


Steeples of Charleston


Angel Oak

Charleston Photographer Spotlight Series – Now accepting submissions

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Charleston Daily is proud to introduce its latest spotlight series:? Charleston Photographers.

Charleston, SC is a mecca for photographic memories.? Capturing a moment forever is an art form and we are fortunate to have many that have a special gift for capturing an image, an emotion, a moment so perfect and we want to share their art with you.

Today, we are introducing a weekly Charleston Photographer Spotlight Series.? Each week, we will publish a spotlight piece on an area photographer that inspires and brings happiness to others.

Whether your focus is on weddings, nature, family, pregnancy, couples, architecture, sunrises or something even more unique and spectacular, we want to hear from you.

If you are interested in being spotlighted, please follow these instructions.

  1. Provide a one to two paragraph bio
  2. Submit 5 high definition photographers you would like to feature
  3. Provide your official company website or Facebook page if you do not have a website
  4. Email all of this information to

Our team will evaluate and notify you if you will be a featured photographer.? We are so happy to bring additional exposure to you all.

‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Midtown Productions May Be One of the Best Times You Have in Charleston Theatre This Season

By Mark A. Leon

Midtown Production’s musical revue ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, directed by local theatre visionary Sheri Grace Wenger is a step back in time to the days of Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller when music was king and Harlem was its castle.? It was the period of the 1920’s through the 40’s when the United States went from the Roaring 20’s to the Great Depression to recovery.? Still, the late-night hours of musical mayhem in upper Manhattan could be heard from blocks away.

With a powerful use of vocals and dance moves, the cast of Tierney Breedlove, Immanuel Houston, Jairus McClanahan, Megan Pue and Monique Waters have brought the composition and lyrics of Fats Waller to life.

Set in the Cotton Club where patrons dress in pin stripe suits and glamorous dresses, the band including Howard Nathan Brown Sr on piano, Brandon Brooks on drums and Arnold Gottlieb on bass play to the wee hours of the morning.

During that time, cocktails are sipped, glances from across the room are shared, and the aura of romance and lust is as thick as butter.? This is the place where jazz remind us of the glamourous life.

The patrons sit around tables with checkered table tops, lit candles in the center and indulging in wine and beer.

Midtown exquisitely creates a live theatre experience which include 31 musical numbers during this two-hour spectacle.? From get out of your chair fun loving numbers of “Jitterbug Waltz” and “Fat and Greasy” to the soothing love soaked “I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling” and “Two Sleepy People”, the full spectrum of emotion is shared from stage to audience.

During the performance, the exchanges of intimacy show a fine line between love and sin; lust and intimacy.? Yet, when they danced, the place was rockin’.? From tap to flips, the dance numbers were filled with pure unadulterated energy.

“Ain’t Misbehavin” may be one of the most fun experiences you will have in Charleston area theatre this season.? Whether you bring someone you love or your parents, you are sure to have a remarkable time.? Musical theatre is alive and well and Midtown Productions has brought a winner.

There are still four more performances during this run (March 2 – 5).? You can purchase tickets at Click Here for Ticket Information