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6 Jun 2017
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Heading to one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals is an excellent idea, any season of the year. Right now we are smack dab in the middle of Spoleto (and Piccolo Spoleto), and the city is filled with the sounds and sights of great artistry.  Many of the major performances take place at the renovated Gaillard Center downtown, a relatively “new” professional entertainment space. It opened in October 2015, experienced its first Spoleto last year with the epic staging of Porgy and Bess, and it’s been hosting top-notch performances from the start.

The Gaillard near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals

The Gaillard near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals

Last week the house rocked with the gorgeous sounds of the full Spoleto Orchestra and Westminster Choir performing a great array of music in the Spoleto Celebration Concert.  There were pieces by Leonard Bernstein (Candide and West Side Story), Mozart, Vivaldi, Puccini, and Charlestonians Edmund Jenkins and Fud Livingston. Here’s a fun fact  -  Fud, one of the most prolific composers/arrangers/musicians of the early Jazz era is the great uncle of current Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg.  John gave a wonderful talk last week as part of Spoleto, covering much of the amazing story of his Uncle Fud. Just today we watched the dress rehearsal by the Orchestra, Choir and Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus of Mozart’s Great Mass, along with beautiful compositions by Ralph Vaughn Williams.  The acoustics in the Gaillard are truly spectacular.  The show opens tonight in the Gaillard.

Inside the Gaillard near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals

Inside the Gaillard near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals

Of course, Spoleto is a terrific time to come to one of our rental homes South Carolina, either Isle of Palms vacation rentals or a Folly Beach house Charleston.  A Charleston beach house makes an ideal home base for a Spoleto and/or Piccolo Spoleto experience.  Enjoy the arts and culture of the festival while also enjoying a beach vacation in your luxury house on Isle of Palms.

The Gaillard's got it going on, whatever the season

But great performances aren’t limited to Spoleto time of late May and early June.  The Gaillard Center just announced their upcoming performance schedule for the 2017-18 season.  As usual they are hosting some top-shelf entertainment. It's is a real jewel for Charleston, with its Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall. The Gaillard Center is actually a nonprofit dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the Charleston area.  To this end, they are offering a wonderful program.  They bring approximately 30,000 area school children from area schools in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties.  The goal is to allow them to see a live theater performance during the coming year. The Gaillard explains it this way:

The Charleston Gaillard Center plays a pivotal role in our community and local economy.  It provides opportunities for learning, creative expression and civic engagement.  It fosters ingenuity, innovation, and invention through the arts. The Gaillard is a world-class home for audiences of all ages.    Experiences and educational opportunities rich in the arts are a key part of learning. As the Gaillard Center is a non-profit, your support is critical to the success of the exciting artistic and educational programs and performers that help to create the Gaillard Experience. 

Your continued support will change the lives of the Lowcountry’s children and delight audiences of all ages.  We invite you to be part of achieving our shared vision for a culturally diverse community where everyone has access to and takes part in high-quality learning, lifelong experiences and unforgettable memories shaped by the performing arts.

Gaillard’s 2017-18 season near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals …

But back to the schedule for the upcoming season.  The Gaillard is hosting a wide range of music, theater, dance and entertainment.  Here is some of what’s coming up:

GREAT PERFORMANCES SERIES ---   Ballet Hispánico, Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, 5 Browns, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Carmina Burana with the Nashville Ballet

JILL AND JOHN CHALSTY BROADWAY SERIES  --- The Wizard of Oz, Riverdance, Cabaret, Million Dollar Quartet, Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. 

OTHER PERFORMERS include  --- Tom Segura, Tony Bennett, Mike Birbiglia: The New One, Peppa Pig Live!, TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’

There are sure some great shows and performers coming for this, the Gaillard’s third season.  Discounts available when you purchase a series.  Click here for more on the new season from the Post & Courier. And here’s the official website for the Gaillard with all upcoming events, details, dates and online ticket purchasing: The Gaillard Center is located at 95 Calhoun Street on the downtown peninsula.  It’s an easy drive from all our SC vacation rentals.  These include both Isle of Palms luxury rentals and Folly Beach rentals Charleston. So get your tickets ASAP, and contact EP to book one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC for the corresponding date.  Just like the shows at the Gaillard, our luxury beach house rentals SC are world-class. All best, Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger