Delight In The Enriching Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

Whether you are looking for a great date night idea or just something new and unique to try, don’t overlook the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. Preparing to open for its 2016-2017 season, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra will be featuring 9 exciting concerts until May of 2017. These performances focus on the grandeur and majesty of music and feature some of the best conductors and musicians in the Lowcountry. Attending one of these awe-inspiring concerts is sure to be one of the highlights of your Hilton Head getaway.


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History of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

In 1982, just as Hilton Head Island was beginning to boom in popularity, a small group of islanders came together to play classical music. It all began with just 14 musicians sharing a common interest. As the years went by, that small group developed into the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra with over 70 musicians. Today, the orchestra is recognized as "a vision that stays ahead of the curve” and satisfies a wide diversity of audiences.

Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Schedule 2016-2017

Opening Night Gala with Garrick Ohlsson (October 10, 2016)

This opening celebration will feature the work of Beethoven and one of the world’s most recognized pianists, Garrick Ohlsson.

Viva Espana (November 13-14, 2016)

Immerse in the vibrant Latin culture with traditional works of music by Gershwin, Lalo and de Falla.

Holiday Pops! (December 11-12, 2016)

Enlighten in the holiday season with one of the Lowcountry’s favorite traditions. This heartwarming production features the sounds from the animated film, "The Snowman.”

Saint-Saens Organ Symphony (January 15-16, 2017)

The renowned organist from the First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head will be performing for this masterpiece of strings and piano.

Tchaikovsky Fourth Symphony (January 29-30, 2017)

This epic portrayal of fate and triumph is portrayed with a stirring masterwork of instruments. It will also be featuring the talents of ChangYon Shin, a 2016 First Prize Winner of the HHIPC.

Lowcountry Pops! A Gullah Celebration (February 19-20, 2017)

Experience the Lowcountry’s heritage like never before! Music and dancing will tell the story of our rich culture and history.

Mendelssohn Italian Symphony (March 26-27, 2017)

HHSO clarinetist, Charles Messersmith, will be performing the dazzling Weber Clarinet Concerto No. 1.

Brahms: A German Requiem (April 23-24)

A full 100-voice chorus will reveal the tale of one of the most revered works of orchestral repertoire in history.

Beethoven Seventh Symphony (May 7-8, 2017)

The season end with Jane Coop, one of Canada’s premiere interpreters of Mozart, performing Beethoven’s beloved classic.

Special Events

The orchestra owes much of its success to the community’s support, and they offer plenty of ways for anyone to get involved. Here are just a couple special events that you may be able to participate in.

Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition

Since 2000, the orchestra has given young musicians under the age of 18 the chance to perform on their stage. Its purpose is to provide talented musicians with confidence and inspiration to pursue their goals in the world of music.

Hilton Head Symphony Under the Stars

Relax and enjoy dinner with your friends at this highly anticipated event. Within a tent at Honey Horn Plantation, guests will savor a wonderful meal, performance, and competition against other tables. It’s a fun and exciting evening you won’t soon forget.

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