Tickets are now available for most concerts of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-2023 season. In addition to the Orchestra Series programs, free outdoor Symphony Under the Stars pops concerts, and Hilton Head International Piano Competition, the HHSO will offer its popular monthly Coastal Home Supper Club series and a new Gullah Cultural Series at its intimate performance space, SoundWaves at Coligny Plaza.
“It feels so good to be able to announce a full season’s line-up with confidence, once again,” said HHSO President and CEO Alan Jordan. “The 2022-2023 season includes works that were postponed by the pandemic, along with a lot of repertoire John Morris Russell and the musicians have been clamoring to perform. There is something for everyone, with all the varied presentations planned by the HHSO.”
The season kicks off with two free outdoor “Symphony Under the Stars” pops concerts. The first is 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Martin Family Park in Bluffton – an affiliated event of the Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival. On Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m., the HHSO will perform the same program at Lowcountry Celebration Park at Coligny.
Attendees should bring chairs, food, and beverages to help celebrate the new season.
Music Director John Morris Russell and the Orchestra will be joined by vocalist Jonathan Christopher, who is currently with the national tour of Hamilton, for “Celebrate America!”
A limited number of tables of 10 will be available for purchase for the Oct. 21 concert, which is a Signature Event of Hilton Head Island’s Crescendo festival.
The Orchestra Series begins that same weekend on Oct. 23 and 24, at First Presbyterian Church with HHSO concertmaster Micah Gangwer performing the Violin Concerto by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
On Nov. 6 and 7, the HHSO presents “Jazz: America’s Voice” with clarinetist Oran Etkin performing as soloist. He will be joined by the rest of his Oran Etkin Quartet to perform the World Premiere of Etkin’s tribute, “Sing On: Reimagining Benny Goodman,” inspired by some of Goodman’s most famous jazz licks.
The HHSO’s traditional Holiday Pops concerts will serve as the third Orchestra Series program of holiday classics and new favorites.
A special Holiday Pops concert will take place at St. Gregory The Great Catholic Church’s Parish Life Center in Bluffton at 7 p.m. Nov. 26. The Orchestra Series concerts will be held Nov. 27 and 28.
On Jan. 8 and 9, 2023, the 2022 Hilton Head International Piano Competition winner, Jaeden Izik-Dzurko, will return to the Lowcountry.
The 26th Hilton Head International Piano Competition will take place in various locations from March 13- 18, featuring 20 of the world’s finest young pianists, ages 13 to 17.
All Orchestra Series concerts will take place at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island, with Sunday performances beginning at 4 p.m. and Mondays beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Orchestra Series subscriptions are available as well as single tickets for most events. For more information, visit hhso.org, or call the HHSO at 843-842-2055.