The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra (HHSO) opened its 37th season, “SoundWaves,” Oct. 22 with a reception at its new home and performance center, also called SoundWaves, located at 7 Lagoon Road near Coligny Plaza.

Guests were given tours of the new space, which seats 225, according to HHSO president and CEO Mary Briggs, and includes 10 offices, a chef’s kitchen and conference room.

Following the reception, a special performance was held at St. Andrew By the Sea, with an invited audience of 600 subscribers, local officials and guests. The unique, hour-long musical and visual experience was described by Conductor John Morris Russell as “an interactive work for orchestra and media … a one-act concert, consisting of selected movements for a chamber orchestra, set to dramatic and immersive lighting and video.”

Russell introduced the piece as a “celebration of our creative community.” Members of the Camera Club of Hilton Head provided numerous photographs that were included in the visual production.

The season is dedicated to presenting an array of musical styles and emotions that bring a unique dimension of beauty to the Lowcountry. The majesty of Russian masterworks, stirring operatic showpieces, sparkling gems of Haydn and Mozart, and beloved classic works of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Ravel and Schubert highlight a season of exceptional music-making that has become a hallmark of our orchestra.

Two of the remaining season concerts will be held at SoundWaves, with the other six at the customary performance venue, First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island.

The next concert, Stravinsky Firebird, will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 11 and 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at First Presbyterian Church. Conductor Russell and pianist Terrence Wilson will join together to present an entertaining evening with Stravinsky’s most popular work, “The Firebird”; Mussorgsky’s comic opera, “The Fair at Sorochinsk”; and the rollicking overture of Kabalevsky’s “Colas Breugnon.”

Wilson will perform Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto in D-flat Major. He has been acclaimed as “one of the biggest pianistic talents to have emerged in this country in the last 25 years.”

Season subscriptions are available, as well as individual tickets at $55, $45 and $30. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 843-842-2055.