Major anniversaries in the arts make the start of autumn extra special across the Grand Strand, as four groups pass major milestones.
Long Bay Symphony celebrates its 30th season, and the Carolina Master Chorale hits 35. Among theater troupes, Atlantic Stage marks its 10th season, and Stage Left Theatre Company, its fifth year at The Market Common.
The Long Bay Symphony opens its season Sunday, Sept. 24, with “Carmina Burana.” The many guest performers for this concert, at 4 p.m. at Myrtle Beach High School, include the Carolina Master Chorale and a chorus from Coastal Carolina University.
At a news conference last month, Jane Williams, the symphony’s executive director, said its “Musicians in the Schools” visitation program will expand into middle and high schools across Horry and Georgetown counties, thanks to a Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation grant for $30,000, spread over three years, one of three such gifts given across the Lowcountry.
Charles Jones Evans, starting his 22nd year as the symphony’s music director and conductor, said he still hears from happy first-time concertgoers who say, “I had no idea we had an orchestra like this,” and that its growth has come in “gradual steps” in this “special, magical area … in an oasis of unlimited potential.”
Philip Powell, a professional pianist and the chairman of CCU’s music department, said every one of its music faculty members has been involved with the Long Bay Symphony, whose youth orchestra rehearses and performs three seasonal concerts on the main campus in Conway – the first one is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10.
Touting such teamwork and how a symphony’s role in helping attract new local residents, Ray Heider, Long Bay’s board president, said, “We all make the music together.”
Map out your outings with these 2017-18 schedules for all four ensembles:
WHAT, WHEN AND WHERE: All 4-6:30 p.m. at Myrtle Beach High School, on Robert M. Grissom Parkway, between 29th and 38th avenues North, and each with preview at 3:15 p.m. by Charles Jones Evans, music director –-
— “Carmina Burana,” Sunday, Sept. 24, featuring Louis Oey, baritone; Amanda Horton, soprano; Carolina Master Chorale; and Coastal Carolina University and Hartsville Community choruses, and the Waccamaw Intermediate and Middle schools’ Treble Choir.
— “Masterpieces from Eastern Europe,” Nov. 12, featuring Ziyu Shen on viola.
— “The Three Bs” (Bach, Beethoven and Brahms), Jan. 21, featuring In Mo Yang, violinist.
— “Variations on a Theme,” April 15, featuring Sang-Eun Lee, cellist.
HOW MUCH: Each $25, $40, $45 or $50. Season tickets also available.
— Symphony guild’s annual benefits – fashion show, Oct. 14; tea, Feb. 10; and “Fiddler on the Green,” June 9.
— “Fall Bravo Broadway” big-band benefit for Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach – with Broadway singers Rachel York and Sal Viviano – 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Myrtle Beach High. $25, $40, $45 or $50.
— Youth Orchestra seasonal concerts, all 7:30 p.m. – Nov. 10 and Feb. 15 at Myrtle Beach High, and April 18 in Coastal Carolina University Wheelwright Auditorium, on main campus, off U.S. 501 and S.C. 544 in Conway. Each $10 adults, $5 students.
— “Bravo Broadway,” 10th annual benefit for Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach – with Doug LaBrecque and other Broadway stars – 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Myrtle Beach High. $25, $40, $45 or $50.
INFORMATION: 843-448-8379 or longbaysymphony.com
WITH: “Songs of The Big Apple, The Big Easy, and The City of Light”
WHAT, WHEN AND WHERE:
— “Broadway Blockbusters” – including soloists and winners from Chorale/Coastal Carolina University’s second annual Student Vocal Competition – 4 p.m. Oct. 28 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 706 14th Ave S., North Myrtle Beach; and 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at Trinity Church, 3000 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach.
— “Christmas and All That Jazz III,” 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2061 Glenns Bay Road, west of Surfside Beach; 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at Trinity United Methodist Church in North Myrtle Beach; and 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at Trinity Church in Myrtle Beach.
— “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” with Theatre of the Republic of Conway, 3 p.m. March 18 at Beach Church, 557 George Bishop Parkway, just west of Myrtle Beach, between U.S. 501 and U.S. 17.
— “How Great Art Thou: Great Songs of Faith,” 7 p.m. April 28 at First United Methodist Church, 1001 Fifth Ave., Conway; and 4 p.m. April 29 at Trinity Church in Myrtle Beach.
HOW MUCH: Each $22 adults, $17 veterans (with ID) and seniors, and $5 students with ID through age 22 (respective season ticket prices, covering all four concerts, are $75, $55 and $15).
— Carolina Master Chorale’s “It’s A Grand Night for Trivia,” 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8 (postponed from Sept. 10), at Prestwick Country Club, between Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach. $30 individual or $165 team of six.
— “Taste of Passion,” 4:30-6:30 p.m. April 8 at Pine Lakes Country Club, 5603 Granddaddy Drive, Myrtle Beach. $65.
— Long Bay Symphony – for “Carmina Burana,” Sept. 24; and “Bravo Broadway,” 10th annual benefit for Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach, Feb. 24. (Ticket details from symphony at 843-448-8379 or longbaysymphony.com.)
— Theatre of the Republic of Conway for its “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” musical show, Feb. 21-25 and March 1-4. (Buy tickets at 843-488-0821 or www.theatreoftherepublic.com.)
INFORMATION: 843-444-5774 or www.carolinamasterchorale.com
Stage Left Theatre Company
WHERE: 3064 DeVille St., Myrtle Beach, between Nevers and Lewis streets, next to Coastal Dance Centre.
WHAT AND WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays –
— “The Cemetery Club,” Sept. 21-Oct. 8.
— “Home for Christmas,” Nov. 30-Dec. 17.
— “Same Time, Next Year,” Feb. 1-18.
— “The Fox on the Fairway,” April 5-22.
— “As Long As We Both Shall Live,” June 14-July 11.
HOW MUCH: $21 general admission; and $18 active-duty military, veterans and students; season tickets $95 individual, $190 couple – plus processing fees.
INFORMATION: 843-232-0339 or www.stagelefttheatremb.com
WHERE: Myrtle Beach Mall, at U.S. 17 and S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres – near Bass Pro Shops, and across from Carolina Improv Company’s Uptown Theater.
WHEN AND WHAT: Most shows 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, also with dialogues with actors, after the first, second and third Sunday matinees for each play –
— “The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence,” Sept. 28-Oct. 22.
— “Reckless,” Nov. 22-Dec. 17 (no show Nov. 23).
— “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally,” Jan. 25-Feb. 18.
— “Adverse Effects,” March 22-April 15.
— “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” May 31-June 24.
HOW MUCH: Each $27.50 general admission; $22.50 ages 55 and older, as well as educators and military; and $17.50 students, including Coastal Carolina University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members). Season flex ticket plans also available.
INFORMATION: 877-287-8587 (ATS-TKTS) or www.atlanticstage.com