All Blog Entries by Bob Farina

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Last night at the Gaillard Performance Center, I was overwhelmed with Songs of America... Patriotism, Protest and the Music That Made a Nation. It was a collaborative event by Pulitzer Prize winner John Meacham and Grammy Award winner Tim McGraw... a unique evening filled with in-depth discussions of our historic times lead by John with intermittent breaks of Tim singing an appropriate period song. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative celebration of America by exploring the origins of American music, tracing patriotic roots back to the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, two World Wars, the beginnings of rock n' roll, the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, all the way through the 21st century American struggles, including renewed

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I moved to Charleston 12 years ago and have never looked back! One of the reasons is the year-round access to the arts, and especially the 17-day springtime Spoleto Festival when the city serves as a backdrop to artistic celebration of dance, music, opera, theater, and visual arts with over 500 events in 70 venues. This year I experienced such a wide variety… Grammy award winning jazz genius Esperanza Spalding Making Magic Under The Stars… England’s Globe Theater group’s performance of Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy Twelfth Night… Westminster Choir’s inspirational a cappella performance of Path of Miracles, celebrating in musical theater the pilgrimage to Spain’s Camino de Santiago… world premiere dramatic stage performance of Amos Gitai’s  Letter To

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Wow...My wife and I were blown away last night at the Gaillard Center in the Charleston downtown historic area. The 70-piece Charleston Pops Orchestra together with 110 voices of the Charleston School of Arts Chorus dazzled everyone with selections from Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Lion King, My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music. The Mt. Pleasant husband and wife team of Dimitri Pittas and Leah Edwards joined the orchestra and chorus to compliment the evening with some of the greatest arias composed by the Italian masters .. Puccini (1858-1924) and Verdi (1813-1901). We have been enjoying the Pops performances for the last 12 years since we moved here in 2007 from NYC. We left Daniel Island at 6:45... arrived at the Gaillard at 7:10, paid $5

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Moved right into the Christmas season last night! I went to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist to hear George Frideric Handel’s oratorio masterpiece Messiah for the 5th time in my life. It was a sold out performance with 60 singers and 24 musicians from the Charleston Symphony and Chamber Chorus. Of course, the highlight of the evening was the Hallelujah chorus which is regarded by most of the world as the greatest choral piece of music ever written. The 4-part harmonies and powerful movements are incredible, especially the resounding climax when the entire ensemble stops on a dime and is silent for three seconds and then the final word Hal-le-lu-jah is slowly sung. Even though you know it’s coming, it still is a goose-bump experience! What is

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The annual Spoleto Festival in Charleston continues to be amazing with over 300 performances in 17 days…theater, dance, opera, music, artist talks, jazz and others mediums.

Last evening I really enjoyed the Italian opera Il matrimonio segreto (The Secret Marriage)…. A comic opera with members of Westminster Choir giving voice to handcrafted Italian marionettes in this charming production. The choir was in the orchestra pit and the only characters on stage were the marionettes managed by 10 Italian artisans from hidden scaffolding above the stage. It was first performed in 1792. A thoroughly enjoyable night.

The previous evening I ventured to the famous Mepkin Abbey in Monks Corner to hear Illuminations, a Memorial Day concert featuring the Taylor

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If you were not at the Gaillard last night March 10, you missed the best Charleston Symphony Orchestra's performance since 2007!!! 

It was Celebrate L'ITALIA.... an all Italian composer's night of 20 instantly recognizable compositions. The first half of the program opened with Rossini's William Tell Overture (immortalized as the opening music for the Lone Ranger TV series back in the 1950's) and followed by 8 of the all-time famous arias from Verdi and Puccini and included the Triumphal March and Chorus from Verdi's Aida featuring 22 Wando High School trumpeters! Following intermission, many of the popular Italian compositions were played, including my 2 all-time Ennio Morricone's pieces Gabriel's Oboe (The Mission) and the theme from Cinema

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For all those who are thinking about the possibility of coming to live here in Charleston.... you have to check out this Travel and Leisure article. "Forget the city of old, or even five years ago. A new wave of restaurateurs, designers, and hoteliers have put the jewel of the Lowcountry on the global stage...something bigger than food is reshaping Charleston. There’s an energy coursing through the city that reminds me of Nashville and San Francisco."   Click on READ FULL POST below then CLICK HERE to see the full Travel and Leisure article.

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Charleston Airport

No excuse now... its really easy to get to Charleston. There are 60 daily non-stop flights to Charleston from 17 airports around the US... Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Baltimore, Houston, Nashville, Chicago, Washington National, Washington Dulles, Newark, La Guardia, JFK, Atlanta, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Miami, Philadelphia, Charlotte and Seattle. If you live within driving distance or can get a connecting flight to these 17 departure cities, you can land at the newly renovated Charleston airport... take a taxi or a Uber car and be in historic downtown Charleston in less than 30 minutes! Any of our agents would be delighted to coordinate a visit here for you, and of course show you some really wonderful homes. Click on READ FULL POST below then CLICK HERE to see

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Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Another great evening last night in Charleston! Went to the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops concert at Gaillard Center... 60-piece orchestra, 120-chorus ... 2 hours of classic Christmas music...only a 15 minutes drive from Daniel Island. $5 parking. Love living on Daniel Island!!!

Songs included "For unto us a Child is born" from Handel's Messiah, "Carol of the Bells", 2 John Williams' pieces from Home Alone, "Twelve Days of Christmas", "Sleigh Ride", traditional English carols and an inspiring sing-along finale!

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Charleston has so many things to offer. It’s amazing. My wife and I subscribe to the Charleston Symphony Pops Series at the Sottile Theater downtown on George Street. Last night’s performance started at 7:30pm.

We left our condo on Daniel Island at 6:55pm…over the Ravenel Bridge, left on East Bay, right at George Street, pulled into the public parking lot, and were in our first row mezzanine center seats by 7:20pm!

Last evening’s performance was Wicked Divas. A variety of songs from Broadway plays and Hollywood movies with a 46-piece symphony orchestra and two Broadway vocalists… “All That Jazz” (Chicago), “I Could Have Danced All Night” (My Fair Lady), “Over The Rainbow” (The Wizard of Oz), “For Good” (Wicked) and many others.

What an

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