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Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra (HHSO) inspires audiences with musical excellence, enriches lives through youth programming and community performances, and unites the Lowcountry as an arts and cultural destination. It does so by annually presenting 18 concerts of full-orchestra masterworks and numerous other orchestra concerts on Hilton Head Island and in neighboring Bluffton; presenting varied performances, including monthly Jazz, Singer-Songwriter, and Cabaret series at the HHSO’s performing arts venue, SoundWaves; producing the annual Hilton Head International Piano Competition and BravoPiano! Festival, and sponsoring many Education and Community Engagement events, including an annual Youth Concerto Competition and 10-day summer Chamber Music Institute.


upcoming events:

HHSO 2022 Free Outdoor Jazz Series

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Tower of Funk

Lowcountry Celebration Park at Coligny
94 Pope Avenue, HHI SC 29928
FREE ADMISSION
Get your funk on with HHI’s own Tower of Funk and the Choosy Mothers Horns, a new 11-piece funk horn band grooving your favorite hits by the likes of great funkmasters Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Blood Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, and more! Enjoy dinner in Coligny Plaza and then come catch some fantastic jazz, outdoors, in the cool evening air.   UPCOMING EVENTS: Tuesday, July 19     Eric Jones Trio Tuesday, August 2  Modern Daze Ensemble Tuesday, August 16 Martin Lesch Band Tuesday, August 30 Fabulous Equinox Orchestra   Sponsored by Coligny Hilton Head and Courtyard by Marriott [post_title] => HHSO 2022 Free Outdoor Jazz Series [post_excerpt] => Enjoy great covers of your favorite hits by the likes of great funkmasters Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Blood Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, and more... [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => hhso-2022-free-outdoor-jazz-series-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-22 15:52:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-22 19:52:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=42947 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-07-05 19:30:00 )
Beginning July 05 @ 07:30 pm

Tower of Funk

Lowcountry Celebration Park at Coligny
94 Pope Avenue, HHI SC 29928
FREE ADMISSION
Get your funk on with HHI’s own Tower of Funk and the Choosy Mothers Horns, a new 11-piece funk horn band grooving your favorite hits by the likes of great funkmasters Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Blood Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, and more! Enjoy dinner in Coligny Plaza and then come catch some fantastic jazz, outdoors, in the cool evening air.   UPCOMING EVENTS: Tuesday, July 19     Eric Jones Trio Tuesday, August 2  Modern Daze Ensemble Tuesday, August 16 Martin Lesch Band Tuesday, August 30 Fabulous Equinox Orchestra   Sponsored by Coligny Hilton Head and Courtyard by Marriott
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HHSO 2022 Free Outdoor Jazz Series

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Eric Jones Trio

Lowcountry Celebration Park at Coligny
94 Pope Avenue, HHI SC 29928
FREE ADMISSION
Lowcountry favorite, pianist Eric Jones headlines a soothing evening of classic jazz standards while mixing in a splash of his soon-to-be classic originals of his own. A relaxing evening for ALL! Enjoy dinner in Coligny Plaza and then come catch some fantastic jazz, outdoors, in the cool evening air.   UPCOMING EVENTS: Tuesday, August 2  Modern Daze Ensemble Tuesday, August 16 Martin Lesch Band Tuesday, August 30 Fabulous Equinox Orchestra   Sponsored by Coligny Hilton Head and Courtyard by Marriott [post_title] => HHSO 2022 Free Outdoor Jazz Series [post_excerpt] => Enjoy a soothing mix of classic jazz standards and soon-to-be classic Eric Jones originals! [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => hhso-2022-free-outdoor-jazz-series [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-22 15:57:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-22 19:57:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=42954 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-07-19 19:30:00 )
Beginning July 19 @ 07:30 pm

Eric Jones Trio

Lowcountry Celebration Park at Coligny
94 Pope Avenue, HHI SC 29928
FREE ADMISSION
Lowcountry favorite, pianist Eric Jones headlines a soothing evening of classic jazz standards while mixing in a splash of his soon-to-be classic originals of his own. A relaxing evening for ALL! Enjoy dinner in Coligny Plaza and then come catch some fantastic jazz, outdoors, in the cool evening air.   UPCOMING EVENTS: Tuesday, August 2  Modern Daze Ensemble Tuesday, August 16 Martin Lesch Band Tuesday, August 30 Fabulous Equinox Orchestra   Sponsored by Coligny Hilton Head and Courtyard by Marriott
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HHSO 2022 Free Outdoor Jazz Series

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Modern Daze Ensemble

Lowcountry Celebration Park at Coligny
94 Pope Avenue, HHI SC 29928
FREE ADMISSION
Deas Guyz' brilliant saxophonist Greg Whitaker brings his unique sound to the forefront as leader of this kickin' jazz ensemble. Smooth ballads and heavy hitting standards illuminate the beautiful Summer skyline just a short walk from the Atlantic beaches. Enjoy dinner in Coligny Plaza and then come catch some fantastic jazz, outdoors, in the cool evening air.   UPCOMING EVENTS: Tuesday, August 16 Martin Lesch Band Tuesday, August 30 Fabulous Equinox Orchestra   Sponsored by Coligny Hilton Head and Courtyard by Marriott [post_title] => HHSO 2022 Free Outdoor Jazz Series [post_excerpt] => Deas Guyz' brilliant saxophonist Greg Whitaker lights up the evening with his own band. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => hhso-2022-free-outdoor-jazz-series-3 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-22 16:11:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-22 20:11:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=42965 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-08-02 19:30:00 )
Beginning August 02 @ 07:30 pm

Modern Daze Ensemble

Lowcountry Celebration Park at Coligny
94 Pope Avenue, HHI SC 29928
FREE ADMISSION
Deas Guyz' brilliant saxophonist Greg Whitaker brings his unique sound to the forefront as leader of this kickin' jazz ensemble. Smooth ballads and heavy hitting standards illuminate the beautiful Summer skyline just a short walk from the Atlantic beaches. Enjoy dinner in Coligny Plaza and then come catch some fantastic jazz, outdoors, in the cool evening air.   UPCOMING EVENTS: Tuesday, August 16 Martin Lesch Band Tuesday, August 30 Fabulous Equinox Orchestra   Sponsored by Coligny Hilton Head and Courtyard by Marriott
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HHSO 2022 Free Outdoor Jazz Series

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Martin Lesch Band

Lowcountry Celebration Park at Coligny
94 Pope Avenue, HHI SC 29928
FREE ADMISSION
Hilton Head's own jazz legend, keyboardist Martin Lesch, brings his act outside to the Lowcountry Celebration Park stage for this one-night only event, backed by much sought after collaborators bassist Marc Chesanow, guitarist Jackson Evans, and drummer Chris Russell. A night to remember. Enjoy dinner in Coligny Plaza and then come catch some fantastic jazz, outdoors, in the cool evening air.   UPCOMING EVENTS: Tuesday, August 30 Fabulous Equinox Orchestra   Sponsored by Coligny Hilton Head and Courtyard by Marriott [post_title] => HHSO 2022 Free Outdoor Jazz Series [post_excerpt] => Keyboardist Martin Lesch, bassist Marc Chesanow, guitarist Jackson Evans, and drummer Chris Russell... need we say any more? [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => hhso-2022-free-outdoor-jazz-series-3-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-22 16:19:04 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-22 20:19:04 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=42968 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-08-16 19:30:00 )
Beginning August 16 @ 07:30 pm

Martin Lesch Band

Lowcountry Celebration Park at Coligny
94 Pope Avenue, HHI SC 29928
FREE ADMISSION
Hilton Head's own jazz legend, keyboardist Martin Lesch, brings his act outside to the Lowcountry Celebration Park stage for this one-night only event, backed by much sought after collaborators bassist Marc Chesanow, guitarist Jackson Evans, and drummer Chris Russell. A night to remember. Enjoy dinner in Coligny Plaza and then come catch some fantastic jazz, outdoors, in the cool evening air.   UPCOMING EVENTS: Tuesday, August 30 Fabulous Equinox Orchestra   Sponsored by Coligny Hilton Head and Courtyard by Marriott
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HHSO 2022 Free Outdoor Jazz Series

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Fabulous Equinox Orchestra

Lowcountry Celebration Park at Coligny
94 Pope Avenue, HHI SC 29928
FREE ADMISSION
Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra closes its FREE Summer Jazz Series with Louisiana-by-way-of-Savannah-Georgia's 11-piece second-line swing band, Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, who will give you the best of Dixieland-meets-Rat-Pack for an entirely too much fun night out for the whole family. Enjoy dinner in Coligny Plaza and then come catch some fantastic jazz, outdoors, in the cool evening air.   Sponsored by Coligny Hilton Head and Courtyard by Marriott [post_title] => HHSO 2022 Free Outdoor Jazz Series [post_excerpt] => Enjoy the best of Dixieland-meets-Rat-Pack with this high-energy night out for the whole family.  [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => hhso-2022-free-outdoor-jazz-series-3-2-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-22 16:30:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-22 20:30:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=42971 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-08-30 19:30:00 )
Beginning August 30 @ 07:30 pm

Fabulous Equinox Orchestra

Lowcountry Celebration Park at Coligny
94 Pope Avenue, HHI SC 29928
FREE ADMISSION
Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra closes its FREE Summer Jazz Series with Louisiana-by-way-of-Savannah-Georgia's 11-piece second-line swing band, Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, who will give you the best of Dixieland-meets-Rat-Pack for an entirely too much fun night out for the whole family. Enjoy dinner in Coligny Plaza and then come catch some fantastic jazz, outdoors, in the cool evening air.   Sponsored by Coligny Hilton Head and Courtyard by Marriott
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HHSO Symphony Under the Stars FREE Outdoor Pops Concert

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HHSO Symphony Under the Stars

  From good ole' Patriotic hymns to the beginnings of jazz to classic musical theater to popular film score medleys, this FREE concert is a celebration of great American music, and this year will be truly "under the stars". Bring a blanket or chair, a picnic dinner, and enjoy your HHSO and JMR al fresco.     [post_title] => HHSO Symphony Under the Stars FREE Outdoor Pops Concert [post_excerpt] => Truly "under the stars", enjoy this FREE concert. Bring a blanket or chair, a picnic dinner, and enjoy your HHSO and JMR al fresco. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => hhso-symphony-under-the-stars-free-outdoor-pops-concert-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-30 10:45:41 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-30 14:45:41 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=43162 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-10-20 19:30:00 )
Beginning October 20 @ 07:30 pm

HHSO Symphony Under the Stars

  From good ole' Patriotic hymns to the beginnings of jazz to classic musical theater to popular film score medleys, this FREE concert is a celebration of great American music, and this year will be truly "under the stars". Bring a blanket or chair, a picnic dinner, and enjoy your HHSO and JMR al fresco.    
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HHSO Symphony Under the Stars FREE Outdoor Pops Concert

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HHSO Symphony Under the Stars

  From good ole' Patriotic hymns to the beginnings of jazz to classic musical theater to popular film score medleys, this FREE concert is a celebration of great American music, and this year will be truly "under the stars". Bring a blanket or chair, a picnic dinner, and enjoy your HHSO and JMR al fresco.     [post_title] => HHSO Symphony Under the Stars FREE Outdoor Pops Concert [post_excerpt] => Truly "under the stars", enjoy this FREE concert. Bring a blanket or chair, a picnic dinner, and enjoy your HHSO and JMR al fresco. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => hhso-symphony-under-the-stars-free-outdoor-pops-concert [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-30 10:45:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-30 14:45:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=43165 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-10-21 19:30:00 )
Beginning October 21 @ 07:30 pm

HHSO Symphony Under the Stars

  From good ole' Patriotic hymns to the beginnings of jazz to classic musical theater to popular film score medleys, this FREE concert is a celebration of great American music, and this year will be truly "under the stars". Bring a blanket or chair, a picnic dinner, and enjoy your HHSO and JMR al fresco.    
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HHSO Season Opener: Coleridge-Taylor and Dvořák

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Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

John Morris Russell, conductor*

Micah Gangwer, violin

HHSO opens its 41st concert season featuring its own concertmaster, violinist Micah Gangwer, at First Presbyterian Church with this gem of a program: ABELS Outburst COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Violin Concerto, op.80, G minor DVOŘÁK Symphony No.8, op.88, B.163, G major *Maestro Russell will deliver a pre-concert chat beginning one-hour before the concert. [post_title] => HHSO Season Opener: Coleridge-Taylor and Dvořák [post_excerpt] => HHSO opens its 41st concert season featuring its own concertmaster, violinist Micah Gangwer, performing Colerdige-Taylor's lone violin concerto under the baton of Maestro John Morris Russell as part of the Orchestra's opening concert series of its 41st season. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => hhso-season-opener-sibelius-violin-concerto-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-29 10:48:12 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-29 14:48:12 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=43167 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-10-23 16:00:00 )
Beginning October 23 @ 04:00 pm

Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

John Morris Russell, conductor*

Micah Gangwer, violin

HHSO opens its 41st concert season featuring its own concertmaster, violinist Micah Gangwer, at First Presbyterian Church with this gem of a program: ABELS Outburst COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Violin Concerto, op.80, G minor DVOŘÁK Symphony No.8, op.88, B.163, G major *Maestro Russell will deliver a pre-concert chat beginning one-hour before the concert.
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HHSO Season Opener: Coleridge-Taylor and Dvořák

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Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

John Morris Russell, conductor*

Micah Gangwer, violin

HHSO opens its 41st concert season featuring its own concertmaster, violinist Micah Gangwer, at First Presbyterian Church with this gem of a program: ABELS Outburst COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Violin Concerto, op.80, G minor DVOŘÁK Symphony No.8, op.88, B.163, G major *Maestro Russell will deliver a pre-concert chat beginning one-hour before the concert. [post_title] => HHSO Season Opener: Coleridge-Taylor and Dvořák [post_excerpt] => HHSO opens its 41st concert season featuring its own concertmaster, violinist Micah Gangwer, performing Colerdige-Taylor's lone violin concerto under the baton of Maestro John Morris Russell as part of the Orchestra's opening concert series of its 41st season. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => hhso-season-opener-coleridgetaylor-violin-concerto-2-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-29 11:02:37 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-29 15:02:37 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=43170 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-10-24 19:30:00 )
Beginning October 24 @ 07:30 pm

Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

John Morris Russell, conductor*

Micah Gangwer, violin

HHSO opens its 41st concert season featuring its own concertmaster, violinist Micah Gangwer, at First Presbyterian Church with this gem of a program: ABELS Outburst COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Violin Concerto, op.80, G minor DVOŘÁK Symphony No.8, op.88, B.163, G major *Maestro Russell will deliver a pre-concert chat beginning one-hour before the concert.
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Jazz: America's Voice, HHSO Subscription Series Concert

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Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

John Morris Russell, conductor*

Oran Etkin, Clarinet

Oran Etkin Quartet

  COPLAND Clarinet Concerto ETKIN What's New Suite: Re-Imagining Benny Goodman GRANT STILL Symphony No.1 (Afro-American Symphony)   Oran Etkin has been described as "ebullient" by the New York Times and "composer of eminent individuality" by Yusef Lateef. He was voted #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in DownBeat Magazine's 2016 Critics Poll and has been invited several times to Harvard University as a guest lecturer. Etkin's music can be heard on concert stages worldwide and numerous recordings including a Grammy Award Winning anti-bullying compilation album. Etkin's duo concert with Sullivan Fortner in Paris was chosen as one of the Top 6 Musical Highlights of the year by Libération, which described it as "a concert of weightlessness, class, spark, inspiration and sharing. Magic uninterrupted for two hours. The crowd... went wild. For such is the music of Etkin: sensitive to the exchange with the audience.”   *Maestro Russell will deliver a pre-concert chat beginning one-hour before the concert. [post_title] => Jazz: America's Voice, HHSO Subscription Series Concert [post_excerpt] => Oran Etkin has been described as "ebullient" by the New York Times and "composer of eminent individuality" by Yusef Lateef. He was voted #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in DownBeat Magazine's 2016 Critics Poll and has been invited several times to Harvard University as a guest lecturer. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => hhso-subscriptionseason-jazz-americas-voice-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-06-29 11:01:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-06-29 15:01:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://culturehhi.org/?post_type=tribe_events&p=43176 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => tribe_events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [event_date] => 2022-11-06 16:00:00 )
Beginning November 06 @ 04:00 pm

Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra

John Morris Russell, conductor*

Oran Etkin, Clarinet

Oran Etkin Quartet

  COPLAND Clarinet Concerto ETKIN What's New Suite: Re-Imagining Benny Goodman GRANT STILL Symphony No.1 (Afro-American Symphony)   Oran Etkin has been described as "ebullient" by the New York Times and "composer of eminent individuality" by Yusef Lateef. He was voted #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in DownBeat Magazine's 2016 Critics Poll and has been invited several times to Harvard University as a guest lecturer. Etkin's music can be heard on concert stages worldwide and numerous recordings including a Grammy Award Winning anti-bullying compilation album. Etkin's duo concert with Sullivan Fortner in Paris was chosen as one of the Top 6 Musical Highlights of the year by Libération, which described it as "a concert of weightlessness, class, spark, inspiration and sharing. Magic uninterrupted for two hours. The crowd... went wild. For such is the music of Etkin: sensitive to the exchange with the audience.”   *Maestro Russell will deliver a pre-concert chat beginning one-hour before the concert.
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