November 2016 marked the 250th anniversary of the first concerts of the most significant musical organization in the early history of the United States—Charleston’s St. Cecilia Society. In this episode, we’ll take quick tour of the society’s history, from its origins in 1766, through the Revolution and the War of 1812, to its final concerts in 1820. Along they way we’ll enjoy a few examples of the sort of music that filled this remarkable 54-year-long concert series. If you’d like to learn more about this topic, come to the library and check out my book, Votaries of Apollo, published by USC Press in 2007.
Charleston’s First Orchestra: The St. Cecilia Society