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Oct 09 2020

Happy Birthday, Beethoven

By Bob Gebhardt for The Island Connection 

The 2020 Symphony Tour of Homes on Kiawah Island, now in its 23rd year, will include a festive celebration commemorating Beethoven’s 250th birthday.

Carol Cronk, the 2020 event chair commented, “By partnering these two unique events, we are creating a fundraiser, with an eye toward safety, that will bring the community together in support of the Charleston Symphony.”

The longest-running island home tour in the Lowcountry, the 2020 Symphony Tour of Homes will showcase a variety of beautifully decorated homes, reflecting the varied interests and lifestyles of their owners. The recently built chapel at the Sanctuary, along with the gardens, will be available to tour participants, and entertainment will be provided in the hotel lobby by student musicians. As in the past, music will be performed by symphony musicians and talented music students in the homes as well.

This year’s self-guided tour will also feature outdoor spaces that highlight the beauty and magic of the island. And, while on the tour, guests will have an opportunity to shop for unique, designinspired and one-of-a-kind items from the CSOL’s exclusive SCORE collection.

Advance tickets for the Home Tour are $55 through Nov. 6 and are available at

Tickets also can be purchased at Indigo Books in Freshfields Village or at the Kiawah Island Municipal Center on Betsy Kerrison Parkway. Tickets will be sold the day of the event on Freshfields Village Green for $60 each.

Beethoven’s Birthday Celebration will be held on the Freshfields Village Green and will include music played by Charleston Symphony musicians throughout the afternoon under an open tent. The free event is open to the public. The celebration will begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude with a birthday fanfare played by the Symphony Brass at 4:30 p.m. Beverages, wine and food will be available for purchase throughout the duration of the event.

Wine will be provided by FortyEight – Wine Bar & Kitchen, along with food from local restaurants.

All the proceeds from this event will support the Symphony and scholarships for talented student musicians in the Lowcountry.

Saturday, Nov. 7

• 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Check-in for tour on the Green at Freshfields Village, in front of Java Java;

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Self-guided tour of homes and outdoor spaces. Shop at SCORE.

• 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Music, food and beverages and more on Freshfields Village Green.

 • 4:30 p.m.: Birthday Fanfare played by the CSO Brass.

The safety of tour guests, homeowners, volunteers and  musicians is a priority. The CSOL will work within the framework of requirements recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and local health organizations and will be consistent with the town of Kiawah Island and the Community Association. Compliance will be in place and enforced at all tour and celebration locations. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced. For the tour, please wear flat-heeled shoes only, and keep in mind that there will be no handicap access in the tour houses.

 The CSOL is a multitalented group of more than 200 dedicated volunteers whose purpose is to support the Charleston Symphony, encourage talented young musicians and inspire classical music lovers for generations to come. The CSOL is the largest institutional donor to the Symphony, providing over $170,000 in financial support last year.

For more information, to purchase tickets, and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit

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