Hilton Head Island is not just about the beach and golf courses. Visitors who enjoy world-class music in other areas won’t be disappointed with the caliber of the Lowcountry’s talent.
The Island has an abundance of high caliber local musical fare at reasonable prices, and some totally free. Venues range from large auditoriums and tennis stadiums, to churches and intimate clubs.
The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, located at Shelter Cove Harbour, hosts musical performances throughout the year in its 350-seat theatre. They offer a diverse selection of pop, jazz, ethnic and classical performances.
Celebrating their 35th season, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra presents a highly regarded concert series that runs from October through May. Lead by Principal Conductor John Morris Russell, performances are held in the spacious sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, located at 540 William Hilton Parkway (US 278, between Mile Markers 5 & 6).
The Orchestra also sponsors the renowned Hilton Head International Piano Competition each March as well as the picnic and festival pops concert series “Symphony Under the Stars” held every April.
In January, the Winter Concert Medley is held at the Providence Presbyterian Church to benefit the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head. The program displays a variety of genres, including classical, jazz and Broadway selections.
During the summer months, the Island Recreation Association sponsors the Tuesday night Summer Jams, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Shelter Cove Community Park. Fun family games and demonstrations are organized with the highlight of the evening being the fireworks display over Shelter Cove Harbour. Concessions are sold, so bring the gang out for dinner and a show.
If you’re planning on visiting Savannah, check out the Savannah Riverboat Cruises’ Dinner Entertainment Cruise, the Monday night Gospel Dinner Cruise, and their Moonlight Entertainment Cruise. These old-fashioned riverboats cruise the Savannah River while you enjoy live musical entertainment. Schedules vary by season so make sure you call to see what’s available.
For more information, contact:
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina (843-842-2787)
Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island (843-681-3254)
Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra (843-842-2055)
Island Recreation Association (843-681-7273)
Savannah Riverboat Cruises (912-232-6404)