Charleston Gaillard Center


Last night we had the opportunity to experience an excellent acoustical performance at the Charleston Gaillard Center by Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen. Named after John Palmer Gaillard, Jr - Charleston's Mayor from 1959-1975, this venue provides the low country with an elegant performance hall for a variety of concerts and shows. When first opened in 1968, the Gaillard Auditorium was a symbol of ambition for Charleston’s economic prosperity, cultural growth, and civic pride. Featuring the 2,750-seat music hall and a large multipurpose exhibition hall, the Gaillard became Charleston’s #1 performing arts venue. The Gaillard became home to the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in the early 1980s. Additionally, the founding of Spoleto Festival USA in 1977, put Charleston onto the world's stage. Construction of the new Charleston Gaillard Center began in August of 2012 and was finished in October of 2015. The new Gaillard Center features the 1,800-seat Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall, a 15,000-square foot Exhibition Hall, and three floors of City offices. In addition to offering world class performances, the Gaillard Center offers school programs, master classes & workshops, community programs and camps. This Charleston gem is just another wonderful reason to love living here. Check it out.