April 2018

#SOchats with Naomi  
Hello and welcome to our April #SOchats.  I’m Naomi Chaitkin Nimmo, the Executive Director.  We started this monthly chat room so we can answer your questions and talk about the orchestra and the response has been great!  Please keep the comments and questions coming. Thanks.
Q:  What are the dates and prices for next season?
A:The dates for next season’s 5-concert Subscription Series at Summerville Baptist Church are:
  • September 28 & 29, 2018
  • November 9 & 10, 2018
  • February 8 & 9, 2019
  • March 22 & 23, 2019
  • May 10 & 11, 2019
The prices remain the same: Season tickets: $50 for 18 and over; $5 for under 18; free for anyone in a wheelchair.
Other concerts for next season:
  • The free 9/11 Memorial Concert will be Friday, September 7, 2018 also at Summerville Baptist Church
  • The free Encore Series at Coastal Coffee Roasters
  • The free Eine Kleine Music Lounge Series at the Dorchester County Library on Trolley Road
  • Plus other exciting events to be announced
Q: When will season tickets (subscriptions) go on sale for next season?
A: May 30.   You will receive a letter in the mail and by email in a few weeks explaining how to get season tickets for next season. It will be different than in previous years. Please be sure to open the letter and/or email. Because this season sold out before the season started, we expect next season will sell out very quickly, in fact within days of May 30. So please read your email and/or letter very carefully. Thank you.

To read previous #SOchats please click here
Jokes of the Month
Do hummingbirds hum?
(Because they forgot the words!)
Why was the musician arrested?
(Because she got in treble!)
What’s green and sings?
(Elvis Parsley!)
What was the result when a piano fell down a mine shaft?
(A-flat minor!)
What was stolen from the music store?
(The lute!)
How do you make a band stand?
(Take their chairs away!)
What type of music are balloons scared of?
(Pop music!)
What’s the most musical part of a turkey?
(The drumstick!)
What’s the most musical part of a fish?
(The scales!)
Interviews with the Musicians
Lillian Garcia
LILLIAN GARCIA, percussionist
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA. Dad retired from the Navy there, so we stayed. Mom made my older sister and me take piano lessons once we were in school. (My sister is a musical prodigy…seriously-sight reading, perfect pitch,…the whole nine.) I played violin for a couple of years in elementary school (I wasn’t very good), but started playing percussion in the 6th grade when I could take band. I got my first paid gig at 15 playing timpani for an Easter service. I earned a Bachelor in Music, Music Education with an emphasis in percussion at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. I had the honor of teaching middle school and high school band in Virginia and Washington (state) for 18 years before moving to Summerville.
Tell us about your family.
I have been married to my wonderful husband, Jericho, since Nov. 4, 2006. He just retired as a Chief Petty Officer from the US Navy after 20 years of service. My sister, Jennifer, is in Virginia Beach with her husband and two boys, 13 and 11. She’s a music and choir director at St. Matthew’s School. My Dad, Ramon Gregorio, passed away December 2011 from a rare form of bladder cancer. My Mom, Lily Gregorio, is retired and also living in Virginia Beach. My in-laws, Rey and Shirley Garcia, live in Oak Harbor, WA and have four sons, my husband Jericho, and his younger brothers, Jason, Jonathan, and Joshua.
What is your day job?
I currently work for Cumulus Media Charleston with 95sx. I am The Bert Show Producer in Charleston. I also assist with audio production, station imaging, and am on-air on weekends.
What position do you hold with the Summerville Orchestra and what other activities do you do with the orchestra?
My first concert for SO was September 2015. I am currently a percussionist for SO. I also play drums for the SO Jazz Combo with Wojciech, and SO members Bill Miller, Dean Glace, and Ethan Pruitt. As well as SO, I play percussion for the Charleston Community Band, and I’m principal percussion for Southcoast Symphony Orchestra.
Why did you choose percussion?
When I was a kid, I had childhood asthma. Not knowing much about instruments, I thought it would be better if I played an instrument that didn’t require me to blow. J
What do you like best about SO?
The people! It’s so fun to talk to and hang out with the musicians in this ensemble. (Especially after concerts!) J And of course, Wojciech is a wonderful conductor and is so entertaining in rehearsals!
If you could play any other instrument, which one would it be?
I would love to learn how to play the bagpipes, banjo, accordion, and harp. I’ve never had the chance to play those instruments!
Besides music what are your favorite things to do?
I love sports, but baseball is my favorite. I’m a hard core Baltimore Orioles fan (through all the wins and many losses)! My husband and I try to go to as many sporting events as we can. I’m also VERY GOOD at being a couch potato watching TV. J