Charleston Symphony To Livestream Previous Masterworks Performance “Pictures at an Exhibition” In Collaboration With Artist Mary Whyte’s “We the People: Portraits of Veterans In America” Exhibition

“Counterbalance” by Mary Whyte

The Charleston Symphony will livestream their previous Masterworks performance, Pictures at an Exhibition, featuring the orchestra performing iconic works by Copland, Respighi, and Mussorgsky on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, at 7:30pm. Mary Whyte’s new collection, We the People: Portraits of Veterans in America will be projected on the screen.

A Charleston resident, Mary Whyte is considered among the premiere watercolorists in the world. In 2010, Whyte embarked upon a seven-year mission across the country to paint a portrait of one veteran from every state. Meant to depict the everyday lives of veterans in America, the collection’s images include everything from a Missouri dairy farmer, to a Rhode Island lobsterman, to a South Carolina single mother. The fifty portraits were displayed at the Charleston City Gallery from October 25 – December 22, 2019.

Most of the 50 veterans Ms. Whyte painted were in attendance at the October CSO performance. Both evening performances featured a special moment of recognition for all veterans in attendance.

Also of significance is the repertoire performed by the Charleston Symphony. Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, a well-known composition that includes a spoken narration of Abraham Lincoln’s own words, featured Mayor John Tecklenburg in the speaking role. A special message will be included in the livestream from Mayor John Tecklenburg.

The Charleston Symphony’s Music Director Ken Lam chose repertoire specifically designed to complement the gravitas of Mary Whyte’s collection. “All of the works on the program are musical ‘portraits,’” Lam said, referring to repertoire like Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Copland’s Lincoln Portrait. “We worked closely with Mary to carefully match each portrait with the right movement.

When asked about working with the CSO, Ms. Whyte said, “Collaborating with the Charleston Symphony for the debut of We the People was an absolute pleasure. Their selection of music perfectly coordinated with the watercolors of the veterans has created a true feast for the senses.”

“I look forward to our audience once again experiencing the portraits and music together,” Mr. Lam added. “It’s going to give people goosebumps.”

To view this livestream on March 28 and March 29 at 7:30pm, visit

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