Putting together wish list of performers for the new Gaillard

 Sponsored by: The Gaillard Center

When the Gaillard Center opens later this year, it will set the stage for world-class concerts, ballets and performances unlike anything Charleston has seen. Hosting all sorts of musical and arts events, the sky’s the limit when it comes to attracting the best.

So the next big question is: Who should be among the first to perform at the Gaillard Center? Truly, being the first pianist, dancer or vocalist to stand on the Gaillard stage and put its powerhouse acoustics to the test is quite an honor.

Here are a few ideas to add to the wish list:

Argentine pianist Martha Argerich would be certain to make the ivories hum. She is well known for her interpretation of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3, Ravel's Piano Concerto in G, and Bach's Partita No. 2 in C minor, which she has recorded several times and continues to perform. Listen to some of Argerich’s musical genius on her YouTube channel.



Imagine seeing “The Phantom of the Opera” on the new Gaillard stage? Who says you have to go to New York for Broadway quality. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s score has been delighting audiences for decades and this would be the perfect time to bring it to Charleston.

Opera sensation Placido Domingo would certainly put the Gaillard acoustics to the test. The Madrid-born singer has been on the world’s stage for more than 50 years, his amazing baritone voice having sung more than 3,600 performances.



Just in time for the holiday season, invite the Moscow Ballet to perform the classic Christmas story the “Nutcracker,” a fairy tale set around a family’s Christmas Eve celebration. Alexandre Dumas Père’s adaptation of the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann was set to music by Tchaikovsky and originally choreographed by Marius Petipa. This performance would make wonderful holiday memories.

And for a little more contemporary feel, we welcome Celine Dion to the stage. Forget Vegas, Celine, and come to Charleston! The Canadian signer has a serious set of pipes that rocketed her to stardom as a pop vocalist in the 1990s. Imagine hearing “My Heart Will Go On” on the Gaillard stage – it would be a performance of “Titanic” proportions.



The list of incredible singers, musicians, dancers and performers that would be welcome at the Gaillard is indeed long and it will be thrilling to see who takes the stage first.