Why: Our mission is to provide a means by which residents, visitors and all people along the Grand Strand area can participate, enjoy, appreciate and learn about the enchanting art of opera. Our mission has evolved since we were founded in 2008.
In January of 2013 GSOW donated $250 to Coastal Carolina University to be used as a scholarship for a deserving music student. We also donated $250 to Lakewood Elementary School for the purchase of musical instruments. We hope to be able to do this annually because of continuing generous gifts from our members and visitors.
Where: Our location for our opera presentations is at Brightwater Retirement Facility, 101 Brightwater Drive in Carolina Forest. It is located about .5 miles east of International Drive. Turn north at the light of the intersection of Brightwater Drive and International Drive. If the gate is not open, call the guard, #101 and say “opera”. Go through the main entrance and someone will direct you to the media room just a few steps away.
What: Our normal program is to show a complete opera from our DVD collection on a large screen with high fidelity sound in a comfortable environment with wine, coffee and tea and snacks. Our opera-expert president, John Bonsignor, often keeps us informed during intermissions of interesting tid-bits about the performers, the story or the composer.
When:The second Monday of each Month. The program normally starts at 6:00PM (3PM in the winter months) although many members like to meet a few minutes earlier to help set up and for open discussion and a brief business meeting. There are no meetings in August. Members will receive an email a week before each program to remind them of the time and provide details of the opera to be presented. There will also be a notice in the Sun News a few days before an event.
Here are a few websites that have information on music events in the Grand Strand area:
Occasionally, we can see operas broadcast on TV, sometimes live, sometimes recorded. You can find details at these sites: