CHARLESTON - The Charleston Symphony Orchestra announced Tuesday that its longtime music director, David Stahl, is stepping down.
Stahl will be transitioning over three years to his new role as laureate conductor. He will remain in charge of concert programming during the next three seasons and likely will play a part in selecting the new music director.
The symphony plans to launch an official search at the conclusion of the current season, board president Ted Legasey said.
Mayor Joe Riley credited Stahl with galvanizing the arts community and serving as a valuable "ambassador" who drew talent to the city. "It's impossible to overstate David's importance to our community," Riley said.