Charleston Symphony Orchestra director dies at age 60

Credit: Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Credit: Charleston Symphony Orchestra

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The music director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra died Sunday after a two-month battle with cancer.

David Stahl died Sunday after fighting an aggressive form of cancer. His death comes a month after his wife, Karen Stahl, died of cancer.

David Stahl was 60 years old. He is survived by his three children.

Stahl was the music director and conductor for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra for 25 years.

Since coming to Charleston, Stahl transformed the Charleston Symphony Orchestra into a leading cultural institution in the region and received a national award for imaginative programming from the American Symphony Orchestra League.

Stahl was also the music director and chief conductor of Munich's beloved Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, where in 11 seasons he was credited with raising the ranking of the Orchestra to major status. He was also named Munich's "Man of the Year."

Stahl conducted more than 100 orchestras and opera companies over the past quarter century on four continents.

In his last interview just weeks before his death, he talked about the upcoming concert celebrating 75 years of the Charleston symphony.

"And even though I'm not there in person, I am definitely with you in spirit," he said. "Thank you for everything. I love you all."

A Memorial Service to celebrate the lives of David and Karen Stahl will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Dock Street Theater in downtown Charleston.

Copyright WCSC 2010. also contributed to this report. All rights reserved.