South Carolina Philharmonic


December 19, 2017

Celebrations abound at ‘West Side Story’

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Leonard Bernstein’s centennial, and a New Year at the S.C. Philharmonic’s West Side Story, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts.

The season-long celebration of Music Director Morihiko Nakahara’s 10th season in Columbia also continues at West Side Story, which is powered by SCE&G.

Columbia City Councilman the Rev. Dr. Ed McDowell, Jr. (below, right) joins the orchestra onstage for a special commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. McDowell will narrate legendary King speeches that are set to music inthe stirring New Morning for the World by Joseph Schwantner. The late jazz great Duke Ellington also receives a nod when the orchestra plays his “Giggling Rapids” from the motion picture The River.

The S.C. Phil honors 100 years of American composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein with his On the Waterfront. But as the concert’s title suggests, the focal point of the evening will be the legendary Symphonic Dances from the iconic musical West Side Story.

Tickets are $53, $45, $37, $29 and $23. They are available online 24-hours a day at, or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by phone at 803.251.2222 or at the Koger Center Box Office at Park and Greene streets. Student and military discounts are available. Self-parking is $10 and Southern Valet provides valet parking for $10.

Nakahara presents the popular pre-concert lecture series Classical Conversations at 6:30 p.m. in the Koger Center auditorium, offering unique insight into the evening’s program free to all ticket-holders.

Music for a Cause

Every season since 2011, the S.C. Phil selects a group of charity partners from the Midlands to help raise awareness for their causes. Each charity is featured at one Masterworks concert during the season. The partner for this concert is Curing Kids Cancer.

About Curing Kids Cancer

Curing Kids Cancer’s goal is to find cured for childhood cancers in our lifetime. We have started a $1.2 million endowment at The Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders Clinic at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital to prove new treatments without the side effects of traditional chemotherapy. Learn more at
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