South Carolina Philharmonic


Gershwin, Gatsby, and All That Jazz


Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Koger Center for the Arts
In conjunction with the Columbia Museum of Art “Japan and the Jazz Age” exhibit, Spring 2014.

J. HARBISON Remembering Gatsby 

TAKEMITSU Three Film Scores

LALO Symphonie espagnole
Saeka Matsuyama, violin

MILHAUD La creation du monde

GERSHWIN An American in Paris

Ticket information

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Thoughts from Morihiko

“Every year I have a coffee meeting with Karen Brosius, the intrepid executive director of the Columbia Museum of Art, to learn about CMA’s upcoming exhibits and to brainstorm various collaborative ways for our organizations to align programming. Imagine my excitement to learn of their Winter-Spring 2014 exhibit, Art Deco Japan: 1920-1945! I absolutely loved creating this concert program.

First of all, I wanted to feature some jazz-inspired pieces from the ‘Roaring Twenties.’ Hearing jazz on the streets of Harlem inspired French composer Darius Milhaud to write a short ballet La creation du monde in 1923. One can see how completely seduced Milhaud was by the jazz craze in bluesy undertones, swinging rhythms, and almost improvisatory writing featured throughout this colorful work. It is even scored for a quasi-jazz band, rather than a traditional symphony orchestra. From Frenchman in jazz clubs of NYC, we go to Gershwin’s 1928 classic, An American in Paris.

The ‘Roaring Twenties’ also produced one of my favorite books, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. American composer John Harbison wrote Remembering Gatsby in 1986, and he subsequently wrote an operatic adaptation of the novel for the Metropolitan Opera. This short foxtrot features a catchy tune that, despite being an original creation, ‘sounds’ familiar and nostalgic to us.

Although Toru Takemitsu represents the original creative voice in Japanese compositions post World War II, his Three Film Scores with its jazzy and nostalgic essence is a perfect match for this program. Rounding out the concert, I’m looking forward to collaborating again with Japanese violinist Saeka Matsuyama, who is forging a unique musical personality in a world full of talented young violin soloists. It is as if she lives every note she plays. The sparkling virtuosity of Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole fits right in to this fun and festive program.”

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Music for a Cause

In 2013/2014 the SCP again partners with seven local charities to raise money and awareness of their causes. Each charity is featured at a Masterworks concert. Our partner for “Gershwin, Gatsby, and All That Jazz” is:

Children’s Trust of S.C.

More information coming soon!

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