South Carolina Philharmonic


September 30, 2011

Beethoven & Blue Jeans gets Oktoberfest twist

The South Carolina Philharmonic gives its annual “Beethoven & Blue Jeans” concert an Oktoberfest twist when the audience-favorite event returns to the Koger Center Saturday, Oct. 15th at 7:30 p.m.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara promises a festive, lively Masterworks concert of concerti for cello and trombone, a Schumann symphony and, of course, Beethoven.

The dress code on stage and in the audience is casual, but the musicianship on display is anything but. Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 opens the concert before the orchestra moves on to two new additions to its repertoire, each featuring one of its principal musicians.

The first is the Friedrich Gulda Concerto for Cello and Wind Band, featuring SCP Principal Cello Dusan Vukajlovic. Nakahara calls the work “uproarious” for the Austrian composer’s mixture of rock and roll, polkas and “Mozartian elegance.”

Dusan Vukajlovic is sponsored by the Rogers Townsend & Thomas PC Fund of the Central Carolina Community Foundation.

The second is the Hamburg-born Ferdinand David’s Concertino for Trombone, which features SCP Principal Trombone Brad Edwards. Originally begun by Felix Mendelssohn, a busy schedule and his love life caused him to turn the work over to close friend David. It stands as “perhaps the only standard trombone concerto from the Romantic Era,” says Nakahara.

Robert Schumann’s Fourth Symphony brings the evening to a triumphant close. Composed in 1841, the symphony is a tribute to the composer’s wife, whom he promised to portray “with flutes, oboes, and harps.”

But the evening’s fun really begins during the pre-concert Oktoberfest Biergarten. For $15 ($12 for SCP subscribers), guests can enjoy German fare with a main item, salad, dessert and one beer. The biergarten starts at 6 p.m. Advance tickets are preferred and on sale now through SCP Audience Services by calling 803.254.PHIL (7445). Limited tickets will be on sale at the door and additional beer will be available for sale.

Begun last season and returning in 2011/2012, the SCP’s “Music for a Cause” initiative allows the SCP to help a diverse group of seven fellow non-profit organizations raise money and awareness for their causes. The partner for the Oct. 15th concert is Family Shelter.

Nakahara presents the popular pre-concert lecture 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.

Available online at, by phone at 803.251.2222 or at the Carolina Coliseum Box Office, tickets are $47, $39, $29, $21 and $17. Student and military discounts are available. Self-parking is $5 and Southern Valet provides valet parking for $8.


As advocates for keeping families together, the Family Shelter provides emergency shelter to homeless families with children, while coordinating services to alleviate the conditions that contributed to their individual circumstances.

The Family Shelter is a private, non-profit agency located in Columbia. Established in 1979, Family Shelter's central mission is to provide temporary emergency housing and supportive services to homeless families. Family Shelter is the only shelter in the Midlands area exclusively for families.
Although Family Shelter is one of the lesser-known agencies in Columbia, it has quietly been one of the most effective. Shelter programs have a three-fold purpose to:
  • Provide a secure, structured environment where families can regain a sense of stability and perspective.
  • Respond to identified client needs with a variety of supportive services.
  • Promote healthy, stable, families who are connected to a network of community supporters and opportunities.

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