South Carolina Philharmonic


October 17, 2011

Mozart’s music makes for memorable concert

The masterful music of Mozart makes for a memorable concert at the Koger Center when the South Carolina Philharmonic presents “Mostly Mozart” Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

An accomplished clarinetist tackles the composer’s concerto for that instrument before two up-and-coming young pianists team up for a movement of a concerto for two pianos. A well-known symphony completes an evening of true master works, presented by SCP Music Director Morihiko Nakahara to highlight some of the composer’s “crowning achievements.”

 "Mostly Mozart" is sponsored by Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina.

The first showcases SCP principal clarinet Doug Graham (right) as the evening’s featured soloist, taking center-stage for the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. A fixture in the Columbia music scene because of his tenured faculty position at the USC School of Music, playing with the Dick Goodwin Big Band and his principal position with the SCP, Graham’s skill has delighted area audiences for more than a decade. He is sponsored by Liz & Hoyt Wheeler.

“Mostly Mozart” is perhaps the highlight of what is Graham’s last season with the SCP. He announced his retirement at the beginning of the season, and this performance gives audience and orchestra alike the opportunity to show their appreciation for a remarkable career.  

After intermission, the program transitions from a current star to two rising stars of piano. Vanessa Meiling Haynes and Bolton Ellenberg (right), second- and third-prize winners of the 2011 Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition – held annually in conjunction with the Southeastern Piano Festival at USC – collaborate on the first movement of the Mozart Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos. Haynes and Ellenberg are sponsored by PHT Services, Ltd.

Closing the evening is Mozart’s grandiose Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter,” the composer’s final symphony before his death in 1791.

Masques et bergamasques by Gabriel Faure is also on the program, serving as an opening act before Mozart’s music takes over the evening.

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.

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 Nov. 5th concert is Pets, Inc.

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.


PETS Inc. was founded in January 1992 by Patricia McQueen and Jane Brundage.

Many pet problems are due to overpopulation, pure and simple. The solution to this is just as simple: Spay & Neuter. It's not a complicated matter, but it must be addressed on a grand scale. Rescuing and placing 25 or 30 animals a year is noble but will not seriously impact the problem. If we are to end the misery we must be willing to commit to an aggressive long-term solution to overpopulation.

PETS, Inc. has developed programs to address the problems from the point of rescue, through the rehabilitation and adoption processes and then, going a step further, to insure the animal has a reasonably good chance for successful integration into the family by addressing its training and emotional needs.

With these primary objectives in mind, we have developed policies and programs that have enabled us to:

  • Rescue & Place over 40,000 Dogs & Cats
  • Spay / Neuter over 42,000 Dogs & Cats
  • Register over 51,000 animals in our "Ticket Home" pet identification program
  • Reunite 350 - 400 pets with their owners each year utilizing the Pet ID Program
  • Assist over 65,000 families with animal related problems
  • Educate the community on proper care of companion animals

We want to be sure that our involvement with the adoptive family will positively impact the way they will interact with their future pets as well.

We believe that most people who do not provide properly for their pets simply don't understand their animal's basic nature, instincts and emotional as well as physical needs. It is our mission to assist people with their pets through education, counseling, training assistance and low-cost health care.

Learn more and browse adoptable pets at


Jason Rapp, Communications Director
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