South Carolina Philharmonic


January 18, 2012

"Love Stories" to explore emotions of love

The South Carolina Philharmonic explores love and its many emotions just in time for Valentine’s Day during “Love Stories” at the Koger Center, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

The full emotional spectrum is displayed: Yearning and ultimate loss give way to joyful whimsy before the Masterworks concert’s sensual, romantic finale. “Love Stories” is sponsored by SCE&G.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara begins the evening with the “yearning, longing, rapture and, ultimately, loss” from Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde. Rather than the four-hour epic, Nakahara presents the work’s book-end pieces, Prelude and Liebestod (love-death). The latter ends as Isolde sinks over the body of her lifeless lover, Tristan.

The darkness doesn’t last long. The joyful whimsy of Richard Strauss’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier takes the audience into intermission feeling like singing and dancing after the melodic piece that evokes Viennese waltzes.

And then, Scheherazade. One of the biggest works of the “it’s big!” season, Rimsky-Korsakov’s giant audience favorite hasn’t been performed by the SCP since 2005. Sensual and romantic, it features Concertmaster Mary Lee Taylor Kinosian performing some of the best-known solos in classical music, telling the tales of Scheherazade that keep her alive in Arabian Nights.

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.

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 Jan. 14th concert is St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Available online at, by phone at 803.251.2222 or at the new Koger Center Box Office at Park and Greene streets, premium concert tickets are $53, $45, $35, $27 and $23. Student and military discounts are available. Self-parking is $10 and Southern Valet provides limited valet parking for $10.


The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.

St. Baldrick's currently funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. The Foundation coordinates its signature head-shaving events worldwide, where volunteers get bald to stand in solidarity with kids fighting cancer and raise money to support life-saving childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick's events are the largest volunteer-driven fundraising opportunity benefitting pediatric cancer research.

Midlands residents can support the 6th annual St. Baldrick’s event in Columbia on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Jillian’s in the Vista. Learn more at


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