South Carolina Philharmonic


March 06, 2012

Pianist, SCP to honor “Mother Russia?” Perhaps.

The South Carolina Philharmonic welcomes world-hopping pianist Martina Filjak back to the Koger Center stage for “Mother Russia?” on Saturday, March 24th at 7:30 p.m.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara presents some of the biggest names in Russian music offering what audiences have expected from the canon for decades: powerful, grand works in tribute to Mother Russia.

Or are they? SCP patrons find out at the Masterworks Series concert sponsored by On Call Plumbing, Heating & Air.

Guest pianist Martina Filjak (right) made her SCP debut in 2010 as the reigning gold medalist of the prestigious Cleveland International Piano Competition. She has since performed all over the world. By the time she gets to Columbia, she will have performed in her native Croatia, Austria, Munich, Spokane, and Boise just in 2012. After her SCP appearance, it’s off to Boston and Liechtenstein, among others.

Filjak is set to perform the famed, distinctive Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto. She is sponsored in memory of Diane Varenhorst Burns by Pat & Tom Fortson.

Joining Rachmaninoff on the “Mother Russia?” program are Prokofiev, with his Overture on Hebrew Themes, and Shostakovich, with the tongue-in-cheek Ninth Symphony that got him in trouble with Joseph Stalin, the feared Soviet dictator.

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.
Available online at, by phone at 803.251.2222 or at the new Koger Center Box Office at Park and Greene streets, tickets are $47, $39, $29, $21 and $17. Student and military discounts are available. Self-parking is $10 and Southern Valet provides valet parking for $10.

Returning in the 2011/2012 season, the  “Music for a Cause” program 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 March 24th concert is Harvest Hope, in conjunction with the fourth annual “Orchestras Feeding America” food drive sponsored by the League of American Orchestras and Feeding America.

The SCP is encouraging its guests to participate by bringing non-perishable, unopened food items to donate to Harvest Hope, which is setting up a collection site in the Koger Center lobby before and during the concert. Donating ticketholders will receive an appreciation voucher redeemable for half-price admission to a future SCP concert.

Suggested items for donation are canned fruits, vegetables or meats; peanut butter; macaroni and cheese; tuna; beans; canned soups; pastas or cereals.

Items in glass jars or bottles, dented items, perishable or homemade foods and non-food items will not be accepted. More information is available here.

Media Contact

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