South Carolina Philharmonic


July 05, 2017

Morihiko’s 10th season begins with new board president

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Jarrett O. Coco, Esq. begins a two-year term as the South Carolina Philharmonic’s 39th board president on Saturday, July 1, 2017 as the orchestra launches a celebratory season.

Coco (right) is an associate at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. He earned his law degree from USC in 2012 and a bachelor’s in music from Mercyhurst College in 1998. He and his family reside in Columbia.

The orchestra’s 2017/2018 season marks 10 seasons in Columbia for Music Director Morihiko Nakahara (below, right). Concerts begin Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 with the already sold-out Star Wars Musiclipse, part of the Total Eclipse Weekend festivities in Columbia. The six-concert Masterworks Series begins Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 with Beethoven & Blue Jeans, an annual audience favorite that this season features pianist Marina Lomazov. Other season highlights include a celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial and music from Stanley Kubrick movies, including 2001: A Space Odyssey. Concert dates are:
  • Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
  • Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
  • Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018
  • Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
  • Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018
Masterworks Series concerts, performed at the Koger Center for the Arts, begin at 7:30 p.m. Subscriptions are on sale now at, by calling 803.254.PHIL (7445), or visiting the S.C. Phil office: 500 Taylor St., Suite 300, in Columbia. Discounts are available for persons 65 and older, students, and active-duty and retired members of U.S. Armed Forces. Individual-concert ticket sales begin Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 through the Koger Center Box Office at 806 Park St., 803.251.2222, and

The S.C. Phil fulfills the educational aspect of its mission by cultivating new orchestral talent in its three-ensemble Youth Orchestras program. Headed by Youth Orchestra Conductor Neil Casey, the program helps 200 musicians from across the Midlands develop their talent as the work toward presenting three, 3:30 p.m. concerts at the Koger Center for the Arts. Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for children 17 and under, are available one hour before each performance at the door. Concert dates are:
  • Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
  • Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018
  • Sunday, April 29, 2018
In conjunction with the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute Link Up program, the S.C. Phil presents four performances of The Orchestra Swings!, the culmination of an interactive, in-school music curriculum for K-3 students across the state. The concerts are Feb. 6-7, 2018 at the Koger Center for the Arts, with performances at 9:45 and 11:15 a.m.

More information on the Youth Orchestras or Link Up program is available at or by calling 803.771.7937.

A pops series once again returns to Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College in Irmo. Tickets are available through the venue’s website,, or by calling 803.407.5011. The three concerts are on:
  • Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 (British Invasion)
  • Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 (Holiday Pops)
  • Sunday, April 8, 2018 (Wizards, Witches, and Fantastic Beasts)

About the S.C. Philharmonic

The South Carolina Philharmonic entertains, educates, enriches, and excites diverse audiences through live symphonic music. As the Midlands’ only professional orchestra, the S.C. Phil is a non-profit, 501c3 that has served the community’s needs for cultural development, education, and entertainment since 1964. The introduction of Music Director Morihiko Nakahara in 2008/2009 ushered in a new era of artistic excellence that has allowed the orchestra to move forward and become the Midlands’ pre-eminent performing arts organization. The S.C. Phil believes exposure to the arts is an essential element that helps people realize their full potential, connect to others in the community, and be introduced to new cultural experiences. The S.C. Phil’s vision is to see lives changed through the transformative power of music and has established education and outreach programs designed specifically to engage and educate diverse groups throughout the Midlands.

Media Contact

Jason L. Rapp, Communications Director
Email | 803.771.7937 x10

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