South Carolina Philharmonic


September 26, 2017

‘Beethoven & Blue Jeans’ launches milestone season

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A Beethoven piano concerto launches Music Director Morihiko Nakahara’s 10th season leading the South Carolina Philharmonic Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts.

Acclaimed Columbia favorite Marina Lomazov lends her formidable talent on piano to another Columbia favorite, Beethoven & Blue Jeans, sponsored by Pat & Tom Fortson. Lomazov is to perform the Beethoven Fourth Piano Concerto. Jean Sibelius’ Second Symphony – grandiose and optimistic – and Japanese composer Dai Fujikura’s Banitza Groove! complete the evening’s program.

The annual concert begins a celebratory, milestone season as the S.C. Phil marks Nakahara’s 10th season of leadership. Audience anticipation is driving a 6.5% increase in season subscriptions over last season, to the highest level since the orchestra celebrated its 50th season in 2013/2014. (Click here for subscription information.)

Marina Lomazov’s resume includes sold-out performances with the S.C. Phil and beyond, as critics laud “dazzling,” “mesmerizing,” and “spectacular” playing. She is the Ira McKissick Koger professor of piano at the USC School of Music, where she is founder and artistic director of the Southeastern Piano Festival. Her appearance is sponsored by Jeannie & Hyman Rubin, Jr.

Tickets are $53, $45, $37, $29 and $23. They are available online 24-hours a day at, or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by phone at 803.251.2222 and at the Koger Center Box Office at Park and Greene streets. Student and military discounts are available. Self-parking is $10 and Southern Valet provides valet parking for $10.

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.

Music for a Cause

Every season, since 2011, the S.C. Phil selects a group of charity partners from the Midlands to help raise awareness for their causes. Each charity is featured at one Masterworks concert during the season. The partner for this concert is Homeless No More.

About Homeless No More

Homeless No More is a 501(c)(3) that works to support homeless and at-risk families through services and environments that help maximize their potential and move them toward independent living. Family homelessness is a temporary problem, not a chronic condition. However, federal funding has evaporated for many family programs as HUD’s focus, and that of many local funders, has turned to chronically homeless men and women. As a result, families have fallen through the cracks. We can change this. By helping parents and children achieve lasting independence, our organization seeks to eradicate family homelessness. Join us. Learn more at


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Pronunciation guide:
morr-ih-HEE-koh nah-kah-HA-rah
DIE foo-jee-KURR-ah

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