South Carolina Philharmonic


October 23, 2017

‘Ravishing’ program up next for S.C. Phil

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Violinist Sayaka Shoji and Russian composers make up a “ravishing” concert program for the South Carolina Philharmonic on Nov. 4, 2017 at the Koger Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.

Shoji, a recent but regular collaborator of Music Director Morihiko Nakahara’s, returns to perform Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto at Ravishing Rachmaninoff, sponsored by Marcia Stine. However, the evening’s signature work is the ultimate composition of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s career, his collection of three Symphonic Dances. At times romantic, frantic, and dreamy, many consider it his best orchestral composition.

Completing the program are Tchaikovsky, with his Polonaise from the opera Eugene Onegin, and another Shostakovich work, his variations of dance number Tea for Two (but known in Russia as Tahiti Trot).

Sayaka Shoji, sponsored by BB&T, and the 1729 Recamier Stradivarius she plays makes her third appearance with the S.C. Phil. It’s her first performance of Shostakovich, having previously impressed audiences with Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn.

Tickets are $47, $39, $31, $23 and $17. 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 or 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 Carolina Wildlife Center.

About Carolina Wildlife Center

Our story begins in 1989 when five Columbia residents recognized a growing need for a local organization dedicated to the care of wildlife in distress. Working in a garage, we received less than 100 patients that first year. Today we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. In the decades since treating our first fledgling blue jay, we’ve treated and rehabilitated more than 55,000 animals representing 200 species. As human populations across South Carolina rapidly encroach upon animal habitats, we fulfill a need for increased education about our eco-community and how to care for and protect the wildlife living here. Learn more at
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Pronunciation guide:
Shostakovich: shoss-ta-KO-vitch
Sayaka Shoji: SIGH-ah-ka SHOW-jee
Rachmaninoff: rahhk-MA-nih-noff
Stradivarius: strad-ih-VARE-ee-us

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