South Carolina Philharmonic


August 27, 2012

"Killer B’s" make for buzz-worthy first SCP concert

Three “killer B’s” of classical music provide buzz for the first South Carolina Philharmonic concert of the season Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts.

The music of composers Beethoven, Brahms, and Borodin greet patrons’ ears as the orchestra’s 49th season gets underway with “The Killer B’s.”

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara leads off the concert with Alexander Borodin’s Overture to Prince Igor. The overture was begun by Borodin but finished by Alexander Glazunov, thanks to bits of rough drafts found in Borodin’s papers after his untimely death in 1887.  

Beethoven’s contribution to the evening is next. Zachary Hughes, 2011 Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition winner, brings an audience favorite to the stage, performing Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto. Though known as the “Emperor” Concerto, the title was neither from nor approved by Beethoven.

Hughes, a California native, is pursuing his bachelor of music degree at The Juilliard School. Prize winner of competitions held by Lee University (Tenn.), Bristol Music Club (Tenn.) and the St. Andrews Arts Council (Canada), Hughes has performed with the Young Artist Orchestra in Greenville and the St. Andrews Festival Orchestra. His SCP performance is sponsored by Dr. & Mrs. F. Simons Hane.

“The Killer B’s” closes with Johannes Brahms’ Third Symphony. The shortest of Brahms’ symphonies, the third is one of his most acclaimed.

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.

Returning for its fourth season, 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 Sept. 14th concert is Jubilee Academy.

Available online at, by phone at 803.251.2222 or at the new Koger Center Box Office at 806 Park St., concert tickets are $47, $39, $29, $21 and $17. Student and military discounts are available. Self-parking is $5 and Southern Valet provides valet parking for $10.


Jubilee Academy is a year-round, full-time, Christian, independent school that works with children, their families, and the community to reshape the lives of youth in poverty stricken areas of Columbia. Stated by Sandee Hensley, Jubilee Academy (named for the Year of Jubilee in Leviticus 25) grew out of Heartworks Ministry, started to positively impact the lives of minority children in our community. The school completed its first academic year in 2007 and has directly served more than 20 families from the Waites Road Community and surrounding area that are zoned to attend the schools found on the list of “Worst 25 Schools in the Nation.” Jubilee was awarded accreditation by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) in 2009.

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