South Carolina Philharmonic


October 08, 2012

Electorate can reunify with ‘Made in the U.S.A.’

The South Carolina Philharmonic presents “Made in the U.S.A.” at the Koger Center to reunify the electorate around American classical music, Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara invites the Midlands to reunify after an inherently fractious Election Day with great American music. “Made in the U.S.A.” uses the backdrop of Election Week to showcase America’s classical music talent: composers like Adam Schoenberg, William Grant Still, and Aaron Copland and American-inspired music inspired by and written in America by Antonin Dvorák.
“Made in the U.S.A.” is sponsored by Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina.

Young, contemporary composer Adam Schoenberg’s Finding Rothko makes a timely appearance on the program. The painting exhibit “Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade 1940-1950” is being displayed at the Columbia Museum of Art. Schoenberg’s lush orchestral colors represent Schoenberg’s reaction to Rothko’s abstract expressionism.

The next piece on the program is a composition by the dean of African-American composers, William Grant Still. SCP Principal Second Violin Micah Gangwer (right) champions Still’s work, and comes to the front of the stage as soloist for Suite for Violin and Orchestra. The suite features the jazzy rhythms and soulful melodies international audiences attribute to American music. Gangwer is sponsored by Dr. Stacey VanPelt Brennan.

Czech-born Dvorák spent considerable time in the U.S. as director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York. His American Suite was composed initially for piano in 1894 while in the U.S., but not orchestrated until the composer’s return to Eastern Europe. Though his homesickness for Bohemia is evident in the piece, he borrows from American traditions like African-American spirituals to make the piece seem like a series of five musical postcards sent to friends back home.

Aaron Copland, the most noted of American composers, closes the evening with his Suite from Billy the Kid, a ballet with obvious Western themes based on a biography of the outlaw known as “Billy the Kid.”

Nakahara is joined by Gangwer to present 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, 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. Garage parking is $10, street parking is free, and Southern Valet provides valet parking for $10.

Music for a Cause

Returning for its third 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 Nov. 9th concert is Glenforest School.

Overall we exist to provide an outstanding education to those who have not thrived in a traditional learning environment. Glenforest meets the academic and social needs of students with learning differences; empowering them to realize self-worth and achieve their full potential. This mission, which was modified in 2005 and approved by the School Board, supports our beliefs.

In 1983, Glenforest was founded as Distinctive Education Center (DEC) with the mission of providing educational opportunities for students in Grades 1 through 12. It was also understood that each child had experienced difficulties in other educational settings due to their respective learning differences.

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