South Carolina Philharmonic


January 16, 2013

A symphony for Mahler's own "Eternal Love"

The South Carolina Philharmonic plans to do its part to prepare audiences for Valentine’s Day with “Eternal Love,” coming to the Koger Center Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara presents a Masterworks concert anchored by a characteristically intense, dramatic Gustav Mahler work. His Fifth Symphony was the first he composed after his marriage to Alma Schindler.  The fourth movement, gentle and led by strings and harp, is widely perceived to be a love letter to Alma.

The brass-dominated first three movements are vintage Mahler. Volatile, complex, and stormy, they are thought to be a musical reference to a recent, major health scare. 
“To perform and listen to Mahler’s Fifth is an incredible and all-consuming musical experience,” Nakahara said. 

Mahler is complemented on the program by two of his musical influences. A conductor of the Vienna Opera, Mahler frequently conducted Wagner’s operatic works and worked some of Wagner’s musical drama into his own compositions. Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger opens “Eternal Love,” painting a picture of a medieval German town and the everyday volk therein.

Following the Wagner is another Mahler influence, who was also admired by Wagner – Johan Strauss II. His Wine, Women, and Song – particularly enjoyed by Wagner – rounds out the concert program.

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.

“Eternal Love” is a premium concert. Tickets are $53, $45, $35, $27 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 or at the new 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.

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 Feb. 9th concert is the Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – S.C. Chapter.

The mission of The Humane Society is to end animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation.

The Humane Society strives to achieve its mission every day by:
  • educating the public on the humane treatment of animals,
  • investigating complaints and working to resolve instances of animal abuse and neglect, and
  • operating a low cost, high quality spay/neuter clinic to help reduce the number of unwanted animals.

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