South Carolina Philharmonic


March 04, 2013

SCP, dancers to re-imagine Carmen

Area professional dance talent joins the South Carolina Philharmonic for a different take on an opera classic Saturday, March 16, 2013, 7:30 p.m. during “Carmen, Remixed” at the Koger Center.

Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin took Bizet’s popular opera Carmen and turned into Carmen Suite (After Bizet), a 45-minute one-act ballet featuring his wife, the famed ballerina Maya Plisetskaya. In the process, he ‘remixed’ Bizet’s vocal and instrumental lines into a witty yet surprisingly lyrical score for a string orchestra and percussion ensemble. 

“You’ll have a feeling that you’ve heard all of this music before, but not quite in this particular way,” said SCP Music Director Morihiko Nakahara

Joining Nakahara and the SCP to bring Shchedrin’s score to life are some of Columbia’s most talented professional dancers: Sergei Chrtyrkov, Kiyomi Mercandante, Robert Michalski, Eduardo Ramirez, Jose Serrano, and Regina Willoughby. The dancers are sponsored by Sowell Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC.

Furthering the visual element to Carmen Suite will be a vivid set built around the orchestra, adding to the unique nature of the presentation.

Rossini’s light-hearted Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers and Schubert’s dizzying Third Symphony, written when he was just 18, complete the evening’s program.

Tickets are $47, $39, $29, $21 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 $5 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 March 16th concert is Harvest Hope, in conjunction with the fourth annual “Orchestras Feeding America” food drive sponsored by the League of American Orchestras and Feeding America.

The SCP is encouraging its guests to participate by bringing non-perishable, unopened food items to donate to Harvest Hope, which is setting up a collection site in the Koger Center lobby before and during the concert. Donating ticketholders will receive an appreciation voucher redeemable for half-price admission to a future SCP concert.

Suggested items for donation are: 
  • canned fruits, vegetables or meats; 
  • peanut butter; 
  • macaroni and cheese; 
  • tuna; 
  • beans; 
  • canned soups; 
  • pastas or cereals.
Items in glass jars or bottles, dented items, perishable or homemade foods and non-food items will not be accepted.

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Jason Rapp, Communications Director
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