South Carolina Philharmonic


March 27, 2013

Major works to close the Masterworks Series

Colorful audience favorites provide a festive series finale in Bolero & Petrushka as the South Carolina Philharmonic’s 49th season closes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Koger Center.

Since beginning his tenure with the SCP, Music Director Morihiko Nakahara has used series finales to highlight artistic advances by both the ensemble and its parts, making for rousing programs enjoyed by performers and audiences alike.

“I love our season-ending concerts to be exciting showstoppers for our orchestra, featuring individual musicians as well as the sections and the entire orchestra,” Nakahara says. Past performances of grand, powerful works such as Mahler’s Titan and Beethoven’s Ninth symphonies did just that.

To close the 2012/2013 Masterworks Series, Nakahara chose two more well-known works and two lively, lesser known ones that nevertheless display vivid orchestra color. 

Ravel’s Bolero is instantly recognizable, memorable, and “hypnotic,” and, while popular worldwide, does have its share of detractors for its repetition, according to Nakahara. Petrushka, well known and popular as well, is Igor Stravinsky’s musical portrayal of a puppet coming to life.

The concert’s lesser-known works offer audiences plenty to like as well. Luciano Berio’s Night Music in Madrid shares Bolero’s hypnotic qualities, taking four versions of Boccherini’s Night Music in Madrid and putting them on top of each other musically. It mimics a night parade approaching in the dark – the music growing until the audience feels right in the middle of the festivities, and then fading as the parade continues moving into the distance.

Rounding out the program are the powerful, passionate sounds of flamenco in Three-Cornered Hat Suite No. 2 by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla.

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.

Bolero & Petrushka 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 $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 April 20th concert is St. Lawrence Place.

About St. Lawrence Place

St. Lawrence Place uproots homelessness with a program of life skills, support services and transitional housing. The village helps families stay together and grow together.

Much like St. Lawrence – the patron saint of the poor – the St. Lawrence Place community is a beacon of hope for Columbia families trapped by homelessness and poverty.

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