South Carolina Philharmonic


January 16, 2014

Nakahara foresees energy need for Russian spectacle

Russian music’s bold, dramatic, and passionate sounds are on vivid display at the Koger Center Saturday, Feb. 8th when the South Carolina Philharmonic presents The Russian Soul at 7:30 p.m.

Four masterworks representing the essence of the genre were hand-selected for the concert by S.C. Phil Music Director Morihiko Nakahara. He and the orchestra know there’s work ahead to ready for the energetic program. 

“Considering the sheer physical and mental energy required to prepare and perform this glorious lineup of Russian blockbusters, I might need to double up my workout routine in the weeks leading up to this one,” Nakahara said.

While he might not pack on enough muscle to match the program, he will have some help to present it. The S.C. Phil Youth Orchestra joins the professionals for a side-by-side presentation of an audience favorite: Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances. Later, the combined voices of mezzo-soprano Ginger Jones, the Coker College Singers, Columbia Choral Society, and Palmetto Mastersingers assemble with a large orchestra for Prokofiev’s epic depiction of battle, Alexander Nevsky.

Two Stravinsky works round out the program: his Symphonies of Wind Instruments and The Firebird Suite, a perpetual audience favorite that catapulted the composer to worldwide fame. 

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.

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 and at the Koger Center Box Office (806 Park St.). Student and military discounts are available. Self-parking is $10 and Southern Valet provides valet parking for $10.

Music for a Cause

The “Music for a Cause” initiative allows the S.C. Phil to help a diverse group of seven fellow non-profit organizations raise money and awareness for their causes. The partner for the Feb. 8th concert is Harvest Hope, in conjunction with the fifth 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. New in 2014, donors will receive a $10 appreciation voucher that can be applied to single tickets for a future concert or 2014/2015 season subscriptions.
  • 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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