South Carolina Philharmonic


March 19, 2014

Jazzy concert puts Roaring Twenties on stage

The Roaring Twenties return when the South Carolina Philharmonic presents a jazz and blues inspired concert at the Koger Center Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Gershwin, Gatsby, and All That Jazz, sponsored by Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina, is a companion to the Columbia Museum of Art’s Japan and the Jazz Age exhibition. Music Director Morihiko Nakahara melds the Art Deco exhibit’s themes on stage: jazz-inspired works, a Japanese violin soloist, and a Japanese composer’s jazzy, nostalgic work combine for a lively – dare we say Roaring? – evening.

John Harbison’s Remembering Gatsby, a short, catchy foxtrot, opens the concert. Despite being a post-World War II piece, Toru Takemitsu’s Three Film Scores feels nostalgic, according to Nakahara. 

The theme continues as Japanese violinist Saeka Matsayuma brings a “velvet tone” and “seductive power” to the Symphonie espagnole by Lalo. Juilliard-trained and familiar to audiences in Europe, Asia, and South and North America, Matsayuma is sponsored by PHT Services, Ltd. 

The jazz returns with a bluesy twist in Milhaud’s La creation du monde, inspired by jazz the French composer heard walking the streets of Harlem in the early Twenties. Gershwin’s An American in Paris brings the concert to a familiar, but boisterous, close.

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 $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 and at the Koger Center Box Office at Park and Greene streets. New in 2013/2014, children 17 and under are free to this standard Masterworks concert with a paying adult. College student and military discounts are available. Self-parking is $5 and Southern Valet provides valet parking for $10.

Returning for its fourth 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 5th concert is Children’s Trust of South Carolina.


Children’s Trust of South Carolina is the only statewide organization dedicated to strengthening and supporting public and private prevention efforts that keep South Carolina’s children safe. We work to prevent child abuse, neglect and unintentional injuries so that every child has the opportunity to thrive in a healthy, nurturing environment. Children’s Trust is home to KIDS COUNT South Carolina, Safe Kids South Carolina, Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina and other programs that deliver on our mission.

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