South Carolina Philharmonic


April 21, 2014

S.C. Phil presents Béla Fleck: soloist and composer

Banjo superstar Béla Fleck returns for a 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014 engagement with the S.C. Philharmonic at the Koger Center with a new title: composer.

He has more Grammy Award nominations than any artist in history, making his name synonymous with the banjo. But composition is Béla Fleck’s latest accomplishment, and the new composer is coming to Columbia to perform The Impostor: Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra with the S.C. Phil and Music Director Morihiko Nakahara. The one-of-a-kind concert is sponsored by Pat & Tom Fortson.

The banjo concerto – the first of its kind – was composed in 2011 on commission by the Nashville Symphony and dedicated to Earl Scruggs, who was present at the premiere in September of that year. The title The Impostor came to Fleck after the fact. He sees himself as an outsider, an impostor on the classical music scene where he sometimes feels he does not belong.

“Everyone knows the feeling of being the outsider or the ‘other,’ that you really don’t belong. A musician like myself can feel that way pretty regularly. I often feel like an impostor, and if anyone figured out the truth, I’d be ejected immediately,” says Fleck. The Impostor was released on album last August by Deutsche Grammophon/Mercury Classics, and the composition process is the subject of a new documentary by Argot Pictures.

The lively Roman Carnival Overture by Hector Berlioz and the Dvorák Eighth Symphony, inspired by Bohemian folk music, complete the evening’s 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.

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 $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 May 3rd concert is SCOA Cares Foundation.

About SCOA Cares Foundation

South Carolina Oncology Associates (SCOA) is the only comprehensive cancer treatment center in South Carolina that provides medical, radiation and gynecological oncology plus important patient support services like diagnostic radiology, infusion therapy, hospice and research - all under one roof. It is the goal of the SCOA Cares Foundation to provide assistance to uninsured and underinsured cancer patients.

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