South Carolina Philharmonic


June 03, 2014

Piano Extravaganza to close 50th season

The piano grabs the spotlight to close the S.C. Phil’s 50th season Sunday, June 15th during a 4 p.m. concert in conjunction with the Southeastern Piano Festival at the Koger Center. 

Piano Extravaganza puts festival director Marina Lomazov (right) and a host of accomplished pianists on stage with S.C. Phil Music Director Morihiko Nakahara and the orchestra. Lomazov is featured in the Prokofiev First Piano Concerto. Soloists for other works include pianists Joseph Rackers, Charles Fugo, Phillip Bush, and Rieko Tsuchida, plus past winners of the Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition – held during the festival every summer: Zachary Hughes, Dong Yeon Kim, Micah McLaurin, and Susan Zhang.

Works by Bizet, Chopin, Saint-Saens and others make up the concert program, the latter of which puts five pianists together on stage, each performing on a separate piano. Nakahara leads the S.C. Phil musicians through two orchestra-only works by Mozart and Chabrier.

Piano Extravaganza is sponsored in memory of Stephen G. Morrison, by Gail & Gregory Morrison.

Nakahara presents the popular pre-concert lecture series Classical Conversations at 3 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 or at the Koger Center Box Office at Park and Greene streets. This season only, 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 June 15th  concert is Pets, Inc.


PETS Inc. was founded in January 1992 by Patricia McQueen and Jane Brundage. Since, they have:
  • Rescued & placed over 40,000 dogs & cats
  • Spayed/neutered over 42,000 dogs & cats
  • Registered over 51,000 animals in our "Ticket Home" pet identification program
  • Reunited 350 - 400 pets with their owners each year utilizing the Pet ID Program
  • Assisted over 65,000 families with animal related problems
  • Educated the community on proper care of companion animals
Learn more and browse adoptable pets at

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