South Carolina Philharmonic


September 25, 2014

Beethoven, blue jeans, and beer launch new season

The perennial crowd-pleaser Beethoven & Blue Jeans launches the South Carolina Philharmonic’s season with an Oktoberfest spin Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts.

An S.C. Phil tradition, Beethoven & Blue Jeans gets enthusiastic support at the box office each season. The revered composer’s work is popular with or without denim, but the pairing has worked in Columbia for more than a decade. It’s never opened a season before, however, and the timing lends itself for an Oktoberfest party before the concert sponsored by Marcia & John Stine.

The all-Beethoven evening features the Coriolan Overture, the rhythmic Seventh Symphony, and Third Piano Concerto

Hugo Kitano, winner of the 2013 Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition at the Southeastern Piano Festival, is the featured piano soloist for the concerto. Kitano, 19, is from San Francisco and won the U.S. Chopin Foundation Scholarship Competition each year from 2010 to 2012. His S.C. Phil appearance is sponsored by David C. McQuillan in memory of his wife Barbara Glatz McQuillan.

But before the musical festivities, the S.C. Phil presents an Oktoberfest treat at 5:30 p.m. Columbia’s River Rat Brewery and Southern Way Catering are offering local beer with kielbasa and trimmings, German-style potato salad, and soft pretzels. The meal is $15 with beer and $10 without, and additional beer, wine and soft drinks are available for a fee. Separate, advance tickets are strongly encouraged and may be purchased here or by calling 803.254.PHIL (7445).

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.

Concert 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. Student and military discounts are available. Self-parking is $5 and Southern Valet provides valet parking for $10.

Returning for its fourth season, the “Music for a Cause” initiative allows the S.C. Phil to partner with a diverse group of fellow non-profit organizations raise money and awareness for their causes. The partner for this concert is Canine Angels.

About Canine Angels

Every year, at least 3 million animals are put to death in shelters. And every day, 18 American military heroes take their own lives. These nightmares aren’t going away. Until they do, Canine Angels’ mission is to rescue dogs from shelters and prepare them to serve disabled veterans and first responders.
Rick Kaplan, our nonprofit’s founder and president, has been training working service dogs for the people with disabilities for more than 20 years. He has trained dogs to assist those with hearing disabilities, seizures and PTSD, as well as stability and mobility issues.

Media Contact

Jason Rapp, Communications Director
721 Lady Street, Suite B, Columbia, SC 29201
(P) 803.771.7937

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