South Carolina Philharmonic


December 18, 2014

S.C. Phil goes for ‘baroque’ in new year

The South Carolina Philharmonic is using a “greatest hits” collection of old favorites to welcome the new year on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts.

As winter settles in, widely known music by popular composers takes the spotlight at Going for Baroque, an all-orchestral concert that Music Director Morihiko Nakahara programmed to fit right into a season of comfort foods and cozy sweaters. The concert is sponsored by Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina.

Baroque period composers highlight the program. Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 is a fixture, and no less is George Frideric Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music. Both almost always appear on any mass-produced compilation of the classical genre, as does another program highlight – Eine kleine Nachtmusik by the classical period’s Mozart.

The comparatively contemporary Ottorino Respighi checks in with the third suite from his Ancient Airs and Dances, as does the genuinely contemporary Arvo Pärt with two works. His If Bach Had Been a Beekeeper quotes a Bach work, bringing the evening full circle.

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, and 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 fifth season, the “Music for a Cause” initiative allows the S.C. Phil to partner with a diverse group of fellow non-profit organizations to raise money and awareness for their causes. The partner for the Jan. 10 concert is Killingsworth Home for Women.

About Killingsworth Home

Killingsworth is a unique community residence for women who are emerging from crisis situations.

Within the eight bedroom home, women recovering from alcohol and/or drug abuse, incarceration, mental and emotional problems, violence and assault, or family crisis situations can find shelter and support. The residential program includes room, board, guidance, and support for a nominal fee. Financial and vocational assistance to the residents is often available from partner agencies in the community. Learn more at
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