South Carolina Philharmonic


January 12, 2015

Unique concert to explore sounds, sights of the planets

The S.C. Philharmonic invites patrons to explore the planets – their sights and sounds – with a unique concert experience at the Koger Center, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

In The Planets, sponsored by SCE&G, Music Director Morihiko Nakahara presents the famed, eponymous Gustav Holst classic from 1916, with a twist: two large screens flanking the stage will show high-quality planetary images, timed with the score, to bring a visual element that enhances the concert experience.

It’s the S.C. Phil’s first multimedia Masterworks concert, and it helps celebrate the planetarium, observatory, and 4-D theater that opened last summer at the S.C. State Museum. The museum will display antique telescopes at the concert, and weather permitting, allow patrons to observe planets and stars with a striking, high-powered telescope outside the Koger Center.

John Williams’ music from Close Encounters of the Third Kind opens the concert and sets the outer-space theme, while Ravel’s La valse evokes a feel of dancing in the clouds. The stratosphere is broken yet again as the program returns to space for Holst’s The Planets.

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 $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 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.

Music for a Cause

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 Feb. 7th concert is Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.

About Palmetto Health Children's Hospital

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, South Carolina’s first and only freestanding children’s hospital, treats more than 80,000 sick and injured children in South Carolina annually in its inpatient and outpatient facilities. As a major pediatric referral center, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital offers more than 30 subspecialties devoted strictly to children.

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