South Carolina Philharmonic


February 19, 2015

Concerto world premiere explores new ground

An American-influenced masterpiece anchors a concert showcasing the world premiere of a young American composer’s new work, Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Koger Center.

From the New World, sponsored by Pura Wellness Spa, features some of the best in American, and American-inspired, music. It’s the perfect way to world-premiere Beatbox by Dan Visconti, the first concerto for string quintet and orchestra.

Beatbox was commissioned by the S.C. Philharmonic and written specifically for guest artists SYBARITE5 (right), an eclectic ensemble notable for discovering new ground and “changing perceptions of the chamber music performance.” The Philharmonic’s successful first Kickstarter campaign, completed last summer, surpassed a $5,000 goal and raised more than $7,000 to fund the Beatbox commission.

Perhaps the most notable American composer, Aaron Copland’s Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes opens the concert. It closes with a masterpiece: Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony, which, like the concert, is titled From the New World. Though Czech, Dvorak composed the symphony while living in the U.S. and incorporated Native- and African-American musical themes.

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, 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. Parking in the Discovery Garage on Park St. behind the Koger Center is $5. 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 this concert is HARVEST HOPE.

About Harvest Hope

The S.C. Phil encourages its guests to bring non-perishable, unopened food items to donate to Harvest Hope, which is setting up a collection site in the Koger Center lobby at the concert. Donors will receive a $10 appreciation voucher that can be applied to single tickets for a future concert or 2015/2016 season subscriptions.

Suggested items for donation are canned fruits, vegetables or meats; peanut butter; macaroni and cheese; tuna; beans; canned soups; pastas or cereals. Items in glass jars or bottles, dented items, perishable or homemade foods and non-food items will not be accepted. Learn more at

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