South Carolina Philharmonic


April 29, 2015

Announcing the 2015/2016 season

Starting this October, the South Carolina Philharmonic’s 2015/2016 season includes its signature Masterworks Series, a pops series, and a host of educational concerts to entertain diverse audiences throughout the Midlands.

The six-concert Masterworks Series begins the season Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 at the Koger Center for the Arts. Highlights this season include: renowned guest artists, like Grammy Award-winning bassist Edgar Meyer and Paganini Competition-winning violinist Sayaka Shoji (and her Stradivarius); audience-favorite music like Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and symphonies by Beethoven, Mozart, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky; and the always-popular Beethoven and Blue Jeans concert, which this season offers an optional barbeque and local beer dinner after the matinee event. Each concert is at the Koger Center for the Arts and conducted by Music Director Morihiko Nakahara:

Program details are available here. Masterworks Series subscriptions start at $82 for six concerts. Sales begin Friday, May 1, 2015 at 10 a.m. through S.C. Phil Audience Services (803.254.7445 or click here). Individual-concert ticket sales begin Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. through the Koger Center Box Office (803.251.2222 or Standard concert prices range from $17 to $47, and premium concert prices from $23 to $53.

Interactive educational concerts return as the S.C. Phil and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute continue to partner for the innovative Link Up program. The orchestra presents The Orchestra Sings, which offers an interactive music education curriculum that culminates with concerts at 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 9-10, 2016 at the Koger Center. The program is open to K-5 public, private, and home school groups. More information is available from or by calling 803.771.7937.

The S.C. Phil Youth Orchestras will present three concerts at the Koger Center. The program’s three ensembles: the Youth, Repertory, and Strings orchestras, provide intensive training for students from elementary through high school. The new season will be the first for the new Youth Orchestra conductor, who will be announced later this spring at the conclusion of an extensive search. Concert dates are:

  • Nov. 14, 2015 (3:30 p.m.)
  • Feb. 7, 2016 (3:30 p.m.)
  • May 1, 2016 (3:30 p.m.)
Youth Orchestras concert tickets are available in the Koger Center lobby an hour before the events. Adult tickets are $10 and child/student tickets are $5.

Finally, a three-concert Pops Series returns to the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, with an additional family concert – new this season – to round out the 2015/2016 season. Details on these concerts will be announced in May.

About the S.C. Philharmonic

An independent 501(c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 1964, the South Carolina Philharmonic entertains, educates, enriches and excites diverse audiences through live symphonic music. The introduction of Music Director Morihiko Nakahara in 2008/2009 ushered in a New Era of Artistic Excellence that is allowing the orchestra to move forward and become the Midlands pre-eminent performing arts group.

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