South Carolina Philharmonic


October 27, 2015

Miles Hoffman headlines ‘Beethoven & Blue Jeans’

Public radio personality – and gifted violist – Miles Hoffman returns to the South Carolina Philharmonic Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015 at 4 p.m. for Beethoven & Blue Jeans concert at the Koger Center.

The annual concert is sponsored this season by Dr. Gail M. Morrison and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP. Two book-ending events give this version of the community-favorite concert a festival-like feel:
  • the season debut of the S.C. Phil’s Youth Orchestras at 1:30 p.m. leading into it 
  • and a post-concert ‘Que and Brew dinner at the Koger Center featuring Doc’s BBQ and River Rat Brewery. 
  • There will also be a presentation of the Stephen G. Morrison Visionary Award by One Columbia for Arts and History during the concert.
During Beethoven & Blue Jeans, Music Director Morihiko Nakahara presents the William Tell Overture by Rossini before Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony. Hoffman, who frequently appears on S.C. Public Radio programming, is featured in Harold in Italy by Berlioz. It’s his first appearance with the S.C. Phil since Nakahara became music director in 2008.

Because of the Youth Orchestras concert, there will not be a pre-concert lecture from Nakahara before Beethoven & Blue Jeans.

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.

At 1:30 p.m., Neil Casey debuts as conductor of the top-level Youth Orchestra when the S.C. Phil’s Youth Orchestras program presents its first concert of the season. The audience can expect meticulously rehearsed favorites from the program’s three ensembles: the Strings, Repertory, and Youth orchestras. Tickets for the Youth Orchestras concert are available the day of the concert only, from 12:30 p.m. in the lobby. Seating is general admission, and tickets cost $10 for adults or $5 for students and children. Those with Beethoven & Blue Jeans advance tickets can show those to get a free ticket.

After the musical festivities, the S.C. Phil presents the ‘Que and Brew dinner. Columbia’s River Rat Brewery and Doc’s BBQ are offering local beer with a meal of pulled pork, cole slaw, green beans, mac and cheese, and banana pudding. The meal is $15 with beer or $12 with water or tea. Additional beer may be purchased on site. Separate, advance tickets are required and can be purchased here or by calling 803.254.PHIL (7445).
Every season, since 2011, the S.C. Phil selects a group of charity partners from the Midlands to help raise awareness for their causes. Each charity is featured at one Masterworks concert during the season. The partner for this concert is S.C. Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.


The South Carolina Committee of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (SCTRF) through its Second Chances program at the Wateree River Correctional Institution offers a place of hope and renewal for retired Thoroughbred horses and prison inmates. Horses are safe, well cared for and loved at Seabiscuit Stables. The caregivers here are also renewed, learning skills and building character that will benefit their future days. SCTRF provides horses refuge from various inhumane and disheartening alternatives, while teaching inmates practical tools of the equine industry, applicable to an array of jobs in South Carolina.

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