South Carolina Philharmonic


November 18, 2015

S.C. Phil honors first responders with Beethoven’s Ninth

Audience sing-along highlights concert

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Philharmonic honors its community, and those who protect it, with A Concert for Columbia at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at the Koger Center for the Arts.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara will present Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony – the prolific “Choral” Symphony. A choir assembled from talent across the community and vocal soloists Tina Millhorn Stallard, soprano; Janet Hopkins, mezzo soprano; Adam Kirkpatrick, tenor; and Jacob Will, bass; join the orchestra for the performance, and the audience will receive music and be invited to sing along during the triumphant, uplifting “Ode to Joy” finale.

The concert, sponsored by Marcia & John Stine, is dedicated to the City of Columbia, Richland County, and all first responders who protected Columbia during the catastrophic flood. The S.C. Philharmonic will donate $1 from every ticket sold for the concert to the Central Carolina Community Foundation’s One SC-Flood Relief Fund.

First responders employed by the City of Columbia, Richland County, state law enforcement agencies, and the S.C. National Guard who assisted with public safety efforts during and after the flood are eligible for a free ticket to A Concert for Columbia. Their family members will receive half-price admission. Call 803.251.2222 or visit the Koger Center Box Office to reserve.

A Concert for Columbia replaces Northern Lights, the 2015/2016 Masterworks Series opener postponed Friday, Oct. 9 in the flooding aftermath. Tickets purchased for Northern Lights will be honored. Patrons with questions about ticketing are asked to call 803.254.PHIL (7445).

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.

General public 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.
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 Carolina Wildlife Center.


We are devoted to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned animals and the preservation of wildlife through education.

Our story begins in 1989 when five Columbia residents recognized a growing need for a local organization dedicated to the care of wildlife in distress. Working in a garage, we received less than 100 patients that first year. Today we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. In the decades since treating our first fledgling blue jay, we’ve treated and rehabilitated more than 55,000 animals representing 200 species.

As human populations across South Carolina rapidly encroach upon animal habitats, we fulfill a need for increased education about our eco-community and how to care for and protect the wildlife living here.

Learn more at

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