South Carolina Philharmonic


March 18, 2016

Vivid, enchanting music closes S.C. Phil season

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Music that evokes vivid mental imagery ranging from fairytale fancy to frightening closes the South Carolina Philharmonic season at the Koger Center Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara closes the Masterworks Series, and a two-concert miniseries about spring, with The Rite of Spring, which features the eponymous, macabre work. The concert is sponsored by Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina.

The S.C. Phil is joined by its Youth Orchestra, the top-level orchestra of its three-ensemble Youth Orchestras program, to open the evening. The combined, 130-piece orchestra plays the dramatic Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky, re-written by Rimsky-Korsakov. A suite of selections from the ballet Cinderella by Prokofiev comes next, lightening the mood with its fairytale ending. But that gives way to Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, a depiction of a primitive spring-time pagan ritual in Russia in which a young virgin is chosen to dance herself to death.

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. The Rite of Spring marks the S.C. Phil’s participation in the annual Orchestras Feeding America food drive, benefitting Harvest Hope locally. Cash and non-perishable food donations will be accepted at the concert. Further information is below.

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 Harvest Hope, in conjunction with Orchestras Feeding America 2016.


The League of American Orchestras first joined forces with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, in 2009. More than 215 orchestras in all 50 states participated in an unprecedented, coordinated effort by collecting and donating food to their local food assistance agency or food bank within Feeding America’s network of more than 200 food banks and 63,000 agencies – represented locally by Harvest Hope. Since then, 450 League member orchestras have participated in the annual effort.

The S.C. Phil – a participant in all seven OFA drives – encourages patrons to take non-perishable, unopened food items for a Harvest Hope collection site in the Koger Center lobby at the concert. Donors of cash or non-perishable goods receive a $10 appreciation voucher that can be applied to 2016/2017 Masterworks Series season subscriptions or individual-concert tickets.

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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