South Carolina Philharmonic


August 22, 2016

‘Russian Fireworks’ to set off new season

  • Fort Jackson band members help light fuse for the concert 
  • Sayaka Shoji returns with her Stradivarius violin
  • Concert ticket sales begin today 
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Familiar faces are set to light the fuse on some Russian Fireworks and set off a new South Carolina Philharmonic Masterworks Series on Friday, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts.

Members of “Fort Jackson’s Own” 282nd Army Band and violinist Sayaka Shoji return to perform pieces with Music Director Morihiko Nakahara and the S.C. Phil. The rousing, all-Russian program of Russian Fireworks, featuring works by Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev, is sponsored by Pat & Tom Fortson.

Shostakovich starts the evening, with members of the 282nd Army Band from Fort Jackson sitting in with orchestra players for his Festive Overture. Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony is also presented.

Violinist Sayaka Shoji, sponsored by BB&T, and her 1729 Recamier Stradivarius violin dazzled concertgoers with a “thrilling” and “exquisite” performance this past March, according to a local review. She returns to perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, a crowd-pleasing fixture.

Nakahara’s popular, pre-concert lecture series continues at 6:30 p.m. in the Koger Center auditorium, offering unique insight into the evening’s program free to all ticket-holders.

Beginning today, individual-concert tickets for Russian Fireworks and the S.C. Phil’s five other 2016/2017 Masterworks Series concerts are available through the Koger Center Box Office. Tickets for Russian Fireworks are $47, $39, $31, $23 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 $10 and Southern Valet provides valet parking for $10.

Music for a Cause

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 Lighthouse for Life.

About Lighthouse for Life

Lighthouse for Life is a 501c3 non-profit organization seeking to take steps against sex trafficking. We desire to see everyone joined together to put a stop to the trafficking of our loved ones around us. We also desire to provide grace and restoration to victims being rescued from trafficking. Learn more at

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