South Carolina Philharmonic


September 22, 2016

An Oktoberfest of German, Lutheran musical traditions

  • Concert features pianist Joseph Rackers and Columbia Choral Society 
  • Works by Weber, Brahms, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn presented
  • Pre-concert Oktoberfest meal offered at Koger Center

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Oktoberfests are ubiquitous every autumn, but the South Carolina Philharmonic’s highlights German and Lutheran musical traditions – and sausage and beer – Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center.

Four German composers help realize Music Director Morihiko Nakahara’s Oktoberfest! vision, starting with Weber’s Overture to Der Freischutz. Contrasting choral works follow: Brahms’ serious “Song of Destiny” and Beethoven’s joyous Choral Fantasy with pianist Joseph Rackers. The Columbia Choral Society, led by Music Director Dr. Elizabeth M. Mears, joins the orchestra for both works.

Oktoberfest! is sponsored by Marcia Stine, in memory of John Stine.

Rackers is a widely acclaimed piano professor at USC, where he is director of the annual Southeastern Piano Festival, and an international Steinway artist. He regularly performs and teaches in Asia, Europe, and North America. His appearance is sponsored by David A. Lawson.

Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” Symphony, featuring themes to “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” and the “Dresden Amen,” closes the evening by incorporating Lutheran themes.

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.

Concert tickets 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.

Oktoberfest meal returns

To further the Oktoberfest theme, patrons are invited to arrive early for a festive, pre-concert meal of sausage, German sides, and a fresh, local beer starting at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $17 with beer, or $12 without it. Get details and reserve at, or call 803.254.7445. Advance reservations are required for the meal.

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 Home Works of America.

About Home Works of America

Home Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1996. Our mission is to show God's love by repairing homes of homeowners in need, assisting youth in their development, and empowering communities to meet the needs of their members. Individuals of all faith backgrounds are invited to join and share in this service of love, giving thanks to God for miracle after miracle. Learn more at


2016/2017 guest artist photos and bios are available via

Pronunciation guide:
Weber: VEY-ber
Der Freischutz: der FRY-shoots (rhymes with foots)

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