South Carolina Philharmonic


March 04, 2010

Relieve spring fever at SCP's "Dance, Dance, Dance"

Violinist Wiancko to perform concerto composed just for her.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – For those looking to relieve spring fever, the South Carolina Philharmonic recommends an evening of energy at “Dance, Dance, Dance” on Saturday, March 27, 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center.

The evening features violinist Michi Wiancko, performing the Violin Concerto by Margaret Brouwer composed especially for Wiancko. The concert’s other works offer a mix of music that was inspired by or used in the world of dance and has a notably upbeat, high-energy vibe throughout. The speedy, peppy and witty music could lead to dancing in the aisles by the concert’s end.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara begins the evening by loosening the orchestra up with the brief but spirited First Symphony by Prokofiev, often called the Classical Symphony.

Wiancko then takes the stage for the Brouwer Violin Concerto. Commissioned by the CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra for former Concertmaster Wiancko, the concerto was composed and premiered in 2007. Brouwer infused it with elements of pop-folk and trip-hop, as well as the Gypsy dance music in the final movement, at Wiancko’s request.

Traditional French dances are featured in Maurice Ravel’s witty Le tombeau de Couperin, written to honor fallen French comrades from World War I, before the evening closes with the rousing music of dance episodes from Bernstein’s 1944 classic On the Town, a wildly successful musical revived many times over on stage and screen.

Also, the SCP is encouraging its guests to participate in “Orchestras Feeding America,” a national food drive held locally during “Dance, Dance, Dance,” by bringing non-perishable, unopened food items to donate to Harvest Hope, which is setting up a collection site in the Koger Center lobby before and during the concert. Donations from all are welcome, and ticketholders to the concert who donate will receive an appreciation voucher good for half-price admission to a future SCP concert.

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. More information is available on, on the “Dance, Dance, Dance” page.

Violinist Michi Wiancko is a winner of the 2002 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Featured as an “Artist to Watch” on the cover of the January 2007 issue of Symphony magazine, she is described by Gramophone magazine as an "alluring soloist [with] heightened expressive and violinistic gifts" and by the Des Moines Register as “pure gold.”

Ms. Wiancko has confirmed this reputation through concerto engagements with the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics and in recital and chamber music concerts in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, Sydney Opera House, National Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She also performs regularly in non-traditional spaces and with a variety of eclectic ensembles, including Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble).

A native of Southern California, Ms. Wiancko holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Donald Weilerstein, and from The Juilliard School, where she was a student of Robert Mann. Her debut solo CD, Platinum Spirals, features works by Ravel, Beethoven, Kreisler, Debussy, Prokofiev and Joan Tower.

Nakahara presents the popular pre-concert lecture Classical Conversations at 6:30 p.m. in the Koger Center auditorium, offering his unique insight into the evening’s program.

Available online at, by phone at 803.251.2222 or at the Carolina Coliseum Box Office, tickets are $42, $34, $24, $16 and $12. A $1 per ticket Koger Restoration Fee applies. Student and military discounts are available. Southern Valet provides valet parking for $7.


Jason L. Rapp
South Carolina Philharmonic Communications Director
721 Lady Street, Suite B, Columbia SC 29201
(P) 803.771.7937   (F) 803.771.0268

High-res guest artist photos are available by request.

Pronunciation guide:
Michi Wiancko: MEE-chee WANK-oh
Brouwer: BROW-er

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