South Carolina Philharmonic


February 02, 2010

SCP celebrating love of music on Valentine's weekend

SCP celebrating love of music on Valentine’s weekend.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Philharmonic is offering two concerts and more than 200 musicians to help the Midlands show how much it loves music during Valentine’s weekend.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara and the musicians of the SCP stir your Valentine’s passions and emotions with the music of Russia and France in “From Russia, with Love” at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The SCP’s annual silent auction begins in the lobby at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Sean Yeh, first-prize winner of the 2009 Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition, is to play Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand. The piece exhibits Ravel’s characteristic French elegance and exploits the full range of the piano. Sean Yeh’s appearance sponsored by PHT Services, Ltd.

Russian music rounds out the evening, as the orchestra bookends Yeh with the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture by Tchaikovsky – one of the most popular orchestra compositions ever – and the Rachmaninoff Third Symphony.

Pianist Sean Yeh has won many honors in solo competitions.  In 2009, he was the first-place winner of the New Orleans International Piano Competition for Young Artists, the Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition at the Southeastern Piano Festival and the Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Award in Piano Scholarship Competition. His other awards include third prize in the 2008 PianoArts National Piano Competition and national finalist in both the Yamaha and Baldwin Divisions of the Music Teachers National Association Piano Competition.

Yeh made his orchestra debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals in 2008, and later that year, performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He began taking violin lessons when he was four and piano at age six. He currently studies piano with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky at the Juilliard School. Previous teachers include Emilio del Rosario and Matthew Hagle at the Music Institute of Chicago and Alan Chow at Northwestern University.

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 $50, $42, $34, $24 and $18. A $1 per ticket Koger Restoration Fee applies. Student and military discounts are available. Southern Valet provides valet parking for $7.

Rounding out the weekend on Sunday, Feb. 14 is a 3 p.m. concert by the three ensembles of the SCP Youth Orchestras at the Koger Center. Patrons can enjoy listening to tomorrow’s musicians today as the Junior Strings, Repertory and Youth orchestras each perform a selection of works. Nearly 200 Midlands students participate in the program, which offers advanced musical instruction to elementary, middle and high school-aged students. The ensembles come together for three concerts each season.

Tickets for the Youth Orchestras concert are available the day of the concert only from 2 p.m. in the Koger Center lobby. Seating is general admission and tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and children.



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

High-res guest artist and staff photos are available by request.

Pronunciation guide:
Sean Yeh: Shawn Yay

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