South Carolina Philharmonic


January 04, 2010

Beethoven & Blue Jeans concert features guest conductor

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Philharmonic sets out to prove that Beethoven and your favorite, worn-in jeans are always en vogue during a 7:30 p.m. concert Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Koger Center.

The night marks the annual “Beethoven & Blue Jeans” casual Masterworks concert that features music by classical favorite Beethoven while the audience and musicians show up dressed down. The concert is sponsored by SCE&G.

Erin FreemanIt also features guest maestro Erin Freeman (right), the Richmond Symphony’s associate conductor, leading the orchestra for the evening.

She and the orchestra present Beethoven’s Second Symphony; Russian composer Mikhail Glinka’s Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla; English composer Frederick Delius’ The Walk to the Paradise Garden, which the SCP has not played before; and piano works by Prokofiev. SCP Music Director Morihiko Nakahara, appearing at a previously-scheduled concert in Spokane, Wash., programmed the concert.

The third- and second-prize winners from the 2009 Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition make their orchestral debuts for the two Prokofiev works. Third-prize winner Baron Fenwick of Boone, N.C., is to play the Andante-allegro movement of Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto, while second-prize winner Joseph Mohan of Buffalo, N.Y. performs the Prokofiev First Piano Concerto.

An enthusiastic champion of music education for all ages, Dr. Freeman has served as director of orchestras at the critically acclaimed Baltimore School for the Arts, lecturer for the National Philharmonic and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and resident conductor at Peabody Conservatory where she taught in the choral, orchestral and opera departments. Dr. Freeman was music director of Collegium Vocale, a competitively-auditioned choral ensemble located at Emory University in her hometown of Atlanta. As a past guest conductor of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, she conducted outreach concerts, young people's concerts and joint choral-orchestral performances.

Winner of numerous awards, including the Peabody's Baltimore Music Club Prize in Performance and the Women's Philharmonic conducting scholarship, Dr. Freeman received a bachelor of music in vocal performance from Northwestern University, a masters’ degree in conducting from Boston University School, and a doctorate of musical arts in orchestral conducting with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar at the Peabody Conservatory. Previously, she studied and performed with Robert Shaw, Helmut Rilling, Robert Spano, Jonathan Carney and Murry Sidlin.

Freeman presents the popular pre-concert lecture Classical Conversations at 6:30 p.m. in the Koger Center auditorium, offering her 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. Student and military discounts are available, and a $1 per ticket Koger Restoration Fee applies. Southern Valet provides valet parking for $7.


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:

Ruslan and Ludmilla: ROO-slahn and lood-MILL-ah
Delius: DEE-lee-us

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