South Carolina Philharmonic


October 22, 2009

Philharmonic travels distance and time at "Journeys"

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Past and present converge with near and far in a musical voyage beyond the ordinary in the South Carolina Philharmonic’s “Journeys,” a 7:30 p.m. concert on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Koger Center.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara uses the Masterworks concert to explore a 4,000-year-old Chinese tradition, present a contemporary piece written by a Columbia-based composer written to be paired with a cherished classical work and pay tribute to those who served the United States in the largest global conflict the world has ever known.

In cooperation with Honor Flight South Carolina, the evening begins as the SCP honors World War II veterans with Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man.  Veterans of World War II are invited to attend “Journeys” free of charge. A guest may accompany them for $12.

Wu Man by Liu JunqiVirtuoso pipa player and 2009 Grammy Award winner Wu Man (right) makes her Koger Center debut, visiting to perform the Tan Dun Pipa Concerto, an exploration of a 4,000-year-old Taoist funeral tradition in China. Wu Man’s appearance is made possible by: Dr. Richard Cheng, M.D./Doctor’s Weight Loss Center; Miyo’s; Confucius Institute at USC (CI); the Chinese Association of Columbia (CAC); and the USC School of Music’s Carolina Institute for Leadership and Engagement in Music (CILEM).

Cited by the Los Angeles Times as “the artist most responsible for bringing the pipa to the Western World,” Wu Man continually collaborates with some of the most distinguished musicians and conductors performing today. She is a principal member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, an artistic and educational organization founded by Mr. Ma to study the ebb and flow of ideas along the ancient trade route, and performs regularly throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia with Mr. Ma as part of the project’s ensemble.  Wu Man also often performs and records with the groundbreaking Kronos Quartet.

The following day, Friday, Nov. 13, Wu Man performs in the Southern Exposure New Music Series at the USC School of Music. The recital-style concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free, but early arrival is recommended because seating is limited and not reserved.

Born in Hangzhou, China, Wu Man studied with Lin Shicheng, Kuang Yuzhong, Chen Zemin, and Liu Dehai at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where she became the first recipient of a master's degree in pipa. When in China, Wu Man received first prize in the 1st National Music Performance Competition among other awards. Wu Man was selected by Yo-Yo Ma as the winner of the City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize in music and communication.  She is the first artist from China to have performed at the White House.  She currently lives in Carlsbad, Calif. For more information on Wu Man, please visit

In conjunction with the CI and CAC sponsorships, SCP urges patrons to attend “Wind from the Plateau,” a 3 p.m. performance of folk dances from southwest China on Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Koger Center by the Folk Art Ensemble from Guizhou University in China. The group performed at the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. Tickets are $25 and $10 or $5 for students and seniors and available online at or by phone at 803.251.2222.

“Journeys” returns to Columbia for area composer John Fitz Rogers' Verge, a kaleidoscopic piece written specifically as a pairing for the evening’s highlight: Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Music-inspired artwork from area artists will be on sale in the lobby as the “Pictures at an Exhibition” SCP fundraiser comes to a close.

“Journeys” concert-goers are offered fast dinner service at Miyo’s on Main (922 Main St., Columbia) if they arrive by 6 p.m. on concert night.

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 or by phone at 803.251.2222, tickets are $42, $34, $24, $16 and $12. Student and military discounts are available. 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 photos are available by request.

Pronunciation guide:
Wu Man: Woo Mon
Pipa: PEEpa

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