South Carolina Philharmonic


September 28, 2009

Philharmonic offers sounds, flavors of Oktoberfest

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The sounds and flavors of an Oktoberfest fill the Koger Center air during the South Carolina Philharmonic’s Masterworks concert on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Cooler evenings and turning leaves set the stage perfectly for the awaiting cornucopia of music in “Oktoberfest” and the pre-concert biergarten offering German fare and beer.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara
welcomes the SCP’s own nationally-acclaimed principal bassoonist Peter Kolkay for the Mozart Bassoon Concerto. A gifted performer of both extraordinary musicality and virtuosic artistry, bassoonist Peter Kolkay claimed first prize at the 2002 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004, the first artist on his instrument to receive both honors.

Kolkay (right) is in his fourth season as principal bassoonist with the SCP, and he is on the faculty at the USC School of Music. He holds a doctorate from Yale University as a student of Frank Morelli and a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with John Hunt and Jean Barr. A native of Naperville, Ill., Kolkay holds a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc.

“Oktoberfest” returns Dr. Will Carswell to the stage, leading the Columbia Choral Society and Coker College Singers in Haydn’s Te deum for Maria Theresa, after the concert opens with Salieri’s Cublai, gran kan de Tartari.

The Strauss polka Perpetuum Mobile fits right into the festive atmosphere, followed by a funky, delicious deconstruction of it in HK Gruber’s Charivari. The evening closes with the tricks and treats of the Haydn Surprise Symphony.

But the evening’s treats begin during the pre-concert biergarten. For $10, guests can enjoy German sausage with sauerkraut, peppers and onions, German potato salad, dessert and a German beer. The biergarten starts at 6 p.m. Advance tickets are preferred and on sale now through the SCP Box Office by calling 803.254.PHIL (7445). Limited tickets will be on sale at the door and additional beer will be available for sale.

Nakahara presents the popular pre-concert lecture series 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 Capitol Tickets/Carolina Coliseum Box Offices, tickets are $42, $34, $24, $16 and $12. Student and military discounts available. 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:

Te deum:  tay DAY-um
Cublai, gran kan de Tartari:  KOO-blee-eye, grahn kahn day tar-TAR-ee
Perpetuum Mobile:  per-PET-ooh-um mo-BEE-leh
Charivari:  shar-ee-VARR-ee

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