South Carolina Philharmonic


October 22, 2008

Cellist Zuill Bailey and 'Blue Jeans' concert return

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Audience favorites collide as cellist Zuill Bailey and the South Carolina Philharmonic’s popular “Beethoven and Blue Jeans” concert return to the Koger Center at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15.

Neither Bailey, returning for his fifth appearance with the SCP, nor the annual “Beethoven and Blue Jeans” concert were part of the orchestra’s 2007/2008 music director search season to avoid giving any of the seven finalists an advantage. Music Director Morihiko Nakahara was eager to present both in his debut season and programmed a concert that features two Beethoven works sandwiched by Bailey performing two Tchaikovsky works.

Beethoven’s dramatic Overture to Goethe’s Egmont opens the concert and his jubilant Seventh Symphony ends it. In between, Bailey joins the orchestra on stage for Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, a technically demanding but light-hearted and cheerful work, and “Nocturne, No. 4,” a haunting part of Tchaikovsky’s Six Pieces.

Guest conductor Laura Jackson substitutes for Nakahara, whose weekend had already been claimed by his orchestra in Spokane, Wash. Jackson finished a three-year tenure as assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony in 2007. She conducted the Detroit, Alabama, Sacramento, Boca Raton, Berkeley, Wyoming and Billings symphonies in 2007/2008 and has also appeared with notable orchestras such as the Toronto, Colorado and Baltimore symphonies. Jackson studied conducting at the University of Michigan and attended the Tanglewood Music Center in 2003 as the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellow.

The audience is invited to join the orchestra in going casual for the evening. Orchestra members, and perhaps even Bailey and Jackson, will be wearing denim on stage, which promotes a more relaxed atmosphere that audiences enjoy.

Jackson presents the popular pre-concert lecture Classical Conversations at 6:30 and 6:50 p.m. in the Koger Center Large Rehearsal Room, offering ticket holders her 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 savailable. Southern Valet provides valet parking for just $6.


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:

Morihiko Nakahara: mor-ee-HEE-koh   nah-kah-HA-rah
Zuill: Zool
Rococo: roh-KO-ko
Nocturne: knock-TURN

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