South Carolina Philharmonic


October 01, 2008

Philharmonic to call 'Ghostbusters' Oct. 25th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Fitting for the week before Halloween, the South Carolina Philharmonic presents a concert titled ‘Ghostbusters’ at the Koger Center on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara’s second concert with the SCP continues the orchestra’s 45th anniversary season with a Master Series concert that offers piano music from three talented young guest artists, a major symphony by Brahms and a contemporary work making its Columbia debut.

Taking to the stage as the evening’s guest artists are Gregory Wang, Joshua Brooks and Cwen Homa, the winners of the 2008 Southeastern Piano Festival’s Arthur Fraser Concerto Competition.

Wang, the first-place winner, makes a second appearance with the SCP. The eleventh grader from Johnson City, Tenn. performed with the SCP last year as the Fraser Competition’s 2007 third-place winner. He is to perform the first movement from Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto.

Second-place winner Brooks, an eleventh grader from Pittsboro, N.C., performs the first movement from the Brahms Second Piano Concerto. Homa, a tenth-grader from Michigan, performs the first movement from the Saint-Saens Second Piano Concerto after taking home third place.

The evening begins with young American composer Dan Visconti’s Black Bend, a short work inspired by a ghost story along a river bend in northern Ohio that’s complete with the eerie sounds of birds, insects and an out-of-control passenger train.

Johannes Brahms’ work will be featured again in the evening after intermission, when the orchestra performs his First Symphony. Brahms was haunted by the ghost of musical giant Beethoven while writing the work, according to Nakahara.

“Was Brahms able to exorcise his ghost?” asked Nakahara. “You be the judge.”

Nakahara 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 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 with student and military discounts of 50% off available. 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   nahh-kah-HA-rah
Cwen Homa: “Queen” HOH-mah
Visconti: vis-CON-tee

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