South Carolina Philharmonic


May 09, 2008

SCP announces 2008/2009 season

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Philharmonic Music Director Morihiko Nakahara begins his tenure in Columbia with a debut 2008/2009 season that introduces new works and faces alongside traditional masterpieces and favorite guest artists.

The seven-concert Master Series begins Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008 when Nakahara conducts the orchestra for his first concert as music director. Violinist Caitlin Tully makes her own SCP debut that evening, performing John Corigliano’s The Red Violin – Chaconne and Ravel’s Tzigane. Overtures from Mozart and Dvorák also appear on the evening’s program.

Popular Columbia pianist Marina Lomazov returns in the on Jan. 17, 2009, performing the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 and the Gershwin favorite Rhapsody in Blue.

Cellist Zuill Bailey and the SCP’s annual “Beethoven and Blue Jeans” concert return together with guest conductor Laura Jackson on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008. Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Seventh Symphony are on the program, with Bailey performing two works from Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme and Nocturne.

The SCP’s Valentine’s Day concert in 2009 features Spanish composer Manuel de Falla’s El amor brujo (Love, the Magician) and the overture and incidental music of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, complete with a women’s choir, vocal soloists and Shakespearean actors on stage.

The season closes with a Saturday, May 2, 2009 “Grand Finale” concert that includes Verdi’s Overture to La forza del destino and the Mahler First Symphony, Titan, last performed by the orchestra in 1993. The SCP hasn’t performed any Mahler works, known for their large orchestras with sound to match, since 2000.

“It is indeed a grandiose sonic experience,” Nakahara said. “We will try not to blow the ceiling off at the Koger.”

Among the seven Master Series concerts will be two Pops concerts. “Dancing with the Phil” on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, which long-time patrons will know as the “Viennese New Year” concert, will include the traditional Strauss family waltzes and polkas but also a wide array of dances including tango, salsa, swing and more, all with ballroom dancers on stage.

The second Pops concert, on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, is a special event celebrating the SCP’s 45th anniversary with Beatles’ tribute band The Return coming back to perform with the orchestra. The band and orchestra are to perform new arrangements written by Dick Goodwin.

Nakahara also plans to introduce “The Phil on the Edge.” The concert puts the orchestra in a non-traditional venue with special lighting and cameras to get the audience closer to musicians and provide a unique concert-going experience.

“Lines will be blurred and rules will be broken,” Nakahara said.

The start time for SCP Master Series and Pops concerts is being changed to 7:30 p.m.

Subscription sales for the Master Series begin at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27 through the Philharmonic Box Office. Adult subscriptions, ranging from $72 to $250, offer a discount of 15 percent off single-ticket prices. Senior subscriptions, for patrons 65 and older, range from $70 to $235 and offer a discount of 20 percent off single-ticket prices. Subscriptions are available by calling 803.254.PHIL (7445), at or by visiting the Philharmonic’s Box Office. Discounts are available for seniors, students/children and active-duty and retired members of the U.S. military.

Single-concert ticket sales begin Monday, Aug. 18 through Capitol Tickets at 803.251.2222 or The SCP is lowering the price of its most affordable tickets to $12 to help the live, professional symphonic music experience be more accessible to all members of the community. Master Series single-concert ticket prices are $12, $16, $24, $34 and $42. Pops Series ticket prices vary by concert.

Southern Valet will once again provide concert-night valet parking for $6 at the Koger Center.


Jason Rapp, Communications Director
South Carolina Philharmonic
1237 Gadsden Street, Suite 102, Columbia SC 29201
(P) 803.771.7937   (F) 803.771.0268

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