South Carolina Philharmonic


May 19, 2010

Face the Music during the SCP's 47th season

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Philharmonic is asking the Midlands to Face the Music and remove the barriers between stage and audience during an intimate, exciting 2010/2011 season.

To pay special tribute to the musicians of the SCP, a different musician will be highlighted in the program book for each of the seven Masterworks Series concerts programmed by Music Director Morihiko Nakahara. Beginning with “Song & Dance” on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Koger Center, the Face the Music season gives the faces a name and a story by virtue of a biographical story written by one of the seven musicians in each concert’s program book.

The season boasts a Saturday, Nov. 13th world premiere of the first work commissioned by the orchestra since 2001. Concerto for Two Pianos by Columbia composer John Fitz Rogers is funded in part by a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The concerto is to be premiered by husband and wife duo Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers, colleagues of Fitz Rogers at the USC School of Music. The concerto is the main work on the program of “Premieres & Variations,” which also includes works by Benjamin Britten and Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly.

Renowned violinist Anne Akiko Meyers reunites with Maestro Nakahara for the Saturday, Oct. 16th concert “Fantasies & Dreams,” performing the Prokofiev First Violin Concerto, and soprano Dawn Marie Wolski and the Columbia Choral Society lend their voices to Poulenc’s Gloria during “Heaven & Earth” on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011.

Classic works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Mendelssohn and Mozart are scheduled during the season, along with a sprinkling of contemporary works by composers like Osvaldo Golijov and John Adams for orchestra and audience to explore together.

A select group of Midlands residents between the ages of 21-39 will explore the entire season together as part of the SCP’s new Treblemakers program. Funded by a grant from the S.C. Arts Commission, Treblemakers sought young professionals to apply for a season-long look at how a mid-size, professional orchestra operates. Participants break down barriers between stage and audience through backstage and rehearsal access; chats with the conductor, musicians and staff; and season tickets, immersing themselves in the music.

The 2010/2011 season sees the return of the SCP’s highly popular free concert series, “Where in the Midlands is Morihiko?” A grant from the Pierrine & Hootie Johnson Fund of the Central Carolina Community Foundation funds the seven-concert series in which ensembles of SCP musicians play free, one-hour concerts across the Midlands the week of each Masterworks Series concert.

Masterworks Series subscription sales are underway through SCP Audience Services. For the second consecutive year, prices remain unchanged. Adult subscriptions range from $72 to $250 and offer savings of around 20% off single-ticket prices. Senior subscriptions, for patrons 65 and older, range from $70 to $235 and offer a discount of up to 26% percent off single-ticket prices.

Subscriptions are available by calling 803.254.PHIL (7445), at or by visiting SCP Audience Services in the Vista at 721 Lady Street, Suite B. Discounts are available for seniors, students/children and active-duty and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Single-concert ticket sales begin Monday, Aug. 16 through Capitol Tickets at 803.251.2222 or

Southern Valet will once again provide concert-night valet parking for $7 at the Koger Center.



Jason L. Rapp
Communications Director
South Carolina Philharmonic
721 Lady Street, Suite B, Columbia SC 29201
(P) 803.771.7937   (F) 803.771.0268


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