South Carolina Philharmonic


August 24, 2010

Philharmonic season opens with a little “Song & Dance”

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Philharmonic opens its Face the Music season with a little “Song & Dance” Thursday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Columbia’s Koger Center for the Arts.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara kicks off the season by featuring the musicians of the orchestra, programming a variety of works that exhibit their skill and technical ability.

The evening begins a special, season-long tribute to the musicians of the SCP. A different musician is to be highlighted in the program book for each of the seven Masterworks concerts. 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.

Also beginning that evening is the SCP’s new “Music for a Cause” program, an initiative that allows the SCP to help a diverse group of seven fellow non-profit organizations raise money and awareness for their causes. The partner for the Sept. 16 concert is the Alzheimer’s Association – S.C. Chapter.

The “Song & Dance” Masterworks concert begins with a composer and work new to the orchestra. Nikos Skalkottas’s “Five Greek Dances” offers music from five brief Greek dances and serves to pay tribute to the 24th annual Columbia Greek Festival, which opens the same evening and runs through Sunday, Sept. 19.

The dance theme continues as the orchestra’s inspiration turns to ballet with the famed Suite from Appalachian Spring by American composer Aaron Copland. Composed in 1944, it is most known for its inclusion of the Shaker tune “Simple Gifts.”

The evening closes with the song-like characteristics of Brahms Second Symphony, a work Nakahara calls “enigmatic” for being “in turns melancholy, cheerful, nostalgic and dramatic.”

Hannah Horne of WIS News 10 joins Nakahara for the popular pre-concert lecture Classical Conversations at 6:30 p.m. in the Koger Center auditorium, offering his unique insight into the evening’s program free to all ticket-holders.

Tickets are $44, $36, $26, $16 and $12 and available online, by phone at 803.251.2222 or at the Carolina Coliseum Box Office. A $1 per ticket Koger Restoration Fee applies. Student and military discounts are available. Southern Valet provides valet parking for $7.

Pronunciation guide:
Skalkottas: skahl-KOTT-as 

About the Alzheimer’s Association – S.C. Chapter:

  • Our mission: To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
  • Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease.


Jason Rapp, Communications Director
South Carolina Philharmonic
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