South Carolina Philharmonic


January 25, 2011

Valentine's concert features soprano and two choirs

Two choirs and soprano Dawn Marie Wolski take South Carolina Philharmonic patrons on a musical journey of “Heaven & Earth” without leaving the Koger Center on Saturday, Feb. 12th at 7:30 p.m.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara opens the romantic Valentine’s weekend with the earthy passion of Italian composer Puccini as the orchestra performs the intermezzo from Act III of his opera Manon Lescaut.

The vocal powers of soprano Dawn Marie Wolski, the Columbia Choral Society and Coker College Singers then combine for Poulenc’s celebrated Gloria.

The Gloria, a traditional part of Catholic Mass, is an outpouring of jubilant praise of God combined with reverent supplication for divine mercy. Poulenc's Gloria dramatically reflects the contrasting moods, beginning energetically with a heavenly orchestral fanfare. The soprano soloist Wolski emerges as a spokeswoman for the choirs, and the piece closes with a more intimate and somber mood.

Majestic melodies and harmonies help the audience soar to the heavens in the evening’s final work, the Mahler Fourth Symphony. Sounds leap from all corners of the stage, and Wolski rejoins the orchestra for the stirring final movement, representing a child’s joy in the culinary delights and the ethereal music of St. Cecilia (the patron saint of music) and her heavenly musicians.

New in the 2010/2011 season, the “Music for a Cause” program 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 Nov. 13 concert is Pawmetto Lifeline (formerly Project Pet).

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

Available from Capitol Tickets online, by phone at 803.251.2222 or at the Carolina Coliseum Box Office, premium concert tickets are $53, $45, $35, $27 and $19. Student and military discounts are available. Southern Valet provides valet parking for $7.


A recent finalist of the 2010 Liederkranz Opera Competition (New York) and a winner in the 2008 Zara Dolukhanova International Art Song Competition (Russia), soprano Dawn Marie Wolski's clear, brilliant tone has been delighting audiences throughout the opera, operetta, and concert worlds alike. While earning her Master's degree at Manhattan School of Music, her portrayal of Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia under the baton of Maestro Julius Rudel was describedas "exquisite" in a review in Opera News. Of Ms. Wolski's performance of the Brahms Requiem with Stamford Symphony, Stamford Advocate said "she delivered lines ... with an elegance that produced chills;" and of Carmina Burana with New York City's Collegiate Chorale, Classics Today wrote she was "ravishing, all the way up to a crystal-clear high D."

Engagements for the 2010/2011 season include her debut in China with North Star Performing Arts Management; appearances in Vienna and Milan with The Monteverdi Symposium; soprano soloist in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Spokane and Stamford symphonies; the world premiere of Glen Cortese’s An American Triptych with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra; as well as Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s “Wedding” Cantata No. 202, Gilda in Rigoletto, and Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera.

A versatile actress, Ms. Wolski appeared in her native Washington, D.C., at the Shakespeare Folger Theater in productions of The Mikado and the award-winning world premiere of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Purloined Patience. She has recorded for Albany Records.


Pawmetto Lifeline was created in 1999 as Project Pet, community-based, people/pet project founded by volunteers from four local animal welfare organizations who joined to humanely reduce pet overpopulation in the Midlands through innovative, pro-active programs.
In August 2010, we broke ground on a comprehensive no-kill pet shelter/adoption center and changed our name to better reflect the next stage in our efforts to give homeless animals hope for a better tomorrow.

Pawmetto Lifeline is a 501(C)(3) organization located in Columbia, S.C. Visit online at

Our goals:
  • Create a no-kill community in the South Carolina Midlands so that no healthy (or treatable), adoptable pets are euthanized in municipal shelters
  • Develop and execute comprehensive community spay/neuter programs that reach out to all area
  • Build a no-kill companion pet shelter/adoption center in Columbia, South Carolina 
  • Increase pet ownership and retention 
  • Initiate educational programs that define the problem, prioritize the resources, and find the solutions 
  • Propose and support legislation to protect companion pets 
  • Find uninformed owners and intervene with appropriate education and assistance before their pets become history 
  • Develop pet/people therapy programs throughout the community 
  • Curtail amateur and backyard breeding 
  • Ensure that every microchipped pet that gets lost finds its way back home 
  • Develop programs to care for sick and injured companion pets


Jason Rapp, Communications Director
South Carolina Philharmonic
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