South Carolina Philharmonic


March 09, 2011

"Real Virtuosi" no relation to "Real Housewives"

The South Carolina Philharmonic’s “Real Virtuosi” aren’t “Real Housewives” or real dramatic … they’re really, really good, and they’re taking to the Koger Center stage Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara presents “The Real Virtuosi of the SC Phil” to highlight the versatility, teamwork and, yes, virtuosity of the orchestra’s musicians through a colorful, technically demanding program.

The evening also marks the orchestra’s proud participation in “Orchestras Feeding America,” an annual, national food drive held locally to benefit Harvest Hope during “The Real Virtuosi.” Donations from all are welcome, and donating ticketholders will receive an appreciation gift from the SCP.

The color on the program comes by way of a sound portrait inspired by three of Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli’s most famous paintings. Ottorino Resphighi’s Trittico Botticelliano puts music to the artist’s Spring, The Adoration of the Magi, and The Birth of Venus. The Triptych contains some of the season’s most gorgeous melodies.

SCP Concertmaster Mary Lee Taylor Kinosian (right) and Principal Oboe Rebecca Nagel, both supremely gifted, then step out to offer their talents as featured soloists in the Bach Concerto for Violin and Oboe.

Musical color returns as the orchestra shows its versatility with “Little Threepenny Music,” a suite from Kurt Weill’s openly satirical and witty Threepenny Opera. The suite calls for such instruments as the accordion, but no strings save those on a harp and in a piano … and a banjo. Nakahara and the orchestra bring the evening to an exhilarating close with the technically demanding “Haffner” Symphony by Mozart.

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 April 2nd concert is Harvest Hope, in conjunction with the third annual “Orchestras Feeding America” food drive sponsored by the League of American Orchestras and Feeding America.

The SCP is encouraging its guests to participate by bringing non-perishable, unopened food items to donate to Harvest Hope, which is setting up a collection site in the Koger Center lobby before and during the concert. Donating ticketholders will receive an appreciation voucher redeemable for half-price admission to a future SCP concert.

Suggested items for donation are canned fruits, vegetables or meats; peanut butter; macaroni and cheese; tuna; beans; canned soups; pastas or cereals.

Items in glass jars or bottles, dented items, perishable or homemade foods and non-food items will not be accepted. More information is available via the “Real Virtuosi” page.

A photography sale that began in conjunction with January’s “Visual Sonata” exhibit at City Art Gallery concludes at the concert. Stunning photography of Philharmonic musicians and Morihiko Nakahara rehearsing and performing is available as prints. The sale takes place in the Koger Center lobby. Proceeds benefit the SCP.

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.

Concert tickets are $44, $36, $26, $16 and $12 and are available online at, 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.


The mission of the Harvest Hope Food Bank ( is to provide for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion and education. Begun as an Emergency Food Box program in 1981 by a group of citizens concerned with feeding their hungry neighbors, Harvest Hope Food Bank is a 501(c)3 non profit organization with a mission of ending local hunger through shared community involvement.

Harvest Hope Food Bank is headquartered in a 40,000 square foot facility in Columbia that operates as the food bank’s primary warehouse and distribution center, administrative center and agency distribution hub for our 20-county service area. Harvest Hope Food Bank is a proud partner with Feeding America, the largest charitable hunger relief organization in the United States. We are also a member of the South Carolina Food Bank Association and distribute USDA product.


High-res guest artist and staff photos are available in the Press Box.

Pronunciation guide:

  • Resphigi: res-PEE-ghee
  • Trittico Botticelliano: TREE-tee-koh bo-tih-chell-ee-AH-no


Jason 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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