South Carolina Philharmonic


April 11, 2011

Talented youth take spotlight in "Fantastique Finale"

The South Carolina Philharmonic peeks at the musical future when talented young musicians steal the Koger Center spotlight Saturday, April 30th at 7:30 p.m. in the orchestra’s season finale.

At “Fantastique Finale,” Music Director Morihiko Nakahara welcomes two sets of talented youth: two soloists performing excerpts from major piano concertos and a performance by the top ensemble from the Midlands only community-based orchestra training program.

The SCP is celebrating “City of Columbia Night” during the concert, dedicating the concert to the city in its 225th year of incorporation. City employees are invited to attend the concert for half price.

Opening the evening is the SCP Youth Orchestra – the most accomplished of three orchestras in the SCP’s Youth Orchestras program – will perform “Mars” and “Jupiter,” two significant movements from Gustav Holst’s famed The Planets, side-by-side with the members of the SCP. It’s the first side-by-side piece the orchestra has played since 2004. Dr. Jerry Gatch of Lexington conducts the SCP Youth Orchestra.

Then, Naomi Causby and Micah McLaurin take turns on the piano. Co-winners of the 2010 Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition, held annually in conjunction with the Southeastern Piano Festival at USC, each soloist will perform one movement from a separate, major piano concert.

Causby is to perform the third movement of the Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto, and McLaurin is to perform the first movement of the Chopin Second Piano Concerto. Causby and McLaurin are sponsored by PHT Services, Ltd.

The evening – and season – come to a grand, dramatic conclusion after intermission with the five-movement Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique. Composed in 1830, the symphony is a musical symbol of Berlioz’ infatuation with an actress he later married, only to find that reality doesn’t always match the expectations of fantasy.

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.

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 30th concert is Keep the Midlands Beautiful.

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


Naomi Causby is an eleventh-grader at The Fine Arts Center in Greenville. A student of Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers at the USC School of Music, she is one of just 27 Steinway Young Artists in the world and has won awards at numerous awards nationally and internationally. Her appearances include an orchestral debut with the Greenville Symphony, S.C. ETV and ETV Radio and Kansas Public Radio.


Micah McLaurin is also the recipient of national and international honors. He was the youngest pianist ever to give a recital at the International Piano Series in Charleston, has appeared on S.C. ETV and Kansas and Hawaii public radio, and performed in Piccolo Spoleto Festival USA and Music Fest Perugia in Italy. McLaurin is a student of Enrique Graf, on full scholarship from the Charleston Academy of Music and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League.


Established in 1989 to serve Richland and Lexington counties, the mission of Keep the Midlands Beautiful is to engage, inspire and educate the Midlands to invest in our community through litter prevention, recycling and beautification.  Each year, thousands of Midlands residents volunteer to support this mission, including more than 200 groups regularly removing litter on area roads and waterways, schools and businesses coming together to implement recycling programs, and communities pursuing beautification projects.

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