South Carolina Philharmonic


Love Stories


Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Koger Center for the Arts



Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde

R. Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Thoughts from Morihiko

“On our annual Valentine’s weekend program, we showcase three orchestral tours de force, each examining different aspects of love.

It seems that tragic love stories like Romeo & Juliet often inspire great works of art. Wagner’s operatic retelling of Tristan und Isolde is a prime example. In the musical bookends 'Preludes & Liebestod' (over three hours of music separates these two sections in the actual opera), Wagner creates a magical sense of yearning, longing, rapture, and ultimately, loss.

I often think of Richard Strauss’ opera Der Rosenkavalier as a 'dramedy.' The main characters’ pursuit of finding true love, contentment, etc. is underscored by the sounds of Viennese waltzes and gorgeous melodic line. In this orchestral suite, the SC Phil will sing and dance the evening away.

Guilty pleasures ... we certainly have them in the symphonic repertoire, and Scheherazade tops my list. Rimsky-Korsakov’s vivid account of the Tales of Arabian Nights is a true showcase for the orchestra, whether playing in solo, section, or a blazing glory of the entire ensemble. Starring in the title role will of course be our fearless concertmaster, Mary Lee Taylor Kinosian. Join us for this perfect celebration of love and music.”


Prices are $53, $45, $35, $27 or $23. Student and military discounts available.

Going to the concert?

Music for a Cause

In 2011/2012 the SCP will once again partner with seven local charities to raise money and awareness of their causes. Each charity is featured at a Masterworks concert. This concert's partner charity is:

St. Baldrick's Foundation

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.

St. Baldrick's currently funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. The Foundation coordinates its signature head-shaving events worldwide, where volunteers get bald to stand in solidarity with kids fighting cancer and raise money to support life-saving childhood cancer research. St. Baldrick's events are the largest volunteer-driven fundraising opportunity benefitting pediatric cancer research.

Midlands residents can support the 6th annual St. Baldrick’s event in Columbia on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Jillian’s in the Vista. Learn more at

Programs, artists, dates and times subject to change.

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