South Carolina Philharmonic

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August 31, 2011

SCP set to begin 48th season

The South Carolina Philharmonic’s 48th season begins Thursday, Sept. 15th at 7:30 p.m. with guest violinist Jennifer Frautschi and a dramatic Tchaikovsky symphony at the Koger Center.

As attention turns to the coming Fall, Music Director Morihiko Nakahara present “Autumn Romance,” bringing romantic sounds of nature indoors, evoking Hollywood’s romantic era and finishing the evening with a passionate, dramatic outpouring of soul.

Composer-in-Residence of the Chicago Symphony, Mason Bates is known for fusing electronica and concert music to produce modern symphonic music. His Rusty Air in Carolina puts the “white noise of the Southern summer” indoors, using electronics to recreate the buzzing of cicadas and katydids that he encountered during a summer in Brevard, N.C. The piece was commissioned by the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Symphony for a 2006 premiere, and serves to open the SCP’s season.

Guest violinist Jennifer Frautschi (right), frequent guest artist with the Wadsworth Chamber Series at the Columbia Museum of Art, then performs the Korngold Violin Concerto. Last performed by the SCP in 2002, the concerto evokes the warm, romantic sound of Hollywood soundtracks from the 1930s and ‘40s. Korngold won Academy Awards for composing music for two soundtracks and worked on several others.

The first major work of the “it’s BIG!” 2011/2012 Masterworks Series closes the evening’s concert. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique” debuted just nine days before his death in 1893 and was his final completed work. Equal parts passionate and dramatic, the work’s outpouring of soul has made it an audience favorite for more than a century.

Begun last season and returning in 2011/2012, the SCP’s “Music for a Cause” initiative 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. 15th concert is MIRCI.

Nakahara presents 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 online, by phone at 803.251.2222 or at the Carolina Coliseum Box Office, tickets are $47, $38, $29, $21 and $17. Student and military discounts are available. Self-parking is $5 and Southern Valet provides valet parking for $7.

ABOUT JENNIFER FRAUTSCHI

Jennifer Frautschi is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and has gained acclaim as an adventurous performer with a wide-ranging repertoire. Selected by Carnegie Hall for its Distinctive Debuts series, she made her New York recital debut in 2004 and made debuts that year at 10 of Europe's most celebrated concert venues, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and La Cité de la Musique in Paris.

She has appeared as soloist with Pierre Boulez and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Christoph Eschenbach and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, and at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival. She has also soloed in recent seasons with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Kansas City, San Diego and Seattle symphonies, Louisville Orchestra and Orchestra of St. Luke's, and toured the United States with the Czech Symphony Orchestra.

Her website is http://www.jenniferfrautschi.com/.

ABOUT MIRCI

Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc. (MIRCI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide community based services to individuals recovering from mental illness and/or severe emotional problems in the Midlands of South Carolina. This is accomplished through a variety of counseling, housing and financial management initiatives including Representative Payee, HomeBase, Supportive Housing programs and the Homeless Recovery Center.

Learn more at http://www.mirci.org/.

Media Contact

Jason Rapp, Communications Director
721 Lady Street, Suite B, Columbia SC 29201
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