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April 05, 2012

Certified SC Grown season finale for SCP

“Ode to Joy,” the first Certified S.C. Grown cultural event, closes the South Carolina Philharmonic season at the Koger Center Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara has unofficially billed the season finale as a “celebration of South Carolina, with an emphasis on the wonderful group of musicians and vocalists who live and work in the Palmetto State.”

Sponsored by Blanchard Machinery, the Palmetto State-centric Masterworks concert opens with Charleston-based, USC-educated composer Edward Hart’s Under an Indigo Sky (Violin Concerto). Considered a musical homage to our state, Under an Indigo Sky takes a musical tour of three geographic regions. Columbia’s fast-flowing rivers, salty Lowcountry ocean breezes, and picturesque Upstate mountains come alive during three separate movements. Charleston Symphony Concertmaster Yuriy Bekker (right) performs as guest soloist.

But the highlight of “Ode to Joy” for many will be the epic Beethoven symphony featuring the tune of the same name. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, “Choral,” features vocal solos from mezzo-soprano Janet Hopkins, soprano Amber Opheim – sponsored by Ameris Bank, tenor Daniel Stein and baritone David Templeton; and the Columbia Choral Society and Coker College Singers.

In keeping with the evening’s theme, all soloists and choral ensembles have South Carolina ties.

The distinct, South Carolina flavor of these elements led to “Ode to Joy” being the first “certified” cultural event in the five-year history of the Certified S.C. Grown initiative. Certified S.C. Grown is a cooperative effort among producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers and the SCDA to brand and promote South Carolina products so consumers easily identify, find and buy South Carolina products. The certification is a result of collaboration among the S.C. Department of Agriculture, BuyCertifiedSC.com, and the SCP.

Representatives from Certified S.C. Grown and BuyCertifiedSC.com will be on hand at “Ode to Joy” to greet concertgoers and tell more about the program.

Nakahara presents the popular pre-concert lecture series 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 at www.capitoltickets.com, by phone at 803.251.2222 or at the new Koger Center Box Office at Park and Greene streets, premium concert tickets are $53, $45, $35, $27 and $23. Student and military discounts are available. Self-parking is $10 and Southern Valet provides limited valet parking for $10.
Concert guests can opt to join Maestro Nakahara and the SCP musicians at the “Bottom of the 9th” party immediately following the concert at the Blue Marlin Vista Room (1200 Lincoln St., Columbia). The fundraising party’s $20 admission includes hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine. Tickets are available through SCP Audience Services at 803.254.PHIL (7445). “Bottom of the 9th” is sponsored by Blue Marlin; Tina Cundari and Cory Manning; Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP; and Rick Palyok.

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 April 28th concert is the Babcock Center.

Available online at www.capitoltickets.com, by phone at 803.251.2222 or at the new Koger Center Box Office at Park and Greene streets, premium concert tickets are $53, $45, $35, $27 and $23. Student and military discounts are available. Self-parking is $10 and Southern Valet provides limited valet parking for $10.

ABOUT BABCOCK CENTER

The Babcock Center mission is to empower and support each individual to fulfill his or her potential.
Babcock Center strives to help people with disabilities become more productive and independent, and improve their quality of life.

The agency primarily serves residents of South Carolina's Richland and Lexington counties, but is also asked to address critical needs outside of this central service area. Babcock Center encourages full participation in community life by:
  • Helping individuals, their families and others who care about them work in partnership to develop personal interests and abilities;
  • Establishing a reasonable balance between safety and the risks associated with new opportunities;
  • Helping individuals make use of appropriate public services which are available to all members of our community;
  • Helping individuals overcome barriers to community participation such as the need to acquire employment and earn a reasonable level of income, the need for decent and affordable housing, and the need for safe, dependable transportation; and
  • Identifying strengths and weaknesses in our efforts, and problem solving to improve service quality, effectiveness and flexibility.
Learn more at http://www.babcockcenter.org/.

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