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March 10, 2010

Composer Margaret Brouwer to attend SCP's March 27th concert

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Philharmonic announced today that composer Margaret Brouwer is to attend its 7:30 p.m. March 27th concert at the Koger Center to hear Michi Wiancko play the violin concerto Brouwer wrote just for her.

The Masterworks concert “Dance, Dance, Dance” features violinist Michi Wiancko performing the Brouwer Violin Concerto. Commissioned by the CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra for former Concertmaster Wiancko, the concerto was composed and premiered in 2007. Brouwer infused it with elements of pop-folk and trip-hop, as well as the Gypsy dance music in the final movement, at Wiancko’s request.

“Our performance of Margaret Brouwer's Concerto for Violin with the composer present for two rehearsals prior to the actual concert presents a unique opportunity for all of us,” Music Director Morihiko Nakahara said.

“Orchestra musicians and conductors rarely have an opportunity to consult the composers/creators about their compositions, their intentions when they wrote specific musical ideas, and how to best interpret them. Obviously, this would be an impossible feat with the "dead" composers. Collaborating with both the composer and the soloist (Michi), for whom this concerto is written and dedicated, is a testament to the power of creativity and originality reflected in contemporary American orchestral music.”

Brouwer and Wiancko are to discuss how today's American composers and performers are trying different things to make classical music exciting and relevant to modern audiences during the evening’s pre-concert lecture Classical Conversations at 6:30 p.m. in the Koger Center auditorium.

More information about “Dance, Dance, Dance” and the Orchestras Feeding America food drive for Harvest Hope taking place at the concert can be found at www.SCPhilharmonic.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Jason L. Rapp
South Carolina Philharmonic Communications Director
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E-Mail: JasonRapp@SCPhilharmonic.com

High-res guest artist photos are available by request.

Pronunciation guide:
Michi Wiancko: MEE-chee WANK-oh
Brouwer: BROW-er

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