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September 20, 2010

Violinist of worldwide acclaim plays with SCP Oct. 16th

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Violinist Anne Akiko-Meyers, star of famed stages worldwide and more than 20 recordings, adds the South Carolina Philharmonic and Koger Center to her impressive résumé after “Fantasies & Dreams” on Saturday, Oct. 16th at 7:30 p.m.

She’s played Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Hollywood Bowl and Sydney Opera House; performed with the Boston Symphony, LA Phil and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and in New York, Tokyo, Paris and Warsaw. But Anne Akiko Meyers’ next stop is the Koger Center with the SCP and Music Director Morihiko Nakahara.

Her “dazzling technique” will blow you away as she plays the Prokofiev First Violin Concerto, which offers the “dreamy, fantastic landscapes” that are matched on the concert program (after intermission) by Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, a work for string quartet arranged for string orchestra by Mahler.

The concert also features what Nakahara says is a whimsical, yet brilliant side, exhibited by Beethoven’s Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus and Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony, the Masterworks concert’s signature work.

One of the world’s premiere concert violinists, Anne Akiko Meyers is celebrated for her exceptional musicianship, charismatic presence and creative diversity. For her performances in the great concert halls of the world and her work with leading contemporary composers, Anne Akiko Meyers is recognized as a trailblazing musician whose playing “flows from the heart” (The New York Times).

Since making her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 11, Meyers has made regular appearances with the world's major orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Tokyo’s NHK Symphony and many others.

Her diverse discography totals more than twenty recordings. She celebrated her most recent album, Seasons…Dreams, released by E1 Music in September 2010, with a whirlwind national concert tour, appearing in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, St. Louis, Austin and elsewhere. Her first release on the label, Smile, was met with widespread critical praise and Billboard-charting popular acclaim.

For more about Ms. Akiko-Meyers, please visit her online.

Born in San Diego, Anne Akiko Meyers began her studies at the age of four. She has studied with Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, Josef Gingold at Indiana University, and Felix Galimir, Masao Kawasaki and Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School. At age 23, Meyers received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the only artist ever to be the sole recipient of this annual prize. Recently named Professor of Violin at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, Meyers was the first violinist to be a Regent’s Lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles. Meyers plays the 1730 “Royal Spanish” Stradivarius, formerly owned by the King of Spain. 

Akiko-Meyers joins Nakahara 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.

Available online at www.capitoltickets.com, 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.

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 Oct. 16 concert is Children’s Chance.

About Children’s Chance: Children's Chance is a nonprofit organization (501-C-3), established Sept. 25, 1996 to assist South Carolina children with cancer and their families with non medical needs. Children's Chance and ambassador Zig the Pig raise money to fund a variety of programs to meet the emotional, psychological and financial needs of the pediatric cancer patient and their families.
  • Our mission: Children's Chance's mission is to improve the quality of life of children and families who are dealing with the trauma of child's cancer. The ultimate goal of Children's Chance is to assist families in remaining intact and functional during their crisis.
  • Our vision: Children's Chance's vision is that all people affected by pediatric cancer anywhere are helped and supported and no needs are left unmet for as long as needed.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Jason Rapp, Communications Director
South Carolina Philharmonic
721 Lady Street, Suite B, Columbia SC 29201
(P) 803.771.7937   (F) 803.771.0268
E-Mail: JasonRapp@SCPhilharmonic.com
Web: www.SCPhilharmonic.com 

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