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December 23, 2010

Nakahara to conduct first Beethoven & Blue Jeans concert

In the third season of his tenure, Morihiko Nakahara hasn’t yet conducted the South Carolina Philharmonic’s annual “Beethoven & Blue Jeans” concert. His turn finally comes Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Koger Center.

Since his May 2008 hiring as music director, Nakahara’s conducting work in other cities has twice caused scheduling conflicts necessitating guest conductors for the SCP’s “Beethoven & Blue Jeans” concerts. Classical collides with classical in the annual, audience-favorite event, which the SCP has performed for more than 10 seasons. The Masterworks concert’s program always features at least one Beethoven work, and the tradition continues this season.

Debuted in Vienna in 1805, few musical works have had the musical impact of Beethoven’s Third Symphony, dubbed “Eroica.” The constantly modulating keys, rhythmic shifts, large dynamic leaps and unfamiliar harmonies baffled Beethoven’s friendly but conservative public, and – though now revered worldwide – the reception then was anything but enthusiastic. Beethoven broke several musical traditions with the symphony, but it’s perhaps most known for being originally dedicated to Napoleon, the chief military defender of the French Revolution with its ideals of “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity,” and the subsequent reversal of the dedication when Napoleon crowned himself emperor.

The concert also features Osvaldo Golijov’s chamber orchestra work Sidereus, which began a 35-city tour in Memphis with an Oct. 16, 2010 world premiere by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Mei-Ann Chen conducting. Commissioned by a consortium of 35 American orchestras to honor the former League of American Orchestras president and champion of classical music, Henry Fogel, Sidereus is being performed by ensembles ranging from the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and others in coming months.

Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni rounds out the evening’s program. Guests are invited to wear jeans and enjoy the classics in a casual environment.

Nakahara is joined by Hannah Horne of WIS News 10 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 through Capitol Tickets 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 Jan. 15 concert is AIDS Benefit Foundation of S.C.

ABOUT AIDS BENEFIT FOUNDATION OF S.C.

The AIDS Benefit Foundation of South Carolina is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to raise and then distribute grant money to organizations that are helping others in dealing with the many issues that arise from HIV/AIDS. We own no property, have no employees and hold no endowments. We raise money through fun and engaging events which involve the entire community. Some of our past events include Artists Against AIDS, Dining with Friends and The Palmetto Holiday Showcase. All events have one purpose – to raise money in order to support the efforts of those who serve and educate others dealing with HIV/AIDS. All ABF Board Members encourage you to join in the festivities and have fun with us while raising money, but most importantly embrace and support the community you live within in the fight against this devastating disease known as HIV/AIDS.

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South Carolina Philharmonic
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