South Carolina Philharmonic


A Concert for Columbia


Masterworks 1 Make-Up
7:30 p.m.| Koger Center for the Arts

A Concert for Columbia is dedicated to the City of Columbia, Richland County, and first responders who protected Columbia during the catastrophic flood. It replaces the 2015/2016 Masterworks Series opener postponed Friday, Oct. 9 in the flooding aftermath.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara instead presents Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony – the prolific “Choral” symphony. Vocal soloists and an assembled choir will join the orchestra for the performance, and the audience will receive music and be invited to sing along during the triumphant, uplifting “Ode to Joy” finale.

The S.C. Philharmonic is donating $1 from every ticket sold for the concert to the Central Carolina Community Foundation’s S.C. Flood Relief Fund.

First responders employed by the City of Columbia, Richland County, state law enforcement agencies, and the S.C. National Guard who assisted with public safety efforts during and after the flood are eligible for a free ticket to A Concert for Columbia. Their family members will receive half-price admission.

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9, “Choral” (watch)
Tina Milhorn Stallard, soprano
Janet Hopkins, mezzo soprano
Adam Kirkpatrick, tenor
Jacob Will, bass

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Get tickets

  • Individual-concert tickets are $47, $39, $29, $21, or $17. View seating/pricing.
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  • Call 803.251.2222, or visit the Koger Center Box Office (806 Park St.) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F.
  • Discounts available for students and active-duty and retired members of U.S. Armed Forces (phone or in-person orders only).
  • College Rush: college students (with valid ID) can get $5 tickets in the grand tier or balcony (based on availability) from 7 p.m. at the door.
NOTE: Additional fees apply to phone and online orders.

Programs, artists, dates, and times subject to change.

Photo by Brett Flashnick for Columbia Metropolitan CVB

Northern Lights ticketing questions

Much care and consideration went into selecting a date to make up Northern Lights. Fall dates are at a premium at the Koger Center – the stage is occupied for rehearsals or set-up/tear-down of events even if it appears outside as if nothing’s going on.

Many S.C. Phil patrons also attend USC Symphony concerts, which are often on Tuesday evenings. That made Tuesday, Dec. 8 a good fit, plus it keeps some focus on on-going flood recovery efforts after many have “moved on” from it.

If you can go 

All tickets purchased for Northern Lights, whether subscription or individual-concert, will be honored with Oct. 9 Northern Lights printing at the rescheduled concert. They do not need to be reprinted.

If you can’t go 

  • Any patrons unable to use tickets on Dec. 8 may exchange them for a different Masterworks Series concert through the Koger Center Box Office at 806 Park St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. 
  • S.C. Phil Masterworks Series subscribers who can’t attend on Dec. 8 may return their tickets to the S.C. Phil as a tax-deductible donation. Call 803.254.PHIL (7445) with any questions.
  • Patrons who purchased individual-concert tickets they can’t use on Dec. 8 are also eligible for a refund through the Koger Center Box Office by calling 803.251.2222 or visiting the box office on 806 Park St.

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Music for a Cause

Every season, since 2011, the S.C. Phil selects a group of charity partners from the Midlands to help raise awareness for their causes. Each charity is featured at one Masterworks concert during the season. Tonight’s partner is:

Carolina Wildlife Center

We are devoted to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned animals and the preservation of wildlife through education.

Our story begins in 1989 when five Columbia residents recognized a growing need for a local organization dedicated to the care of wildlife in distress. Working in a garage, we received less than 100 patients that first year. Today we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. In the decades since treating our first fledgling blue jay, we’ve treated and rehabilitated more than 55,000 animals representing 200 species.

As human populations across South Carolina rapidly encroach upon animal habitats, we fulfill a need for increased education about our eco-community and how to care for and protect the wildlife living here. 

Learn more at

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