South Carolina Philharmonic


Mother Russia?


Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Koger Center for the Arts
Martina Filjak, piano

Some of the biggest names in the canon of Russian music offer their characteristic powerful, grand works in tribute to Mother Russia. Or do they?

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Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Martina Filjak, piano (right)
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    Thoughts from Morihiko

    “We were first introduced to Martina Filjak when she collaborated with us as the winner of 2009 Cleveland Piano Competition. Now in a huge demand all over the world, Martina will return to perform one of the pinnacles of the piano repertoire, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

    Joining Rachmaninoff on this special program will be two other giants of Russian music from the 20th century. Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes serves as a delicious musical appetizer and features his irresistible cocktail of charm, wit, lyricism, and rhythmic bite. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9 got him in trouble with Stalin. The authorities were expecting an epic symphony much in the manner of the famous Beethoven Ninth to celebrate the triumphant end to WWII. Instead, Shostakovich gave them a seemingly light-hearted, bright work barely lasting half an hour. It’s a mischievous whirlwind for the orchestra containing a plenty of heartfelt moments, and is a perfect piece to show off our famous and fabulous woodwind section.”


    Prices are $47, $39, $29, $21 or $17. Student and military discounts available.

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    Support Harvest Hope and Orchestras Feeding America!

    In conjunction with the fourth annual Orchestras Feeding America food drive sponsored by the League of American Orchestras and Feeding America, the SCP and "Music for a Cause" partner charity Harvest Hope (see more information below) are collecting food/monetary donations for hungry members of our community.

    Music for a Cause

    In 2011/2012 the SCP will once again partner with seven local charities to raise money and awareness of their causes. Each charity is featured at a Masterworks concert. This concert's partner charity is:

    Harvest Hope

    The mission of the Harvest Hope Food Bank is to provide for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion and education. Begun as an Emergency Food Box program in 1981 by a group of citiz ens concerned with feeding their hungry neighbors, Harvest Hope Food Bank is a 501(c)3 non profit organization with a mission of ending local hung er through shared community involvement.

    Harvest Hope Food Bank is headquartered in a 40,000-square foot facility in Columbia that operates as the food bank’s primary warehouse and distribution center, administrative center and agency distribution hub for our 20-county service area. Harvest Hope Food Bank is a proud partner with Feeding America, the largest charitable hunger relief organization in the United States. We are also a member of the South Carolina Food Bank Association and distribute USDA product.

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