The Art of Symphony


Guest Artist
Sterling Elliott, violoncello



April 27, 2024
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Koger Center for the Arts Ticket Info >

Sponsored in part by Samuel C. Waters & Dr. Mary Baskin Waters.
Sterling Elliott sponsored by Truist.


The SC Philharmonic closes the 59th Season with an inspiring interdisciplinary integration of classical music and visual art. Collaborating with the Jasper Project, the SC Phil welcomes 14 SC artists to respond to the works and movements presented on this program, creating new pieces to express their reactions. These new creations will be projected on the sides of the concert hall during the performance, providing audiences with a distinctive artistic experience.

The participating SC visual artists are Stephen Chesley, Anthony Lewis, Alejandro Garcia-Lemos, Keith Tolen, Lindsay Radford Wiggins, Wilma Ruth King, K. Wayne Thornley, Fred Townsend,  Regina Langston, Michael Krajewski, Thomas Washington, Eileen Blyth, Lori Starnes Isom, and Laura Garner Hine.

The SC Philharmonic also welcomes guest cellist Sterling Elliott to perform Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. Acclaimed for his stellar stage presence and joyous musicianship, cellist Sterling Elliott is a 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and the winner of the Senior Division of the 2019 National Sphinx Competition. Already in his young career, he has appeared with such major orchestras as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, and the Dallas Symphony.

In addition to the Tchaikovsky, audiences will delight in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Rose Absolute, a contemporary work by Japanese composer Karen Tanaka that was inspired by a perfume of the same name. Don’t miss the dynamic and exhilarating finale of our 2023/2024 Masterworks Season!



Program Overview

Karen Tanaka: Rose Absolute

Piotr I. Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, op. 33
Featuring Sterling Elliot, cello

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, op. 47



The Jasper Project is a project-oriented, multidisciplinary arts facilitator serving the greater Columbia and South Carolina communities by providing collaborative arts engineering and community-wide arts communication. Learn more at The Jasper Project Website.



The Koger Center for the Arts is located in downtown Columbia at the corner of Assembly and Greene Streets, 1051 Greene Street. Parking is available at the Discovery Garage behind the building (usually around $10), accessible off Park Street. Additional garages and street parking are located at least one block away, which is a further walk to the theater but may help you avoid the pre-concert rush.

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