The Rose of Sonora


Guest Artist
Holly Mulcahy, violin and George S. Clinton, visiting composer



October 7, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Koger Center for the Arts Ticket Info >

The SC Philharmonic saddles up and heads to the Wild West for the opening of its 59th Season. THE ROSE OF SENORA is a violin concerto in five scenes. Created by film composer George W. Clinton (Mortal Kombat, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) for violinist Holly Mulcahy, this work invites the audience to take narrative prompts for each movement which appear on a screen (think silent movies) and imagine the story of outlaws Rose and Jed in the Senora desert.

Both Clinton and Mulcahy will be coming to Columbia for this event, and concert-goers can meet these artists during our special western-themed pre-concert event. In addition to the SC premiere of this thrilling contemporary work, audiences will also enjoy western-inspired works from John Williams, Wang Jie and Ferde Grofé.

Program Overview

John Williams: The Cowboys Overture

George S. Clinton: The Rose of Sonora
Featuring Holly Mulcahy, violin

Wang Jie: Symphonic Overture “America the Beautiful”

Ferde Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite



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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