South Carolina Philharmonic


October 25, 2016

Béla Fleck returns to debut his new concerto

  • Second Masterworks appearance for 16-time Grammy winner 
  • Fleck hand-selected S.C. Phil to co-commission
  • Columbia chosen for piece’s second performance

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Béla Fleck returns with his new banjo concerto – commissioned in part by the South Carolina Philharmonic – during American Originals at the Koger Center Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Fleck’s last visit to Columbia was to perform The Impostor, his first banjo concerto, with the S.C. Phil. He hinted then at a second, and soon contacted Music Director Morihiko Nakahara, a noted advocate of new music, personally inviting the orchestra to join the commissioning consortium for a new concerto.

A successful Kickstarter campaign last spring allowed the S.C. Phil to join the Canton (Ohio) and Colorado symphonies and the Louisville (Ky.) Orchestra as co-commissioners of Juno Concerto – named for the 16-time Grammy Award winner’s son. It makes its Southeastern U.S. debut at the S.C. Phil’s American Originals, sponsored by Jeanne & Hyman Rubin, Jr.

Two of the biggest names in American classical music complete American Originals: Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide opens the program, and Aaron Copland’s Third Symphony, which includes the “Fanfare for the Common Man,” closes it. The symphony, debuted in 1946, is noted for capturing the exuberance of a positive, post-war United States.

Nakahara presents the popular pre-concert lecture series 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.

Tickets are $53, $45, $37, $29 and $23. They are available online 24-hours a day at, or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by phone at 803.251.2222 or at the Koger Center Box Office at Park and Greene streets. Student and military discounts are available. Self-parking is $20 and Southern Valet provides valet parking for $20.

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. The partner for this concert is Red White & Babies, based in Sumter.

About Red White & Babies

Red White & Babies hosts baby showers on a semi-annual basis. Our mission is to reach out to fellow military, law enforcement, EMS, fire/rescue, and dispatch families who are expecting a baby during time of deployment and/or other hardships. We coordinate with local, national, and international sponsors to help provide the start-up necessities for these families who are expecting or have recently added to their family. All gifts are donated, from the crib mattresses to the event venue down to the boxes that hold the gifts, for the families. Gifts are shipped from all over the world in support of our nation’s heroes. Learn more at


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Pronunciation guide:
Bela is pronounced BAY-la

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