South Carolina Philharmonic


February 24, 2017

Eroica Symphony headlines annual Beethoven concert

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Philharmonic’s annual celebration of Beethoven features his towering masterpiece the Eroica Symphony Saturday, March 11, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center.

Beethoven and Blue Jeans became an instant audience favorite for encouraging audiences to wear blue jeans, unheard of at classical music concerts when the concert started more than 15 years ago. Though times and traditions have since changed, Music Director Morihiko Nakahara is honoring the original, renegade spirit this season by including concertos for less heralded instruments: the piccolo and bandoneon. The concert is sponsored by Dr. Mary Baskin Waters & Mr. Samuel C. Waters.

Nakahara conducts as S.C. Phil piccolo player Jeana Melilli steps to the front of the stage to perform the Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto, and Emmanuel Trifilio brings Argentine flavor with Astor Piazzolla’s Bandoneon Concerto. Mozart’s overture from the opera Cosi fan tutte opens the evening, and it closes with a signature Beethoven work: his Eroica Symphony.

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.

Concert tickets start at $17.
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 $10 and Southern Valet provides valet parking for $10.

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 Harvest Hope, in conjunction with Orchestras Feeding America 2017.

About Harvest Hope and Orchestras Feeding America (OFA)

The League of American Orchestras first joined forces with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, in 2009. More than 215 orchestras in all 50 states participated in an unprecedented, coordinated effort by collecting and donating food to their local food assistance agency or food bank within Feeding America’s network of more than 200 food banks and 63,000 agencies – represented locally by Harvest Hope. Since then, 450 League member orchestras have participated in the annual effort.

The S.C. Phil – a participant in all eight OFA drives – encourages patrons to take non-perishable, unopened food items for a Harvest Hope collection site in the Koger Center lobby at the concert. Donors of cash or non-perishable goods receive a $10 appreciation voucher that can be applied to 2017/2018 Masterworks Series season subscriptions or individual-concert tickets in 2017.

Suggested items for donation are canned fruits, vegetables or meats; peanut butter; macaroni and cheese; tuna; beans; canned soups; pastas or cereals. Items in glass jars or bottles, dented items, perishable or homemade foods and non-food items will not be accepted. Learn more at


2016/2017 guest artist photos and bios are available via

Pronunciation guide:
Eroica: ee-ROW-ih-cah
Vivaldi: vih-VAHL-dee
Jeana Melilli: GEE-na meh-LILL-ee
Trifilio: tree-FEEL-ee-oh
Piazzolla: pee-ah-ZOHL-ah
Cosi fan tutte: CO-see fan TOOT-ay

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