S.C. Philharmonic to create lush “Soundscapes” with soloists from Wadsworth Series
With help from familiar Wadsworth Chamber Series soloists, the South Carolina Philharmonic presents “Soundscapes,” a rich sonic journey without leaving the Koger Center, Saturday January 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Midlands audiences know the work of guest cellist Edward Arron, who doubles as artistic director of the Columbia Museum of Art’s Wadsworth Chamber Music Series. Guest violinist Yosuke Kawasaki, another Wadsworth Series veteran, joins Arron as they collaborate for the first time with the SCP and Music Director Morihiko Nakahara.
“Since moving to Columbia three years ago, I have been constantly inspired by the rich cultural scene and both the local and visiting musicians whose artistry and dedication enrich us all,” says Nakahara. He is collaborating with two such visiting musicians as Arron and Kawasaki (left) team up for the Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello.
Starting the evening is a string orchestra composition from a source more known for his work with guitar strings. Jonny Greenwood, lead guitarist of the band Radiohead, also composes, and Radiohead fan Nakahara is eager to introduce Greenwood’s Popcorn Superhet Receiver to Columbia. The work was reincarnated on the soundtrack to the Academy, and Golden Globe, Award nominated film There Wil l Be Blood. Greenwood received a Grammy nomination for Best Score Soundtrack.
Two works by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius round out the sonic journey: his Valse Triste and his Third Symphony. Sibelius’s works evoke the rich landscape, weather, birds, and cultural traditions of his native country, and makes for a perfect end to the concert.
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.
Begun last season and returning in 2011/2012, the SCP’s “Music for a Cause” initiative allows the SCP to help a diverse group of seven fellow non-profit organizations raise money and awareness for their causes. The partner for the January 14 concert is Columbia Green.
Available online at www.capitoltickets.com, by phone at 803.251.2222 or at the Capitol Tickets/Carolina Coliseum Box Office, tickets are $47, $39, $29, $21 and $17. Student and military discounts are available. Self- parking is $ 10 and Southern Valet provides limited valet parking for $10.