2012-12-21 / Arts & Entertainment

Beethoven and Blue Jeans together again

Contributed by S.C. Philharmonic

The South Carolina Philharmonic plans another of its successful classical and casual fusions at the Koger Center during Beethoven & Blue Jeans Saturday, January 12, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.

In a first for the SCP, Music Director Morihiko Nakahara presents a percussion soloist as the featured guest performer when Lisa Pegher makes her Columbia debut.

Beethoven & Blue Jeans is sponsored by SCE&G.

Nakahara begins the evening with an audience favorite. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis by British composer Ralph Vaughn Williams, is one of classical music’s bestknown works, even if people don’t know it by name. A Hollywood favorite as well, it served as the music for the end credits of 2003’s Master and Commander of the Far Side of the World. Pegher then takes to the stage for Veni , Veni , Emmanuel, a percussion concerto by Scottish composer James MacMillan. The work is based on the 15th century Advent song, originally a chant, by the same name. Through the work’s 25-minute duration, the instantly recognizable tune on which it is based undergoes some complex transformations.

An American solo percussionist described by the Boston Globe as “forcefully balletic,” Pegher has been featured in Symphony magazine as one of the top six performers of her generation and continues to carve a new path for percussion as a solo instrument. Her appearance is sponsored by Dr. Angela and Mr. Andrew Schweiger.

The perennial star of this evening is of course Beethoven, and Nakahara and the orchestra close the evening with a grand favorite: the composer’s gentle Sixth Symphony, Pastorale.

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 ticketholders.

Available online at www.capitoltickets.com, by phone at 251-2222 or at the new Koger Center Box Office at Park and Greene streets; tickets are $47, $39, $29, $21, and $17. Student and military discounts are available. Self-parking is $5 and Southern Valet provides valet parking for $10.

Returning for its third season, 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 12 concert is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia.

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