2017-04-21 / Arts & Entertainment

Nakahara to perform in season finale for Youth Orchestras

Contributed by S.C. Philharmonic

Morihiko Nakahara Morihiko Nakahara Competition winners, a commission premiere, and a “surprise” guest performer will combine for the S.C. Philharmonic Youth Orchestras 3:30 p.m. season finale Sunday, April 30, 2017, at the Koger Center.

Each of three ensembles will cap a three-concert season that began with rehearsals in September— the Youth Orchestra, conducted by Neil Casey; the Repertory Orchestra, conducted by Hayden Denesha; and the Strings Orchestra, conducted by Meredith Miller. The three orchestras are competitive ensembles for players of differing ability levels, and are filled by auditions.

In addition to being the season finale, highlights on the program will combine to make this a remarkable concert.

• The top- level Youth Orchestra is to feature annual concerto competition winners. Clarinetist Christopher Juhn will perform the first movement of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, and cellist Vihar Dalal will perform the David Popper Hungarian Rhapsody.

• The Repertory Orchestra will present an exciting Youth Orchestras program first; they commissioned a piece by Alan Hankers and will give the world premiere of Aura.

• Guest musicians will add punch to the Strings Orchestra’s program, including a surprise, high-profile wood block soloist—S.C. Phil Music Director Morihiko Nakahara.

Executive director Rhonda Hunsinger will come out of retirement to play her violin, and development director Robin Hallyburton will return to the concert stage with her double bass.

Tickets for the concert go on sale at the door starting at 2: 30 p. m. Adults are $10, and students and children are $5. Seating is general admission. For more information about the S.C. Philharmonic Youth Orchestras, please visit www.SCPhilharmonic.com/Youth.

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