Continuing a musical tradition nearly 50 years old, the South Carolina Philharmonic showcases classic and contemporary works performed by some of the region's most talented musicians. For Masterworks 6, Musical Director Morihiko Nakahara has selected a lively quartet of pieces to feature the orchestra's tireless melody miners. Bach’s Concerto in C Minor for Oboe, Violin, and Orchestra will display the string-shaking and reed-rattling skills of Mary Lee Taylor Kinosian and oboist Rebecca Nagel. Rounding out the docket of dulcet tones is a suite inspired by three paintings by Sandro Botticelli, as well as a suite from Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera, and Mozart’s Symphony no. 35, Haffner, a technically demanding piece notorious for being written in the mysterious third clef. Sitting in grand-tier balcony seats, Groupon customers can tune their ossicles to the sweet sounds and unsweetened silence resounding through the Koger Center's acoustically designed chamber.
Evincing a history that dates back to 1881 and includes stints as a city jail and a silent-film palace, the 426-seat Newberry Opera House is a spectacle in itself. A recent multimillion-dollar renovation project modernized the institution's eclectic Victorian craftwork by adding state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems and removing the horse-drawn curtain-raising system.
The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
A local cultural stalwart for more than 60 years, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra now proudly boasts world-class wand-wielder Edvard Tchivzhel as its conductor and music director. During the Grand Finale concert, Tchivzhel will lead skilled musicians through the melodic maze of Dvorak's Symphony no. 9 and Mussorgsky's engaging Pictures at an Exhibition, which synthesizes the aural and the visual better than a loud tropical shirt. Audience members in the upper balcony seats may check out free MP3 players proffering a wealth of concert information to additionally enliven listening.