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.
Beloved boy bands New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys rev the engines of adoration among droves of fans with their poptastic summer tour. New Kids on the Block has been plucking heartstrings and handcrafting harmonies since 1986, combining a collection of international hits such as "Hangin' Tough" and "Step by Step" with five-part choreography and fashionable duds. Following in their footsteps, the Backstreet Boys began blowing up charts in the '90s, producing a songbook replete with favorites such as "I Want It That Way," "All I Have to Give," and "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)." The NKOTBSB Tour brings both acts together for a songful extravaganza, forming the more perfect union prophesied nearly 50 years ago by the Constitution. The May 25 concert also includes the vocal virtuosity of special guest and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, adding to an ear-pleasing stew of dulcet melodies sure to soothe the most savage beast or most irascible mail carrier.
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.