Philharmonic starts with a bang

Morihiko Nakahara

Kimberly Rojas, Staff Writer

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The South Carolina Philharmonic presented the concert, “Russian Fireworks,” Sept. 9, starting the 2016-2017 season off with a bang.

The concert repertoire featured Russian composers, and the Philharmonic was able to bring in many guest artists for the event.

Members of “Fort Jackson’s Own” 282nd Army Band performed with the orchestra to start the evening with “The Star-Spangled Banner” and Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture, op.96.”  

The audience was then left a little confused when many musicians left the stage for the next song,

Sayaka Shoji, Violinist

HarrisonParrot: Sayaka Shoji, Violinist

Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto, op.35,” a piece that requires a smaller band. The featured guest of the night, Sayaka Shoji, accomplished violinist, entered She was an incredible talent to witness and impressively handled the light, yet edgy, tone of the piece.

After the 20 minute intermission, the entire orchestra returned to the stage to finish the concert with Prokofiev’s “Symphony no.5, op.100.”  The first movement was a grand Andante and was followed by the frantically dramatic second movement, Allegro marcato. The third movement was the beautiful, yet somber, Adagio. Just before the tone became too heavy, the entire concert hall experienced the final Allegro giocoso, a ride that was truly wild from start to finish.

The Philharmonic is something to experience. While a night at the symphony might not be for everyone, it is at least worth a try.                                                                 

Not a fan of dead Russian composers? Never fear, because the Philharmonic has music and events for every preference. Check out their calendar of events here.

Want to go to the Philharmonic but running on a college student budget? Use your college ID and get tickets for as low as $5.

You can find out more about discounted tickets here.

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