COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Philharmonic welcomes Aflac as the sponsor of Star Wars Musiclipse, its sold out special concert on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 20 at the Koger Center for the Arts.
Aflac’s $5,000 gift will allow the 3:30 p.m. concert to be live-streamed via closed circuit video to patient rooms at the Richland, Baptist, and Baptist Parkridge campuses of Palmetto Health in Columbia, giving them the ability to enjoy a Total Eclipse Weekend event they otherwise could not. Long-time S.C. Phil partner iSite Multimedia of Columbia is contracted to provide technical service and support for the live stream.
“The hospitals and staff of Palmetto Health, partnered with the South Carolina Philharmonic and the music it provides, enhances the well-being for all of us in the community, which is a blessing,” Palmetto Health Foundation President Samuel Tenenbaum said.
Star Wars Musiclipse is to present John Williams’ famed Star Wars saga music, from the premiere in 1977 through 2015’s The Force Awakens. Costumes are encouraged for on-stage musicians and concert guests, and special lighting effects will be in use. Surprise effects will be used in the concert’s second act.
The S.C. Phil is announcing that patrons unable to get tickets to the sold-out main event may purchase $10 general admission tickets to observe the concert’s rehearsal at the Koger Center for the Arts on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. As a working rehearsal, it will stop and start intermittently as Music Director Morihiko Nakahara finds need for instruction. Lighting effects will be tested only briefly, costumes will not be in use, and other caveats apply. Rehearsal tickets will be available in advance only and are on sale now through the Koger Center Box Office at 806 Park St. in Columbia, by calling 803.251.2222 and via SCPhilharmonic.com.
About the S.C. Philharmonic: The South Carolina Philharmonic entertains, educates, enriches, and excites diverse audiences through live symphonic music. As the Midlands’ only professional orchestra, the S.C. Phil is a non-profit, 501c3 that has served the community’s needs for cultural development, education, and entertainment since 1964. The introduction of Music Director Morihiko Nakahara in 2008/2009 ushered in a new era of artistic excellence that has allowed the orchestra to move forward and become the Midlands’ pre-eminent performing arts organization. The S.C. Phil believes exposure to the arts is an essential element that helps people realize their full potential, connect to others in the community, and be introduced to new cultural experiences. The S.C. Phil’s vision is to see lives changed through the transformative power of music and has established education and outreach programs designed specifically to engage and educate diverse groups throughout the Midlands.