Beethoven & Blue Jeans – Two Performances!

Columbia, S.C.: In honor of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the S.C. Philharmonic presents two performances of our annual Beethoven and Blue Jeans concert. Beethoven and Blue Jeans is one of the most popular Masterworks concerts every season where the audience and musicians are encouraged to wear jeans and casual attire. Pro tip for infrequent attendees - you can wear jeans to all of our concerts! Comfort is always encouraged.

We are proud to present this concert on January 11 and 12, 2020. In response to patron requests, the Sunday matinee show will allow more families and individuals to attend our Masterworks series.

Music Director Morihiko Nakahara programmed the beloved Beethoven symphonies, numbers five and six, along with a piece by contemporary composer Jessie Montgomery. “Records from a Vanishing City is a tone poem based on my own recollection of the music that surrounded me growing up on Manhattan's Lower East Side in the 80s and 90s” says Montgomery.


Jessie Montgomery Records from a Vanishing city

Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F Major “Pastorale”

Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor

When: Where:
Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. Koger Center for the Arts
Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Event info:

You can download images for Beethoven and Blue Jeans from this Dropbox folder. Get the Beethoven and Blue Jeans playlist on Spotify.

For media availability for composer Jessie Montgomery and Music Director Morihiko Nakahara please reach out to Marketing & Communications Director Kristin Morris.

Our Music for a Cause partners for these two concerts are Transitions Homeless Center and Serve & Connect.

Saturday’s performance is sponsored by Dominion Energy and Sunday’s performance is sponsored by Pat & Tom Fortson and an anonymous friend.

This is the first of several events and performances to commemorate 250 years of Beethoven. We will also co-host a family screening of the 1992 film, Beethoven, at the Nickelodeon Theatre on Saturday, January 18th at 1:00 p.m. Yes, that’s the film about the family that adopts a Saint Bernard dog.

The following month on February 22, 2020, Philip Bush will join the orchestra to perform Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto.

Now through January 11, 2020 we are offering deeply discounted “Pick Four” and “Pick Three” concert ticket packs. Prices start at $47, or about $15 per concert. This is the first time we’ve offered a choose your own ticket pack and it is a great introduction to our Masterworks Series. These are available online or by calling 803.771.7937.

For a full list of our upcoming concerts and events, visit our calendar here.

Individual concert tickets are now on sale at the Koger Center Box Office at, or call 803.251.2222. Season tickets are also on sale through the South Carolina Philharmonic online at or call 803.771.7937 to purchase. Discounts are available for subscriptions, as well as single tickets for seniors, students, employees of Philharmonic sponsors, and active-duty and retired members of U.S. Armed Forces.

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