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  • Guest artist Jiapeng Nie, cello

USC Symphony Orchestra 2013-2014 Season

Koger Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m. concerts, unless otherwise noted.
Donald Portnoy, conductor
Neil Casey, assistant conductor
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Thursday, September 19, 2013 - Guest artist Misha Dichter, piano

Francis Scott Key, “The Star-Spangled Banner”; Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 2, op. 73 in D Major; Sergei Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43: Misha Dichter, piano.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - Guest artists James Ackley, trumpet, and Craig Butterfield, double bass

John Adams, “The Chairman Dances”; “Foxtrot for Orchestra”; Juan Carlos Valencia Ramos, Concierto para Trompeta y Orquesta: James Ackley, trumpet; Frank Proto, "Nine Variants on Paganini": Craig Butterfield, bass; Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnol, op. 34.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - Guest artists Jiapeng Nie, cello; Zhonghui Dai, conductor

Chinese Overture; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme, op. 33: Jiapeng Nie, cello; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4, op. 36 in F minor.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - USC Concerto-Aria Winners

Performances by winners of the USC Concerto-Aria Competition; winners and repertoire TBA; Johannes Brahms, Academic Festival Overture, op. 80; Felix Mendelssohn, The Hebrides, op. 26 (Fingal’s Cave); Giuseppe Verdi, Overture from “Nabucco”; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Marche Slave, op. 31.  

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - An Evening of Lerner & Loewe Classics

  Music from “Camelot,” “Paint Your Wagon,” “Gigi,” “Brigadoon” and “My Fair Lady” featuring Tina Milhorn Stallard (soprano), Walter Cuttino (tenor), Jacob Will (baritone) and The Sandlapper Singers.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - Cirque de la Symphonie  

Cirque de la Symphonie brings the magic of cirque to the music hall. Performances by mesmerizing circus artists choreographed to classical masterpieces.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 - Guest artist Catherine Cho, violin  

Felix Mendelssohn, Concerto for Violin, op. 64 in E minor: Catherine Cho, violin; Leonard Bernstein, On the Town: Three Dance Episodes; Alberto Ginastera, Estancia: Four Dances, op. 8A.  


Sunday, November 3, 2013
Koger Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
The orchestra will present a special off-season concert commemorating the 70th anniversary of the rescue of Bulgaria’s Jewish population during the Holocaust. For the Songs of Life Festival the orchestra will perform the oratorio “A Melancholy Beauty” with Philip Kutev National Folklore Ensemble of Bulgaria, University of Florida Concert Choir, Limestone College and Community Chorus, and Bach Festival Youth Choir. The concert comes to S.C. after successful performances in Washington D.C., N.Y.C. and Boston.

The November 3, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts concert is not part of the regular season. For tickets call (803) 251-2222.

Season subscriptions 

General public - $150
Senior citizens, USC faculty and staff - $110
Students - $45

Single tickets

General public $30
Senior citizens, USC faculty and staff - $25
Students - $8

Purchase tickets

  • Koger Box Office, corner of Greene and Park Streets, Columbia, SC 29201, Mon. – Fri. from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • By phone at (803) 251-2222, Mon. – Fri. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Online at
  • Koger Center lobby starting one hour prior to the performance

Concerts are held at the Koger Center for the Arts (1051 Greene St., Columbia, SC 29201) at 7:30 p.m.

Valet parking (Southern Valet) is a convenient service to our patrons that is available for $5.
For more information, call (803) 777-7500 or email

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