Visit the web site promoting an art opening or a gallery show, and by perusing photographs of the works being exhibited you can decide right then and there if you think you’ll enjoy the artworks.
Symphonies don’t have that advantage, relying instead on words to describe music. Until now, that is. On Saturday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 pm, the South Carolina Philharmonic will perform Going for Baroque, which will feature works from Bach, Mozart and Handel, three of the era’s most famous composers.
If you’re not sure if you like music from that period, the S.C. Philharmonic has made it easy to find out. Just visit the website – scphilharmonic.com – and click on the calendar tab. Next, click the program notes section. There, interspersed with descriptions of the music, you’ll find icons that, when clicked, offer a tidbit of the composition. It’s easy, it’s right there and it takes just a few seconds.
The notes, audio clips and pre-concert talks are all part of Music Director and Conductor Morihiko Nakahara’s plan to demystify classical music. “For many readers who might be casual listeners or new to the symphony experience, attending a concert can be intimidating,” he says. “Our aim with is to share the stories behind the music, the composers, and the performers. I remember as a teenager coming to the States after growing up in Japan, and was completely lost when I watched my first football game. My friends took the time to explain some of the rules and plays and why they love the certain players and teams, and it wasn’t too long before I became a football fan myself. That’s similar to what we want to do with both pre-concert talks and online program notes.”
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For ticket information, visit scphilharmonic.com
Katie McElveen, Special to The State