We have some very exciting news to share!
The Philharmonic is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the world premiere of the world’s very first concerto for string quintet and orchestra. The piece, by composer Dan Visconti, will be titled “Beatbox” and will be performed by the string quintet Sybarite5. The concert will take place on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 and is part of our Masterworks Series, so if you’ve purchased your season subscription you already have your ticket to this special event! Ticket sales for the 51st season concerts will open again on September 15th, 2014.
As well as presenting this new music, we are trying a new method of fundraising to help cover the cost of putting on this amazing performance. This is our most ambitious and exciting musical creation of the season, and we would like all of you to be sponsors! The S.C. Philharmonic is running it’s first Kickstarter campaign, which begins today, August 19th and last 30 days, ending on September 18th. During this time, anyone in the world is welcome to donate to the cause online. Click here to view the campaign and to donate!
Kickstarter is a crowdfunding venture, meaning a large number of donors are encouraged to donate small amounts of money that together meet the overall funding goal. Our goal for this campaign is $5,000, so if all of our Facebook fans donated just $2.50 each, we would exceed our goal!
The crowdfunding method has proven to be an extremely successful method of fundraising in many cases. Perhaps you heard about the Potato Salad Kickstarter that went viral this summer and raised over $55,000 with about 7,000 donors. Yes, if potato salad can raise $55,000, our goal seems quite attainable.
Please consider donating a few dollars to bring this world premiere to Columbia, SC. We are so excited to have the community of Columbia work together to bring this project to fruition. Those few dollars really do add up quickly. And of course, we will have thank-you gifts for all of our donors. View the Kickstarter to see the gifts.
And thank you, as always, for your generous support.