SC Phil Celebrates Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The South Carolina Philharmonic presents Joseph Schwanter’s Morning for the New World Saturday, January 13, 7:30 PM, at the Koger Center for the Arts.

“I was excited by the opportunity to engage my work with the profound and deeply felt words of Dr. King, a man of great dignity and courage whom I had long admired,” said Schwantner. “The words that I selected for the narration were garnered from a variety of Dr. King’s writings, addresses, and speeches, and drawn from a period of more than a decade of his life. These words, eloquently expressed by the thrust of his oratory, bear witness to the power and nobility of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideas, principles, and beliefs. This work of celebration is humbly dedicated to his memory.”

Columbia City Councilman the Rev. Dr. Ed McDowell, Jr.  joins the orchestra onstage for this special commemoration of Dr. King, as he narrates legendary King speeches.

The season-long celebration of Music Director Morihiko Nakahara’s 10th season in Columbia also includes music by Leonard Bernstein and Duke Ellington.

Pre-concert festivities in the lobby include performances by Allen University Jazz Ensemble and Angela Blalock with the 4 Tenors. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

Tickets are $53, $45, $37, $29 and $23 and are available online 24-hours a day at, or through 5:00 today (Friday) by phone at 803.251.2222, or at the Koger Center Box Office at Park and Greene streets.

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