Wednesday (4/7) in Columbia, South Carolina’s Free Times, Jeffrey Day writes, “South Carolina Philharmonic Music Director Morihiko Nakahara recently mused that the upcoming orchestra season would be the most conservative he has ever programmed. … The Philharmonic is going to trot out some well-known masterworks in its 2010-11 season, which will be Nakahara’s third: the Eroica Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland and A Young Person’s Guide to the Symphony by Benjamin Britten. But the orchestra will also give the premiere of a concerto for two pianos written by USC music professor John Fitz Rogers for his music school colleagues Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers. And the Philharmonic will play a brand-new piece by Osvaldo Golijov, one of the most acclaimed and respected living composers. … Golijov, who is a MacArthur “genius grant” recipient, was commissioned to write a work honoring Henry Fogel, the recently retired president of the League of American Orchestras. A consortium of 35 orchestras taking part made it possible for smaller groups like the S.C. Philharmonic to get a new work by a composer who would normally be out of their reach financially.”

Posted April 7, 2010