South Carolina Philharmonic rolls out new series in nontraditional spaces

Posted on: February 15, 2022

“The South Carolina Philharmonic will present the inaugural performance of its new Chamber Crawl Series next week at Craft and Draft,” writes Kevin Oliver in Wednesday’s (2/10) Lexington County Chronicle (SC). “This concert features a string quartet including Philharmonic Concertmaster Mary Lee Taylor Kinosian on violin, second principal violinist Damir Horvat, Principal Viola Audrey Harris, and Philharmonic cellist Tzu-Ying Liao. The new series and its kickoff at Irmo’s popular beer bar come as the orchestra continues the concerted push it began in its 2020-2021 season to bring classical music to nontraditional spaces. In Columbia, the Philharmonic has brought performances to Hunter-Gatherer’s airport hangar brewery space and the Hampton-Preston Mansion…. The Chamber Crawl Series [zeroes] in specifically on neighborhood bar and restaurant spaces while opening up the locations to Lexington County as well as more familiar Columbia spots.… [Marketing Director Chad] Henderson said it was also important for the Philharmonic to get outside of the city limits and … ‘make it accessible, keep the ticket price low, unbutton it a little bit…. We’re always trying to fight that perception that maybe live orchestral music’s not for you because you think it’s a tux-ed event that is a high-dollar ticket.’ ”