The South Carolina Philharmonic is keeping its longtime music director for the next three seasons.
Morihiko Nakahara has renewed his contract with the organization through the 2024-2025 season, according to a news release. Nakahara joined the SC Philharmonic as conductor and music director in 2008.
“I am thrilled to continue making music with our committed and talented musicians and sharing that music with listeners throughout the Midlands and beyond,” Nakahara said in the release. “The COVID-19 pandemic of the last 15 months cemented my belief that the SC Philharmonic is a special organization. Our musicians, staff and board members have navigated these challenging times with innovation, determination and an open mind.
“Music connects us and brings us together, and I look forward to playing my part to connect our orchestra with more South Carolinians over the next few years.”
The SC Philharmonic performed as a full orchestra on July 3 during a Fourth of July celebration, complete with fireworks, at Segra Park. Its 2021-22 Masterworks Series begins on Oct. 9 at the Koger Center for the Arts.
“We are very excited to announce Morihiko Nakahara’s contract renewal,” Lynn Hodge, immediate past board president of the organization, said. “His charismatic personality, imaginative programming and dynamic performances have earned him widespread acclaim and a loyal following in the Midlands. The Philharmonic board greatly values Nakahara’s artistic vision and commitment to ongoing excellence. We look forward to his continued leadership in taking the Philharmonic to new heights.”