As passersby enjoy various festivals throughout the Midlands, they’ll encounter around 20 S.C. Philharmonic musicians set up as if on stage, with music stands, chairs, and a podium and baton for the conductor – who will be conspicuously absent. The “Conduct the Phil” program, funded by a grant from the Central Carolina Community Foundation, improves the popular flash mob experience by making it interactive, in the process connecting around 100,000 people in the region with the S.C. Phil and each other by virtue of a unique shared experience.
There will be six, free concerts in 2015/2016 in vibrant social settings where the Midlands gathers:
Irmo Okra Strut (Sept. 25, 2015)
S.C. State Fair (Oct. 16, 2015; 6:30 to 8 p.m.)
Soda City Market (Nov. 21, 2015; 10 to 11 a.m.)
Soda City Market (April 9, 2016; 10 to 11 a.m.)
Kershaw County Farmers Market (April 23, 2016, 10 to 11 a.m.)
Orangeburg Festival of Roses (April 30, 2016, 2016; 12 to 1 p.m.)