Koger Center for the Arts celebrates 3 decades with open house event

The Koger Center for the Arts at the University of South Carolina will celebrate 30 years of bringing world class performances to Columbia with an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Since its founding in 1989 as the state’s very first modern arts center, the Koger Center has hosted major national and international touring artists, attracted acclaimed productions and luminaries from around the globe, and inspired diverse audiences to discover the magic and sheer joy made possible through live performance.

To commemorate the Koger Center’s illustrious history while also unveiling exciting plans for the future, community members will have a unique opportunity to go behind the curtain for a day filled with unprecedented access to the facility and enjoy special entertainment.

The schedule of events includes:

Begin your day at the Koger Center for the Arts by enjoying breakfast from The Belgian Waffle Truck and The Blended Bakery Trolley served from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Complementary guided tours leave from the lobby each hour beginning at 10:30a.m. Take a picture on the stage and share in a performer’s viewpoint facing the expanse of the 2,256-seat auditorium. Look and listen as we venture back in time and invite guests to hear stories and view photos of famous performers from the past 30 years.

Musicians from the University of South Carolina School of Music will perform, and the Pawley’s Front Porch mobile food truck will have food available from noon until 2 p.m.; UofSC’s beloved mascot Cocky will make an appearance at 1 p.m.

The day concludes with an evening reception in the lobby with presentations by local arts organizations and featuring entertainment by the Soda City Brass Band from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win exclusive Broadway in Columbia packages and–as a one day only event–all ticketing fees will be waived for those purchasing tickets in person for upcoming shows at the ticket kiosk in the Koger Center lobby.

For more information on this and other upcoming events, visit www.KogerCenterForTheArts.com

30 years of excellence

Some of the notable artists that have performed at the Koger Center for the Arts include:

The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, St Louis Symphony, Vienna Boys Choir, New York City Opera, Kira Te Kanawa, The Boys Choir of Harlem, Isaac Stern, Betty Buckley, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bolshoi Ballet, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Pilobolus, Mummenschanz, Kodo Drummers, Shaolin Warriors, Celtic Woman, The Watts Prophets, Mannheim Steamroller, Hall and Oates, James Taylor, Mel Tormé, Della Reese, Loretta Lynn, Gordon Lightfoot, Willy Nelson, Lily Tomlin, Margaret Cho, Dave Chapelle, Lewis Grizzard, Jeff Foxworthy, Hal Holbrook, Sandy Duncan, Karla DeVito, Robbie Benson, Nickle Creek, Shelia E, Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Ben Folds Five, Boys to Men and Alice Cooper.

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