Cities such as New York, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco are filled with artists and musicians who wish to share their gifts with the general public. On any given night, one can be entertained by listening to an orchestra, watching ballet, singing-along with a musical or enjoying a play. Living in Columbia, one may wish they resided in one of those larger cities, in order for their minds and spirits to be fulfilled artistically and culturally. Unfortunately, many citizens of Columbia do not realize the city does offer these events at the Koger Center for the Arts.
Located at 1051 Greene Street, Columbia, SC, The Koger Center for the Arts is an extension of the University of South Carolina. Built in 1989, it was founded to promote and encourage the growth of art and music in the Palmetto State. Ira and Nancy Koger were the principle donors for the center and its namesake. Other notable private donors include the Knight Foundation, descendants of the Gonzales Brothers and Mr. L. Gregory Pearce.
Every year, the Koger Center hosts about 535 events, some private and others public. Broadway companies, the Columbia City and Classical Ballet, the South Carolina Philharmonic and the USC Symphony all perform here. During the school year, fourteen music classes are held at the Koger Center every week. The Koger Center is also the home to the South Carolina Science Fair, Freshman Orientation for the University and the State of the State Address, among so many other things.
The Koger Center for the Arts is the fruition of many to bring culture, art and music to South Carolina. If you have never gone to an event there, then make this year be the one in which you indulge in an evening of grandeur. For more information, please visit www.koger.sc.edu.