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The 2016-2017 season will mark Music Director Sarah Ioannides's 12th and final year with the Spartanburg Philharmonic. Along with her program committee, she has planned a spectacular series for our community. Though bittersweet, this grand finale promises to be an unforgettable year of high-quality live music in Spartanburg!

2016-2017 Concerts:


7:00pmTwichell Auditorium

OCT. 15, 2016 Season Premier

Jeffrey Biegel, piano

The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra opens its 68th season with Copland’s extraordinary Fanfare forthe Common Man followed a spectacular new piano concerto by award winning composer, Kenneth Fuchs, performed by the brilliantly expressive Jeffrey Biegel. To complete the concert, the SPO will perform the first Symphony by Johannes Brahms, one of greatest masterworks in Classical music.

DEC. 3, 2016 Hub City Holiday

Gary Robinson, guest conductor
Dorman & Spartanburg High School Choruses   Fernwood Ringers, bell choir

Under the baton of Maestro Gary Robinson, the orchestra will partner with community and student ensembles to present a festive program filled with holiday favorites & classic carols. ‘Tis the season for this One Spartanburg event!

FEB. 4, 2017 Immortal Beloved

Ginny Metzger, oboe
Karen Hill, clarinet

Anneka Zuehlke-King, horn
Frank Watson, bassoon

In the summer of 1812, Beethoven penned two of his most famous and most lasting works: a “little” Symphony in F Major and an exquisite love letter to a woman of mystery. The identity of the woman who received such adoration from the great composer has never been learned, but listen to the joyous music of the 8th Symphony, and you will hear the elation and love that Beethoven felt for his “Immortal Beloved.”

APR. 29, 2017 Grand Finale

Maestro Sarah Ioannides’s final performance at Twichell Auditorium will bring her 12 year tenure full circle. The hauntingly beautiful Nocturne, with the Converse Chorale, was a feature in the Director’s debut performance with our orchestra. The concert will conclude with the ever-popular Saint-Saëns “Organ Symphony,” the very first piece the Maestro conducted in Spartanburg.

Chapman Cultural Center Theater
5:30-6:30pmHappy Hour

SEPT. 30, 2016 Cello Macchiato

Our enormously popular series kicks-off with a program featuring the entire cello section of the orchestra playing a gorgeous blend of music for Cello Choir. Selections include Bach, Mozart, Dvorak, Sousa, and even a little Coldplay."

OCT. 28, 2016 Cafea Vampyre

Experience Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror - the movie that film critics rank as one of the best and scariest of all time - as it was meant to be seen: on the big screen accompanied by live music!
Performing a score that incorporates the beautiful and dark strains of Brahms's chamber music, the SPO strings will accompany the eerie ‘Vampyre Count’ as he makes his trek from Transylvania ...into your nightmares.

FEB. 24, 2017 Percussive Percolator

Featuring the full percussion section of the orchestra, this exciting program will amaze and delight with its thrumming rhythms and foot-tapping tunes.

MAR. 31, 2017 Blue Mountain Blend

A compelling blend of music performed by both the SPO’s Brass Quintet and the Woodwind Quintet. This program offers old familiar classics alongside fascinating and enjoyable pieces by today’s composers.

Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra

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Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Chapman Cultural Center
200 E. St.John St., Spartanburg, SC 29306

Twichell Auditorium (Converse College)
580 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302
Tickets: 864-596-9724

Chapman Cultural Center
200 E. St.John St., Spartanburg, SC 29306
Tickets: 864-542-2787