News & Press

3/14/17 - The SPO presents: Espresso no. 4, "Blue Mountain Blend" [PRESS RELEASE]
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra concludes its extraordinarily popular 2016-2017 “Espresso” chamber concert series on Friday, March 31, with Blue Mountain Blend.    read more

11/22/16 - Duke Energy and SPO offer new PB&J educational series in Spartanburg [PRESS RELEASE]
The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra is pleased to announce it has received a $9,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to launch a new music education outreach program called Peanut Butter & Jam.    read more

11/10/16 - SPO Celebrates Spartanburg with “Hub City Holiday” Concert [PRESS RELEASE]
The SPO offers a family-friendly, community driven, holiday festival concert!   read more

9/29/16 - SPO Opens Concert Series (
Cello will take center stage when the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra opens its 2016-17 Espresso series Friday at the Chapman Cultural Center. The hour-long chamber concert, billed as “Cello Macchiato,” will feature all eight players from the SPO’s cello section, playing an assortment of classical pieces and modern hits.   read more

9/9/16 - SPO Kicks-off Espresso Series with "Cello Macchiato" [PRESS RELEASE]
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra kicks-off its 2016-2017 “Espresso” chamber concert series Friday, September 30, with a shot of Cello Macchiato.    read more

8/10/16 - Spartanburg County Public Libraries Celebrates 20 Years of Partnering with the Spartanburg
For 20 years, the SPO has brought first rate musicians into the library for our public to enjoy for free and this partnership has allowed "Music Sandwiched In" to continue to enrich the lives of others.   read more

8/2/16 - SPO Announces Upcoming Season (
" The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra recently announced its 2016-17 concert season, “One Legacy.” This also is the 12th and final year with Maestro Sarah Ioannides as the music director of the symphony..."   read more

August 2016: HearHERE Newsletter
A Little Summer Music; We Couldn't Do It Without You, Jim Pangel; and Spotlight: Tracy Ensley (violin)   read more

7/29/16 - Spartanburg High School Violist Finds Calling in Music (
"Jalen Byrd, 15, began playing the viola in fifth grade and recently performed with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra. He is among those who have participated in the orchestra's side-by-side program..."   read more

July, 2016: HearHERE Newsletter
Spotlight on Kelly Vaneman (oboe), our Corporate Partners, and a special thanks to Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce.   read more

6/24/16 - SPO Announces 2016-2017 Season [PRESS RELEASE]
"The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra announces its 2016-17 concert season, “One Legacy,” the twelfth and final year with Maestro Sarah Ioannides as the Music Director of the symphony. The SPO will present four concerts as a part of its Classics Series at Converse College’s Twichell Auditorium and four concerts in its new Espresso Series at the Chapman Cultural Center..."   read more

June, 2016: HearHERE Newsletter
"One Legacy" Season Announced, Espresso Series grows, and a special thank you to Marriott of Spartanburg.   read more

5/5/16 - "Listen, Learn, Love" Event Held at Piedmont Club (
"On April 27, the SPO held an event ... to celebrate the legacy of the orchestra and its economic impact to the Spartanburg region..."   read more

May, 2016: HearHERE Newsletter
"Link Up" with Giving Day, Behind the Scenes with Kathryn Boucher and the Board of Directors, and a special thank you to the JM Smith Foundation.   read more

4/28/16 - World Renowned Guitartist, Pepe Romero to Highlight SPO Finale (
Legendary classical guitarist to perform in Spartanburg.   read more

4/25/16 - When Words Leave Off (Culture Aplenty |
"Soundscapes are the backdrops to our most memorable cinema experiences... music carries our emotions in ways that words or pictures alone, cannot."   read more

4/24/16 - Orchestra Concludes Season with Latin Flavor (
"Romero is one of the greatest classical guitarists living today!"   read more

April, 2016: HearHERE Newsletter
Feature on Pepe Romero, Music Sandwiched In, and a special thank you to McClellan's Urban Eatery.   read more

2/23/16 - SPO Ends Espresso Series with a Shot of "Caffé Americano" [PRESS RELEASE]
"The SPO will conclude its 2015-2016 'Espresso' chamber concert series Friday, March 4, with a shot of Caffé Americano..."   read more

2/1/16 - Jens is Back! [PRESS RELEASE]
"Grammy award nominee, Jens Lindemann will return to the stage with Sarah Ioannides and the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, February 13 at 8:00pm in Twichell Auditorium..."   read more

11/20/15 - REVIEW: Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra Presents Exciting Concert (
"The orchestra presented a varied, yet well-integrated program last weekend. The concert was dedicated to the memory of Henry Janiec..."   read more

11/18/15 - Espresso Shot Series to Pay Tribute to Paris (
"The tragic events that happened last week in Paris have given an added poignancy to the second concert of the SPO's Espresso Series..."   read more

11/1/15 - Violin Prodigy to Perform with the SPO [PRESS RELEASE]
"Brilliant prodigy and acclaimed soloist Kristin Lee is set to perform with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, November 14 at 7:00pm in Twichell Auditorium. Lee will take the stage to deliver Sibelius’s epic Violin Concerto, op. 47, a virtuosic piece that is darkly melodic and hauntingly beautiful..."   read more

9/25/15 - Espresso no. 1, "German Blend" [PRESS RELEASE]
Get started with a short shot of classical music, beer/wine, and socializing!   read more

9/7/15 - Time for a Whole New Season of Concerts (Culture Aplenty |
"Less than a week away, and now it’s time to kick off a whole new season of concerts. The summer slipped by in a hazy flash of heat after last season’s hugely successful, “Big-Bang” finale on Memorial Day, and now the 2015-2016 premier is suddenly upon us..."   read more

8/7/15 - Philharmonic Conductor Sarah Ioannides Resigning at End of 2016-2017 Season (
"Sarah Ioannides, who has served as music director and conductor of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra since 2005, is stepping down from her post..."   read more

8/7/15 - Music Director and Conductor Sarah Ioannides Announces Departure in 2017 [PRESS RELEASE]
"Maestra Sarah Ioannides, Music Director and Conductor of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, has announced that she will conclude her tenure with the SPO at the end of the 2016-2017 season. At the time she passes the baton to her successor, Ms. Ioannides will have been at the helm of the SPO for twelve seasons..."   read more

5/20/15 - Celebrate Memorial Day with the Spartanburg Philharmonic (
"Music, hot dogs, and fireworks are the quintessential way to celebrate the holiday..."   read more

4/20/15 - SPO Announces 2015-2016 Season, "Inspirations from Around the World" [PRESS RELEASE]
Music Director Sarah Ioannides present an exciting season with a fresh, new chamber series in Spartanburg.   read more

4/8/15 - SPO's 2014-2015 Season Finale Will Be Mix of Visual, Audial Artistry (
"The concert will be a mix of visual and audial artistry featuring internationally acclaimed solo violinist Vadim Gluzman, who will perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D while painter Julyan Davis simultaneously paints on stage."   read more

3/26/15 - SPO Hosting Annual Family Concert (
Spring has finally arrived in the Upstate and, with the blooming of the flowers, comes the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra's annual Family Concert.   read more

2/9/15 - Dame Evelyn Glennie to Perform with the SPO (
Scotswoman Dame Evelyn Glennie is a world-renowned percussion virtuoso, an in-demand speaker and a three-time Grammy Award-winner who's also won many other awards.   read more

February, 2015: Notes & News
Dame Evelyn Glennie coming to Spartanburg, #SPOMyMusic, Wirewood Ensemble, and more!   read more

2/8/15 - The Spartanburg Philharmonic receives $20k grant from NEA (
The Spartanburg Philharmonic receives $20k grant from NEA   read more

2/5/15 - SPO presents "Romantic Preludes & Portraits" [PRESS RELEASE]
"Valentine's Night is going to sound out loudly in Spartanburg this year, as the world's only solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie takes the stage with the SPO and Music Director Sarah Ioannides for an exciting audible feast of love celebrated through music..."   read more

1/29/15 - Serenades for Sarah - Celebrating 10 years with Music Director Ioannides! (
Serenades for Sarah - Celebrating 10 years with Music Director Ioannides!   read more

January 14, 2015: Notes & News
Music Sandwiched In, Meet Dr. Joella Utley, #SPOMyMusic, upcoming concerts, and more!   read more

December 30, 2014: Notes & News
Meet Our Musicians, "Serenades for Sarah", Dame Evelyn Glennie to Visit Spartanburg, and more!   read more

December 15, 2014: Notes & News
Meet our Board of Directors, Listen to the SPO on the Radio, SPO receives grant from the NEA, "Serenades for Sarah", and more!   read more

12/4/14 - SPO to Host Sing-a-Long Concert (
"What many people don't realize is that there is a great amount of talent and a level of high artistic performance in our community, and our holiday concert is meant to spotlight that local talent."   read more

December 1, 2014: Notes & News
Don't Miss a Beat! Learn about the upcoming holiday concert, how to give through shopping on Amazon, and all about our musicians.   read more

November, 2014: Notes & News
Meet Our Musicians, SPO on the Tube, Holiday Classics Sing-a-long Messiah, and more!   read more

October, 2013: Notes & News
Keep updated with upcoming concerts and events in "Notes & News" our bimonthly newsletter.   read more

9/11/14 - Charlie Albright performs with the SPO (
Charlie Albright performs with the SPO   read more

9/5/14 - SPO Names New Executive Director
"The Board of Directors of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra announces that Kathryn Boucher has been named its new Executive Director effective Sept. 1, 2014"   read more

7/9/14 - Maestra Sarah Ioannides debuts with the Brevard Sinfonia this Saturday!
"This weekend, SPO Music Director Sarah Ioannides makes her conducting debut at one of the country's premiere summer festivals - Brevard Music Center."   read more

4/14/14 - SPO Announces 2014-2015 Season! [PRESS RELEASE]
Announcing our upcoming 2014-15 Season.   read more

1/23/14 - Millennium Brass Review (
Article by Dan Armonaitis on Millennium Brass   read more

7/11/13 - Dan Armonaitis Blogging about his visit with Mimi Stillman (
"Regardless of the few specific details I remember, it was a worthwhile journey that I believe will add to my coverage of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra when the new season begins in September."   read more

4/28/13 - Rite of Spring Concert (
Article by GoUpstate staff writer.   read more

4/27/13 - Link Up Youth Concert (
Article by Trevor Anderson with the SHJ   read more

1/19/13 - The SPO's Masterworks III in concert (Carolina Live!)
Listen to the music of the SPO online!   read more

1/2/13 - Blog from Dan Armonaitis (
Arts and Entertainment writer with the Spartanburg Herald.   read more

11/11/12 - "Fresh Energy to Canonic Jewels" (
Review from Leah Harrison.   read more

11/8/12 - Featured article (
about our Guest Artist Anthony McGill.   read more

11/8/12 - Anthony McGill (
"Renowned clarinetist, Anthony McGill hanging out in 'Mister Roger's Neighborhood"   read more

10/2/12 - Spartanburg resident and former NY Philharmonic Manager dies at 98 (NYTimes)
Spartanburg resident and former NY Philharmonic Manager dies at 98.   read more

10/2/12 - Carlos Mosely, supporter of the Spartanburg Arts, dies at 98 (
Carlos Mosely, supporter of the Spartanburg Arts, dies at 98.   read more

7/26/12 - Ioannides leads CSO through suberb performance. (CHQ Daily)
Ioannides leads CSO through suberb performance.   read more

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