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Americana Masters

  • Twichell Auditorium at the Zimmerli Performance Center 580 East Main Street Spartanburg, SC, 29302 United States (map)

For this concert, we trace back to our roots. Whether you are encompassed by Copland’s transcendent orchestral suite or roused by the marvelous musical color of the banjo, this program truly paints a picturesque dreamscape of Appalachian nostalgia. The scene opens with Lincoln Highway Suite by Spartanburg’s own Nolan Stolz. Stolz composed this piece as a toast to the 100th anniversary of the historic Lincoln Highway. This was one of America’s first transcontinental highways, which connected New York to San Francisco, surely aiding in the fulfillment of many young Americans’ aspirations.

Aaron Copland’s famous Appalachian Spring Suite follows, evoking images of fruited plains and a sense of hope drenched in ambition. In conclusion, Spartanburg Philharmonic will host the incomparable, GRAMMY award winning, and world-renowned banjo player, Béla Fleck. Following a performance with Bluegrass Spartanburg, Béla Fleck will join the symphony on stage for an awe-inspiring performance of his Juno Concerto. Join us in our pursuit for this musical American Dream!



6PM - Classical Conversations with Music Director Stefan Sanders and Chris Vaneman, Director of Petrie School of Music at Converse College

7PM - Performance

Valet Parking provided at no cost. Refreshments are available for purchase. 

NOTE: programs subject to change;
timings, when given, are approximate.

This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the SC Arts Commission.

Earlier Event: January 31
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Later Event: February 5
Spartanburg Repertory Opera