As a grand and glorious finale to our 2019-2020 Classics Season, we are delighted to present Tchaikovsky’s epic 5th Symphony along side our local champion of the organ, Brennan Szafron, performing Poulenc’s beautifully mysterious Organ Concerto.
Under the baton of guest conductor John Young Shik Concklin, the iconic film scores of John Williams will come to life in the concert hall! From adventure to romance to tragedy, Williams has worked his magic for 60 years setting the tone to countless movies and television shows. His scores have influenced generations of musicians and music-lovers, and the SPO is excited to present a few of his best known works for the silver screen.
The LAST CHANCE to hear Maestro Sarah Ioannides as Music Director of the SPO!
Bringing her 12 year tenure full circle, the program showcases selections from her first performances here in Spartanburg. From her debut as Music Director of the SPO, Ioannides will again partner with the Converse Chorale, offering Debussy’s hauntingly beautiful "Nocturnes, III. Sirènes." The concert will conclude with the wonderfully popular "Symphony no. 3" by Saint-Saëns featuring Brennan Szafron on the organ. This remarkable masterpiece was the first that Ioannides conducted in Spartanburg.
The program will also feature soloist Rhea Jacobus, principal flute in the SPO, performing Fauré's "Fantaisie for Flute and Orchestra."
Chris Vaneman will host "Classical Conversations" in the auditorium from 6:15-6:45pm - show up early and get the back story to these masterworks!
Carmen, Suite no. 1, Bizet
Fantaisie for Flute and Orchestra, Faure
Nocturnes, III. Sirènes, Debussy
Symphony no. 3, op. 78, Saint-Saëns
The 2016-2017 season marks the 12th and final year that Sarah Ioannides will serve as Music Director for the SPO. With ONLY TWO concerts left in her tenure, you won't want to miss a chance to see the Maestro at work here in Spartanburg!
The season continues its focus on local musicians with this delightful concert. The program will open with the lovely "Pavane" by Gabriel Fauré, in which the SPO will accompany the Spartanburg Sings choral ensemble. Following the Pavane, the orchestra will perform Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, featuring four local musicians: Ginny Metzger (oboe), Karen Hill (clarinet), Anneka Zuehlke-King (horn), and Frank Watson (bassoon).
The concert will conclude with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony no. 8, a work written during the summer of 1812, the same time as his legendary and mysterious love-letter to his “Immortal Beloved.”
The 2016-2017 season marks the 12th and final year that Sarah Ioannides will serve as Music Director for the SPO. With ONLY THREE concerts left in her tenure, you won't want to miss a chance to see the Maestro at work here in Spartanburg!
In a splendid mix of Spanish flavored music, the SPO celebrates Cinco de Mayo with music by Manuel de Falla, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and even a little Mozart. Legendary soloist Pepe Romero brings the timeless Rodrigo Aranjuez concerto to Sparkle City!
The SPO is proud to premiere "Dreamtime Ancestors," written by critically acclaimed composer Christopher Theofanidis.
Then, Kristin Lee will perform the hauntingly beautiful "Violin Concerto" by Jean Sibelius. Lee is a violinist of remarkable versatility and impeccable technique who enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, and she was recently honored with the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant!
Sarah Ioannides will then lead the orchestra on an epic journey into the world of Edward Elgar’s "Enigma Variations" to complete a memorable evening at the symphony!