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Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra concludes its extraordinarily popular 2016-2017 “Espresso” chamber concert series on Friday, March 31, with Blue Mountain Blend. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. when doors open to the Chapman Cultural Center theater for a happy hour reception that will include beer, wine, and light snacks, all leading up to the 6:30 p.m. concert that will feature both the woodwind and brass quintets from the orchestra. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased by telephone — (864) 583-2776 — or in person at Chapman’s box office Monday-Friday afternoons. Tickets are also available anytime online at ChapmanCulturalCenter.org. The concert will offer an enjoyable and accessible blend of music for wind and brass from familiar classics to a fresh new work. Showcasing the SPO Woodwind quintet – flute, oboe, clarinet, french horn, and bassoon – as well as the SPO Brass Quintet, this concert offers a fun and colorful experience for listeners of all ages. The program will range stylistically from the edgy and fun Canadian Brass arrangement of St. Louis Blues by “the father of the blues” W.C. Handy to the beautiful and well-known Flower Duet from Lakmé that audiences will immediately recognize from movies and television. The concert will culminate in a performance of a new piece of music by local composer Peter B. Kay, written for all ten instrumentalists. Cinematic visuals by the award-winning filmmaker and former HUB BUB Artist-in-Residence Jonathan Ade will accompany the live music. Filmed in Spartanburg, SC, Ade’s work offers an impression of the art installations Seeing Spartanburg In A New Light that have been on display since October of 2016. Ticketholders will be treated to concert-inspired wines and bites provided by the Marriott of Spartanburg as well as beer specially curated by sponsor Hub City Tap House. As an added bonus, audience members will receive a limited edition shaker pint glass to take home. After the show, the audience is invited to both neighboring establishments, the Marriott and the Hub City Tap House, for special meal and drink deals. Tickets to the event are $25, visit http://www.chapmanculturalcenter.org/ or call 864.583.2776. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Chapman Cultural Center Box Office, 200 East Saint John St, Spartanburg SC, 29306.
www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance that will showcase iconic music examples from the Classical period through twentieth century modernism. The concert takes place on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. An exploration of the Classical Period style through two jovial masterpieces- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Impresario Overture and the Symphony No. 8 of Ludwig van Beethoven- and that style’s lasting influence into the twentieth century modernism, through the dark intensity and satirical humor of the Cello Concerto No. 1 by Dmitri Shostakovich and the tongue-in-cheek parody of Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 (“Classical”). Tickets range from $25 to $50. Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $10. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at
First Presbyterian Church Spartanburg’s Chamber Singers will present their annual Christmas Concert -- Tidings of Comfort and Joy -- in Chapman Cultural Center’s theater in Spartanburg, SC, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, starting at 7 p.m.
The 30-member choir will sing 13 holiday songs, many without accompaniment and all without any electronic amplification. Because of the 500-seat theater’s unique and excellent acoustics, there is no need for amplification. As a result, many of the songs will be heard as they were originally written to be performed in small and intimate concert halls.
“We strive for vocal excellence,” Director Holt Andrews said. “This music will be as vocally pure as we can possibly make it. It is our intention to touch people with the Christmas spirit in the most honest and sincere way — by giving them songs that will cause them to wonder in awe at the spiritual power this music can inspire. We want to touch them emotionally with the true beauty and meaning of Christmas.”
Most of the songs will be classical, sacred, and creatively arranged to appeal to both serious music lovers and those looking for an alternative to the commercialization of Christmas. The evening with start with a traditional chant by the men who will be in the balcony. The women will be on the stage, and in between will be the seated patrons, surrounded by voices that were carefully chosen for their exceptional quality. Members of the choir are selected by audition on their voice quality and musical ability.
Two of the songs are especially noted for being arranged by local professional musicians. A jazzy version of “The Holly And The Ivy,” arranged by Brennan Szafron, and a jazzy/gospel-like version of “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” arranged by John Moody will be highlights of the evening. Szafron is a teacher at Converse College’s Alia Lawson Academy of the Arts and the organist and choirmaster at Episcopal Church of the Advent. Moody teaches Advanced Placement Music Theory and Music Technology and is the Music Department Chair at Spartanburg High School.
“This is probably our most varied Christmas concert in the history of the choir,” Andrews said. “Most songs will be classical, but the arrangements will give them new appeal… surprising, upbeat, and engaging.”
Because of the choir’s emphasis on vocal excellence, only eight of the scheduled songs will have musical accompaniment by Greenville harpist Aubrey Elliot and Spartanburg pianist Marcia Andrews. “We love having both Aubrey and Marcia accompanying us, and they will be most valuable when we invite the audience to sing along with some popular and traditional Christmas songs,” Andrews said. “We feel it is important to provide the very best in vocal selections and to engage the audience and let them share in the spirit of the season. It’s just not a proper Christmas concert unless the audience gets to sing, too.”
In addition to the Christmas concert at Chapman Cultural Center, the Chamber Singers will also present selections from that concert at other events, including their Sunday, Nov. 20, engagement at the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC. For 24 years, the Chamber Singers have been invited to perform at Biltmore as part of the historic home’s annual Candlelight Tours, which draws thousands of tourists during the holiday season. “We consider it to be an honor to be invited year after year,” Andrews said.
Also, some of the songs will be performed in the church’s chapel on Sunday, Dec. 18, as part of the annual “Moravian Love Feast.”
“Even though we perform throughout the year, Christmas is our busiest season,” Andrews said.
The church’s Chamber Singers ensemble was originally formed in 1977 with six members. It quickly grew to become one of the Upstate’s most respected and accomplished choirs. Its members include many local professional musicians, as well as people who are considered to be “serious musicians,” such as Virginia Shuler, who continues to hone her craft by taking one-on-one voice lessons, in addition to the weekly Sunday night choir practice.
“We take the Chamber Singers very seriously,” Shuler said. “But only because we enjoy it and the people who listen to the music enjoy it. Sometimes, I look out into the audience and see people’s faces and know we are touching them. We can feel it, and the audience can feel it. Singing is an art form to be shared, and we want to share our music with the citizens of this community. In a very real way, this Christmas concert is a gift to the Upstate.”
Tickets to the Chapman concert are available through the Church and through Mobile Meals, which will be the recipient of concert’s proceeds. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased by calling 864-583-4531 or 864-573-7684.
Enjoy Brookgreen Gardens in the cool of the evening when the gardens remain open late on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from through August 5. Wednesday and Friday evenings, music fills the air with outdoor concerts, evening boat rides, and on Thursday evenings there are special programs just for kids. Food service is available all three evenings. Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission which is good for seven days! (boat rides are an additional fee - adults $8, Children $4.) Wednesday, July 13 at 7 p.m. – High Steppin' Country is the longest running seasonal show in Myrtle Beach, SC. The show is host to some of the best high energy dancing and singing in America. High Steppin' Country has 14 cast members that travel and perform all over the USA. Thursday, July 14 - Family Night with a "A Pirate’s Journey Along the Creeks" aboard The Springfield. The pontoon boat rides are at 5, 6, and 7 pm. At the end of the trip, you'll find the treasure chest and kids pick a keepsake coin from the chest to take home. Each child also gets a pirate hat and a treasure map that is theirs to keep. Arrrgh… don’t be a landlubber and miss the boat! (Regular boat ride tickets required) The Children's Discovery Room is open until 7 pm and has 30,000 LEGO® bricks available for kids to play with during their visit. There will be a LEGO movie showing at 6:30 pm in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks® will be open until 8 pm in the Zoo!
Friday, July 15 - 7 p.m. – Common Ground, Bluegrass - Founded in late 2000, Common Ground bluegrass band has become an iconic part of the Lowcountry scene. The premier bluegrass band in Charleston, their captivating sound draws an amazingly diverse fan base. Their unique blend of progressive and traditional styling is often described by aficionados as “fresh, soulful, enchanting, and a great time.”Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Wednesday and Friday performances. The Lowcountry Trail, the Zoo with the new exhibit “Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks”, Butterfly House, and Enchanted Storybook Forest close at 8 p.m. The gardens are open until 9 p.m. Pontoon boat rides are available all three evenings at 5, 6 & 7 p.m. Pirate Boat Tour is Thursday evening only. Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, visit our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.
Classical guitarist Paul Bowman will perform a free live concert Sunday, May 8, 2-4 p.m. at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, as part of the venue’s Sundays Unplugged program. Bowman has more than 25 years of performance experience and is considered to be one of today’s most passionate avatars of new music for the guitar. More than 50 works have been written for him by master composers such as John Eaton, Ursula Mamlok, and Charles Norman Mason. Recent new works for either solo or in-chamber settings have been written by composers Aaron Gervais Nicholas Deyoe, Paolo Cavallone, and several others. His work has been worldwide, with a concentration on the Southeast and includes The Charlotte New Music Festival. He won first prize at the Vlth (sic) International Competition for Classical Guitar in San Juan, and he was a finalist at the Guitar Foundation of America Competition in Milwaukee. As a world-class musician and performer, Bowman has produced a 13-compact disc set of studio recordings. His performances usually include pop tunes, light rock ‘n’ roll, light jazz, Broadway standards, and ethnic music. He and his wife live in the rural mountains near Lake Lure, NC. To sample Bowman’s music, please visit online Paul-ClassicalGuitarist.com. Every Sunday afternoon, 1-5 p.m., Chapman Cultural Center is open, providing a no-stress and free opportunity to enjoy local art and culture. In addition to the free concert, Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries are all open and free. For more information about Sundays Unplugged, please call 864.542.ARTS.
The Long Bay Symphony Guild will host Beethoven, Blue Jeans & BBQ from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 2016, at Inlet Affairs in Murrells Inlet, SC. The menu includes pulled pork BBQ with rolls, chicken bog, mac and cheese, coleslaw, baked beans, banana pudding and sweet tea. There is a cash bar and a raffle for gift baskets. Music and dancing by DJ Legendary Dave O. Proceeds will benefit the Long Bay Symphony and the Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra. Tickets are $50 per person. For reservations call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.
Barleycove to Perform Free Concert at Chapman SundayThe three-person alternative band Barleycove will perform a free concert at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC Sunday, Jan. 3, 2-4 p.m. as part of the downtown venue’s weekly Sunday Unplugged program.
Barleycove is a folk-rock trio based in Greer. It is described as modern folk and Americana with tinges of classic rock in the vein of Fleetwood Mac. The members are Laura Clinton (founder, singer, songwriter, and keyboard), Jesse Thomas (guitar), and Tim Trammel (percussion). Others musicians are added to the group as the need arises. Barleycove seeks to merge the sounds of the ’70s with the influences of this age. Setting up to gain more listeners with its debut LP, Release, Barleycove believes in the power of music and the healing it can bring. For extensive details and to sample the band’s music, please visit online BarleyCoveBand.com.
As a point of interest, Barleycove is the name of a townland and beach in County Cork, on the south coast of Ireland. It is said to be one of the better beaches in West Cork, if not Ireland. The area surrounding Barleycove is one of natural beauty and is very popular during the summer months. The beach itself has been designated as a Special Area of Conservation by the European Union, due to the variety of wildlife and interesting habitats present in the sand dunes.
Sunday Unplugged is a longstanding program at Chapman Cultural Center that provides a casual, stress-free, and mostly free opportunity for people to enjoy the arts and cultural of Spartanburg. From 1 until 5 p.m., the venue is open, along with Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Science Center, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Galley, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and Students Galleries.
All of the exhibits are free with the exception being the Science Center, which charges $4 per adult and $2.50 per student. In addition to free live music and exhibits, Chapman Cultural Center and the resident Partners often provide special programs on Sunday, such as one-time classes. For details, please visit online at ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or call (864) 542-ARTS.
Friction Farm, a duo of guitarist/vocalist Aidan Quinn and bassist/vocalist Christine Stay, will play a free and live concert at Chapman Cultural Center Sunday, Dec. 6, 2-4 p.m. as part of the venue’s weekly Sundays Unplugged program. The Spartanburg-based duo has produced four albums: I Read Your Book; Every Mile Is A Memory; 34 Degrees, 32 Minutes; and Believe. Every Mile Is A Memory earned them a spot as Kerrville New Folk Finalists and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists in 2011. They continue to combine storytelling, social commentary, and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes, and quirky observations. From ballads to anthems each song is filled with harmony and hope. Every Sunday 1-5 p.m., Chapman Cultural Center is open and mostly free to give citizens and visitors the opportunity to enjoy a stress-free and casual afternoon to experience local art and culture. Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries are all open and free. In addition, Spartanburg Science Center is open with a $4 per adult and $2.50 per student admission. As part of the Sunday Unplugged program, a free concert by one or more local musicians is set for 2-4 p.m To know more about Friction Farm, please visit online FrictionFarm.com. To know more about what Chapman has to offer, please visit ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or call (864) 542-ARTS.
Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance of Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto featuring award-winning clarinetist Narek Arutyunian [Pronounced: Nah-rehk Ah-roo-tuhyoo-nee-in]. Sunday, November 8 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Performing Arts Center. This concert promises to excite audiences of all ages! Selections include the Overture from Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, Johann Strauss’ Emperor Waltz, Manuel de Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat, Suite, Debussy’s Premier Rhapsody for clarinet and, of course (!) Copland’s jazzy Clarinet Concerto. Audiences will thrill to hear how these composers wove popular musical elements into their compositions. Tickets range from $25 to $50. Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $10. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit us at 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach. Program Details Dr. Charles Jones Evans, conductor Narek Arutyunian, clarinet soloist
Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, offers opportunities for free, casual, and cultural entertainment every Sunday, 1-5 p.m., during its Sundays Unplugged program. Art galleries and the history museum are open, and regional singer-songwriters perform, 2-4 p.m., to showcase the breadth of musical talent of the Upstate. OnAug. 30,2015,eclectic Asheville-based musician Kevin Lorenz plays.
Lorenz is a classically trained musician with experience in public performance, conducting, composition, teaching, and arranging. He studied classical guitar at UNC-Greensboro while earning his doctorate in music education. In addition, he attended master classes with Michael Lorimer and Jesus Silva among others. Citizens and visitors of Western North Carolina are likely to have heard Lorenz perform with the Asheville Symphony and the NC Pops Orchestra and as a soloist, or in churches, theaters, hotels, colleges, universities, and country clubs. His style is a mixture of jazz, pop, ragtime, bossa nova, Irish, and classical. As a well versed guitarist, he plays several different guitars to match the instrument to the genre. Samples of his work, as well as additional biographical details, can be found on his website KevinOnGuitar.com.
Artists Guild of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries will be open with free admission, 1-5 p.m., to complement Lorenzs performance. Spartanburg Science Center will be open for a small fee.
Sundays Unplugged is a program of The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, the administrative non-profit agency that owns and operates Chapman Cultural Center and provides cultural leadership throughout Spartanburg County. For more information on Sundays Unplugged, call (864) 542-ARTS or visit ChapmanCulturalCenter.org.