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Eclectic Asheville Musician Kevin Lorenz Performs Sundays Unplugged in Spartanburg, SC

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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.KevinLorenz4
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.

Two Pianists Perform Benefit Concert in Spartanburg, SC, Aug. 29

John Cobb and Christoper Tavernier photo by Carri Bass

 

Freeburg & Perzina Pianos presents A Night at the Opera: A Rare Two-Piano Fantasy in Chapman Cultural Center’s theater on Saturday, Aug. 29, beginning at 7 p.m. This concert will feature pianists Dr. John Cobb and Christopher Tavernier. Proceeds will benefit Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s youth education program.

 

Patrons can expect the mesmerizing musical fantasies of 19th century Hungarian composer Franz Lizst, to be performed by 15-year-old pianist Tavernier and international performer and recording artist Dr. Cobb. Other musical selections will include Bellini’s Reminiscences of Norma and Reminiscences of Don Juanfrom Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Broadcast journalist Michael Cogdill of WYFF News 4 will emcee the concert; Jennifer C. Evins, President and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center, will be the keynote speaker.

 

“Our last two benefit concerts were complete sellouts at the Diana Wortham Theater in Asheville and the Tryon Fine Arts Center in Tryon,” Bob Tavernier, organizer of the concert and father of Christopher, said. “We’re expecting a great crowd at Chapman, too.”

 

Christopher Tavernier made his debut as the youngest concert pianist in North Carolina at the age of 13, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concert No. 1 in B Flat minor with the Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra. This year, he was named the First International Perzina Artist by Perzina Pianos, the first to receive the distinction since the company’s founding in 1871.

 

Cobb is an international performer and recording artist known for his broad interpretive range and technical command. He studied with Claudio Arrau, whose teacher was a pupil of Franz Liszt. Throughout his career, Arrau (1903-1991) was renowned throughout the world as one of the supreme keyboard masters of the century. Liszt was a student of Carl Czerny, who was a pupil of Ludwig van Beethoven.

 

Tavernier and Cobb are set to begin the program with an eclectic prelude of some of Liszt’s most loved solo pieces. The two pianists will alternate, each playing parts of the composer’s powerful works, ending with a performance of Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, a composition arranged exclusively for two pianos.

 

In connection with this concert, the public has the opportunity to win a painted Perzina piano valued at $10,000 through a raffle. Perzina pianos, sold locally by Freeburg Pianos of Asheville, are among the world’s finest instruments, known for excellent quality and sound. Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg orchestrated having the piano painted by renowned visual artist Mark Anderson, who titled this original artwork, “Visions After a Sermon.” Raffle tickets are $25 each and may be purchased through Chapman Cultural Center’s Ticket Office, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, and Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra. They can be bought online at ChapmanCulturalCenter.org. Raffle tickets are sold separately from concert tickets.

 

“People will hear two of the most spectacular two-piano compositions ever written, starting with Liszt’s pieces that make listeners feel like they’re dreaming almost,” Tavernier said. “From classical piano to to sacred choral and orchestral music, these pianists will have you savoring each sensation and maybe giving into your darker side. This music is powerful.”

 

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 per senior and student, available both online at ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or in the Center’s Ticket Office. Groups of 10 or more will receive a 10 percent discount.

Young Pop Musician Abbey Elmore Performs Free

Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, puts local singer-songwriters in the spotlight during its weekly Sundays Unplugged program, providing casual and cultural entertainment every Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Art galleries and the history museum are open with free admission while musicians perform in Zimmerli Plaza, weather permitting, 2-4 p.m. Genres and musicians vary from week to week, and Sunday, July 26, young pop artist Abbey Elmore will perform.
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A Gaffney resident and lead of The Abbey Elmore Band, which formed in July of 2012, Elmore writes songs about love and angst. Her style is a blend of acoustic and rock sounds with pop elements. Guitarist and vocalist Elmore will be joined this Sunday by the band’s drummer Tyler Tullis, who will play the cajón, a box-like percussion instrument from Peru that is played by slapping the front and back sides. Other members of the band include Donnie Elmore and Nick Wells. The Abbey Elmore Band released a music video for “Us Undaunted” early in 2015, available for viewing on YouTube. Elmore’s influences include Ed Sheeran, Green Day, Taylor Swift, A Great Big World, Arcade Fire, and Imagine Dragons.AbbeyElmore1
 
Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries will complement the concert with free admission. Spartanburg Science Center will be open for a small fee.
 
For more information on Sundays Unplugged programming at Chapman Cultural Center, call (864) 542-ARTS or visit ChapmanCulturalCenter.org.

Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents Pomp & Circumstance

Maestro Charles Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra (LBSO) in the presentation of Pomp & Circumstance: English Splendour on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at 4 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach High School Music & Arts Center.Jessica_Lee

The Long Bay Symphony continues its 27th season – Great Masterpieces, Masterfully Performed –with the incomparable riches of the English classics. Be enthralled by the splendor of Elgar’s marches; relax and enjoy the delicate interweaving of Vaughan Williams’’ folk songs; get excited by Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” This concert also highlights returning guest artists Jessica Lee performing Walton’s Violin Concerto.

Concert Preview with Maestro Evans at 3:15 pm. Dr. Evans discusses the musical and historical features of the works and their composers in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. This educational event is FREE to all ticket holders.

Program Details
Dr. Charles Jones Evans, conductor
Jessica Lee, violin soloist

Purchase tickets for Musical Postcards by calling 843.448-8379 or online at www.LongBaySymphony.com. You may also visit the Box Office located at 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.

Admission: Tickets range from $20 to $50, student discount available.

An Evening at the Opera in Myrtle Beach

An Evening at the Opera (Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 4:00)

Featuring Kirstin Chávez, mezzo-soprano; Litchfield Dance Arts Academy and the Carolina Master Chorale

Internationally-acclaimed mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chávez joins the LBS, Carolina Master Chorale and Litchfield Dance Arts Academy for a grand theatrical experience including beloved arias, ensemble numbers, ballet scenes and instrumental showpieces from popular operas. Program will include selections from:

Verdi                                   Il Trovatore, Aïda

Saint-Saëns                        Samson and Delilah

Bizet                                    Carmen

Mozart                                Marriage of Figaro, Magic Flute

                                                                                          … and much more!

Classical Series performances are held on Sundays at 4:00 in the Music & Arts Center of Myrtle Beach High School, 3302 Robert Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach. A pre-concert talk with Maestro Charles Jones Evans is at 3:15 in the cafeteria. Gain insight into the music being performed in this concert.

Tickets available for all concerts through the Long Bay Symphony office at 950 48th Avenue N., Suite 202, Myrtle Beach, by phone 843.448.8379 or online at www.longbaysymphony.com.

The symphony is grateful for the following local media and corporate sponsors:

Media Sponsors: The Myrtle Beach Herald, Carolina Forest Chronicle, The Horry Independent, The Sun News, WMBF, WBTW, Athens Publishing, Grand Strand Magazine, Dale Publishing, Natural Awakenings, Strand Media Group (Sasee) and The North Myrtle Beach Times. Online media sponsors: TheDigitel and GrandStrandHappening.com.

Corporate Sponsors Symphony Series:  HTC, Coastal Outdoor, WEZV/WYNA Radio, WFXB News, Stages Video, BB&T Scott & Stringfellow

Individual Concert Sponsors: Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC; Merrill Lynch – The Wiggin Group; First Federal/SCBT; Coca-Cola Bottling Co.; Anderson Brothers Bank; and TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank.

The Long Bay Symphony Presents Disney in Concert – Magical Music from the Movies

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The Long Bay Symphony is closing the 25th Anniversary Season with an event for the whole family as it presents Disney in Concert – Magical Music from the Movies on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Myrtle Beach High School Music & Arts Center. Experience the Magic of Disney like never before. This enchanting concert features the Long Bay Symphony Pops and Disney vocalists, conducted by Dr. Charles Jones Evans.

Relive memorable moments from Disney classics in this multimedia concert. Disney In Concert will transport the young and young-at-heart on a musical journey featuring songs from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lion King, and more. Listen and watch as favorite Disney stories come to life through memorable melodies, film clips, and more. Share in the magic of Disney and discover anew why these timeless motion picture scores continue to enchant us all.

Come early and start this fun-filled, magical evening at 5:00 pm with the Pre-Koncert Kids Karnival! You will enjoy:

  • Princess makeovers from Sparkles at Broadway at the Beach;
  • Mermaid and pirate makeovers by Ripley’s Aquarium;
  • Princesses from Silver Lining Dance Studio;
  • Hands-on animation activities through  the Animation B.C (Before Computers) A History of Art in Motion exhibit presented by the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum (June 4- September 22 at the museum);
  • Take part in a pirate adventure and learn about the Pirate exhibit at the Children’s Museum of SC
  • Tasty treats from many  vendors available for sale before the concert

Tickets are on sale now. Purchase tickets by phone at (843) 448-8379 or online at www.longbaysymphony.com/tickets.  Tickets for Disney in Concert from $35-$50, children 16 and under are $15. Pre-Koncert Kids Karnival children’s tickets are $10 (Karnival only)or $5 with a concert ticket. Accompanying adults are free for the Karnival.

The Long Bay Symphony is grateful for the following local media and corporate sponsors:

Media Sponsors: HTC; Dale Publishing; Grand Strand Arts; Grand Strand Happening; Grand Strand Magazine; Natural Awakenings;; Lamar; TheDigitel Myrtle Beach; The North Myrtle Beach Times; Strand Media Group (Sasee); The Sun News; Waccamaw Publishers; WEZV/WYNA Radio; WBTW-TV.

Corporate Sponsors:

Pre-Koncert Kids Karnival – Sparks Toyota, Sparkles, Ripley’s Aquarium

 

About The Long Bay Symphony:

The Long Bay Symphony celebrated 25 years of musical excellence during the 2012-2013 season. As the largest performing arts organization in the Grand Strand area as well as the largest professional orchestra in the region, The Long Bay Symphony’s mission is to provide the highest quality musical performances and programs that educate and entertain while enhancing the cultural environment of the region. The 2013-2014 Symphony Season will be announced soon with an addition of two Pops concerts.

Songs & Stories of the South

Songs & Stories of the South: a concert @ ARTworks in Beaufort, SC
     Friday, May 24, 2013 @ 7 pm
Storytelling and guitars go together like biscuits and gravy, when you have these three artists together on stage: Big Frank Waddell, Carroll Brown, and Clay Rice. This gifted trio has performed around the country and across the world, together and separately  in festivals and concert venues, bookstores, pubs and house concerts, because once upon a time, there was a story to tell and a song to sing.
     Following his retirement from the US Air Force, Big Frank Waddell leads the pack, and entertains with his humor as much as his voice. His talent is bringing people together, and cherishing the moment: he pulls for both Carolina and Clemson, mustard- and vinegar-based BBQ.
     Born and raised on a farm in rural South Carolina, Carroll Brown’s first music influences were church music and what scatterings he could pick up from the night time radio. His mother was the church pianist and taught him his first chords on the guitar. This gift of music became his constant companion in the business of music, from Nashville to South Carolina to Ireland.
     Clay Rice is a performance artist both vocally and visually: he will also sign copies of his new children’s book, Mama Let’s Make a Moon. Clay Rice is described by author Pat Conroy as a “great talent who combines soul and passion”. Silhouette artistry and storytelling have been in his family for more than 80 years. His grandfather, Carew Rice, was described by Poet Carl Sandburg as “America’s Greatest Silhouettist”
     Friday, May 24, 7 pm:  $17 per person, $12 for students (13+), $7 for children (12 and under) and $12 for groups of 10 or more. This performance is in the black box theater, surrounded by gallery exhibitions, workshops, and artists working in their studios, at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center, 2127 Boundary Street 29902. www.artworksinbeaufort.org,843-379-2787.