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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
Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Youth Symphony (LBYS) in their Winter Concert February 15, 2017, at 7:30 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. Following up on last season's popular program theme, this concert includes familiar dance-based classics such as Johann Strauss' Voices of Spring Waltzes, Slavonic Dances by Antonin Dvorak, excerpts from Georges Bizet's Carmen, Orchestral Suite No. 1 by J.S. Bach, and even a melody of memorable tunes by Duke Ellington! Special guest artist for this performance is Steven Martinez, an alumnus and former student concerto competition winner with the LBYS who is an active musician with the Long Bay Symphony and many other groups in the area. Mr. Martinez is also on faculty at Coastal Carolina University. He will serve as soloist in the Concerto in F for Double Bass by Antonio Capuzzi. Adult tickets are $10. Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $5. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at 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 of nationalism, from independent musical styles to bold political statements. The concert takes place on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. Yoojin Jang, guest artist, is a powerful young violinist who has been praised for her “fiery virtuosity” and sensitive interpretation. She has been performing with top Korean orchestras such as the KBS Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic orchestra since the age of nine. Music can evoke strong nationalistic sentiments, whether through distinct stylistic features or merely by subject matter. Hear some of the most famous symphonic examples of nationalist musical styles: Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia, which became a rallying cry for Finnish independence; Bedrich Smetana’s Overture to The Bartered Bride, the first significant Czech opera; and solo violin pieces Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Tales) by Pablo de Sarasate and Havanaise (Habanera) by Camille Saint-Saëns. Also featured are some of the greatest descriptive musical essays in the repertory, “1812” Overture by Peter Tchaikovsky and Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland, portraying the glory of military victory and the challenges of political leadership in a time of national crisis. Senator Luke Rankin will join the Symphony as the narrator for Lincoln Portrait. 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.
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.
The Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents “Endless Love” on Sunday, September 25, 2016, featuring guest soloists Adrienne Danrich and Ann Benson, Actors from Atlantic Stage, and the Carolina Master Chorale.Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance that will showcase popular symphonic classics expressing the eternal power of love. The concert takes place on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. Experience music’s ability to convey the enduring power of love from the great comedic and tragic elements of Shakespearean romance in Felix Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Overture to West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein to the ardent yearning for love’s eternal union in Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde Prelude and Debussy’s The Blessed Damozel. The original version of Johann Strauss, Jr.’s On the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltzes, with men’s chorus, wonderfully portrays a nostalgic love of homeland. You will also hear melodies from Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances which were incorporated into the Broadway musical Kismet, in songs such as “Stranger in Paradise”. 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 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.
CLASS Productions presents “Clay Brown Salutes the Greats of Soul and Motown” in concert at Kimbel Lodge, Hobcaw Barony, on Saturday, September 10, 3-5 p.m. From his childhood gospel roots in Florence, South Carolina, where he sang harmony with his brother and older cousins, Clay Brown went on to harmonize with groups like the Soul Stirrers and the Dixie Hummingbirds. The evolution to rhythm and blues was natural and, in 1967, Clay Brown and the Invaders formed with Clay as lead vocalist. In addition to recording, the group performed up and down the East coast before Clay made the decision to move to the Big Apple. In New York, he was a vocalist with the Al Brown Orchestra, famous for entertaining at the Waldorf Astoria. Back in South Carolina since the late ‘70s, Clay has performed with Bill Pinkney and the Original Drifters, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, Sonny Turner of the Platters, The Lettermen, Ruth Brown, Billy Scott and the Sugarbees. Now backed impressively by the Legends Band, the group is known for performing ’60s soul music across the Carolinas. He also teaches and performs ‘50s and ‘60s music as part of a program on music history, along with Donald Ceasar and music historian Harry Turner, at public schools and venues throughout the region. Clay Brown’s song list for the Kimbel concert will include “My Girl,” “Stand by Me,” “You Send Me,” “Georgia on my Mind,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Moon River,” and “Ooh Baby Baby.” His CD (“Old School”), which pays tribute to some of the era’s greatest musicians, including Sam Cooke and Jerry Butler, will be available at the concert. Tickets are $25. Space is limited. For reservations, call 843-235-9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
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.
Join the reggae music fun at the inaugural California Roots presents The Carolina Sessions Reggae Music Festival from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday, April 9, at the Pavilion site, Ninth Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard. The best reggae bands travel to Myrtle Beach to play tropical jams for the crowd, so bring a large blanket to sit on and simply enjoy the happy vibes. Food, beer, wine and gift vendors will be on site, and food vendors will offer vegetarian and vegan options, too! The music festival is a family friendly event. Security will be at the front gate, near stages and roaming throughout the festival grounds. Children, ages 10 and under, get in free with a paying adult ticketholder. Tickets from the previously cancelled festival (October 3, 2015) will be accepted for the April 9 show. For more information, visit http://californiarootscarolina.com/.