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The National Endowment for the Arts awards the Spartanburg Philharmonic with $20,000 Art Works Grant

art_works_logo_grid(Spartanburg, SC) – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced today that the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra has been awarded a $20,000 grant to support outreach events and an orchestra performance with visiting percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie.

The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra has invited Dame Evelyn Glennie from her hometown of Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom to Spartanburg, SC for the week of February 12-16, 2015. Glennie, who is profoundly deaf, is considered to be one of the most eclectic and innovative percussionists of our time. The Valentine’s Day concert, featuring Glennie and the SPO, will present a new percussion concerto featuring the waterphone entitled “Portraits of Immortal Love” by composer Sean O’Boyle written specifically for Glennie. The world premier of this concerto was performed in late October with SPO’s Music Director Sarah Ioannides and the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra.

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