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Spartanburg Philharmonic Presents Valentine’s POPS Concert

Press Release: Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Music Director Sarah Ioannides and the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra continue the 2012-2103 Concert season with a special POPS concert on Valentine’s Day at 8:00, featuring guest artist, Jens Lindemann on Trumpet and Spartanburg’s Jazz Ensemble.

The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s POPS concert will offer a wide array of jazz and romance favorites perfect for Valentine’s Day. The program will consist of selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Somewhere over the Rainbow, Gilliland’s Dreaming of the Masters, an Ellington Medley, Caught a Touch of Your Love with Spartanburg Jazz Ensembles’ vocalist, Jean Calvert, Nice and Easy with vocal from Darin Dotson and many more wonderful songs. Also there will be a guest appearance by local attorney, William “Billy” Gunn.

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In Monday’s (1/21) Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, South Carolina), Leah Harrison writes, “The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s Saturday evening concert serves as an example of the organization’s success in the realms of newness and experimentation. Musical Director Sarah Ioannides—a champion of both contemporary composition and women in music—programmed the U.S. premiere of Andrea Tarrodi’sLucioles (Fireflies), introduced by the composer via a projected video…. Tarrodi explained her compositional process and read the haiku that inspired her piece: By the lily leaves/ the fireflies anchor/ the lake is illuminated. … At 10 minutes in length, Lucioles shimmered and fluttered, creating a glowing soundscape that was at once serene and lively. Through much of the piece, the strings played a variety of quick rhythmic figures, but the layered parts maintained a buoyant airiness. Principal Cellist Brenda Leonard and Concertmistress Joanna Lebo traded solos throughout, anchoring the atmospheric tinkling with more substantial melodic material.” Also on the program were Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D Major with Michael Ludwig, and the composer’s Second Symphony.

– Posted January 22, 2013