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Celebrate Memorial Day with Spartanburg Philharmonic, fireworks

Memorial Day Concert 2014The festivities of Memorial Day mark the unofficial start of summer.


And for people in the South, songs, hot dogs and fireworks are the quintessential way to celebrate the holiday.


The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra will give locals the opportunity to celebrate the patriotic holiday with its second annual Memorial Day Pops in the Park.


“This concert is a way that the SPO can give back to the community and (a way) to honor all of our military veterans,” said Kathryn Boucher, executive director for the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra.


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Tacoma’s new conductor is also a mother of three

Conductor and MomTacoma, Wash. — Can exposure to classical music help a child do better in school? One Tacoma mom says “Absolutely! “And she should know. She is also the conductor and music director of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra.


Called a conductor of “unquestionable strength and authority” by no less than The New York Times, Sarah Ioannides has brought glamour to Grit City and a passion for classical music that’s infectious.

“Come to concert hall and experience getting really engaged in a piece of music and what’s happening on stage because it’s not just listening,” she says. “It’s watching.”


On the podium she may be the maestra but on the playground she is Mommy. Ioannides is raising three small music lovers who all come to concerts and who are all learning to play instruments.


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