Music Director Sarah Ioannides and the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a Free Memorial Day Pops concert on May 25 at the Zimmerli Amphitheater at Barnet Park starting at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature songs of patriotism, jazz and pops and will end with a spectacular fireworks show. Celebrated jazz singer Dr. Tish Oney will join the orchestra as guest soloist along with Emma‐Brooke Alley, child soprano who performed with the SPO during the Holiday Classics and Messiah concert in December. Studio 62’s host and producer Jamarcus Gaston will be the honored MC for the evening.
Executive Director Kathryn Boucher stated, “The SPO is delighted to return to the Zimmerli Amphitheater at Barnet Park for an exciting night of Pops and fireworks! We are so grateful to the City of Spartanburg for partnering with us on this event and we look forward to making this an annual concert in the future. Bring your picnic blankets, friends and family and be ready for a spectacular show!”
Today the League of American Orchestras incorporated the audience engagement opportunities the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra created for its community into their testimony in order to continue support for the National Endowment of The Arts.
Together with the organizations it supports, the NEA is dedicated to improving public access to the arts. An Art Works grant made possible the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s presentation of a new concerto written for percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, a master class, and a lecture-demonstration exploring the importance of listening skills with Glennie, who is profoundly deaf. The orchestra sent its co-principal percussionists to the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind to work with music students for two days preceding Glennie’s visit, teaching the students about rhythm and creating sounds. When Glennie arrived in Spartanburg, the students performed on stage for her alongside the co-principal percussionists, and then learned directly from Glennie afterward. With just two full time staff and 60 musicians, the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra was thrilled and excited to bring such a meaningful project to its community and to students who could learn from such a uniquely accomplished artist.