Beethoven, Chaplin and ‘Star Wars’ Set for Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2017-18 Season

If you missed Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s final chamber music performance this weekend, not only were you deprived of the premiere of Composer-in-Residence Peter B. Kay’s “In a New Light,” a sublime chamber work for woodwind and brass inspired by our city’s uber-popular public art project “Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light,” but the orchestra also announced its slate of concerts on next year’s bill.

The SPO Classic series includes three concerts conducted by each of the candidates chosen from an international pool of over 125 applicants vying to replace Music Director Sarah Ioannides, who will be stepping down from the podium at the end of April.

Stefan Sanders, currently conductor with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, will kick-off the season with Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5” on September 16.

Patrick Dupré Quigley, Founder and Artistic Director of Seraphic Fire and the Firebird Chamber Orchestra, will conduct Sibelius’ “Symphony No. 2” on November 4.

Scott Seaton, Music Director of the North State Symphony and Principal Conductor of the Veridian Symphony Orchestra, will helm Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4” on January 20, 2018.

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And the fourth show will be a pops-oriented performance devoted to the music of American film composer John Williams, the genius underscoring “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter,” “E.T.,” “Schindler’s List,” “Jaws,” and oh so many iconic movies.

In addition, SPO patrons and the general public will be able to give their input during this selection process with comment cards available at the Twichell Hall performances as well as through the SPO website.

“We want people to be invested in the orchestra,” said Kay, who is also the organization’s Director of Marketing and Operations as well as Personnel Manager.

In addition, the Espresso chamber series will include kick-off on October 6 with a “Chaplin au lait,” a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s silent classic “The Kid” with a live score arranged by Kay, the musical director for this season’s outstanding Halloween presentation of “Nosferatu.”

“French Press” on November 17 will feature French composers. The Valentine’s show “Café d’amour” will be presented February 16, 2018 and the final program will be an all saxophone program “Saxoccino” on May 18, 2018.

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But the 2016 season is still underway with two more events this month: “Maestro, Mozart & Motorcycle,” the farewell gala for Music Director Sarah Ioannides on Monday, April 24 at the Marriot and “SPO: Grand Finale” on Saturday, April 29 at 7 p.m. at Twichell Auditorium. Tickets are available HERE.

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