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Aug
29
Sat
2015
Masterwork Series: Rare Two-Piano Fantasy at Chapman Cultural Center @ Chapman Cultural Center
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm

piano fantasy3rd Annual World Masterwork Series Benefit Concert  for the Music Foundation of Spartanburg

This Rare Two-Piano Fantasy is performed by pianists Dr. John Cobb and Christopher Tavernier.  You will hear two of the most spectacular two-piano compositions ever written, Reminiscences of Don Juan from Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Reminiscences of Norma by Bellini and much more.  It begins as Franz Liszt creates the dreams of floating, falling and sweet intoxication.  From piano music, to sacred choral and orchestral music, he leads us into the realm of the two greatest opera fantasies for two pianos ever created.  So let the dreams begin!  Savor each sensation, and let your darker side give in to the power of the music of “A Night at the Opera”

Franz Liszt

A Night at the Opera – A Very Rare Two-Piano Fantasy

Operas are stories sung and told with music.  Operatic fantasies present the stories condensed and on the piano, but with all the emotions intact.  The visuals projected onto suspended screens present elements of the story that belong with the music being played.  And for those who like to watch pianists’ hands, there is also a screen over each piano showing the pianist’s hands from above!

Franz Liszt created only two fantasies on popular operas to be played on two pianos.  They are lush, beautiful, exciting works, yet they are rarely played, and as far as we know they have never been performed together in public, one right after the other.  That makes this performance an opportunity of a lifetime.

Our fantasy begins as Liszt creates the dreams of floating, falling and sweet intoxication.  From piano music, to sacred choral and orchestral music, he leads us into the realm of the two greatest opera fantasies for two pianos ever created.  So let the dreams begin!  Savor each sensation, and let your darker side give in to the power of the music of “A Night at the Opera.”

To set the stage for operatic opulence, the pianists will start the program by presenting a prelude of flavors, weaving together some of Liszt’s most beautiful and powerful solo piano pieces.  They will alternate in memorable performances of keynote works that made Liszt the most famous pianist in the world, ending with the notorious Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, arranged exclusively for two pianos!

Chapman Cultural Center Theater
200 East St. John St. Spartanburg
(864) 542-2787
http://chapmanculturalcenter.org
Saturday – August 29th — 7:00pm

View Program Guide

Diana Wortham Theatre
2 South Pack Square
Asheville, North Carolina
(828) 257-4530
http://www.dwtheatre.com/
Saturday – September 5th — 7:00pm

 

Sep
5
Sat
2015
Masterwork Series: Rare Two-Piano Fantasy at Chapman Cultural Center @ Chapman Cultural Center
Sep 5 @ 7:00 pm

piano fantasy3rd Annual World Masterwork Series Benefit Concert  for the Music Foundation of Spartanburg

This Rare Two-Piano Fantasy is performed by pianists Dr. John Cobb and Christopher Tavernier.  You will hear two of the most spectacular two-piano compositions ever written, Reminiscences of Don Juan from Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Reminiscences of Norma by Bellini and much more.  It begins as Franz Liszt creates the dreams of floating, falling and sweet intoxication.  From piano music, to sacred choral and orchestral music, he leads us into the realm of the two greatest opera fantasies for two pianos ever created.  So let the dreams begin!  Savor each sensation, and let your darker side give in to the power of the music of “A Night at the Opera”

Franz Liszt

A Night at the Opera – A Very Rare Two-Piano Fantasy

Operas are stories sung and told with music.  Operatic fantasies present the stories condensed and on the piano, but with all the emotions intact.  The visuals projected onto suspended screens present elements of the story that belong with the music being played.  And for those who like to watch pianists’ hands, there is also a screen over each piano showing the pianist’s hands from above!

Franz Liszt created only two fantasies on popular operas to be played on two pianos.  They are lush, beautiful, exciting works, yet they are rarely played, and as far as we know they have never been performed together in public, one right after the other.  That makes this performance an opportunity of a lifetime.

Our fantasy begins as Liszt creates the dreams of floating, falling and sweet intoxication.  From piano music, to sacred choral and orchestral music, he leads us into the realm of the two greatest opera fantasies for two pianos ever created.  So let the dreams begin!  Savor each sensation, and let your darker side give in to the power of the music of “A Night at the Opera.”

To set the stage for operatic opulence, the pianists will start the program by presenting a prelude of flavors, weaving together some of Liszt’s most beautiful and powerful solo piano pieces.  They will alternate in memorable performances of keynote works that made Liszt the most famous pianist in the world, ending with the notorious Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, arranged exclusively for two pianos!

Chapman Cultural Center Theater
200 East St. John St. Spartanburg
(864) 542-2787
http://chapmanculturalcenter.org
Saturday – August 29th — 7:00pm

View Program Guide

Diana Wortham Theatre
2 South Pack Square
Asheville, North Carolina
(828) 257-4530
http://www.dwtheatre.com/
Saturday – September 5th — 7:00pm

 

Jan
31
Sun
2016
Travis Smith @ Chapman Cultural Center @ Chapman Cultural Center
Jan 31 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Travis Smith @ Chapman Cultural Center @ Chapman Cultural Center

Woodruff native Travis Smith will perform live and in concert Sunday, Jan. 31, 2-4 p.m. at Chapman Cultural Center as part of the venue’s weekly Sundays Unplugged program, which features free music and art and history exhibits.

            Smith’s music style is rhythm and blues that has been greatly influenced by country and gospel music. In addition to being a singer and songwriter, he also plays the guitar, piano, drums, and brass instruments. In recent years, he has performed on local television and at many local festivals, such as Spring Fling, Fall for Greenville, Bele Chere, and The Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, GA. He was first attracted to music at about 3 years old, and by 6 years old, he was playing the piano and singing in his church. In high school, he was an award-winning drum major. Smith’s first album “Childhood” was released in 2009, and his latest release,”Thinking of You” was released 2013. To sample his music, please visit online TheTravisSmithProject.com.

            For several years, Chapman Cultural Center has hosted its weekly Sundays Unplugged program to give local patrons a stress-free environment in which to enjoy local art and culture. The facility is open 1-5 p.m., and the open exhibits are Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, Student Gallery, and Spartanburg Regional History Museum. Spartanburg Science Center is also open with admissions of $4 per adult and $2 for child. For more information, please visit online ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or call 864.542.ARTS.

Feb
21
Sun
2016
Local Pianist to Play Free Concert at Chapman Cultural Center
Feb 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Local Pianist to Play Free Concert at Chapman Cultural Center

Spartanburg-based pianist Steven Nadeau will be the musical guest artist this Sunday, Feb. 21, at Chapman Cultural Center’s weekly Sundays Unplugged program. From 2 until 4 p.m. he will play the piano near the entrance of the West Wing building, near the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery. The public is invited to enjoy his music at no cost.

            Nadeau is currently the organist for St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Spartanburg and the Director of Music and Worship at Liberty United Methodist Church. Originally from the West Coast, Nadeau has played the organ since he was 11 years old. He later took up piano and all brass instruments. In San Francisco, he played for supper clubs, country clubs, and military installations. In Spartanburg, he continues to play for private events, as well as at The Piedmont Club, local restaurants, and assisted living facilities. At Chapman, he’ll play familiar tunes from the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s.

            Sundays Unplugged, 1-5 p.m., is a longstanding outreach program at Chapman Cultural Center that encourages citizens to enjoy the arts and culture in a no-stress environment. In addition to having a free two-hour concert each week, Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, Student Galleries, and Spartanburg Regional History Museum are all open and free. Spartanburg Science Center will be open with an admission of $4 per adult and $2.50 per student. For more information, please call 864.542.ARTS.

Mar
6
Sun
2016
Classical Guitarist Performs Sunday Unplugged at Chapman Cultural Center @ Chapman Cultural Center
Mar 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Kevin Lorenz
Kevin Lorenz

Diverse classical guitarist Kevin Lorenz of Asheville, NC, will present a free concert Sunday, March 6, 2-4 p.m. at Chapman Cultural Center has part of the venue’s weekly Sundays Unplugged program. In addition, the public can enjoy free admission to Chapman’s museums and galleries.

Lorenz’s musical career has many facets including performance, conducting, composition, teaching, and arranging, all in many different musical styles. Lorenz focused classical guitar at UNC-Greensboro, where he earned his doctorate degree in music education. He uses his training in classical music and applies it to other styles including jazz, pop, ragtime, bossa nova, and Irish music. Currently, he is Director of Music and a music teacher at Emmanuel Lutheran Church and School, where he regularly plays his many arrangements for solo guitar. Also, he teaches guitar at Montreat College, where his arrangements for guitar ensemble are frequently performed, including works for guitar ensemble with chamber orchestra.

Lorenz has performed with the Asheville Symphony and the North Carolina Pops Orchestra, and as a soloist he has played in churches, theaters, hotels, colleges, universities, bed-and-breakfasts, country clubs, and many other venues. His last performance at Chapman was in August 2015. To sample his music, please visit KevinOnGuitar.com.

In addition to Lorenz’s free concert, Chapman will be open 1-5 p.m. with free admission to Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries, which are currently featuring several hundred works of arts by local students in celebration of National Student Art Month. Sundays Unplugged is a longstanding community outreach program that provides a no-stress environment for patrons to enjoys local arts and culture on Sunday afternoons. For more information, please call 864.542.ARTS.

Mar
12
Sat
2016
Grammy Award-Winning SteelDrivers Roll Into Walhalla, Spartanburg @ Walhalla Civic Auditorium
Mar 12 @ 8:00 pm

steeldriversGrammy Award-Winning SteelDrivers Roll Into Walhalla
The SteelDrivers is a group of seasoned bluegrass veterans – each distinguished in his or her own right bring their high energy show back to the WCA! They have braided their bluegrass roots with new threads of their own design, bringing together country, soul, and other contemporary influences to create an unapologetic hybrid that is old as the hills but fresh as the morning dew. This is new music with the old feeling.www.steeldrivers.com
Sponsored by Trehel Corporation and Old Towne Pizza Buffet.

Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m. Walhalla Civic Auditorium, 101 E.N. Broad Street in Walhalla.
Tickets are $14-33. Call (864) 638-5277 or visit www.walhallacivic.com

The Grammy-winning bluegrass band The Steeldrivers will also perform in concert at Chapman Cultural Center Saturday, April 23, 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and going fast! Most recently, they took home the 2016 Grammy for Best Album, The Muscle Shoals Recordings.

Only Nashville could give birth to a band like the SteelDrivers: a group of seasoned veterans – each distinguished in his or her own right, each valued in the town’s commercial community – who are seizing an opportunity to follow their hearts to their souls’ reward. In doing so, they are braiding their bluegrass roots with new threads of their own design, bringing together country, soul, and other contemporary influences to create an unapologetic hybrid that is old as the hills but fresh as the morning dew. This is new music with the old feeling. SteelDrivers fan Vince Gill describes the band’s fusion as simply “an incredible combination.”

The SteelDrivers’ brand of bluegrass – intense, dark, poetic, and inescapably human – is a refreshing reminder of the timeless power of stringband music, and is captured perfectly on The SteelDrivers. Produced by Nashville ace Luke Wooten, The SteelDrivers was recorded mostly live on the studio floor, vocals and all. Its songs grapple with classic themes of regret, love, and redemption, from the escalating prison lament of “Midnight Train to Memphis” to the chilling murderer’s plea encapsulated in “If It Hadn’t Been for Love.” “East Kentucky Home” is a timeless traditional bluegrass lament, with its strains of homesickness, loss, and abandonment, but ingeniously reinvented with off-kilter rhythmic accents and a decidedly contemporary chord progression.
 

Apr
9
Sat
2016
Spartanburg Repertory Opera Hosts Masquerade Ball Fundraiser @ Chapman Cultural Center
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

mascquerade spartanburg operaSpartanburg Repertory Opera — A Masquerade Ball on April 9
Spartanburg Repertory Opera (formerly Spartanburg Repertory Theatre) will hold “A Masquerade Ball” fund-raiser on Saturday, April 9 from 7-11 p.m. at the Chapman Cultural Center. This event will feature the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, a 3-course meal and dancing. Tickets are $35 individual or $65/couple.

Spartanburg Repertory Opera
200 E Saint John St
Spartanburg, South Carolina
(864) 583-2776
http://www.spartanburgrepertory.com/

Apr
23
Sat
2016
Grammy Award-Winning SteelDrivers Roll Into Chapman Cultural Center @ Walhalla Civic Auditorium
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm

steeldrivers

The Grammy-winning bluegrass band The Steeldrivers will perform in concert at Chapman Cultural Center Saturday, April 23, 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and going fast! Most recently, they took home the 2016 Grammy for Best Album, The Muscle Shoals Recordings.

Only Nashville could give birth to a band like the SteelDrivers: a group of seasoned veterans – each distinguished in his or her own right, each valued in the town’s commercial community – who are seizing an opportunity to follow their hearts to their souls’ reward. In doing so, they are braiding their bluegrass roots with new threads of their own design, bringing together country, soul, and other contemporary influences to create an unapologetic hybrid that is old as the hills but fresh as the morning dew. This is new music with the old feeling. SteelDrivers fan Vince Gill describes the band’s fusion as simply “an incredible combination.”

The SteelDrivers’ brand of bluegrass – intense, dark, poetic, and inescapably human – is a refreshing reminder of the timeless power of stringband music, and is captured perfectly on The SteelDrivers. Produced by Nashville ace Luke Wooten, The SteelDrivers was recorded mostly live on the studio floor, vocals and all. Its songs grapple with classic themes of regret, love, and redemption, from the escalating prison lament of “Midnight Train to Memphis” to the chilling murderer’s plea encapsulated in “If It Hadn’t Been for Love.” “East Kentucky Home” is a timeless traditional bluegrass lament, with its strains of homesickness, loss, and abandonment, but ingeniously reinvented with off-kilter rhythmic accents and a decidedly contemporary chord progression.
Chapman Cultural Center
200 East Saint John St.
Spartanburg, SC 29306
chapmanculturalcenter.org
(864) 542-2787

Oct
14
Fri
2016
Screams and Movie Themes by Spartanburg Community Band @ Chapman Cultural Center
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm

screamsandmoviethemes-2Screams and Movie Themes
Spartanburg Community Band
Friday, Oct. 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
The Spartanburg Community Band is back at it again with a new season of concerts for you to enjoy. This first concert entitled “Screams and Movie Themes” will focus on music of the theatrical genre as well as a few old favorites. More info on song selections as the date draws near. This is a FREE concert, please bring a friend!
Friday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E Saint John St. in Spartanburg.

Oct
28
Fri
2016
Cafea Vampyre by Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra @ Chapman Cultural Center
Oct 28 @ 5:30 pm

cafe-vampire-2Cafea Vampyre
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Oct. 28, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Experience “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror” – the movie that film critics rank as one of the best and scariest of all time – as it was meant to be seen: on the big screen accompanied by live music! Performing a score that incorporates the beautiful and dark strains of Brahms’s chamber music, the SPO strings will accompany the eerie ‘Vampyre Count’ as he makes his trek from Transylvania …into your nightmares. Concert sponsors are Marriot of Spartanburg and Hub City Tap House, drinks and hors d’oeuvres are included with the price of admission. Reception at 5:30 p.m. and screening at 6:30 p.m. Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East Saint John St. in Spartanburg. Tickets are $25. Call (864) 542-2787 or visit chapmanculturalcenter.org

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