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Summer Bluegrass Festival in Fountain Inn
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

summer bluegrassSaturday Night Bluegrass is a free concert event in downtown Fountain Inn. This is a great event for the whole family with food and drinks available for purchase.

Commerce Park, 110 Depot Street, Fountain Inn, SC 29644

  • Every Saturday 7 pm-8:30 pm:
Fountain Inn Chorale Presents ‘Creation In Spring’ Concert
Apr 16 @ 7:30 pm
Fountain Inn Symphony ‘Gives Chase’ in April 23 Concert @ Younts Center for Performing Arts
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm

fountain inn symphonyFor centuries, the thrill of the chase has captured the imagination of young and old alike. With a program featuring Rossini’s ever-popular William Tell Overture, John Williams’ cool film score to Catch Me if You Can, and others, you’d better buckle up for this one. If you’re lucky, you can catch Conductor Michael W. Moore for a pre-concert talk at 6:45pm. Give chase!

Saturday April 23, 7:30 pm at the Younts Center for Performing Arts, 315 N. Main St. in Fountain Inn. Tickets: $14, $12, Students Attend Free. Call (864) 409-0150 or visit

A LATIN FLAVOR | guest soloist, Pepe Romero @ Twitchell Auditorium
Apr 30 @ 11:00 pm – May 1 @ 2:00 am
A LATIN FLAVOR | guest soloist, Pepe Romero @ Twitchell Auditorium |  |  |

In a splendid mix of Spanish flavored music, the SPO celebrates Cinco de Mayo with music by Manuel de Falla, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and even a little Mozart. Legendary soloist Pepe Romero brings the timeless Rodrigo Aranjuez concerto to Sparkle City!

SPO’s 24 Hour Giving Day Fundraiser @ ONLINE Spartanburg Philhharmonic Orchestra
May 3 @ 4:01 pm – May 4 @ 3:59 am
SPO's 24 Hour Giving Day Fundraiser @ ONLINE Spartanburg Philhharmonic Orchestra |  |  |

Give a Child the Gift of Music!

For ONE DAY ONLY, we are fundraising through the Support Spartanburg County Giving Day initiative. Simply click on the link to make your donation. The link will go ‘live’ at 12:01am midnight on May 3rd for 24 hours, ending at 11:59pm.

Every year the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra partners with the School Districts and Carnegie Hall New York, to provide an integrated music education curriculum to ALL grade 4 students in Spartanburg County. We rely on the kind sponsorship of donors to make this opportunity available to all students regardless of economic means. It costs approximately $10 per student. This year the JM Smith Foundation has offered a Matching Gifts incentive!

For a donation of $10, you can support a Grade 4 Spartanburg County student in the 6 month education LINK UP program. AND for each child you sponsor, the JM SMITH Foundation, through a Matching Gift initiative, will also sponsor a child.
Which Means:
If you sponsor 1 child at $10, 2 Children will attend
If you sponsor 5 children for $50 total, 10 Children will attend
If you sponsor 10 children for $100 total 20 Children will attend!

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

After Dark: A Thriller Ballet by Carolina Ballet Theatre @ Peace Center Gunter Theatre
Oct 29 @ 8:00 pm

after-dark-balletAfter Dark: A Thriller Ballet
Carolina Ballet Theatre
Oct. 29, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Carolina Ballet Theatre presents “After Dark: A Thriller Ballet,” set to the music of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The haunting story of “After Dark” begins on the anniversary of one of the South’s most gruesome crime of passion. Margaret was the beautiful and graceful wife of a wealthy railroad baron, but after years spent battling his infidelity, betrayal, and brutality, it all came crashing to an end. The sinister, but unsolved murders of Margaret and her husband left the town in turmoil and filled with questions. Their home may have been boarded up in 1916, but it never truly closed. The house took on a life of its own, filling with spirits seeking their revenge. Join us on the 100th anniversary of the murders as the spirits prepare for their return.
“After Dark: A Thriller Ballet” is a unique show intended for adults, so come and experience the rush while enjoying haunting melodies inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Arrive an hour before the show for The Witching Hour of cocktails and prepare for a thrilling and chilling evening with the Ballet. Performance will be held at the Peace Center Gunter Theatre, 300 South Main St. in Greenville. Call (864) 467-3000 or visit


Before Dark: Thrilling Treats & Ghostly Beats
Carolina Ballet Theatre
Oct. 29, at 1 p.m. Performance; 1:45 p.m. Trick-or-Treating and Meet-and-Greet
Carolina Ballet Theatre presents Before Dark: Thrilling Treats & Ghostly Beats is inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. This unique dance production is created specifically for children. Before Dark is choreographed under the artistic direction of Hernan Justo.
Bring the entire family and experience the suspense and thrill of Before Dark. Kids are encouraged to attend the production dressed in their Halloween costumes. Following the production, we will continue the fun with Trick or Treating down Candy Lane and a character meet and greet held in the Lobby. Performance will be held at the Peace Center Gunter Theatre, 300 South Main St. in Greenville. Call (864) 467-3000 or visit


A Farewell Celebration for Maestro Sarah Ioannides
Apr 24 @ 5:30 pm

A Farewell Celebration for Maestro Sarah Ioannides
Music, Laughter, & Friendship!
After 12 years of concerts, community and education programming, we say a very fond farewell to our music director Sarah Ioannides. Join us in celebrating the music gifts and legacy of Sarah.
Silent Auction, Delicious Food, Champagne & Whiskey Tasting. lots of surprises!

April 24, 2017
Azalea Room, Spartanburg Marriott

Silent Auction, Whiskey & Champagne Tasting, Music Surprises, and MORE!

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Spartanburg Philharmonic Presents Grand Finale @ Converse College Twichell Auditorium
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm

The LAST CHANCE to hear Maestro Sarah Ioannides as Music Director of the SPO!

Bringing her 12 year tenure full circle, the program showcases selections from her first performances here in Spartanburg. From her debut as Music Director of the SPO, Ioannides will again partner with the Converse Chorale, offering Debussy’s hauntingly beautiful “Nocturnes, III. Sirènes.” The concert will conclude with the wonderfully popular “Symphony no. 3” by Saint-Saëns featuring Brennan Szafron on the organ. This remarkable masterpiece was the first that Ioannides conducted in Spartanburg.

The program will also feature soloist Rhea Jacobus, principal flute in the SPO, performing Fauré’s “Fantaisie for Flute and Orchestra.”

Chris Vaneman will host “Classical Conversations” in the auditorium from 6:15-6:45pm – show up early and get the back story to these masterworks!

Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra Launches Project Maestro Saturday @ Converse College Twichell Auditorium
Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm
Stefan Sanders

Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra begins its 2017-2018 season with the launch of Project Maestro: the search for the SPO’s new conductor. The season opener will be held on Saturday, September 16 at Twichell Auditorium from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and conducted by the first of three finalists, Stefan Sanders. Tickets start at $26 each and can be purchased online at, by telephone (864.278.9671) or in person at Twichell’s box office. Youth and Teacher pricing is also available.

“Classical Conversations,” a pre-concert chat, will begin at 6:15pm and will be co-hosted by Jamarcus Gaston from WSPA and Dr. Chris Vaneman, Director of the Petrie School of Music at Converse College.

Sanders’ program will open with Mozart’s Symphony no. 39, followed by Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme with guest soloist and South Carolina native, Claire Bryant. The evening will conclude with Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5, arguably one of the most famous symphonies ever written.

“I am immensely honored to be a finalist for music director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra. The SPO attracted me because the organization is 100% committed to strengthening Spartanburg’s identity through experiences that bring people together in meaningful ways” he says.

Stefan was introduced to concerts by his father. He began his musical career by learning the violin and later became an internationally renowned trombonist. Mesmerized by the relationship between the conductor and the orchestra, his love for music eventually led him to the baton.

In looking forward to the concert, Bryant says, “I couldn’t be more excited to return to my home state of South Carolina to perform with the outstanding musicians of the SPO under the baton of Stefan Sanders – a fellow alumni of The Juilliard School! Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations is one of the beloved pieces of the cello concerto repertoire, succinctly featuring many of the virtues and characters of the cello – elegance, lyricism, and virtuosity.  I look forward to returning home to share a wonderful musical experience with the Spartanburg community!”

For the past 22 months, the SPO has conducted a worldwide search for its next Musical Director and conductor. Executive Director, Kathryn Boucher says, “I am thrilled for what each of our finalists will bring to our season. I think Stefanbrings a unique perspective to our orchestra, coming from such an experienced background in leading orchestras around the country.