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Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online at SpartanburgPhilharmonic.org, by telephone, or in person at Twichell Box Office, located outside Wilson Hall at Converse College. The newly renovated Twichell Auditorium at the Zimmerli Performance Center will resound with the sounds of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 played by the Spartanburg Philharmonic with guest artist and beloved Converse faculty member, Douglas Weeks. The Rach 2 concert marks the first in a three-part series of the Philharmonic’s “Locally Sourced” season, celebrating the talented musicians and composers of Spartanburg.
Maestro Stefan Sanders shares his enthusiasm for Spartanburg and its native musicians; “The new season promises to be a spectacular mix of great music, guest artists, and events. We invite each of you to get your season tickets and join us as we celebrate our community and the cultural treasure we have in our Spartanburg Philharmonic.”
The Rach 2 concert also celebrates Kurt and Nelly Zimmerli and their devotion to the lasting legacy of music in Spartanburg and their generous support of the Spartanburg Philharmonic. The Philharmonic has chosen to honor the Zimmerlis by renaming its main concert series the Zimmerli Classics Series. Additionally, the October 12 concert opens with a new work, Phoenix (Cathedral), by Spartanburg Philharmonic Composer in Residence, Peter B. Kay. The piece was commissioned this year to commemorate the reopening of Twichell Auditorium in the Zimmerli Performance Center, to honor the newly renamed Zimmerli Classics Series, and is dedicated to Kurt & Nelly Zimmerli.
“The life of the phoenix is far-reaching, spanning countless generations. Phoenix (Cathedral) celebrates Twichell Auditorium, the city’s “cathedral of music.” It celebrates Spartanburg’s musical heritage, and it celebrates Kurt & Nelly Zimmerli who have done so much to ensure the future of music in our community for many years to come.”
The October 12th concert also features Johannes Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture followed by Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Prelude, from Richard Wagner comedic opera. “Placed side by side on our program,” says Maestro Stefan Sanders, gives listeners the opportunity to hear and appreciate the differences between the two musical titans of the late 19th Century.” As a finale, guest soloist and celebrated pianist, Douglas Weeks will join the Spartanburg Philharmonic for Sergei Rachmaninoff’s triumphant Piano Concerto No. 2 and will truly be a fitting conclusion to such a celebratory concert.
Teachers and youth under 22 years of age will receive 50% off for all Classics concerts. Classical Conversations will resume with Dr. Chris Vaneman, Director of the Petrie School of Music, and Maestro Stefan Sanders at 6 pm in the concert hall.
Come and join the Spartanburg Philharmonic as we celebrate the musical legacy of Spartanburg both past and present during this truly special concert.