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Twichell Auditorium

Twichell Auditorium

Housed in the Zimmerli Performance Center, renowned for its outstanding acoustics and home to some of the most celebrated musical events in the region, Twichell Auditorium is a treasured jewel of the Spartanburg community for concerts, operas, dance and other events.

Built in 1899, this 1,489-seat auditorium houses a 57-rank Casavant Freres organ with 2,600+ pipes. It was renovated in 1989 as part of Converse’s Centennial Celebration and again in 2019 through the generosity of Kurt and Nelly Zimmerli and other donors. The 2019 renovations included improved ADA access, revitalization of the interior space, improved climate control, a new roof and exterior façade repair, and renovation of the pipe organ.

Named as a historic John Philip Sousa site to commemorate the many performances given by Sousa and his band in the early twentieth century, the auditorium has hosted such famed artists as Tony Bennett, Chet Atkins, George Burns, Duke Ellington, Burl Ives, Itzhak Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, and Marilyn Horne.

Greeting visitors in front of the auditorium is the graceful 8-foot bronze sculpture of legendary contralto singer and civil rights pioneer Marian Anderson, created by artist Meredith Bergmann.

Accessibility: A wheelchair-accessible entrance is located on the east side of Twichell Auditorium, closest to the parking lot off Fairview Avenue.

For ticket information, please call the Box Office at 864.596.9724. You may also purchase tickets online.

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Venue Information

Address

580 East Main Street Spartanburg, SC 29302

Parking

Public parking is available at the Fairview parking lot on North Fairview Avenue.

Seating Capacity

1500

Available Technology

Blu Ray Player, Document Camera, HDMI Inputs, PC, Projector, Surround Sound, Wifi Access, Wired Mics, Wireless Mic, VGA Inputs

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Sat. Feb. 13, 2016 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$21 – $41
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Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble performs with the SPO to bring you a Valentine's Night filled with jazz and romance! Featuring guest artists Jens Lindemann, Tish Oney…

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Fri. Mar. 11, 2016 | 7:00 pm
$10 – $18
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Oakbrook Preparatory School invites you to join them “Under the Sea” for a magical love story for the ages! Based on the beloved Hans Christian…

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Sat. Mar. 12, 2016 | 3:00 pm
$10 – $18
Twichell Auditorium

Oakbrook Preparatory School invites you to join them “Under the Sea” for a magical love story for the ages! Based on the beloved Hans Christian…

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Sat. Mar. 12, 2016 | 7:00 pm
$10 – $18
Twichell Auditorium

Oakbrook Preparatory School invites you to join them “Under the Sea” for a magical love story for the ages! Based on the beloved Hans Christian…

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Sun. Mar. 13, 2016 | 3:00 pm
$10 – $18
Twichell Auditorium

Oakbrook Preparatory School invites you to join them “Under the Sea” for a magical love story for the ages! Based on the beloved Hans Christian…

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Mon. Mar. 21, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Free
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Join the Converse Wind Ensemble and conductor Susana Lalama as they perform some of the greatest wind band music in the American repertoire. Selections include Francis McBeth's Of Sailors and…

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Sat. Apr. 30, 2016 | 7:00 pm
$21 – $41
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In a splendid mix of Spanish flavored music, the SPO celebrates Cinco de Mayo with music by Piazzolla, Ginastera, Copland & Bernstein. Legendary soloist Pepe…

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Mon. May 2, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Free
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Join the Converse Symphony Orchestra and the Converse Wind Ensemble for a night of imagination! Featured on the program will be Tchaikovsky's Dance of the…

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Thu. May 5, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Free
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Join the Spartanburg Festival Chorus and director Keith Jones for a sneak preview of this fall's Bach Extravaganza! This coming November 5, 2016, the Spartanburg…

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Fri. May 13, 2016 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free
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Please join the graduating Class of 2016 for a Multi-faith celebration.

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Fri. Sep. 23, 2016 | 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Free
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Formal opening of the College

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Sat. Oct. 15, 2016 | 7:00 pm
$25 – $45
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The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra opens its 68th season with Copeland's extraordinary "Fanfare" followed by a spectacular new piano concerto by award-winning composer, Kenneth Fuchs, performed…

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Thu. Oct. 20, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Free
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The Converse Symphony will open the 2016-17 season with Mozart’s Symphony No. 29. Composed in 1773 by the 18-year-old child prodigy, this symphony shows Mozart…

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Sat. Nov. 5, 2016 | 7:00 pm
Free
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The Spartanburg Festival Chorus and Orchestra are joined by the FestWoche Klassiker Musik Chorus from Oppenau, Germany for a complete performance of JS Bach’s monumental…

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Mon. Nov. 14, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Free
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Join the Converse Wind Ensemble and conductor Susana Lalama on NOV 14 at 7:30 PM in Twichell Auditorium as they present their fall concert entitled…

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Sat. Dec. 3, 2016 | 7:00 pm
$25 – $45
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Under the baton of Maestro Gary Robinson, the orchestra will partner with community and student ensembles to present a festive program filled with holiday favorites…

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Fri. Dec. 9, 2016 | 7:00 pm
$10 – $32
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Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on her unforgettable journey from a snow covered forest to the far off Kingdom of the Sweets. Spartanburg's holiday…

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Sat. Dec. 10, 2016 | 3:00 pm
$10 – $32
Twichell Auditorium

Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on her unforgettable journey from a snow covered forest to the far off Kingdom of the Sweets. Spartanburg's holiday…

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Sun. Dec. 11, 2016 | 3:00 pm
$10 – $32
Twichell Auditorium

Join Clara and her Nutcracker Prince on her unforgettable journey from a snow covered forest to the far off Kingdom of the Sweets. Spartanburg's holiday…

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Sat. Feb. 4, 2017 | 7:00 pm
$25 – $45
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In the summer of 1812, Beethoven penned two of his most famous and most lasting works: a "little" Symphony in F Major and an exquisite…

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Fri. Mar. 10, 2017 | 7:00 pm
$10 – $18
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An unlikely hero, a wise-cracking donkey, a feisty princess, and their Fairytale friends embark on a journey and along the way learn a valuable lesson…

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Thu. Mar. 23, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Free
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In Twichell Auditorium on March 23rd, the Converse Wind Ensemble will perform works by Gustav Holst, John Philip Sousa, Percy Aldridge Grainger, Mark Camphouse, Charles…

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Sat. Apr. 29, 2017 | 7:00 pm
$25 – $45
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Maestro Sarah Ioannides's final performance at Twichell Auditorium will bring her 12 year tenure full circle. The hauntingly beautiful "Nocturne" with the Converse Chorale, was…

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Thu. May 11, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Free
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On May 11th at 7:30pm in Twichell Auditorium, the Petrie School of Music will attempt its largest concert in history, entitled PRISM! Named for the…

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Sat. May 20, 2017 | 9:30 am
Free
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Commencement exercises for the graduating class of 2017. A ticket is required for this event. Doors will open to those without a ticket at 9:20…

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Sat. May 20, 2017 | 3:00 pm
Free
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Commencement exercises for all graduate programs at Converse College.

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Fri. Sep. 22, 2017 | 11:15 am - 1:30 pm
Free
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Formal opening of the College

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Thu. Oct. 19, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Free
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For a series of decades, Converse College has been proud to offer our annual Young Artist Competition. Encouraging young musicians is one of the Petrie…

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Mon. Nov. 6, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Free
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In Twichell Auditorium on November 6th, the Converse Wind Ensemble will present their Fall Concert entitled "Dare to Dance" with works by Alfred Reed, Frank…

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Sat. Nov. 18, 2017 | 6:59 pm - 9:40 pm
$20
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A fun filled evening of a cappella singing. Some Bluegrass thrown in with Boardwalk Quartet. Other guest quartets are internationally recognized. All this with Barbershop…

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Mon. Nov. 20, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Free
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October 31, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Heinrich Schütz and Felix Mendelssohn have stood out as two of the most influential…

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Fri. Jan. 26, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Free – $15
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“Love is what you bring to it…” Summer & Smoke by Lee Hoiby Librettist: Lanford Wilson Adapted from Tennessee Williams’ famous play of the same…

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Sat. Jan. 27, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Free – $15
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“Love is what you bring to it…” Adapted from Tennessee Williams’ famous play of the same title, Summer and Smoke tells one of the most…

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Sun. Jan. 28, 2018 | 3:00 pm
Free – $15
Twichell Auditorium
Music,Theatre & Dance ,Featured Event

“Love is what you bring to it…” Summer & Smoke by Lee Hoiby Librettist: Lanford Wilson Adapted from Tennessee Williams’ famous play of the same…

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Mon. Mar. 19, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Free
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Please join us for an evening of musical favorites as the Converse Wind Ensemble presents their spring concert entitled, The Music Makers." This concert will…

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Fri. Mar. 23, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Free
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Join us for an evening of silent film, accompanied by acclaimed theatre organist Scott Foppiano. Co-sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, Spartanburg Chapter, this…

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Wed. Apr. 18, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
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Join us for a FREE concert performed by the USAF Heritage of America Concert Band! For decades, they have educated, inspired and entertained millions of…

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Thu. May 3, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Free
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On May 3, 2018 in Twichell Auditorium, CSO & Converse Wind Ensemble will perform a combined spring concert consisting of Wagner & Dvořák. Guest Artists…

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Thu. May 10, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Free
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The Spartanburg Festival Chorus and Friends are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein. As a conductor, composer, pianist, and music lecturer,…

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Wed. Jun. 20, 2018 | 3:30 pm
Free
Twichell Auditorium

MasterWorks Festival is an intensive, four-week festival for advanced and passionate students of the classical performing arts. Together, world-class faculty and gifted students present brilliant…

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Thu. Jun. 21, 2018 | 8:15 pm
Free
Twichell Auditorium

MasterWorks Festival is an intensive, four-week festival for advanced and passionate students of the classical performing arts. Together, world-class faculty and gifted students present brilliant…

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Fri. Jun. 22, 2018 | 2:00 pm
Free
Twichell Auditorium

MasterWorks Festival is an intensive, four-week festival for advanced and passionate students of the classical performing arts. Together, world-class faculty and gifted students present brilliant…

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Sat. Jun. 23, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Free
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Andrew Sewell, conductor Anne Martindale Williams, cello Wagner Overture to Die Meistersinger Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme Dvorak Symphony No. 8 in G Op.…

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Sat. Jun. 23, 2018 | 7:30 pm Twichell Auditorium

MasterWorks Festival is an intensive, four-week festival for advanced and passionate students of the classical performing arts. Together, world-class faculty and gifted students present brilliant…

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Sat. Jun. 30, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Free
Twichell Auditorium

Delta David Gier, conductor Kim Kennedy, violin Tchaikovsky Concerto for Violin Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade MasterWorks Festival is an intensive, four-week festival for advanced and passionate students…

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Fri. Jul. 6, 2018 | 6:30 pm
Free
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Miriam Burns, conductor Beethoven Symphony No. 8 Bach Concerto for Two Violins Stravinsky Suite from Firebird (1919) MasterWorks Festival is an intensive, four-week festival for…

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Sat. Jul. 14, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Free
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Daniel Meyer, conductor MasterWorks Festival Concerto Winners Ravel Mother Goose Suite Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5 MasterWorks Festival is an intensive, four-week festival for advanced and…

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Fri. Sep. 21, 2018 | 11:15 am - 1:00 pm
Free
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REGISTER NOW for Opening Convocation! Join us! Return to campus to celebrate the formal opening of the academic year at Converse College. Our 2018 Convocation…

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Thu. Oct. 11, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Free
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Announcing the 2018 Young Artist Competition Winners! San-Der Liao, cello, Erin Bradley, mezzo-soprano, Sarah Jane Gibbs, soprano, and Prentiss McDaniels, clarinet. Come hear these magical…

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Mon. Nov. 5, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Free
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The Converse Wind Ensemble performs a celebration of the rich history of Sydney, Australia.

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Thu. Mar. 14, 2019 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free
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The Converse Wind Ensemble presents their spring concert with a carefully curated program to reflect a sense of nostalgia for family life. The ensemble will…

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Fri. Apr. 26, 2019 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Free
Twichell Auditorium

Each spring, the Converse College community joins together in the annual celebration of the birthday of Dexter Edgar Converse, the school’s founder. It was upon…

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Mon. May 6, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Free
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The Converse Wind Ensemble & Symphony Orchestra will team up for a farewell concert celebrating one of the The Petrie School of Music's most beloved…

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Sat. May 18, 2019 | 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Free
Twichell Auditorium

Commencement exercises for the graduating class of 2019. A ticket is required for this event. Doors will open to those without a ticket at 9:20…

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Sat. May 18, 2019 | 2:00 pm
Free
Twichell Auditorium

Commencement exercises for all graduate programs at Converse College.

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Sat. Jun. 22, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Free
Twichell Auditorium
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Enjoy FOUR WEEKS of incredible music performances, free and open to the public, by world-class faculty and gifted students from across the globe. SATURDAY, JUNE…

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Sat. Jun. 22, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Free
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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb Major, Op. 83 Mia Chung, pianist Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43 Miriam Burns, conductor

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Sat. Jun. 29, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Free
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Enjoy FOUR WEEKS of incredible music performances, free and open to the public, by world-class faculty and gifted students from across the globe. SATURDAY, JUNE…

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Sat. Jun. 29, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Free
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Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46 Stephen Tavani, violin Debussy: La Mer Miriam Burns, conductor

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Sat. Jul. 6, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Free
Twichell Auditorium
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Enjoy FOUR WEEKS of incredible music performances, free and open to the public, by world-class faculty and gifted students from across the globe. SATURDAY, JUNE…

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Sat. Jul. 6, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Free
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Verdi: Overture to La Forza del Destino Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104 Leo Altino, cello Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in Eb Major,…

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Sat. Jul. 13, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Free
Twichell Auditorium
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Enjoy FOUR WEEKS of incredible music performances, free and open to the public, by world-class faculty and gifted students from across the globe. SATURDAY, JUNE…

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Sat. Jul. 13, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Free
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Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana Concerto Competition Winners – To Be Announced Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op. 36 Luis Haza, conductor ABOUT MASTERWORKS…

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Sat. Oct. 12, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$25
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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…

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Thu. Oct. 17, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Free
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Announcing the 2019 Young Artist Competition Winners! Anna Neely, soprano, Joi Richardson, soprano, and Briana Scardace, flute. Come hear these magical young artists in action…

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Fri. Oct. 18, 2019 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Free
Twichell Auditorium

Formal opening of the College

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Mon. Nov. 11, 2019 | 8:00 pm
Free
Twichell Auditorium

Join the Converse Wind Ensemble for a special Veteran's Day Concert that honors the men, women and families who have served our country in the…

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Thu. Nov. 14, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Free
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In the lead-up to the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, on December 17, 2020, The Spartanburg Festival Chorus and Converse Chorale will combine to celebrate…

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Thu. Dec. 5, 2019 | 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
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The Spartanburg community is invited to join in a longstanding holiday tradition, the annual student-led Festival of Lessons & Carols.

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