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Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra presents Family Concert: “Narrated Musical Stories”

March 20, 2015 | Press Releases

Spartanburg, S.C. – In harmony with the arrival of Spring the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Sarah Loannides will present its Family Concert on Saturday March 28 at 2:00 pm, at the Chapman Cultural Center.

This year’s concert titled “Narrated Musical Stories” starts with a quick drop in from Mozart with the Allegro from his well-known Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. The orchestra will then take listeners on a whimsical musical journey through favorite stories such as “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” with music composed by Daniel Dorff, and Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf”. In addition, this concert will feature 5 “Snapshot Concertos” by Sean O’Boyle that are about 1 ½ minutes each, and will showcase different instruments from the orchestra in each short concerto. There will also be a fun “Petting Zoo” in the Lobby following the concert, giving children a chance to see and touch many different instruments up close, and maybe even play a note or two!

The concert wouldn’t be complete without narration from Miles Hoffman again this year. Hoffman has been named one of the most outstanding violists of our times with over 30 years’ experience. Appearing frequently in recitals and as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, he has earned glowing reviews in repertoire ranging from the baroque to the contemporary. With the chamber ensemble he founded, The American Chamber Players, he has toured throughout North America, engaged and re-engaged by prestigious concert series from Florida to British Columbia. He has also written articles for The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wilson Quarterly, among other publications, and his book, The NPR Classical Music Companion, is now in its tenth printing from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Miles Hoffman lives with his family in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he is Associate Professor of Viola at the Petrie School of Music of Converse College.

This promises to be an exciting and interactive concert for all. Executive Director Kathryn Boucher says, "We are delighted to have Miles Hoffman serve as our narrator to entertain parents and children in this fun musical celebration. And since March is "Youth Art Month", the SPO will happily introduce musical instruments to the children after the concert in our Instrument Petting Zoo. For every child who wants to try to play a trombone or a cello, this is your opportunity to get to know these instruments and more!"

Tickets are available by calling 864-542-2787 or you can order online by visiting the Chapman Cultural Center online ticket site.

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