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Spartanburg Philharmonic presents Holiday Grande

November 28, 2018 | Press Releases

SPARTANBURG, SC— Spartanburg Philharmonic celebrates the Holiday season with Christmas music played by the Philharmonic’s 12-piece Brass Ensemble on Holiday Grande taking place at the Chapman Cultural Center on Friday, December 14. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased by telephone — (864) 542-2787 — or in person at Chapman’s box office Monday-Friday afternoons. Tickets are also available anytime online at

The program will include favorites such as Leontovich’s “Carol of the Bells,” and several of George Vosburgh’s arrangements of Christmas music for Brass instruments. The full program is available online.

John Holloway, Principle Tuba player for the Spartanburg Philharmonic, will be conducting this concert. Holloway is no stranger to conducting or the Espresso stage. Holloway spent 34 years teaching music in South Carolina public schools. At various times, he taught high school and junior high band, elementary music, world drumming, junior high strings and chorus. After his retirement in 2012, he served two years as the interim Assistant Professor of Music Education and Director of the Converse Wind Ensemble at Converse College. Holloway is a founding member of the Spartanburg Community Band and serves as its second conductor.

“The music was selected by the new conductor of the Spartanburg Philharmonic, Stefan Sanders. There are familiar Christmas selections like "Little Drummer Boy," "March of the Toys," and themes from The Nutcracker. There are also selections one doesn’t hear as often on a holiday program, such as an arrangement of a tenor aria from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and a gorgeous setting of "Footprints in the Snow" from Debussy’s first book of Préludes. The wide variety of this program has something for every musical taste, and the sound of brass fits the season perfectly.” Holloway says.

Executive Director, Kathryn Boucher is excited to have Holloway conducting and to be celebrating the season with such wonderful selections of music. “Even though Stefan Sanders will not be with us at this concert, he was very thoughtful in selecting the music and John (Holloway) to conduct. There is nothing better than the warm sounds of brass playing Christmas music, in my opinion.”

This concert is the perfect Christmas gift to friends and family. We hope to see you there.

About Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra
The Spartanburg Philharmonic’s mission is to enrich, inspire and educate through live performances of high-quality music.  Founded in 1948, the Spartanburg Philharmonic is comprised of professional musicians from diverse backgrounds who form an ensemble capable of performing a variety of musical styles and repertoire. This season, we celebrate our 90th anniversary season.

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