FREE Memorial Day Concert Features USC Upstate's Tish Oney

May 25, 2015 at 7:43 am

Music Director Sarah Ioannides and the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a Free Memorial Day Pops concert on May 25 at the Zimmerli Amphitheater at Barnet Park starting at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature songs of patriotism, jazz and pops and will end with a spectacular fireworks show. Celebrated jazz singer and USC Upstate faculty member Dr. Tish Oney will join the orchestra as guest soloist along with Emma-Brooke Alley, child soprano who performed with the SPO during the Holiday Classics and Messiah concert in December.

Studio 62’s host and producer Jamarcus Gaston will be the honored MC for the evening.

With this early summer concert, the SPO continues its mission of providing live, entertaining music for the community. Barnet Park with the Zimmerli Amphitheater is the perfect location to bring the greater Spartanburg community together under one musical tent and celebrate our diverse community. As well, Bank of America will host a booth for visitors to create a card for military service members. Part of their Express Your Thanks” initiative, Bank of America makes a donation for each card.

Executive Director Kathryn Boucher stated, “The SPO is delighted to return to the Zimmerli Amphitheater at Barnet Park for an exciting night of Pops and fireworks! We are so grateful to the City of Spartanburg for partnering with us on this event and we look forward to making this an annual concert in the future. Bring your picnic blankets, friends and family and be ready for a spectacular show!”

Spartanburg was recently chosen as one of five communities to participate in the Way to Wellville initiative, a national challenge to improve five specific outcomes over the next five years.  “We are very excited to partner with Way to Wellville on our Memorial Day concert this year,” said Ioannides. “Music has the power to heal, to uplift us, to touch our hearts and change the way we feel.  Since the way we feel affects what we do, music gives us opportunities for change. Music is literally a “Way to Wellville”. As we begin our journey over the next  five years, we hope to show how the power of music can be life changing and help the mission of the Way to Wellville, as it supports Spartanburg into a healthier community. ”

In addition to honoring our military service members, the concert will close the Spartanburg Philharmonic’s 10th Anniversary season with Music Director Sarah Ioannides. The program contains a wide variety of favorite music such as, Amigos para Siempre“, (“Friends for Life”), “America the Beautiful“, “Celebration of the Armed Forces Medley Salute“, the “1812 Overture” by Tchaikovsky, as well as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow“, a Medley of music and song from the film “Frozen“, and some lush Jazz songs such as, “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing!“, “Cry Me a River“,  and “When I Fall in Love“.

This event would not be possible without support from the following sponsors: George Dean & Susu Johnson, The City of Spartanburg, Bank of America, JM Smith Corporation, BMW Manufacturing, South State Bank, Duke Energy, the Spartanburg Marriott at Renaissance Park, the South Carolina Arts Commission, and The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg.

~No outside food or beverages will be permitted into the park~

**While the concert is free,  a suggested donation of $5.00 per person is accepted. Thank you!**