Dirk Schlingmann, Ph.D., dean of Arts and Sciences at USC Upstate, will perform a live, solo, and free concert at Chapman Cultural Center this Sunday, Jan. 17, 2-4 p.m. Dr. Schlingmann plays a variety of musical styles, including classical, pop, jazz, rock, bluegrass, and avant garde. He has performed most of his life, mainly on guitar and fiddle. He has been musically active in Germany, West Virginia, Kentucky, and South Carolina. He composes and performs his original compositions, in addition to playing many cover tunes from artists like The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Dr. Schlingmann has performed in many concerts, at several fundraising events, as a street musician, and at Spartanburg’s Spring Fling and Spartanburg International Festival. He has also recorded with numerous bands. In addition and academically, Dr. Schlingmann often provides a fascinating glimpse into the relationship between numbers and musical theory and can explain in layman’s terms how mathematics can be helpful for the better understanding of the tone systems and for analyzing sound and creating music.
Dr. Schlingmann’s performance will be part of Chapman’s weekly Sunday Unplugged program, when the public is encouraged to spend an afternoon in a stress-free environment to enjoy local art and cultural.
In addition to the free concert, Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries will be open and free for public enjoyment. Spartanburg Science will be open, and admission is $4 per adult and $2.50 per student.
For more information about Dr. Schlingmanns’ performance or Sunday Unplugged, please call (864) 542-ARTS.