SPARTANBURG, SC (January 9, 2018) --The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra concludes Project Maestro: the search for the Philharmonic’s new conductor with last finalist, Scott Seaton. Seaton will conduct the Orchestra on Saturday, January 20 at Twichell Auditorium from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Tickets start at $26 each and can be purchased online at SpartanburgPhilharmonic.org/tickets, by telephone (864.278.9671) or in person at the Twichell box office. Youth under 22 and teachers receive a 50% discount. “Classical Conversations,” a pre-concert chat, will begin at 6:15pm and will be hosted by Dr. Chris Vaneman, Director of the Petrie School of Music at Converse College.
Seaton is originally from Tennessee but currently lives in Chico, CA after being named the Music Director for the North State Symphony in 2015. Entertainment News Northwest describes Seaton’s style as “occasionally reminiscent of the young Leonard Bernstein…pulling the orchestra to even higher levels of performance.”
Seaton began his musical career as a saxophone player and spent hours perfecting what he calls his “exuberant arm-flailing conducting style” to a CD of the Nutcracker. It was there that he discovered his passion for orchestral performances. “As a conductor, I strive to connect with a diverse audience to the truly transformative experience that can happen in a concert hall, whether by bringing popular music into the symphony, or by finding ways to connect the classic symphony standards to the life of the community.”
Seaton’s program includes Rossini’s Overture from II Signor Bruschino, Mozart Violin concert no. 5 “Turkish” with guest soloist Andrew Sords and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 4. Seaton says, “the program is a whirlwind tour of the human condition, from the playful, lighthearted melodies of the Rossini's Il Signor Bruschino Overture to the emotional rollercoaster that embodies Tchaikovsky's monumental Fourth Symphony. A mighty brass fanfare signals the beginning of the journey that traverses through Tchaikovsky's inner turmoil only to come out triumphantly with an ending that epitomizes the greatest joy imaginable.”
Regarding Mozart’s Violin Concerto he adds, “I'm thrilled to be able to collaborate with dynamic violinist Andrew Sords, who will take us on a tour of refined classicism - with a twist - in Mozart's Turkish Violin Concerto.” Sords decribes the piece as “one of my favorites - the alla turca episode in the Finale is evocative and exotic, and the dialogue between orchestra and violin changes from city to city - it keeps me on my toes!”
Sords and Seaton have worked together on numerous occasions. Sords says, “working with Scott Seaton is always an inspiring time. He first engaged me as soloist with the Mozart "Turkish" in Toronto back in 2011, and I remember marveling at his onstage charisma, inherent musicality, and the electricity that surged from the baton. We have since done Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, an especially memorable Sibelius, and our titillating banter onstage at a gala last spring still provokes laughter when I remember it.”
For the past 2 years, the Spartanburg Philharmonic has conducted a worldwide search for its next Music Director and conductor. Executive Director for the Spartanburg Philharmonic, Kathryn Boucher says, “I am thrilled to welcome our final candidate to the stage. Scott brings experience and will energize the audience with his dynamic conducting style. Our organization has felt a huge amount of support from the Spartanburg community as votes for their favorite conductor have been coming in. We are eager to take the next step in the search process and finalize our new Music Director in the months to come.”
Seaton adds, “I'm delighted to be a music director finalist in this exciting time in the orchestra's history, a time when the hard work of the past combines with endless possibility and a new vision of the future. From my numerous visits to Spartanburg I have seen a thriving community that is not only supportive of the arts, but is also one that really embodies a quintessential charm and hospitality that makes Spartanburg a great place to exist in.”
Voting for your favorite conductor will be available at the concert and after the concert on our website at SpartanburgPhilharmonic.org/Vote. If you missed any previous candidates, you may find them on our Youtube page under the Project Maestro playlists. Get your tickets today and be a part of this very important and historical moment in Spartanburg.
###About Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra
The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s mission is to enrich, inspire and educate the Spartanburg community through live performances of high quality music. Founded in 1948, the SPO is comprised of professional musicians from diverse backgrounds who form an ensemble capable of performing a variety of musical styles and repertoire. www.spartanburgphilharmonic.org