Valentine’s done right

SPARTANBURG, SC (February 5, 2018) -- SPARTANBURG, SC— Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates Valentine’s Day with Daft Punk, The Beatles and Debussy. The Philharmonic’s “Espresso” chamber concert series continues on Friday, February 16 with Café D’amour. Doors open at 5:30 for a happy hour followed by the one-hour concert at 6:30pm. Tickets are $26 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 SpartanburgPhilharmonic.org/Espresso.

Skip those Valentine’s restaurant waits and lines and join us for our signature happy hour reception that will include free beverages and food sponsored by Mozza Coffee, Ciclops Cidery and Brewery, Spartanburg Marriott and Select Restaurant. The Philharmonic’s famous limited-edition stemless wine or pint glasses will make their regular appearance as a keepsake for attendees as well. At 6:30 the program will begin including favorite romantic pop and classical music such as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” The Beatles’ “All You Need is Love” and Debussy’s Clair de Lune. A premiere performance of a work for solo piano by Peter B. Kay, commissioned by Susu Johnson will also be featured at this concert.

“This is what our Espresso series is about: featuring popular and classical music from the same stage. We want music lovers of all genres and generations to feel connected and inspired. It’s not every day that you get to hear “Queen” performed by a String Quintet and piano,” says Executive Director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic, Kathryn Boucher.

The choice of music is not the only thing to be excited about for this concert. Café D’amour will feature the best of the best musicians including principal pianist Kuo-Pei Cheng-Lin as well as the Philharmonic’s top string players. A special guest appearance by Kelly Vaneman playing a rare (baroque) instrument: the Oboe d’amore (Italian for Oboe of Love), will add to what we hope to be a fun and romantic evening.

Vaneman says, “Yes, there really is an Oboe of Love! The Oboe d’amore was popular in the early 18th century; JS Bach and GP Telemann were especially enamored by the instrument and used it quite a bit in their compositions. The instrument will bring a slightly lower pitch than the regular oboe and has a sweeter, less strident sound, acting as the contralto to the oboe’s soprano voice.” Vaneman adds that the oboe d’amore is resurfacing in popularity because “true love never really dies, right?”

Ballet Spartanburg will also be among the concert’s guest performers. Teresa Hough, Executive Director of Ballet Spartanburg says, “We are thrilled to collaborate with the Spartanburg Philharmonic on Café D’amour and add a visual element to reflect the beauty and haunting tempo of Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel. When the arts collaborate, we send a strong message to our community that the arts are not singular; they are plural and together we help each other explore new territories and expand our boundaries.”

This concert is perfect for anyone looking for something unique and different for Valentine's.

###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