Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra receives National Endowment for the Arts grant

The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works grant. The $20,000 grant  will support outreach events and an orchestra performance with visiting percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie.

The Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra has invited Glennie from her hometown of Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom to Spartanburg, S.C. for the week of February 12-16, 2015. Glennie, who is profoundly deaf, is considered to be one of the most eclectic and innovative percussionists of our time. The Valentine’s Day concert, with Glennie and the SPO, will present a new percussion concerto, “Portraits of Immortal Love,”  featuring the waterphone and written by composer Sean O’Boyle specifically for Glennie. The world premiere of this concerto was performed in late October with SPO’s Music Director Sarah Ioannides and the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra.

Additionally, the project will include a master class with five auditioned high school and college students in Daniel Recital Hall at Converse College on February 13 from 4-6 p.m. “Dialogue with a Difference,” a lecture-demonstration exploring the importance of listening skills, will be presented in the Chapman Cultural Center Theatre on February 12 beginning at 6 p.m. During her stay, Glennie will also work with music students from the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind. More information about the events can be found on the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra website.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works including the award to the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people, and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”

SPO Executive Director Kathryn Boucher said, “We are thrilled to receive such high accolades from the NEA for this extensive project. We are honored to be one of five South Carolina organizations to receive an Art Works grant and believe this reflects the high level of artistic excellence that our orchestra has achieved. We are grateful for the prestige this grant brings to the Spartanburg community.” Ioannides believes this award “is the culmination of 10 years of working towards a level of excellence and establishing community partnerships. Now we are there and we plan to build on this.”

Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,474 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 919 are recommended for grants for a total of $26.6 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, visit the NEA website.

For more information on the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, visit or call (864) 948-9020.

Via: Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra