Portraits of America


The Anderson Symphony Orchestra (ASO) under the direction of R. Alexander Spainhour, III will open their 2014-2015 “All-American” concert season with Portraits of America featuring pianist Howard Kim on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3:00pm at The Rainey Fine Arts Center at Anderson University. Painting musical pictures of the land we love, the ASO promises a beautiful celebration of this exceptional country.

The afternoon will begin with an arrangement of Frances Scott Key’s Star-Spangled Banner presented by special arrangement with the estate of renowned Italian composer and one of the first radio, film and television stars of classical music, Arturo Toscanini. Toscanini’s passionate and meaningful arrangement of our nation’s national anthem during World War II made a strong patriotic statement that still resonates today. The ASO will make this great work a special part of each performance during its “All-American” season.

Portraits of America will feature Charles Ives’ Variations on ‘America’ and Aaron Copland’s beloved Dance Suite from Rodeo. Ferde Grofe’s picturesque Grand Canyon Suite featuring violinist Kathy Perry will be a wonderful highlight of the afternoon , while George Gershwin’s beloved Rhapsody In Blue performed by pianist Dr. Howard Kim, Assistant Professor of Music at Anderson University will be a grand finale.

Founded in 1975, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra is a civic ensemble comprised of community avocational instrumentalists, college students and talented high school musicians. Membership is by audition only and is open to all talented orchestral instrumentalists. The orchestra is a member ensemble of the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC), a 501 c3 not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to bringing the very best in musical performance and educational opportunities to the Anderson area.

Tickets to Portraits of America are priced at $15 for adults and $7 for students. To purchase tickets, please call the GAMAC office at (864) 231-6147.

The Anderson Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by a generous grant to GAMAC by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding in part from the National Endowment for the Arts.