GAMAC Opens 27th Concert Season with "String Theory!"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 28, 2017

CONTACT: Dana Gencarelli(864) 231-6147

                ANDERSON, SC----  The violins, violas, cellos, and double basses of the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC) Chamber Orchestra will open the 27th Masterworks Season with String Theory on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:30pm in the sanctuary of St. John’s United Methodist Church in downtown Anderson.  Featuring “Strings Only” chamber works by such beloved composers as Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, and more, the evening will feature the ensemble performing without a conductor.  GAMAC Music Director Emeritus and Chamber Orchestra founder, Alex Spainhour, will return to the stage for this event as a member of the violin section.

               With a title inspired by the controversial physics theory of the same name, GAMAC’s String Theory represents a collaborative project among the members of the professional orchestra’s strings section under the leadership of concertmaster Heather Strachan, assistant concertmaster Kathy Perry, and Alex Spainhour.  Repertoire for the evening has been personally selected by the musicians who plan to introduce the pieces with personal anecdotes throughout the performance.  Selections will include various movements from such works as Lullaby for Strings by George Gershwin, Mozart’s Divertimento in D Major, the “Boisterous Bouree” from Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony, Water Night by Eric Whitacre, among others by Tchaikovsky, Edward Elgar, Gerald Finzi, and Leos Janacek.  Spanning centuries of music for strings from the mid-1700’s to the 21st century, String Theory promises to be an entertaining look at familiar works as well as an exciting introduction to new favorites.

               GAMAC’s volunteer auxiliary group, the GAMAC Guild, will offer a pre-concert dinner buffet at 5:45pm on concert evening.  Assistant Concertmaster Kathy Perry, will discuss the evening’s music and offer a musician’s perspective on the rehearsal and performance process.  Pre-paid reservations are required for the dinner by October 9.   Patrons interested in attending are asked to call the GAMAC office at (864) 231-6147.  Concert tickets are not included.  Proceeds will benefit the GAMAC Children’s Chorus Scholarship Fund.

               Founded in 1990, the GAMAC Chamber Orchestra is comprised of professional instrumentalists chosen from the Anderson area and neighboring communities.  Membership in the ensembles is by audition and is open to experienced, professionally trained orchestral players.  The ensemble is featured throughout GAMAC’s annual Masterworks Series.  Upcoming performances will feature the group with the GAMAC Chorale under the direction of Dr. Don Campbell and with guest conductor, Dr. Howard Kim.

               Tickets to String Theory are available and may be purchased by calling (864) 231-6147.  Online purchases are now available at  Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door one-hour prior to the performance.  Prices are $20 for adults and $10 for children and full-time university students. Patrons wishing to make reservations for the Guild dinner are asked to call by October 9.  String Theory is made possible with generous sponsorship support from Mr. & Mrs. Harold Gilbert, and Ms. Maril Yeske.  GAMAC is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.