Performing and Visual Arts Events in the Upstate

Note: This is an article from 2012. Please see our events page for a current listing of performing arts events in the Upstate.


Performing and visual arts are one way to admire the vast talent that is right in our own backyard. While most of us know to check the bigger venues like the Peace Center in Greenville and the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg for such events, there are also other venues and other communities in the Upstate that have some great happenings as well.


What: Presbyterian College Wind Ensemble Spring Concert. Presbyterian College presents their annual showcase of the Wind Ensemble, free of charge to the public. The Ensemble is directed by DR. Richard House.

When: April 25th at 7:00 PM, Edmunds Hall, Presbyterian College, 503 South Broad Street, Clinton, South Carolina 29325

Fountain Inn:

What: Grand Finale: "An evening with Britten and Saint-Saens" The Fountain Inn Orchestra presents their season ending performance in partnership with the Fountain Inn Center for Visual and Performing Arts.

When: May 5th, 7:30 PM   315 N. Main Street     Fountain Inn, SC 29644 

Details: Tickets $5/$7/$10 at 864-409-1050



What: Carolina Youth Symphony Spring Concert. This concert features all three orchestras of the Carolina Youth Symphony (over 250 talented young musicians). CYS consists of 254 young musicians ranging from 8-18 years of age and from 80 schools, 37 cities and 2 states. It is a skill-based orchestra, so everyone has to audition to become a member.  

When: April 23, Peace Center Concert Hall, 7:00pm

Details: Tickets are $6 adults $3 students and can be obtained at the Peace Center box office.


What: "TCHEERS" FOR TCHAIKOVSKY The Greenville Symphony's 65th concert season comes to a close in grand style with an evening dedicated to the great Pyotr llyich Tchaikovsky. His sweeping Violin Concerto is one of the most beloved and difficult works in the solo violin repertoire. Heralded as one of the most talented and captivating young violinists today, Rachel Lee displays her virtuosity in what guarantees to be a dazzling performance. The evening culminates in divine providence under the magic baton of Maestro Tchivzhel with Tchaikovsky's triumphant Symphony No. 5.

When: Saturday, May 4, 2013 8:00 PM, Sunday, May 5, 2013 3:00 PM

Details: At The Peace Center, Tickets: $15 - $60

What: Jersey Boys. Jersey Boys is the true story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide- all before they were 30.

JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs:
"Big Girls Don't Cry"
"Rag Doll"
"Oh What a Night"
"Can't Take My Eyes Off You"

When: Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 7:30 PM
Thursday, Jul 11, 2013 7:30 PM
Friday, Jul 12, 2013 8:00 PM
Saturday, Jul 13, 2013 2:00 PM, 8:00 PM
Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 1:00 PM, 6:30 PM
Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 7:30 PM
Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 7:30 PM
Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 2:00 PM, 7:30 PM
Friday, Jul 19, 2013 8:00 PM
Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 2:00 PM, 8:00 PM
Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 1:00 PM, 6:30 PM

Details: At the Peace Center 

Tickets: $55, $65, $85

Jersey Boys contains smoke, gun shots, strobe lights, drug references, sexual situations and authentic "profane Jersey language" and is not recommended for children under the age of 12.

Estimated running time: 2 hours 35 minutes (includes intermission).


What: "WE HAVE SONG" The Greenville Chorale celebrates Greenville's best instrument: the human voice! This extraordinary afternoon of a cappella singing will take your breath away. Works will include Randall Thompson's gorgeous "Ye Shall Have a Song; " Brahms' beautiful "Schaffe in mir, Gott; " and Alberto Ginastera's powerful "Lamentations of Jeremiah." The concert will also celebrate the life and work of Moses Hogan, one of our country's finest African-American composers and conductors, who died ten years ago this Spring at the too-young age of 46.

When: April 28, 3:00 PM

Details: At First Baptist Church, Greenville 



What: D50: Youth Art Show at The Arts Center.

District 50 Schools and the ACTS Program team up to celebrate the school year end with a student gallery exhibition of the 10 best works per school, selected specifically by the district arts educators.
Sponsored by The Greenwood Women’s Club.

When: April 8 - 30

Details:  Arts Center at the Federal Building, 120 Main Street, Greenwood, SC.  864-388-7800.




Desire What: A Streetcar Named Desire  presented by the Spartanburg Little Theatre. One of the iconic masterpieces of American theatre, Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire follows the fading but still attractive southern belle Blanche Du Bois as she arrives unexpectedly on the doorstep of her sister, Stella, and her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Over the course of one hot, sultry New Orleans summer, Blanche’s fragile facade slowly crumbles as she meets her match in the rough-hewn, brutish, and sensual Stanley, who sees through her and is determined to expose her.

WhenMay 3, 4, 10, & 11 @ 8 p.m.; May 5 & 12 @ 3 p.m.

Details: In the David Reid Theatre at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC.Adults: $25 Seniors: $24 Students: $17 Call 542-ARTS or visit Chapman Cultural Center's Events page for tickets.

What: Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra - Masterworks IV. Join the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra for the final concert of the 2012-2013 season! The Spartanburg Philharmonic will celebrate the 100th Anniversary ofStravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Wael Farouk returns to Spartanburg and will join the orchestra on piano in the performance of Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini." For tickets and information, call the Twichell Auditorium Box Office at Converse College at 864-596-9725.

When: May 4th at 7:00 PM.

Details: Twichell Auditorium, Converse College, Tickets: $35, $25, $10



What: Walhalla Civic Auditorium Presents: Edwin McCain. McCain has gone global with massive pop hits "I'll Be" and "I Could Not Ask for More." After releasing seven albums and selling over 2 million copies, he continues to perform hundreds of concerts throughout the country each year. He has a wall of platinum albums and reams of Top 10, 20 and 40 hits.

When: Friday, May 3, 2013, 8:00 PM

Details: Tickets $30.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Walhalla Civic Auditorium box office at 864-638-5277 or visiting their website.

What: Walhalla Civic Auditorum Presents: Russell Moore and IIIrdtymeout. Success for IIIrd Tyme Out was nearly an overnight occurrence for this group following its formation in 1991. They have carried on since then as one of the most beloved and best-selling acts in the bluegrass music. To this day, founding member Russell Moore (guitar), along with Steve Dilling (banjo), Justen Haynes (fiddle), Wayne Benson (mandolin), Edgar Loudermilk (bass) and their excellent sound technician, Donnie Carver, are creating a new tradition in modern bluegrass music.

When: Saturday, May 18, 2013 8:00 PM

Details: Tickets $25.00  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Walhalla Civic Auditorium box office at 864-638-5277 or visiting their website.  

What: Walhalla Civic Auditorium Presents: Red Velvet Cake War. In this riotously funny Southern-fried comedy, the three Verdeen cousins—Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette—could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion. Things spin hilariously out of control when a neighbor's pet devours everything edible, a one-eyed suitor shows up to declare his love and a jaw-dropping high-stakes wager is made on who bakes the best red velvet cake. As this fast-paced romp barrels toward its uproarious climax, you'll wish your own family reunions were this much fun!

When: May 31, June 1, 2, 7, 8 & 9, evenings @ 8 pm, Sundays 2:30 pm

Details: Tickets $12.00 Tickets can be purchased by calling the Walhalla Civic Auditorium box office at 864-638-5277 or visiting their website.

There are many, many more performing and visual arts events across the Upstate this fall.  Please check the Upstate Information Hub calendar for more information.