On Sunday, March 23, at 4:00 p.m., Ensemble 864 will present a concert of chamber music as a part of the FESTIVA arts series of First Presbyterian Church. This free concert will be held in the sanctuary of the church, and childcare will be provided for preschool children.
The members of Ensemble 864 have collectively been an active force in the creation of Upstate South Carolina’s classical music scene. Founded in 2012 by violinist Alex Spainhour, violist Kay Gilbert, cellist Chris Gratton, and pianist Amy Blackwood, the outstanding musicianship and warm camaraderie of Ensemble 864 has been forged through years of performing with great success for such groups as the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, The Anderson String Quartet, the GAMAC Orchestra, and countless freelance performances statewide.
Violinist Alex Spainhour is the long-time conductor of the GAMAC Orchestra and co-founder of the reorganized Anderson Symphony Orchestra. He is also an active performer in the Anderson String Quartet. Kay Gilbert, viola, retired from teaching orchestra in Anderson School District 5. A seasoned freelance musician, she performs on both violin and viola. She is a member of the Anderson String Quartet and principal violist with the GAMAC Orchestra. Cellist Chris Gratton is Adjunct Professor of Cello at Anderson University and cello coach for the Greenville County Youth Orchestra’s Young Artist’s Orchestra and Philharmonic. He performs with the GAMAC Orchestra and Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Pianist Amy Blackwood came to Greenwood in 2011 as full-time staff accompanist at Lander University. She is accompanist for the Greenwood Festival Chorale, and she accompanies many productions for the Greenwood Community Theater.
The FESTIVA arts series is supported in part by a grant from the Greenwood County Community Foundation.
What’s with the name? Come hear Ensemble 864 on March 23 to find out!