Newberry, SC- Are you looking for a way to get out of the house? Do you want to visit someplace new? See something new? Visiting the Newberry Opera House to see a show is a great way to explore someplace new or see a new or different show. During the upcoming weekend of March 15- March 17, two great shows will be visiting the opera house and can be an excuse to spend a weekend in Newberry. Joe Gransden and his 16-piece jazz band are the first of these two shows. The second show is Siberian Virtuosi, an internationally renowned classical ensemble from Russia.
Famous trumpeter, Joe Gransden and his 16-piece band known for a mix of smooth jazz and standard music. Renowned vocalist Francine Reed joins Gransden and his big band as a special guest. Gransden’s 16-piece band travels around the country playing jazz and standard music. Gransden started his career in 1993 when he dropped out of college to tour with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra for a year. He also toured as a sideman with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and had several other groups including Barry White, Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, and Aretha Franklin. He started a solo career when he formed his own group which played in Brooklyn, NY each week for many years. He later moved to Atlanta and got a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University. He formed his 16-piece big band in 2009 and has performed numerous shows around the country. Joe Gransden has 14 albums to his name and has carved out a niche in Atlanta’s jazz scene.
Reed was born in Chicago and grew up singing professionally with her family’s gospel group. After a bad marriage, obligations to take care of her children kept Francine Reed from pursuing her dreams. For many years, Francine Reed would sing at local jazz clubs and other locations in Phoenix until her children were self-sufficient and out of the house. In 1985, Reed’s friends introduced her to famous country singer Lyle Lovett, who was looking for a female singer. Reed began touring with Lovett and his band as a background vocalist and began singing duets with Lovett. She appeared with Lyle on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman and Regis and Kathy Lee. In the mid-1990s, Reed decided to pursue a solo career mainly with music inside the blues and jazz genres and she then moved to Atlanta. She recorded several albums including I Want You to Love Me and Can’t Make It on My Own. She has collaborated with other performers such as Willie Nelson, Delbert McClinton, and Roy Orbison. She has also been nominated several times for the W.C. Handy Award.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see Joe Gransden and his big band perform with special guest Francine Reed in a unique jazz concert experience. If you enjoy big band jazz and blues music then this is the perfect show for you. Don’t miss Joe Gransden with Francine Reed when they visit the Newberry Opera House this March.
Siberian Virtuosi is an ensemble of violinists from Siberia who have been gaining popularity throughout Russia and Europe. Founded in 1994, Siberian Virtuosi has performed over 1,500 concerts and toured in countries around the world. They have performed in 15 European and Asian countries including France, Italy, Portugal, Germany, the U.K., China, and South Korea. Their performances include pieces from famous musicians including Mozart, Bach, and Tchaikovsky; as well as music from more contemporary classical composers. Siberian Virtuosi was named the State Ensemble of Violinists of the Republic of Yakutia which is the highest honor an ensemble in Russia can receive. They are known for their energy, unique arrangements, and high level of musicianship. A fabulous performance to leave its audience in awe. Get a chance to hear classical music from famous composers and learn about a new culture by seeing Siberian Virtuosi when they visit the Newberry Opera House this March.
Don’t miss a chance to see either Joe Gransden with Francine Reed or Siberian Virtuosi or see both of these shows when they visit the Newberry Opera House this upcoming weekend.