3rd Annual Divertimentos & Dressage Comes to Tryon International Equestrian Center Benefitting Brooke USA and Spartanburg Philharmonic

Brooke USA Foundation’s (Brooke USA) Foothills Regional Advisory Council and Spartanburg Philharmonic are thrilled to announce the 3rd Annual Divertimentos & Dressage taking place on Thursday, October 20th at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. The signature event is sure to delight guests once again with a live symphony orchestra playing classical pieces to the choreographed movements of extraordinarily gifted dressage riders and their Grand Prix horses.

“I see riding horses as art, as well as sport.  The experience of live orchestral music with musical freestyle dressage is simply captivating, mesmerizing and unlike any other artistic or athletic endeavor,” said Sally Frick, Chair of the Brooke USA Foothills Advisory Council, a member of Brooke USA’s Board of Directors, equestrian and flutist for the Spartanburg Philharmonic and other area chamber ensembles.

The Dressage musical freestyle will feature Jim Koford, Jessica Davis, Ashley Perkins, Trayce Doubek, Barbara Bonk Matson, Ashley Parsons, Alexandra Reid Naranjo, Brittany Lincoln-Anders and a special guest Olympian Doug Payne. These riders and their horses will captivate the audience with an orchestral repertoire that includes works by Dvorak, Handel, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Rossini, Brahms, Strauss II, Coleridge-Taylor, Bernstein and Bruno Mars.

“Divertimentos and Dressage is a fantastic opportunity for the Spartanburg Philharmonic to expand awareness for our organization while providing the community with an exciting and unique event,” shares Kathryn Boucher, Spartanburg Philharmonic Executive Director. “The repertoire is familiar, but the setting and the entire experience is fresh, captivating, and along with our partner Brooke USA Foundation, one we look forward to providing audiences each year.”

Divertimentos & Dressage is an exciting event that supports the life-saving work of Brooke USA, as well as the continuing and expanding programs of the Spartanburg Philharmonic. Brooke USA strives to alleviate the suffering of working horses, donkeys and mules, and the people they serve in vulnerable

Communities across the globe. The Spartanburg Philharmonic enriches, inspires, and educates the public through live performances of high-quality music.

Starting with registration at 6:00 PM, guests will enjoy a pre-performance reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Promptly at 7:00 PM, guests will be treated to a one-hour performance. This year for the evening of music and freestyle dressage, the event further opens its arms to the community inviting Pony Clubbers and members of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Youth Orchestra with a special $25 admission for children and teens under 16 with discount code 2022PONY. Individual adult tickets are $75 per person. To purchase individual tickets, a table, or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please visit BrookeUSAevents.org.

The mission of Brooke USA is to significantly improve the health, welfare and productivity of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people who depend on them for survival worldwide. We are committed to sustainable economic development by reducing poverty, increasing food security, ensuring access to water, providing a means to education, and raising basic standards of living through improved equine health and welfare. We accomplish this by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need.

The Spartanburg Philharmonic has been delighting audiences of all ages. The 65-member orchestra performs classical masterpieces, genre-bending pieces, and everything in between. From Classics, Espresso, Pops!, and Bluegrass events to our Education & Outreach programs, the mission is to enrich, inspire, and educate through live performances of high-quality music. The rich musical history of Spartanburg has its roots in the 19th century. Famed musicians, orchestras, and conductors from metropolitan centers performed here, inspiring a community group of top-notch talent to create an organization that shares a love of music with our city.

For more information, contact:
Yvonne Lorie