The Concert Truck brings free shows to Newberry County and beyond


The Concert Truck is a mobile music meeting point that brings communities together and makes music accessible to all. See them on a two-stop-a-day road trip through the community.

Courtesy of the Newberry Opera House

NEWBERRY – The Newberry Opera House and the Newberry Arts for All Initiative will bring The Concert Truck to the community. For a week this mobile music venue will be setting up and hosting free open air concerts in and around Newberry County.

In 2016, pianists Nick Luby and Susan Zhang converted a 16-foot truck into a fully functional mobile concert hall, complete with lighting, sound system and piano. Since then, the duo have worked with everyone from the Kennedy Center to the University of South Carolina.

While there will be several private student performances, audiences are encouraged to come to the following free performances:

• Sun, September 26, 2021, 3:00 p.m. Vance Park 198 W. Florida Street, Clinton.

• Tue, Sep 28, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Newberry County Library 1100 Friend Street, Newberry.

• Thurs September 30, 2021 at 5:30 pm Whitmire Branch Library 303 Church Street, Whitmire.

• Friday, October 1, 2021, 5:30 pm Downtown Newberry Memorial Park First Friday under the NOH Canopy.

As outdoor concerts are weather dependent, participants are asked to bring their own chair.

The concert pianist Nick Luby has won numerous competitions, most recently the Prix Ravel in Fontainebleau, France in 2019. In addition to studying at the University of Michigan and Wesleyan University, Luby holds a degree in performance from the University of South Carolina. Among other things, he studied with the opera house alum Marina Lomazov.

Luby’s co-director of The Concert Truck, Susan Zhang, also studied at UofSC, the Eastman School of Music and the Peabody Conservatory at John Hopkins University in Baltimore. Zhang made her orchestral debut at the age of 12 with the Augusta Symphony. She has played all over the world, from the Piano Festival in the Hamptons to the Brevard Music Center in NC

Both performers also teach music and from this joy grows their hope to redefine the concert experience and make live music accessible to everyone.

“At The Opera House we constantly challenge ourselves to think beyond the tower, and The Concert Truck is a great way to bring music outside of our four walls. We thank all of our host locations for their collaboration, ”said Molly Fortune, Executive Director of the Newberry Opera House.

Thanks to the Newberry Arts for All initiative, these free outdoor events do not require a ticket. Call 803-276-6264 or visit NewberryOperaHouse.com for the latest information on Concert Trucks locations.

Are you or an organization interested in hosting the concert truck near you? There are still a few places available on Wednesday and Thursday. Contact our Development Manager Anne Pinckney-Smith at 803-321-3875 or [email protected]

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