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The Aiken Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Donald Portnoy present a series of nine concerts and world-renowned guest artists for the 2019-2020 season, including four classical orchestral performances, three chamber performances, together with a performance of Handel’s Messiah, and two pops concerts including a Christmas program. The orchestra’s fifth season opens September 14 with “The Russian Genius” featuring pianist Andrew Tyson and works by Grieg and Tchaikovsky. Maestro Portnoy delivers an entertaining and informative pre-concert talk, entitled Illuminations, about that evening’s musical selections, our soloists, the background of the composers and much more. Illuminations begins at 6:30pm for concerts held at the Etherredge Center (excluding Home for the Holidays and Swinging on a Star), is complimentary, and is offered to all ticket holders. All classical orchestral concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center; pops and chamber performances take place as noted on the schedule.
The Aiken Symphony Orchestra, conceived by Portnoy and formed in 2015, is comprised of professional musicians from the region. Tom Hofstetter, former Aiken Performing Arts Group president, and The Aiken Symphony Guild were pivotal in the nonprofit’s start and its continued success. In addition to the Orchestra’s classical and pops concerts, the Orchestra has as its mission the enhancement of music education among the students and citizens of the Aiken community.