2019-20 Concert Schedule


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 a concert featuring Peter I. Tchaikovsky, “The Russian Genius.” Preceding each classical orchestral concert at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Portnoy presents “Illuminations,” a pre-concert talk. All classical orchestral concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center (471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801); pops and chamber performances take place as noted below.  Learn more about each concert [PDF] >>>


Tchaikovsky — The Russian Genius

September 14, 2019
7:30pm | Etherredge Center

National Anthem
Piano Concerto, Op. 16, A Minor
Edvard Grieg


Symphony, No. 5, Op. 64, E Minor
P.I. Tchaikovsky
Andrew Tyson, Piano

Brahms — Magnitude & Power

October 26, 2019
7:30pm | Etherredge Center

Symphony, No. 2, Op. 43, D Major
Jean Sibelius

Violin Concerto, Op. 77, D Major
 Johannes Brahms

Jennifer Frautschi, Violin


Amadeus & Friends (Chamber Orchestra Series)

Sunday, November 24, 2019
3:00pm | St. John’s United Methodist Church

Exsultate Jubilate, K.165 ………………..W.A. Mozart
Concerto for Flute and Harp ………………..W.A. Mozart


Symphony No. 40, K.550, G Minor ………………..W.A. Mozart
Diana Amos, Soprano
Vonda Darr, Harp
Wendy Cohen, Flute


Handel’s Messiah (Chamber Orchestra Series)

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
7:30pm | St. Mary’s Help of Christians Catholic Church

Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass
Aiken Symphony Festival Chorus

G.F. Handel


Home for the Holidays (Pops Concert)

Saturday, December 14, 2019
7:30pm | Etherredge Center

Christmas and Broadway Holiday Favorites, and Orchestra’s Classic Holiday Selections

Scarlett Stralen, Vocalist
Aiken Choral Society
Aiken Civic Ballet

Scarlett Strallen, Vocalist


Glorious Strings (Chamber Orchestra Series)

Sunday, January 19, 2020
3:00pm | St. John’s United Methodist Church

Adagio for Strings
Samuel Barber

Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky, Op. 35a
Anton Arensky
Romance, Op. 42, C Major
Jean Sibelius
Serenaded for Strings, Op. 48, C Major
P.I. Tchaikovsky
Adagio, Composer


Happy Birthday Ludwig

Saturday, February 1, 2020
7:30pm | Etherredge Center

Symphony No. 7, Op. 92, A Major
Ludwig Van Beethoven

Concerto, Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 56, C Major (Triple Concerto)
Ludwig Van Beethoven


Eroica Trio: 
Erika Nickrenz, Piano
Sara Parkins, Violin
Sara Sant’Ambrogio, Cello


Scheherazade “The Thousand & One Nights”

Saturday, March 7, 2020
7:30pm | Etherredge Center

Fledermaus:  Overture
Johann Strauss, Jr.

Cello Concerto, Op. 129, A Minor
Robert Schumann
Zlatomir Fung, Cello
Scheherazade, Op. 35
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov




Swinging on a Star (Pops Concert)

Sunday, April 19, 2020
3:00pm | Etherredge Center

Famous Broadway Music and Fourteen Beloved Composers


Debbie Gravitte, Vocalist


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