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

INTERMISSION

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

INTERMISSION
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

INTERMISSION

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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