2019-20 Concert Schedule


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 (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


Andrew Tyson, Piano

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

Symphony, No. 5, Op. 64, E Minor … P.I. Tchaikovsky

Please click https://youtu.be/4wxeKWug4Ig to learn more about Mr. Tyson!

Brahms — Magnitude & Power

October 26, 2019
7:30pm | Etherredge Center

Jennifer Frautschi, Violin

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

Diana Amos, Soprano (top)
Wendy Cohen, Flute (bottom left)
Vonda Darr, Harp (bottom right)

Exsultate Jubilate, K.165 …W.A. Mozart
Diana Amos, Soprano

Concerto for Flute and Harp …W.A. Mozart
Wendy Cohen,Flute
Vonda Darr,

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

Handel’s Messiah (Chamber Orchestra Series)

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

Handel’s Messiah … G.F. Handel
Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass
Aiken Symphony Festival Chorus

Home for the Holidays (Pops Concert)

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

Scarlett Strallen, Vocalist

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

Scarlett Strallen, Vocalist
Aiken Choral Society
Aiken Civic Ballet

Glorious Strings (Chamber Orchestra Series)

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

Samuel Barber, composer

Adagio for Strings … Samuel Barber, composer
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

Happy Birthday Ludwig

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

Sara Sant’Ambrogio, Cello (left)
Erika Nickrenz, Piano (center)
Sara Parkins, Violin (right)

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

Scheherazade “The Thousand & One Nights”

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

Zlatomir Fung, Cello

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

Debbie Gravitte, Vocalist

Featuring Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte performing a variety of beloved Broadway music

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