Aiken Civic Orchestra Announces Second Season of Aiken Chamber Music Series | New
Aiken Civic Orchestra and Music Director Adam DePriest announce a second season of the Aiken chamber music series. According to DePriest, it started during the pandemic in 2020 as a series of concerts to creatively engage musicians and audiences “beyond the podium.” “It was a way to safely bring up-to-date music and improve the quality of life in our community,” DePriest said. “We decided that we had to continue to support this kind of music even after the pandemic is over. It is yet another way for the Aiken Civic Orchestra to live up to its motto of ‘celebrating community by music “. The professional quality of musicians we can encourage and support is incredible and we are happy to bring even more music to the community. By continuing to improve the quality of music, we are increasing the quality of life for everyone We are encouraged to see that we have inspired other organizations to creatively engage with the community.
All these concerts will take place at 3 p.m. and are free, but donations are welcome.
The Augusta Cello Society will perform on October 3 in the courtyard of St. Mary Help of Christians, 138 Fairfield St SE.
If you like the sound of the cello, wait until you hear the sound of four of them all playing together! Come hear the Augusta Cello Society for a concert of music arranged for four cellos. From Purcell and Mozart to Henry Mancini and the Beatles.
The Augusta Cello Society was formed in the hope of increasing interest and awareness in cello playing and promoting artistic collaboration in the Augusta region. They seek to inspire other cellists in the region from all walks of life to join them in having fun playing the cello and to inspire many more to come and listen to them.
Performing cellists are Chris Connolly, Christine Crookall, Justin Resley and Amy Sawicz. All four have been involved in many CSRA musical organizations, including Augusta Symphony, Aiken Civic Orchestra, and Carolina Academy of Music. Spectators must bring their own chairs. In case of bad weather, the concert will be moved inside the church.
The Upton Trio will perform on November 7 at Aiken’s First Baptist Church, 120 Chesterfield St N.
Acclaimed Upton Trio will present a concert featuring Saint-Saens Piano Trio No.1 in F Major, Op. 18. The Upton Trio is a modern group of classical music, piano, cello and violin so off the beaten track that it feels right at home. The Upton Trio strike a mysterious source of something so pure and true that their music will make you cry and strengthen your life. Prepare to be suspended in the delicate balance between avant-garde and timeless. They have been called the “alternative chamber titans” and “the punk rockers of chamber music”.
Violinist Mary Lee Taylor Kinosian is currently Principal Violin of the Aiken Symphony Orchestra and the South Carolina Philharmonic and performs for other orchestras in the region. Likewise, cellist Dusan Vukajlovic is the principal cellist of the Aiken Symphony and the SC Philharmonic. Billy Shepherd is a pianist from Camden, SC and is the artistic and commercial director of the trio.
Masks will be worn and social distancing will be observed inside the church.
The “Trout” show will take place on February 20 at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St NW.
The musicians of Augusta Virtuosi will return for another performance as part of the Aiken chamber music series. This concert will feature the Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 “Trout” by Franz Schubert. Augusta Virtuosi was founded by the musical director of the Aiken Civic Orchestra, Adam DePriest, in 2019 and is a collective of professional musicians from the greater Augusta region with the aim of performing for concert series and collaborations of high quality.
The Change of Seasons show will take place on March 20 in the courtyard of Saint Mary Help of Christians.
The first day of spring will be inaugurated with a concert of two of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Anastasia Petrunina will be the soloist of the “Winter” and “Spring” concertos accompanied by a chamber orchestra conducted by Adam DePriest. Petrunina was recently a soloist for the August 21 concert of the Aiken Civic Orchestra. She is currently principal violin of the Augusta Symphony and is completing a doctorate at the University of Georgia.
Spectators must bring their own chairs. In case of bad weather, the concert will be moved inside the church.
For more information visit aikencivicorchestra.org