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Aiken Choral Society

The Aiken Choral Society, ACS, is a semi-professional community choral group and a member organization of Chorus America that is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission.

The Aiken Choral Society performs two major concert series each year, in the winter around Christmastime, and in late May or early June. The concerts are held in an area church or the Aiken County Historical Museum at Banksia. The focus for Winter concerts is seasonal, holiday music. Spring concerts feature important classical and contemporary music.

ACS also sings at various fund raising and benefit events. We are no longer doing our Tour of Homes. Our new major fundraiser is our Madrigal Dinner: a Renaissance Yuletide Feast. Performed in 2014 at the Aiken Historical Museum in period costume with two harpsichords and other period instruments, this event was an outstanding artistic success.

As Aiken's oldest performing arts organization, ACS performs a wide range of music, from Contemporary to Early Music, and has multiple professional, instrumental and vocal resources at its disposal. The Society has performed, by invitation, as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival for more than ten years and in 1992, was selected, by audition to perform with the acclaimed Prague Symphony Orchestra in Prague and Brno, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic). We gave Our Lady of the Snows Cathedral in Prague, built in 1347, its first sacred music concert after more than 50 years of Communist domination.


Spring 2014

Spring Concert
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 18, 2014, 3:00 p.m.
Location: TBA

Featured composition: John Rutter's Mass of the Children.

Our featured guests are Bound to Sing, an auditioned group of 5th-8th grade boys, who will perform for the concert opening. The Aiken Choral Society will perform the Rutter, followed by music based on childrens' honor of the Bound to Sing participants and all children who are in attendance.

Our special pieces include "I Have a Little Shadow" (text by Robert Louis Stevenson) by Dave Brubeck (of "Take Five" fame) and two selections from Lewis Caroll's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" by Irving Fine. The grand finale will be the Aiken Choral Society and Bound to Sing performing the "Prayer" from Engelbert Humperdink's Hansel und Gretel.



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