Aiken Choral Society
The Aiken Choral Society, our community's oldest performing arts organization, performs a wide range of repertoire, from early music to modern and contemporary classics under the direction of Dr. Maureen Simpson. In addition to our fine group of SATB singers, ACS has professional instrumental and vocal resources at its disposal. We are proud of our close ties to the Aiken Community, our membership in Chorus America and the generous support of the South Carolina Arts Commission. We welcome new singers at gentle auditions in September and January annually.
The Aiken Choral Society performs two major concert series each year, in the winter around Christmastime, and in late May or early June. In 2013 we added the Madrigal Dinner: A Renaissance Yuletide Feast, performed at the Aiken County Historical Museum in period costume with two harpsichords and other period instruments. The event was an outstanding artistic success and will be expanded in 2014 to two nights (see information at right). Spring concerts feature important classical and contemporary music.
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.
Whether as a singer or audience member, we hope you will join us for our 2014-15 season.
Our 2014–2015 Season
The Aiken Choral Society presents its Second Annual
Madrigal Dinner A Renaissance Yuletide Feast
What: An evening of music, merriment and mirth in Renaissance style! A generous banquet of Cornish game hen surrounded by an abundance of hearty foods from soup to dessert. Cash bar. Music of the period sung by our skilled Aiken Choral Society musicians, with suitable accompaniment and comedic acts to entertain all! Seating limited to 80 persons each evening. Costumes welcome. This stellar event was sold out last year.
When: December 9 and 11, 2014. Doors open at 6:00 pm with a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner at 7:00.
Where: Aiken County Historical Museum - "Banksia"
Cost: $70 per person
Tickets will go on sale Nov. 1st only at The Aiken Chamber of Commerce. After Nov. 1st you may call in your order to (803) 641-1111 or visit the Chamber in person at 121 Richland Ave. East, Aiken, SC 29801. Ticket sales end Dec. 5. For more information, download the Madrigal Dinner brochure.
The Madrigal Dinners are made possible by
a generous grant from
the Porter-Fleming Foundation.
The Aiken Choral Society presents
A Madrigal Concert.
What: Yuletide Madrigals (songs), with period instruments and costumed singers
When: Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 3:00 pm
Where: Cornerstone Baptist Church, 100 Cornerstone Dr., Aiken, SC
Cost: Adults - $20, Students and Military Personnel (with ID) - $10, Children under 12 - free
Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber, the Aiken County Historical Museum and at the door. You can also purchase the concert tickets via PayPal or credit card here:
Aiken Choral Society Thanks Our Website Sponsors:
Aiken Choral Society, PO Box 2161, Aiken, South Carolina 29802