Aiken Choral Society
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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.

2014–2015

Winter 2014

The Aiken Choral Society presents
The Annual Madrigal Dinner, A Renaissance Yuletide Feast

A Feast (full dinner with hors d' oeuvres and dessert) of merriment, mirth and marvelous music played on period instruments and sung by costumed members of The Aiken Choral Society. This stellar event was sold out last year.
When: December 9 and 11, 2014, 6:30 pm
Where: Aiken County Historical Museum
Cost: $70
Tickets will go on sale at The Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce and the Aiken County Historical Museum. Advance purchase is necessary. For more information, download the Madrigal Brochere.

The Aiken Choral Society presents
A Winter Concert

Featuring Yuletide Madrigals (songs), with period instruments and costumed singers
When: December 14, 2014, 3 pm
Where: Cornerstone Baptist Church
Cost: $20 adults, $10 students, children under 12 free
Tickets may be purchased at the Aiken County Museum and at the door.

Aiken Choral Society rehearsals for the 2014 Winter season start Monday, September 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Cornerstone Baptist Church

Spring 2015

Great Choruses & Encores
Featuring music by Mozart, Handel, Haydn, Mendelsshon, Gilbert & Sullivan, Borodin Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Bernstein and Claude-Michel Schoenberg (Les Miserables). Great choruses from opera, operetta, Broadway, and oratorio.

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