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Aiken Youth Orchestra spring concert is Monday

May 4, 2018 GMT

The Aiken Center for the Arts will present the annual spring concert for Aiken Youth Orchestra and the Aiken String Ensemble at 7 p.m. Monday.

The concert will give musicians from the center’s strings programs an opportunity to showcase their hard work and share their musical talents with the community.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be in the Main Gallery of the Aiken Center for the Arts at 122 Laurens St. S.W.

The Aiken String Ensemble, led by director Angela Shaw, will perform “Escalator,” by David Bobrowitz; “Prelude and Fugue,” by Brian Balmages; and “Appalachian Suite,” arranged by Douglas Wagner.

Under the direction of Adam DePriest, the Aiken Youth Orchestra will feature a mix of well-known classical pieces including “Sleeping Beauty Waltz,” by Tchaikovsky; “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” by Mozart; and “Capriol Suite,” by Peter Warlock.

Violin and viola Suzuki strings students will perform their spring recital before the concert. The recital, led by instructor Laura Lee Atkinson Pegden, will be at 6 p.m. upstairs in the Arts Center’s Brooks Gallery.

Later in the month, the Aiken Youth Orchestra and Aiken String Ensemble will perform May 20 on the stage at the Etheredge Center before the Aiken Civic Orchestra concert.

Founded in 2002 as a home for string players in Aiken County, the Aiken Youth Orchestra has grown from an eight-member chamber group to two orchestral groups, according to a news release from the organization.

Today the orchestras provide young and “young at heart” string, wind and percussion players the opportunity to participate in a quality orchestral experience in Aiken, according to the release.

In 2016, the Aiken Center for the Arts music programs grew to include additional string instruction to better meet the needs of the community.

DePriest holds a master’s degree in violin performance and a second master’s degree in orchestral conducting.

He is the founder, artistic director and conductor of the Aiken Civic Orchestra. He was a member of the Aiken Youth Orchestra from 2002-2007. He also teaches strings instruments throughout the Aiken-Augusta area.

Shaw holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and teaches strings in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Pegden recently moved to Aiken from Lincoln, Nebraska, bringing with her more than 30 years of experience in teaching, performing and directing.

The Aiken Center for the Arts’ summer music programs will begin May 24 and will feature strings classes for youth and adult students with one or more years of experience.

The 2018 fall semester, which will feature a full array of classes for youth and adults of all experience levels, will begin in August.

For more information, email program director Tracy Seconi at progmgr@aikencenterforthearts.org or call 803-641-9094.

Want to go?

WHAT: Aiken Youth Orchestra, Aiken String Ensemble Spring Concert

WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday

WHERE: Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W.

COST: Free

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 803-641-9094 or email progmgr@aikencenterforthearts.org.