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USC Aiken’s annual series rich in cultural performances

July 16, 2018 GMT

Subscriptions are now available for USC Aiken’s Cultural Series, presented annually in the Etherredge Center.

“We have a lively and energetic season lined up that is sure to please audiences of all ages,” said Michael St. John, Etherredge Center box office manager.

For more than three decades, the Etherredge Center for the Fine and Performing Arts has promoted and inspired cultural and intellectual opportunities for the benefit and enjoyment of individuals in the CSRA.

The 2018-2019 season offers audiences an array of entertaining performances and unique sounds from all over the world.

Four Celtic Voices

The 32nd annual Cultural Series kicks off Nov. 15, with Four Celtic Voices, sponsored by White Rose Eclectics.

Four kindred spirits, Celeste Ray, Maria Banks, Carol Crittenden and Alison Crossley joined forces to create a vibrant, vivacious and fresh Celtic group for the enjoyment of their many fans.

Focusing on the music and poetry of the ancient Celtic tradition, their instruments and harmony-singing style transport audiences to the enchanted kingdom of the ancient isles.

Doro Wat Jazz Band

Jet Pilot Services is sponsoring the Doro Wat Jazz Band on Dec. 8.

Doro Wat, named after an Ethiopian Stew, is a New Orleans-style jazz band.

Ben Polcer on trumpet and vocals; Bruce Brackman playing clarinet; James Singleton on string bass; John Royen on piano; Colin Meyers on trombone; and Benji Bohannan playing drums, along with world renowned lindy hop swing dancers, Amy Johnson and Chance Bushman, have been performing together in New Orleans for nine years.

VIDA Guitar Quartet

On Jan. 17, Denise and Bob Hood present the VIDA Guitar Quartet, four guitarists of exceptional artistry and “unerring musical instinct.”

VIDA’s ability to “conjure up an orchestral palette of color and effects” combined with their “exquisite tonal and dynamic control” has firmly established them as a passionate and masterful ensemble who sparkle with “vitality and spontaneity.”

Havana Cuba All Stars

Turner’s Keyboards is sponsoring Havana Cuba All Stars on Feb. 14.

Back in the United States by popular demand, this high-energy group is a joyous celebration of Cuban music and dance styles. This acoustic ensemble completed a 60-date tour in 2016 with wonderful outreach for students and communities.

With melodies and rhythms from cha cha cha to rumba, and from “Son Cubano” style to the salsa, the All Stars will showcase a wide variety of Cuban beats. The group is inspired by and dedicated to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music through a fresh, contemporary lens.

Turtle Island Quartet

SRP Federal Credit Union is sponsoring Turtle Island Quartet on Feb. 28.

In this highflying program, the two-time Grammy winning Turtle Island Quartet, pays homage to the incandescent visionary brilliance of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker.

The genius of his improvisations almost single handedly catapulted jazz from pop style into art music, indelibly altering the musical landscape of America.

The Stepcrew

The season winds up March 22 with The Stepcrew, courtesy of Betty and Greg Ryberg.

Created by Cara Butler and Jon and Nathan Pilatzke, who were longtime touring members of The Chieftains, The Stepcrew combines Irish, Tap and Ottawa Valley Step dancing, music and song.

The virtuosic cast of 11 dancers and musicians, comprised of the leading performers in today’s Celtic music scene have appeared on the international stages of the leading PAC’s and Celtic Festivals worldwide.

For more information or to purchase season tickets, call 803-641-3305 or visit etherredge.usca.edu.