The 2013 Juilliard in Aiken Performing Arts Festival and Outreach Program entertained the community with theater and music since Saturday.
So far, the Drama Division, duo Charles Yang and Peter Dugan, and Paul Jacobs, organist and The Juilliard School’s organ department chair, have appeared at places like the URS Center for Performing Arts, Joye Cottage and St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church.
Today at 2 p.m., “An Afternoon of Song” will feature a vocal quintet from Juilliard’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts, accompanied by collaborative pianist Daniel Fung. The six artists will perform classical songs by Debussy and Brahm; beloved arias from operas including Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” and Delibes’ “Lakme”; selections from American composers Carlisle Floyd and William Bolcom; a Broadway hit from Stephen Sondheim; and popular and traditional American songs such as Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Every Time I Feel the Spirit.” The event will be held under a tent at the Green Boundary Club and will be followed by a tea on the lawn, or in the clubhouse in the case of inclement weather. Tickets are $45.
At 8 p.m., also under the Green Boundary Club tent, a performance by the popular Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble will feature both time-honored jazz standards and lesser-known but equally exciting finds from the American Songbook. Tickets are $50, $45, $40 and $35.
At the Etherredge Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo kick the adrenaline level up a notch with their inventive, high-energy versions of both classical and pop music. A four-hand, two-piano team, the duo were described by the Southampton Press as “Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers transposed from the dance floor to the keyboard.” Graduates of The Juilliard School, they have appeared on NPR and MTV, toured worldwide and performed in virtually every New York City venue. Their most recent album, “When Words Fade,” remained at the top of the Billboard Classical Charts for nearly 12 weeks in 2011, and their highly creative music videos have been seen by millions on YouTube. Tickets are $45, $35, $25 and $5 for students.
On Friday at 8 p.m., also at the Etherredge Center, the “Fifth Year Anniversary Celebration Concert” will finalize the festival. Performing will be Anderson & Roe, who will emcee for the show, the Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble, the Charles Yang Duo, the String Trio, pre-college artists, vocalists and Juilliard 415. Tickets are $5 for students, $25, $35 and $45.
For tickets to any of these events, visit www.juilliardinaiken.com or call the URS Center box office at 803-648-1438.