May 13 – South Boundary - male, mostly a cappella ensembleMay 20 – Savannah River Winds - Wind ensemble music; marches, overtures, concert band, vocals.May 27 – Aiken Civic Ballet - performs selections from original ballets and contemporary dance worksJune 3 – Suzuki Strings - performs a variety of music on violins played by local youthJune 10 – Maureen Simpson/Aiken Choral Society - variety of musical styles including choral, opera and Broadway musicJune 17 – Mike Frost Band - jazz standards and modern balladsJune 24 – Glor na Daire Academy of Irish Dance - performs traditional dance forms originating in IrelandJuly 1 – To Be AnnouncedJuly 8 – The Southern Meltdown Band - classic country musicJuly 15 – Karen Gordon & Garden City Jazz - classic and vocal jazz favorites and standardsJuly 22 – 4 Cats in the Doghouse - jazz and pop musicJuly 29 – Ken Gabriel - performs Americana music including classic popAug. 5 – Aiken Big Band - big band music, classic and contemporaryAug. 12 – Aiken Brass - variety of musical stylesAug. 19 – Ft. Gordon The Semifours Trombone - jazz, popular, avant-garde and contemporary musicAug. 26 – Aiken Concert Band - performs classical and contemporary music
Although it's May, and residents were in coats and under blankets on Monday evening, the chilly weather didn't keep a large crowd from forming in Hopelands Gardens.
The Aiken Concert Band opened up the 39th annual Hopelands Summer Concert Series on Monday with some summer tunes to warm up the audience. Approximately 530 people were in attendance, according to Hopelands Gardens and Rye Patch Reception Center Supervisor Lisa J. Hall.
“I'm glad to be outside for the first concert,” Hall said commenting on the partly sunny skies. “I hope it's like this for the rest of the summer.
This year's shows will be dedicated to Cecelia “CeCe” Reynolds who was a longtime volunteer of the concert series and to Carl Crosby, a well-known local dancer and founder of the Aiken Civic Ballet – both passed away last year.
• Amy Banton is the city beat reporter and has been with the Aiken Standard since May 2010. She is a native of Rustburg, Va., and a graduate of Randolph Macon Woman's College.
STAFF PHOTO BY AMY BANTON Suzette Meyers, left, with her daughter Meghan Green and grandson Cameron, dance along to the music during the Hopelands Concert Series Monday evening.×
STAFF PHOTO BY AMY BANTON Shem Unger and his son Jonah enjoy opening of the Hopelands Concert Series Monday evening.×
STAFF PHOTO BY AMY BANTON The Aiken Concert Band takes the stage at Hopelands Gardens during the opening show of the Hopelands Summer Concert Series on Monday evening.×
STAFF PHOTO BY AMY BANTON Conductor Ryan Westberry leads the Aiken Concert Band Monday evening during the first show of the Hopelands Summer Concert Series.×
Photo by Katie Binion Residents of Aiken enjoy the music played by the Aiken Concert Band.×