Earlier this month, three youth choirs enchanted audiences with their first-time collaboration.
Late last year, one adult choir regaled congregations with two Renaissance-themed shows.
Later this month, two of those youth choirs – Bound to Sing and Belles Canto – are back for two separate performances.
Bound to Sing, an all-auditioned boys choir, will not be alone.
For the first time, these boys will stand side-by-side with adult choir Aiken Choral Society.
Before this concert occurs, Belles Canto, an all-auditioned young women’s choir, will host its own concert.
Under the direction of Diane Haslam, Belles Canto formed in December 2012.
More than 10 young women make up this group.
On May 17, they will put on its Spring Song: Random Play concert.
Taking place at St. Paul Lutheran Church, the show will start at 7 p.m.
There is no admission cost, but goodwill offerings will be accepted, Haslam said.
“It’s a very varied selection of songs of different styles, mostly with a nature theme. Classical, folk, pop and musical theater styles are all represented,” Haslam said.
These styles include songs by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Robert Lowery.
“As well as the ensemble numbers, there will be solos, duets and a trio,” Haslam said.
On some numbers, Pat Adams, the group’s accompanist, will join the young women on the piano.
On other songs, you will see Adriane Fox playing the flute.
Fox will be Belles Canto’s guest performer for the evening.
“It should be a very entertaining performance, with something for everyone,” Haslam said.
St. Paul Lutheran Church is at 961 Trail Ridge Road.
For more information on the concert or group, visit the Belles Canto Facebook page.
Bound to Sing, Aiken Choral Society
Bound to Sing was formed by men’s a cappella group South Boundary less than three years ago.
Aiken Choral Society is one of “Aiken’s oldest performing arts organizations,” according to its website.
On May 18, Bound to Sing and Aiken Choral Society will come together for a spring concert.
The concert will be at 3 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church.
Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for students and free for children ages 12 and younger.
Tickets can be bought in advance at the Aiken County Historical Museum or the day of at the door.
The concert’s central piece, John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children,” was chosen because of this first-time collaboration with Bound to Sing, according to Dr. Maureen Simpson, Aiken Choral Society director.
“It’s full of hope and ... absolutely beautiful,” Simpson added.
This piece will be sung by both groups at the show’s half-point.
Being the youngest of the two, Bound to Sing will sing first.
These 15 young boys will sing folk songs, spiritual pieces and more, according to the concert’s program.
It is directed by James Bennett and accompanied by Kathleen Cartledge.
Performing last will the Aiken Choral Society.
These 28 adults are basing their section off classic children’s tales like Robert Louis Stevenson’s “I Have a Little Shadow” and Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” series.
To finish the evening, both choirs will reunite for the final number – “Prayer” from Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera “Hansel and Gretel.”
“After a very successful run-out this past Sunday with Kinderchoir and Belles Canto and a brief appearance with South Boundary on the Hopelands Gardens concert series, Bound to Sing very much enjoys these collaborations with other singers,” said Bill Riehl, South Boundary director.
Submitted Photo Pictured are Aiken young women choir Belles Canto after one of its recent performances. The members of Belles Canto are Anne Ateca, Ashley Reynolds, Minna Heaton, Maddie Seconi, Maya Galvan, Katie Worrell, Katte Noel, Sara Terry, Gretchen LeGrand, Allie Gibbons, Brittany Winans, Kimmy Dunn, Antonia McCreary, Michaela Keklak and Chloe White. Pictured on the left is accompanist Pat Adams. Pictured on the right is director Diane Haslam.×
Aiken Standard File Photo Pictured are some of the performers for the Aiken Choral Society's winter concert. In the front row, from left, are Gretchen Schaffner; Annamarie Tiffany; Dr. Maureen Simpson, director, and Michelle Howard. In the second row, from left, are Diane Mangiante, who will play the harpsichord; Carol Hidlay and Melissa Henry. In the back row, from left, are Ken Hofstetter; Bert Tiffany, former Aiken Choral Society president, and Joe Brewer. Not all members are pictured.×
Aiken Standard File Photo James Bennett preparing area groups Kinderchoir and Belles Canto for its recent spring concert with Bound to Sing. Bennett is Bound to Sing's director.×
Aiken Standard File Photo Dr. Maureen Simpson at Aiken Choral Society's concert last winter. Simpson is the adult choir's director.×
Staff Photo by Stephanie Turner Director Diane Haslam taking her young women’s choir Belles Canto through a rehearsal last week in preparation for its upcoming spring concert.×