Hopelands Summer Concert Series kicks off
The unseasonably warm temperatures on Monday gave way to a cool breeze and sunset as the Aiken Concert Band took the stage to open the 40th season of the Hopelands Summer Concert Series.
The band's show was titled “The Prism Concert,” with a prism representing the colors of the rainbow, as well as the “colors” of the various instruments in the band.
During the concert, small ensembles positioned themselves throughout the grounds of the Windham Performing Arts Stage before bringing their “colors” together as a full band on the stage.
The band's eclectic repertoire ranged from the old-school “Jump, Jive an' Wail,” to the classical “Fanfare for the Common Man,” to the contemporary “Moves Like Jagger,” to the timeless “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
Around the stage, hundreds of audience members listened, watched, clapped or rocked along as the various “prisms” performed around the stage before combining in front of them.
Some residents kicked back on blankets on the ground while others held their children in their laps.
Angela Waters has been living in Aiken for 40 years, and has been coming to the Hopelands Summer Concert Series for as long as she can remember.
She brought her daughter and granddaughter to Monday's concert.
“It was wonderful, and the weather was perfect,” said Waters, whose husband, Tony, plays tuba in the band. “It's a great way to introduce your grandchildren to music.”
The series will continue each Monday throughout the summer, with South Boundary set to perform next week.
All concerts will begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
The event is family-friendly and free of charge. Food is allowed, but alcohol is not.
Well-behaved pets on leashes are also allowed.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.