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The Aiken Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Donald Portnoy, will perform G.F. Handel's "Messiah" on Dec. 9 at Grace United Methodist Church.

The Aiken Symphony Orchestra will bring a holiday classic to North Augusta for the first time this year to celebrate the Christmas season.

The symphony will perform G.F. Handel's “Messiah” on Dec. 9 as part of its Chamber Orchestra Series. The concert, featuring the Aiken Symphony Orchestra Festival Chorus and soloists, will begin at 7 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church at 639 Georgia Ave. Dr. Donald Portnoy will conduct.

For more information, visit aikensymphonyorchestra.com.

The symphony also will perform “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church at 138 Fairfield St. S.E. in Aiken.

The Aiken Symphony Orchestra will open its 2019-20 season at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Etherredge Center at USC Aiken with “Tchaikovsky: The Russian Genius,” featuring pianist Andrew Tyson. The program will include the “U.S. National Anthem”; “Concerto for Piano & Orchestra, Op. 16, A Minor,” by Edvard Grieg, featuring Tyson; and “Symphony, No. 5, Op. 64, E Minor,” by P. I. Tchaikovsky.

Other performances in the upcoming season are as follows:

• “Brahms: Magnitude and Power,” featuring violinist Jennifer Frautschi, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Etherredge Center.

• “W.A. Mozart: Amadeus and Friends,” 3 p.m. Nov. 24, St. John's United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. N.W.

• “Home for the Holidays,” featuring vocalist Scarlett Strallen, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Etherredge Center.

• “Glorious Strings,” 3 p.m. Jan. 19, 2020, St. John's United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St N.W., Aiken.

• “Beethoven: Happy Birthday, Ludwig,” 7:30 p.m Feb. 1, 2020, Etherredge Center.

• “Scheherazade: The Thousand and One Nights,” 7:30 p.m. March 7, 2020, Etherredge Center.

• “Swinging on a Star,” featuring Broadway musical tunes performed by vocalist Debbie Gravitte, 3 p.m. April 19, 2020, Etherredge Center.