Chorale to perform at scholarship benefit

Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Sandra Field directs members of the Masterworks Chorale, which will perform Saturday in a benefit at the Etherredge Center.

The Masterworks Chorale will be part of a special evening to raise money for scholarships for University of South Carolina Aiken students.


An evening of champagne, desserts and music will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at USC Aiken's Etherredge Center.

"This is our gift to the community," said Sandie Duerksen, the chorale's publicity chairwoman.

The chorale is composed of USC Aiken students and others from the community. The program will include music from the 1930s, '40s and '50s. There will be full choral pieces, duets, solos and featured selections by students.

Several gift baskets will be raffled during the event.

The Valentine's event is different from the other concerts the chorale performs.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this season, the chorale typically performs a traditional Christmas program each December and a serious classical piece in the spring.

The April 19 concert with the Augusta Symphony will be Handel's Messiah.

The Valentine's concert is less formal than the other two.

Ms. Duerksen said seating for the event is limited.

Tickets are $25 for individuals or $150 for a table of eight. Ms. Duerksen is expecting a sellout.

For more information, call (803) 641-3305.

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