Holiday events: Music

The 12 Bands of Christmas Festival is set for Dec. 8 from noon to 8 p.m. at Augusta Common. For tickets or to buy the ninth edition of the CD, visit

COLUMBIA COUNTY ORCHESTRA: MASTER­­WORKS III – HANDEL’S MESSIAH: 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road, Evans; $10, free to children, students, active/retired military and music educators; (706) 755-5849


AIKEN CONCERT BAND: HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway; $10, students $7; (803) 641-3305,

MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS BY CHIP DAVIS: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller; $55, $60, $65;

TARA SCHEYER HOLIDAY MUSIC JAMBOREE AND CRAFTS: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; free to museum members, regular admission others; (706) 724-7501,

MUSIC AT THE MORRIS: CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; pianist Tim Owings celebrating holidays; (706) 724-7501,

AUGUSTA OPERA HOLIDAY CONCERT: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way; $45 adults, $35 seniors and students, $20 military; (706) 364-9114,,

MASTERWORKS CHORALE: FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS: 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, St. John’s United Methodist Church, Aiken; (803) 641-3306

USCA CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT: 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway; free; (803) 641-3305

TUESDAY’S MUSIC LIVE: Two performances; 11 a.m. and noon, St. Paul's Church; free concert; lunch following $10, reservations required; Dec. 4 UGA Accidentals Holiday Concert; (706) 722-3463 or

AUGUSTA COLLEGIUM MUSICUM, FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; traditional English Christmas program, originating at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge University, England; reservations required, (706) 826-4700

WAYNESBORO-BURKE CONCERT SERIES: CHRISTMAS WITH ANNIE MOSES: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, Burke County High School, 1057 Burke Veteran’s Parkway, Waynesboro, Ga.; fiddle, jazz and classical influences fused with folk-inspired vocals; $15 adults, ages 17 and younger $5; (706) 437-0070,

ASU OPERA ENSEMBLE: AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; Gian Carlo Menotti’s heart-warming Christmas opera $5; (706) 667-4100

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH THE AUGUSTA AMUSEMENTS BIG BAND: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, Evans; doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m.; limited number of reserved seats; $20, $25; (706) 726-0366,

COLUMBIA COUNTY CHORAL SOCIETY, BACH TO BROADWAY: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, First Baptist Church of Evans;
(762) 233-7793,

12 BANDS OF CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Augusta Common; Santa 1-3 p.m.; benefits pediatric cancer patients; Jeremy Graham Band, People Who Must, Mason Jars, Black Swan Lane, Ramblin’ Fevers, Folly, Tara Scheyer and the Mud Puppy Band, Impulse Ride, J.A.M.P., Granny’s Gin, Funk You and Jesup Dolly; $10, ages 12 and younger free;

AUGUSTA CHORALE CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 4 p.m. Dec. 9, Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel, Paine College; (706) 830-0991,

AUGUSTA COLLEGIUM MUSICUM HOLIDAY MUSIC: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, Augusta Museum of History rotunda; Benjamin Britton’s A Ceremony of Carols; $15, $10 Augusta Museum of History and Collegium members; benefits the museum

AIKEN PERFORMING ARTS GROUP: CAROLINA BRASS CHRISTMAS POPS: 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, URS Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. SW, Aiken; playing White Christmas, Sleigh Ride, Bugler’s Holiday and other traditional favorites; tickets

ST. TERESA OF AVILA CATHOLIC CHURCH 2012 CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 4921 Columbia Road, Grovetown; presented by St. Teresa of Avila’s Music Ministry; works by Handel, Johnson, Praetorius, more; dessert reception follows; benefits the Building Fund; $3, 2 for $5; (706) 863-4956 ext. 109 or,

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM POPS! AT THE BELL: HOLIDAY POPS!: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, Bell Auditorium; Joe Gransden, trumpet and Trio playing holiday favorites with Symphony Orchestra Augusta; $15, $25, $40; (706) 826-4735,

AUGUSTA CHORAL SOCIETY CONCERT: AND ON EARTH, PEACE: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, St. Paul’s Church, 605 Reynolds St.; $25, $20 ages 65 and older, $10 student under age 25;

AIKEN SYMPHONY GUILD: DECEMBER POPS CONCERT: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, Etherredge Center; Joe Gransden, trumpeter and vocalist; $40, students $7;

CHRISTMAS CANTATA: 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way; Holy Light composed by Robert A. Hobby, adults and children’s choirs, percussion, hand bells, organ and congregational participation

A NIGHT OF CHRISTMAS: 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, Living Waters Full Gospel Church, 1319 Commuity Park Road; Christmas jazz, bluegrass, holiday songs by Dayz To Come and guest singers; donations accepted for the Wilkerson Adoption Project; hot chocolate and desserts after show; free;

CHRISTMAS WITH JOHN BERRY: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.; $15-$27;

CONCERTS WITH A CAUSE CHRISTMAS EVE CONCERT AND LESSONS AND CAROLS: 10:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, St. John’s United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St.; with St. John’s choirs and orchestra; benefits The United Methodist Children’s Home;

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