Holiday events: Music

The all-Aiken County auditioned boys choir's first concert, Bound to Sing, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at First Baptist Church, 120 Chesterfield St., Aiken. The free concert will include South Boundary, Boundary Boys from Chukker Creek, and No Boundaries from East Aiken School of the Arts. An offering will be taken.

WESTMINSTER MIDDLE AND UPPER SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CONCERT AND ART SHOW: Performance of carols and choral music 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, Christ Church Presbyterian, 4201 Southern Pines Drive, Evans; following concert, view student artwork on display; free;


SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE: 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 7-9, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road, Martinez; accepting unwrapped new toys for Toys for Tots; free tickets at church office; online ($0.75 ticket fee);

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

AIKEN CHORAL SOCIETY, A CEREMONY OF CAROLS: Featuring Vonda Darr, harp; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, Cornerstone Baptist Church, South Carolina Highway 118 Bypass, Aiken; $15 at door

PICTURES WITH SANTA, MUSIC AT COLD CREEK NURSERIES: Pictures 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Cold Creek Nurseries, 398 Hitchcock Parkway, receive free 4x6 photo compliments of Walgreens, Whiskey Road, Aiken; local youth musicians conducted by Barb Rollins 11 a.m.

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;

THE AUGUSTA MEN’S CHORUS: NOWELL!, A CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Christmas music, a cappella and accompanied, from many places, eras and traditions, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, First Baptist Church of Augusta, chapel, 3500 Walton Way; $10

BOUND TO SING CONCERT: 3 p.m. Dec. 9, Aiken’s First Baptist Church, 120 Chesterfield St.; all-Aiken County auditioned boys choir’s first concert; performing with South Boundary, Boundary Boys from Chukker Creek, No Boundaries from East Aiken School of the Arts; free, offering taken

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

COME YE FAITHFUL: 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, Aldersgate Methodist Church; Lyra Vivace Cmahber Orchestra, choirs of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and Aldersgate Methodist

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 museum

LUCY C. LANEY HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School, 1324 Laney-Walker Blvd.; free; (706) 823-6900

U.S. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way; doors open 6:30 p.m.; free;

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, Academy of Richmond County theater, 910 Russell St.; music department Christmas concert with band, choral, and string orchestra; free

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; 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,

CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS: Carolina Christmas, musical event benefiting Toys for Tots; 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, Mi Rancho, 4645 Jefferson Davis Highway, Clearwater; Elvis tribute artists Cliff Wright and Jeff Lewis and performances of songs by Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Ronnie Milsap and Glen Campbell; $15; (803) 474-2411

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 Wilkerson Adoption Project; hot chocolate and desserts after show; free;

MARCO PANUCCIO PRESENTS O HOLY NIGHT – AN EVENING OF HOLIDAY SONG: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way; $20, students $10; advance ticket purchase recommended; (706) 733-0513

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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