The final show, on March 20, will be presented by the Crystal Trio, who will play crystal instruments – including, yes, crystal water glasses.
If the idea calls to mind Sandra Bullock’s much-ridiculed talent performance in the movie Miss Congeniality, just wait. These guys will blow your mind.
Using three types of instruments – crystal water glasses making up the glass harp, a crystal verrophone and a crystal pan flute – the Russian trio creates performances of master composers such as Shubert, Mozart, Dvorak and Bach that sound almost angelic.
It’s the kind of act director Keith Shafer enjoys bringing to the series.
“I was fascinated by it,” he said. “We are always looking for unusual groups.”
The next concert in the series is a vocal performance by Aiken artist Isaac Holmes on Jan. 24. Holmes teaches voice and music at the University of South Carolina Aiken and Paine College
“He is a wonderful singer,” Shafer said. “We always try to mix in local, regional, national and international performers.”
Next year, the series will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Shafer began it in 1987, five years after accepting a position as music director for St. Paul’s. The church wanted to offer its facility as a cultural venue with a broader musical scope, he said.
“This one is the largest series of its kind in the country,” he said.
Concerts are free. They begin at noon and conclude at 12:30. A catered lunch, which costs $10 and requires a reservation, is served after the concert in the River Room.
“It’s a great experience,” Shafer said. He estimates 5,000 people attend each year.
Shafer said he looking forward to each performance with equal enthusiasm.