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Aiken Symphony Orchestra to perform holiday season concert

Once more with the advent of Christmas, which never fails to deliver its own unforgettable promises, the Aiken Symphony Orchestra will feature the “entrancing” talents of Jonathan Kaufman at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Etherredge Center on the campus of USC Aiken.

The sounds of the holiday season are filled with endearing musical masterpieces that fill the air with their inspiring messages and charisma. When paired with equally legendary vocal talent, the memories wrought by their annual appearances are far from simple nostalgia.

A case in point is Irving Berlin’s signature classic “White Christmas,” recorded in 1942 by Bing Crosby. It remains the all-time best-selling single, according to the Guinness Book of World Records with an estimated sales of over 50 million copies.

ASO audiences will be welcomed home for the holidays this year to many of their musical favorites, from such popular standards as “White Christmas” to the prevailing Russian dance classic “The Nutcracker,” with selections presented by the charming talents of members of the Aiken Civic Ballet.

Representing the best of a “new generation” of male vocalists, tenor Jonathan Kaufman rejoins the ASO to cast a magical holiday spell upon the audience after giving an enticing performance in the orchestra’s Valentine’s Day 2022 concert “Amore.”

Hailed as absolutely “grand” and “heroic” for his recent portrayal of Pinkerton in Puccini’s operatic masterpiece "Madama Butterfly," Kaufman has debuted and appeared not only with the ASO but with many national performing ensembles and opera companies, including Winter Opera St. Louis, the Charlottesville Opera, Western Piedmont Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Opera Carolina and Toledo Opera.

Additional operatic debuts include appearances as Rodolfo in Puccini’s "La Bohème" and Macduff in Verdi’s "Macbeth." His ability to entrance with such beauty and finesse is further attested by his appearance as finalist in both the 2022 Jenson Foundation Vocal Competition and Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition. The magic of this vocal champion-meets-orchestra during the year’s most magical time will not only allow for the brilliant reliving of timeless memories of the season but will also make this holiday homecoming truly transcendent.

Tickets for ASO’s “Home for the Holidays” are available for purchase on the ASO website or by contacting the ASO office by phone at 803-220-7251 or email at admin@aikensymphonyorchestra.com. Subscription order forms and the brochure for the 2022-2023 concert season are also available on the ASO website.