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Anderson Symphony to Present "Anderson's Got Talent" Feb. 17

The Anderson Symphony Orchestra (ASO), under the direction of Dr. Andrew Pettus, will present "Anderson’s Got Talent 2019" Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall in the Rainey Fine Arts Center at Anderson University.  Highlighting the winners of the ASO’s annual Concerto & Aria Competition, the afternoon will also feature a special performance of Maurice Ravel’s "Piano Concerto for the Left Hand" performed by David Kiser.

The 2018 ASO Concerto & Aria Competition, held in early October, was open to undergraduate vocal and instrumental students enrolled in the music department at the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University.

Winners of this season’s competition were: Hannah Byrne (piano). Sarah Springer (soprano), Courtnie Cox (soprano), Charlotte Tanner (flute), Griffin Lewis (bass) and Tori Hewitt (mezzo-sopriano).  Performances for the afternoon will include works by Beethoven, Gershwin, Rossini and more.

Pianist David Kiser is the host and producer of South Carolina Public Radio’s weeklu "On the Keys."  A seasoned performer, he has been featured  at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, as well as the Spoleto Festival in Perugia, Italy. Kiser teaches music theory and piano at Anderson University and frequently performs in departmental concerts. 

He is currently serving as the principal keyboardist for the Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-2019 concert season.  He and his wife, pianist Lisa Kiser, will present a duo recital to close the "L’Organo" series of the 2019 Spoleto Festival USA in June.

Founded in 1975, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra is a civic orchestra comprised of community volunteer instrumentalists, college students from Anderson University, and high school students.  Membership is by audition and is open to all instrumentalists. Pettus was named conductor of the ASO in 2017.

Tickets to "Anderson’s Got Talent 2019" are $15 for adults and $7 for children and are available for advance purchase by calling the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC) at (864) 231-6147.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

This event is made possible by support from TTI Power Equipment.  The Anderson Symphony Orchestra is a constituent ensemble of the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium which is funded in part with Accommodation Tax dollars from the City of Anderson and Recreation Funding from Anderson County.  Funding is also provided in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission.

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