The Palmetto Concert Band will open its season today at the Koger Center with a performance by a guest band, the Triangle Wind Ensemble. The ensemble, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, is a wind and percussion band. The Palmetto Concert Band, co-conducted by James K. Copenhaver and William J. Moody, will perform after intermission. The concert starts at 4 p.m. The Koger Center is at 1051 Greene St. Free.
The Fall Trombone Night will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the USC School of Music Recital Hall. Students of Brad Edwards, a USC music professor, will perform. The school of music is at 813 Assembly St. Free; (803) 777-5400
The South Carolina district of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, an annual competition that searches the country for the best new aria singers, was held Nov. 14 at the USC School of Music Recital Hall. Twenty singers auditioned.
This year's winners: Lori Celeste Hicks, a soprano from Orangeburg; Candra Savage, a mezzo-soprano from Jonesborough, Tenn.; and Taylor Johnson, a soprano from Orangeburg. Each was awarded $1,000, and will move on to the Southeast Regional auditions in Atlanta Jan. 31.
The winners of the regional auditions will travel to New York for an audition at the Metropolitan Opera House accompanied by the Metropolitan Opera orchestra.
Carolina Ballet will kick off the seasonal performances of "The Nutcracker" Friday and Nov. 29 at the Koger Center. The company has traditionally performed the ballet at The Township, but the venue is under construction.
Carolina Ballet's production features Joulia Moisseeva and Serguei Chrytokov. The dancing will be accompanied by the Columbia Music Festival Orchestra conducted by Eric Qi-Yan, the Greater Columbia Children's Choir and the Greater Concert Choir of Kershaw County.
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Nov. 29. The Koger Center is at 1051 Greene St. $10 to $25; (803) 251-2222
- Otis R. Taylor Jr.