Broadway, ballet, and symphony tickets make for nice stocking stuffers that can leave lasting memories throughout the year. And the Koger Center in Columbia has tickets and gift certificates on sale for various shows in the coming months.
Upcoming performances include three Broadway in Columbia productions: “Flash Dance,” Feb. 4-5; “Sister Act,” March 3-4; and Camelot, April 28-29.
Additionally, Chaka Kahn will perform Feb. 20, Gordon Lightfoot Feb. 22, Garrison Keillor March 9.
Local performances at the Koger include the SC Philharmonic Jan. 10, the USC Symphony Orchestra Jan. 22, Columbia City Ballet Jan. 31-Feb.1 and Columbia Classical Ballet Feb. 27.
The Koger Center is located at 1051 Greene St. The box office is at 801 Park St. at Green and Park streets.
The box office and the charge line at (803) 251-2222 will be open until 5 p.m. Monday, and will then close until 9 a.m. Jan. 2. But tickets can be purchased anytime at KogerCenterForTheArts.com.
Midlands residents are invited to blend their voices with some of the area’s top vocalists and musicians in Columbia on Monday night when Washington Street United Methodist Church presents the 12th Sing-Along Messiah.
The 7 p.m. gathering at the church, 1401 Washington St., will feature a live performance of Handel’s time-honored work by a full choir and orchestra conducted by Lillian Quackenbush. Audience members are invited to sing along or sit back and enjoy the classic musical celebration of the Christmas season.
Featured singers will include soprano Maria Beery, contralto Sara Beth Shelton, tenor Michael Gray and bass Eric Kessler.
Vocal scores will be provided or guests can bring their own.
Admission is free.
Arts Commission executive director elected to national board
Ken May, executive director of the South Carolina Arts Commission, has been elected to the board of directors for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. He is one of five new members who will three-year terms.
May joined the South Carolina Arts Commission in 1985 as a regional arts coordinator and served as director of planning, research and grants, and as assistant deputy director before being named deputy director in 1995.
May has served as a panelist and site visitor for the National Endowment for the Arts; a panelist, presenter, consultant and facilitator for national, state and local arts organizations; and a guest lecturer in arts administration programs at the College of Charleston and Winthrop University. He is a board member and current treasurer of South Arts.
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies represents and serves the nation's state and jurisdictional arts agencies.