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Prism concert to feature music, dance

Posted: September 17, 2012 - 7:45pm
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Dancers from the Columbia County Ballet rehearse at their dance studio. The ballet troupe will be part of the Prism concert at First Baptist Church of North Augusta.     MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Dancers from the Columbia County Ballet rehearse at their dance studio. The ballet troupe will be part of the Prism concert at First Baptist Church of North Augusta.

The Savannah River Winds will present the annual Prism concert Monday evening at First Baptist Church of North Augusta.

During the concert, the concert band’s ensembles will be spread throughout the sanctuary on the main level and in the balcony as they perform for a few minutes each.

The ensembles will then come together on stage and play four pieces as a group, including Colors by Bob Margolis, the selection that dancers from the Columbia County Ballet will dance to. Savannah River Winds first introduced the Prism concert concept to the area a few years ago as part of the Westobou Festival.

“It’s not unique, but it’s different for this area,” said Richard Brasco, director of Savannah River Winds.

Last year, he invited the Columbia County Ballet to join the band to add a visual element to the music.

“It was very successful,” he said. “People really enjoyed it.”

“It was a good marriage,” said Ron Jones, artistic director with the Columbia County Ballet.

So Brasco invited the ballet again.

“They are very talented,” Brasco said of the ballet dancers. “I like the way (Jones) assigns things like this to his talented students. It gives them an opportunity to showcase their works and talent. It’s great to see them perform.”

The choreography was created by Brynn Allen, a John S. Davidson Fine Arts School student and student at the Columbia County Ballet, Jones said.

“I’m really looking forward to this. She definitely has a talent, so this is the perfect opportunity for her,” he said. “I told Brynn, ‘When I heard this music, I really enjoyed the music color. When I’m looking at the movement, I can see the music because of how you’re expressing the music.’ I’m very excited for the audience to see it come together.”

This year's concert is sponsored by the North Augusta Arts Council.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Prism concert

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Monday

WHERE: First Baptist Church of North Augusta, 625 Georgia Ave.

COST: Free

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