For four years, women a cappella chorus M'Aiken Music has entertained audiences at nursing homes, at formal events, at churches and at City events.
"Our very first concert was at the Museum,"
This time, the women will be transporting their audiences back through the 20th Century during their Songs Through the Decades concert.
"It's so wonderful to have this historic setting ... It's more of a neat collaboration,"
The concert times are 2 and
The songs sung will come from each decade starting with the early-1900s and ending with the 1980s, according to
To accompany this music will be a fashion show.
"We thought it would add a (nice) visual to the music," VanDervort said.
Each decade will be represented by these clothes modeled in part by some of the members' children, Carter said.
The Museum is located at
VanDervort, a life-long singer, began M'Aiken Music.
At that time, there were less than 10 members.
Four years later, there are 10 singers joining VanDervort: Carter, Major,
These women are in full control of their own marketing, booking and song selection, Carter said.
Wilson is the group's secretary and librarian. VanDervort doubles as the group's director and treasurer. Beeler is Major's vice president, while Britten is the assistant music director. Goff oversees the website, with Kraeling handles all history-related matters.
"We are fortunate to have in our group of 12 talented singers a few who can arrange music, some who are computer savvy and others who are creative and handle our website and publicity. There are some of us who are ever vigilant in finding venues for us, and other whose expertise is helping to run a tight ship -- and so on and so on," Carter said.
The women came from working in churches, nightclubs and universities with singing in musicals, on karaoke machines and in cabarets.
From qualities like having the same name to the having the same hometown, the members are all connected to each other somehow.
"There's three degrees of separation between us," Carter said, laughing.
Major added, "A lot are from
To prove this, Major turned to the members.
"How many are from
At least four hands went up.
"See, at least a third," she said.
This caused the women to laugh among themselves and continue talking before rehearsals began.
"We sing a lot, (but) we laugh a lot," Carter said.
The women perform together numerous times during the year, but the spring concert is their set annual performance, Major said.
The event will take place in the
For more information, call 803-648-1438 or visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.us.
M'Aiken Music rehearses weekly and will hold auditions for new members in the fall.
For more information or for ticket information, visit www.maikenmusic.info or call 803-646-0973.
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