Joye in Aiken

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Joye in Aiken

Joye in Aiken is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the very best in the performing arts available to our citizens, and especially our students. In 2016, Joye was awarded the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award (South Carolina’s highest honor in the arts) for its Educational Outreach Program. 

Founded in 2008, Joye in Aiken is the heir to, and the very embodiment of, Aiken’s longstanding tradition of nurturing excellence in the arts.  The organization takes its name from Joye Cottage, a fabulous Gilded Age mansion once the center of a social circle that included America’s most prominent families.  The 60-room “cottage” hosted performances by some of the world’s greatest artists, attended by some of the nation’s wealthiest arts patrons.

Today, Joye in Aiken carries that legacy forward, but with a difference.  Where in earlier times only the privileged few in our area were able to enjoy those truly world-class experiences, now the organization brings that same magic to a much wider and more diverse audience.   In the last 11 years we have brought 450 musicians, actors and dancers at the top of their disciplines (primarily from The Juilliard School) to participate in the weeklong Performing Arts Festival held each March, where a wide variety of events are made available to the public at low or no cost.  Even more importantly, through our Outreach Program, those artists have taught, mentored and inspired over 31,000 area schoolchildren.

The name “Joye in Aiken” is meant to honor the central role that Joye Cottage has played in our history while suggesting the very nature of the program itself, which has brought boundless joy to so many of our citizens.  Through our Festival and Outreach Program, we share experiences – with families and students, young and old, people from all backgrounds and all walks of life - that represent the highest, most joyful reaches of artistic endeavor.

The legacy continues.

Friday, March 6

12:00 p.m. Artistry in Action: Paul Jacobs Demonstrates
1:00 p.m. Light lunch served in Parish Hall

St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church
125 Pendleton Street SW
Aiken, SC

Tickets: Artistry in Action FREE and open to the Public
Lunch reservations: $15 per person
Available online or contact the Etherredge Center Box Office (803-641-3305)

Paul Jacobs

Artistry in Action Tickets

5:00 p.m. In the Spirit of Jazz: A Community Fish Fry

Second Baptist Church
425 Hampton Avenue NW
Aiken, SC 29801

Tickets: See Festival All-Stars Jazz Concert below.

8:00 p.m. Festival All-Stars Jazz Concert

Second Baptist Church
425 Hampton Avenue NW
Aiken, SC

Tickets: Fish Fry $15; Concert $20; Purchase both tickets and receive a $5 discount; Students FREE with ID
Available online. Please contact the Etherredge Center Box Office for the Discount Pass (803-641-3305)

Alicia Olatuja

Chris Pattishall

Riley Mulherkar

Fish Fry Tickets

Concert Tickets

All Stars Festival Discount Pass

11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. The Joye of Jazz

The Willcox
100 Colleton Avenue
Aiken, SC

Tickets: Brunch and Afternoon Pass Lobby $125, Dining Room $100; Evening Dinner Pass Lobby $125, Dining Room $100
Contact the Etherredge Center Box Office (803-641-3305)

Saturday, March 7

Joye of Jazz Tickets

7:30 p.m. Paul Jacobs, organist

St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church
125 Pendleton Street SW
Aiken, SC

Tickets $25: Students FREE with ID
Available online or contact the Etherredge Center Box Office (803-641-3305)

Sunday, March 8

Paul Jacobs Recital Tickets

7:30 p.m. St. Lawrence String Quartet

St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church
125 Pendleton Street SW
Aiken, SC

Tickets $25: Students FREE with ID
Available online or contact the Etherredge Center Box Office (803-641-3305)

Tuesday, March 10

St. Lawrence String Quartet

About the Program

St. Lawrence String Quartet Tickets

9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Decoda After Hours at The Willcox

The Willcox
100 Colleton Avenue
Aiken, SC 29801

FREE and open to the Public

Decoda

7:00 p.m. Swing Dance Lessons
8:00 p.m. Swing Dance Party featuring the Mariel Bildsten Septet

Aiken Center for the Arts
122 Laurens Street SW
Aiken, SC

Tickets: $30; Students FREE with ID
Available online or contact the Etherredge Center Box Office (803-641-3305)
Swing Dance Lessons (included in ticket price): Please RSVP at info@joyeinaiken.com

Wednesday, March 11

12:00 p.m. Sanctuary Concert Series
Kara Dugan, mezzo soprano; Peter Dugan, pianist

First Presbyterian Church
224 Barnwell Avenue
Aiken, SC

FREE and Open to the Public
General Admission on first come first served basis; doors open at 11:30 AM

Thursday, March 12

8:00 p.m. Decoda: A Fiddler’s Tale by Wynton Marsalis featuring Russell Joel Brown

St. John’s United Methodist Church
104 Newberry Street NW
Aiken, SC

Tickets: $30; Students FREE with ID
Available online or contact the Etherredge Center Box Office (803-641-3305)

Friday, March 13

8:00 p.m. Festival Finale featuring Tessa Lark and Michael Thurber; Peter and Kara Dugan; Sam Reider and the Human Hands

USC Aiken Etherredge Center
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC

Tickets: $50; Students FREE with ID
Available online or contact the Etherredge Center Box Office (803-641-3305)