The Columbia County Civic Orchestra will start its new season with a new name.
The organization, created in 2008, is now the Columbia County Orchestra and will encompass the orchestra’s chamber groups.
“People were just getting confused,” music director Rob Nordan said of the old name. “It’s just easier to call it all Columbia County Orchestra.”
The orchestra’s 2012-2013 season kicks off with a performance at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center in the Columbia County Library.
The classical concert will feature both light and heavy works, Nordan said.
The audience can expect to hear pieces by Johann Strauss Jr. and his father, Johann Strauss Sr. Included in the program will be well-known waltzes, a polka and a march.
“We have area school children from Augusta Christian Schools and also North Columbia Elementary School that are actually going to be involved in clapping, polka steps and waltz steps for the first half of the program,” Nordan said.
The second half of the evening will be devoted to Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.
“Andrew Sords from Cincinnati is coming in to play it, and he is a rising star,” Nordan said. “He is a person that probably in another 10 years ... could become a household name in the way of violin artists.”
Each masterworks concert is free, but donations are welcome, Nordan said.
The series includes three concerts in 2012 and four performances in 2013. The series finale is planned for May 3.
All but one concert will be held at the Hardin. The fifth annual Handel’s Messiah Sing-In will take place Nov. 25 at West Acres Baptist Church in Evans.
For information, call (706) 755-5849 or visit www.columbiacco.org.