We are pleased to present the ninth season of the Palmetto Artist Series.
With an aim towards excellence and joy, the purpose of the Palmetto Artist
Series is to positively impact the community by providing cultural
enrichment that reflects the natural creativity given by God.

Upcoming Events for 2016


Tim Zimmerman & The King’s Brass
Saturday, June 18, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

One of our Series’ favorites, Tim Zimmerman & The King’s Brass are back by popular demand to close out our ninth season. For over 20 years, The King’s Brass has provided innovative worship for young and old alike through the best in sacred brass music. These Christian professionals from around the United States perform their original arrangements with three trumpets, three trombones, a tuba, keyboards, and percussion. This fresh, creative, and engaging group is not to be missed! Join us also for Sunday morning worship on June 19 as The King’s Brass provides musical leadership in our worship service at 10:30 a.m. A nursery is provided during our worship service.

Tickets are still available! Call our offices (732-2273) before 2 p.m. on Friday or stop by the will-call desk beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. Will call is located on the first floor; enter the first door to the right of the front brick steps.

Additional Information:
  • FEES: All online purchases will be charged a $2.00 handling fee (listed under shipping), which includes mailing your tickets if your order is placed a week or more before the performance.
  • MAILING TICKETS: Tickets purchased within one week of the performance will not be mailed but will automatically be put on hold in our offices. They may picked up during business hours or at will-call (opens one hour before the concert). (There are no mailing fee refunds for tickets which are held in our offices.)
  • EVENT TIMES & DATES: PLEASE NOTE days/dates/times carefully.All programs, dates, and artists are subject to change. Any variations will be published on the website.
  • SEASON PASSES: Season passes ($60) may be purchased through September 25, 2015.
  • LAST-MINUTE PURCHASES: Sell-outs are anticipated. If tickets are still available the evening of the event, they may be purchased at will-call (on the first floor).
  • LOCATION: All events are held on the campus of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 6952 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC 29212.
  • SEATING: Doors open no later than 30 minutes prior to each event. All seats are unassigned. Please arrive early.
  • HANDICAPPED ACCESS: The sanctuary is located on the second floor. For your comfort, handicapped drop-off access and two elevators are available. For easiest access, look for the doors labeled as handicapped accessible. (The easiest access is from the back of the church.)
  • YOUTH TICKETS: Free youth tickets must be requested from the Worship & Arts Administrator (732–2273 x105). Since there are a limited number of these for each event, it is suggested that you request these as early as possible. Youth tickets WILL NOT be issued the day of the event.
  • NURSERY: Except where noted, nursery facilities are not available. Bringing babies and small children is discouraged.

Interested in corporate sponsorship? Contact Jomona Williamson (732-2273 x105).


Soli Deo Gloria, a Season Appetizer
Sharon Hudson Rattray in Concert

SHRattray Columbia native and SAPC’s own Sharon Hudson Rattray presented a free, pre-season musical appetizer as we anticipated a great year in the arts here at SAPC! As an accompanist for the University of South Carolina School of Music and the Lexington County Choral Society—in addition to numerous other musical groups through the years—much of the Midlands knows Sharon as an exceptional pianist. But St. Andrews is proud to call her our organist. We hope you enjoyed the dynamic concert of classics and beloved hymn arrangements. We also hope you were reminded why the organ has been dubbed the “King of Instruments,” as we explored all the colors, sounds, and dynamics of our Walker organ.

The Kiev Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Music Mission Kiev

Our season began with a magnificent cross-cultural musical experience. In their second appearance in the Palmetto Artist Series, this orchestra and chorus composed of 45 select musicians from the country of Ukraine enveloped the audience with their stirring music. Having had a special place in our hearts for many years, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church has had the opportunity to partner with a church, orphanage, and medical clinic in Ukraine. Given the current political and military crisis in that country, the gospel and mercy ministries of MMK are as critically important as ever in their 20 plus years of existence, since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Andrew Peterson:
The Burning Edge of Dawn

Album Release Tour with special guest Eric Peters

One of the most thoughtful, poetic, and lyrical songwriters of his generation, Andrew Peterson offered his vocal and guitar skills to our community. An author as well as a musician, he brought a sense of rootedness that listeners, readers, and fans responded to deeply, reminding us again and again of simple, solid things like love, friendship, hope, redemption, and beauty; and how our stories were meant to be shared; and how the darkness will not always hold sway. With a love for Christ and His Kingdom and a belief in the power of story and art, Andrew Peterson seeks to use his gifts to tell the truth, and to tell it as beautifully as he can. Andrew’s current tour is in conjunction with his brand new album release, The Burning Edge of Dawn, and we were delighted to be the first stop on his tour.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
SAP Players Dessert Theater

For over 170 years, Charles Dickens’ ghostly Christmas tale of old, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge has thrilled readers and audiences alike with its message of love and generosity. During the 2015 Thanksgiving season, the SAP Players offered up this classic play to help us properly frame the season toward sharing the charity and goodwill of Christ to those around us, refuting the contemporary emphasis on consumerism. We hope you and your family enjoyed this classic, holiday season drama. Selections catered from one of Columbia’s favorite dessert bars—Nonnah’s—were served at intermission. Thank you to all who brought in canned food items to add to our Deacons’ Thanksgiving Food Drive!

The Many Moods of Christmas

The Worship & Arts Ministry of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church presented this annual Christmas musical celebration. Classic Christmas carols were presented by a festival-sized choir and orchestra, along with children, bells, drama, and dance in a presentation that has quickly become an annual holiday tradition for many Midlands families. The event was free of charge.

Point of Grace

“God placed the longing for eternal home in every human heart,” says Shelley Breen. “Some people search for it their entire lives.” For Shelley, Denise Jones, and Leigh Cappillino, who comprise the multi-platinum trio Point of Grace, that lifelong search has been captured in song. As a group, it’s a journey that’s 20 years in and 13 albums deep, punctuated with 27 #1 songs, 13 Dove Awards, two GRAMMY nominations, and being one of the Top 10 best-selling artists in the history of Contemporary Christian music. But to stop there is to capture only a single dimension of these multi-talented women. It’s their ministry and heart for those they encounter along the way that continually sets them apart. “The thing that propels us on,” Shelley continues, “is that we love God and we love to serve people.”

In God We Trust!

As citizens of the eternal Kingdom of God, what actions can Christians take to be conscientious citizens of our temporal home here? Choir, orchestra, and drama as SAPC’s Worship & Arts Ministry presented this festive, patriotic service celebrating God’s goodness to the United States of America and prayed for her leaders, armed forces, first responders, and citizenry. The event was free of charge.