10/3: Westobou

Miotas Draiocht Ceol: The Myth, Magic and Music of Ireland

In a darkened hall where a turf fire glows, fairies, leprechauns, giants, heros, and even a few treacherous princes will come to life in a multi-media event designed to transport the audience back to ancient Ireland when myth, magic, and music were a part of the fabric of everyday life.

Miotas Draiocht Ceol, which is Irish for Myth, Magic and Music, is the creation of Augusta musician Carl Purdy and writer/photographer Debbie van Tuyll. Their program will recreate the intimacy of an evening around a peat fire with an Irish seanchai (a traditional storyteller), only better. While the seanchai is spinning her yarns, the audience will see images of locations where the tales occurred, and these will be accompanied by original musical compositions as well as a few traditional jigs and reels.

The stories will include those of Fionn MacCumhail, who built the World Heritage site, the Giant’s Causeway, so he could accept a challenge from the Scottish giant and the young Cú Cuhlainn who would single-handedly fend off Queen Medbh’s entire army during the Cattle Raid of Cooley. The evening will also include stories of magic harps, gods and goddesses, treacherous princes, adventures to the Otherworld, and, of course, no evening around of storytelling around a turf fire would be complete without a fairy tale or two.

Van Tuyll and Purdy are both professors at Georgia Regents University, as well as being creative professionals. Purdy teaches music and is a noted Augusta musician who played with the Augusta Symphony for 24 years. Van Tuyll has been a writer and student of Irish mythology and legend for most of her life, though her academic work has only recently shifted into this area after years of studying Civil War-era journalism.

This program is one of products of their work to build a Town-and-Gown community of enthusiasts of Irish music and culture in Augusta. Sponsors of the program include the Porter Fleming Foundation, the GRU Office of Sponsored Research, the GRU Department of Communications, and the GRU Department of Music.

The program is Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Maxwell Performing Arts Center on the Summerville Campus of Georgia Regents University. Tickets: $15 for the public; $5 for GRU students with JAG cards and children under 12.

Westobou: Miotas Draiocht Ceol

10/18: The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

by Karl Jenkins

Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

Performed by the Augusta Choral Society and the Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra with a film made to accompany this specific piece of music.

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 7:30 pm

  • J. Porter Stokes, Artistic Director and Conductor
  • Tickets: $25/Adults and $10/Students and Active Duty Military, available online or by calling 706-826-4713
  • Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 301 Greene St, Augusta, GA 30901
  • Please click here for more information about Lyra Vivace

Karl Jenkins’ 21st adaption of the Roman mass form is both anti-war and social commentary. With sources of inspirations and texts borrowed from the Islamic call for prayer, the Mahabharata, Kipling, Tennyson, and Sanchiki Toge and other sources, Jenkins manages to present his message in a most compelling package of movements that range from powerful and dramatic to passionate and mellifluous. The result of this undertaking by the ACS will be one of the most intense and satisfying concerts in recent memory.

The international best selling CD album of this piece, conducted by Karl Jenkins and featuring The London Philharmonic Orchestra and The National Youth Choir of Great Britain, was released on 10 September 2001, the day before the tragic events in the United States.

10/4: Westobou Festival

The Continuo Collective of the South

The Continuo Collective of the South

With Angela Massey, Flute; Pawel Kozak, Violin; Ruth Berry, ‘Cello; Ken Courtney, Harpsichord

This season’s Chamber Music Series “Go Baroque!” presents a variety of afternoon concerts each day of the Westobou Festival. Acclaimed performers perform programs including favorite selections from the Baroque era. Come join us as we celebrate the sixth consecutive season of the Westobou Festival Chamber Music Series!

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 12:00 noon

  • Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904
  • Please click here for more information about The Continuo Collective of the South.

Program: Baroque Virtuosi

Sonata for Violin and Continuo in G major, BWV 1021
I. Allegro
II. Vivace
III. Largo
IV. Presto
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Trio Sonata in G
II. Larghetto
Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782)
Sonata for Flute and Continuo in B minor, BWV1030
III. Presto
Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonnerie de Ste. Geneviève du Mont-de-Paris Marin Marais (1656-1728)

Continuo Collective of the South - 2014 Westobou Festival

9/18: Midday Music Concert Series

Presents The Continuo Collective of the South

Teri Forscher-Milter, flute The Continuo Collective of the South

With Teri Forscher-Milter, Guest Flute Soloist; Pawel Kozak, Violin; Ruth Berry, ‘Cello; Ken Courtney, Harpsichord

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 12:00 noon

  • Free Admission to the concert
  • First Presbyterian Church of Aiken: 224 Barnwell Ave NW, Aiken, SC 29801
  • Please click here for more information about The Continuo Collective of the South.

Program: J.S. Bach and Son

Works of J. S. Bach and his ninth son, Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach
Partita in A minor for Solo Flute, BWV 1013
I. Allemande
Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata No. 4 for Violin in C Minor, BWV 1017
I. Siciliano (Largo)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Trio Sonata in C Major
Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach
Trio Sonata BWV 1039
Movt. III Adagio e piano
Movt. IV Presto
Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach
J. S. Bach, 1685-1750
Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach
J. C. F. Bach, 1732-1795

Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (21 June 1732 – 26 January 1795), was the ninth son of Johann Sebastian Bach.

The 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica says of him "He was an industrious composer, … whose work reflects no discredit on the family name." He was an outstanding virtuoso of the keyboard.

A significant portion of J. C. F. Bach’s output was lost in the WWII destruction of the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung in Berlin, where the scores had been on deposit since 1917.