Dec. 13: Augusta Choral Society & Lyra Vivace

The Truth from Above

with special guests:

  • Melanie Buckner, soprano
  • Tommy Watson, baritone

Saturday, December 13, 7:30 pm

  • Dr. J. Porter Stokes, Artistic Director and Conductor
  • St. Paul’s Church, 605 Reynolds St., Augusta, GA 30901
  • Tickets: $25/Adults, $10/Students and Active Duty Military. Call (706) 826-4713, visit Sacred Heart Cultural Center or click here to purchase.


Selections from Messiah Handel
Fantasia on Christmas Carols Vaughan Williams
Gesu Bambino Yon
A Christmas Festival Anderson
We Need A Little Christmas Herman


Dec. 12 – Davidson Chorale & Lyra Vivace

Handel’s Messiah

with special guest vocal soloists:

  • Elizabeth Grant: soprano
  • Jessica Lane: mezzo-soprano
  • Jaeyoon Kim: tenor
  • Washington Isaac Holmes: bass

December 12, 2014, 7:30 pm

  • Aiken First Presbyterian Church, 224 Barnwell Ave NW, Aiken, SC, 29801
  • Admission is free, but donations are welcome

The Davidson Chorale, one of the most highly awarded high school choirs in the United States, will perform Handel’s glorious Messiah with the Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra and soloists. Many choirs sing this music, many instrumentalists play it, and many audience members hear it, but this performance is special. This concert is a unique opportunity for the talented students in the Davidson Chorale to rehearse and perform with professional instrumentalists and vocal soloists.

The Davidson Chorale will bring unprecedented artistry and preparation to this performance, partnering with the brilliant Lyra Vivace chamber orchestra for an unforgettable night of music. However, they also experience challenges that are typical of high school groups: namely, the annual decreasing budget shortfalls so typical of public schools. Alone, a performance which pairs such excellent high school musicians with accomplished professionals is out reach for most school budgets, but with your help, the Davidson Chorale will be able to fund this unique performance.

This live performance will be professionally recorded for DVD, which the Davison Chorale plans to distribute to their backers. Please take a moment to make a small contribution on Kickstarter. Your donation will go directly to the cost of recording and producing a DVD to benefit the Chorale and to provide stipends to the orchestra and vocal soloists. Kickstarter fundraising ends on December 8; if our modest goal of $4,000 is not met by December 8, all donations must be refunded. Please help.

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Davidson Chorale & Lyra Vivace: Handel's Messiah
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Dec. 18 – Continuo Collective

Rejoice Greatly! A Holiday Concert Celebration

Presented by the Aiken Perfoming Arts Group

Featuring the Continuo Collective of the South

  • Ken Courtney, harpsichord
  • Ruth Berry, cello
  • Angela Massey flute,
  • Pawel Kozak, violin and viola
  • Jonathan Aceto, violin

with special guest Jeffrey Wells, Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone

Thursday, December 18, 2014

  • Location: URS Theater, 126 Newberry St. SW, Aiken, SC
  • Tickets $40 or $20 students; click here to order or call (803) 648-1438
  • 6:30 pm: Complimentary Wine and Hors d’oeuvres
  • 7:30 pm: Concert
  • Black tie optional
  • Proceeds to benefit the educational outreach programs of APAG


Sleepers awake! from Cantata BWV 140 J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Winter (Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297) Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • Allegro non molto
    • To tremble from cold in the icy snow,
      In the harsh breath of a horrid wind;
      To run, stamping one’s feet every moment,
      Our teeth chattering in the extreme cold
  • Largo
    • Before the fire to pass peaceful, contented days while the rain outside pours down.
  • Allegro
    • We tread the icy path slowly and cautiously, for fear of tripping and falling. Then turn abruptly, slip, crash on the ground and, rising, hasten on across the ice lest it cracks up. We feel the chill north winds course through the home despite the locked and bolted doors… this is winter, which nonetheless brings its own delights.
The Bells of St. Genevieve Marin Marais (1656-1728)
A Charlie Brown Christmas

  • Christmas Time Is Here
  • Skating
Vincent Anthony "Vince" Guaraldi
I Wonder as I Wander John Jacob Niles (1892-1980)
Bring Him Home (from Les Miserables) C. M. Schonberg (b.1944)
A. Boubil(b.1941)
Greensleeves Traditional British
Riu, Riu Chiu Traditional Spanish
Ocho Kandelikas Traditional Sephardic
Rejoice Greatly! (from The Messiah) G. F. Handel (1685-1750)
Still, Still, Still (Hush, Hush, Hush) Traditional Austrian
The Christmas Song Mel Torme (1925-1999)
Bob Wells (1922-1998)
How The Grinch Stole Christmas

  • Mr. Grinch
Albert Hague (1920-2001)
Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991)
Silent Night Franz Gruber (1787-1863)
Joseph Mohr ( 1792-1848)

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love’s pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth

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Rejoice Greatly! Continuo Collective of the South with Jeffrey Wells
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Nov. 20 – Lyric Intermezzo

Midday Music in Aiken presents:

A Journey in Song

Diane Haslam, mezzo-soprano
Ruth Berry, cello
Carol Cook, piano

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm

  • First Presbyterian Church of Aiken
  • 224 Barnwell Ave NW, Aiken, SC 29801
  • no charge for admission


An die Musik Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Villanelle Hector Berlioz (1803-69)
Chanson Triste Henri Duparc (1848-1933)
Sure on this Shining Night Samuel Barber (1910-81)
In the Silence of the Night Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Habanera George Bizet (!838-75)
Nina Noel Coward (1899-1973)
September Song Kurt Weill (1900-1950)
Encore: Autumn Leaves Kosma/Mercer

Lyric Intermezzo: Midday Music in Aiken

Nov. 9: The Rob Foster Jazz Quartet

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Take a lovely Sunday drive through the country this coming Sunday, support regional professional musicians, and hear a terrific concert!

The Rob Foster Jazz Quartet
3/4 of a Century of Jazz Standards
Sunday November 9, 4:00pm

  • Lutheran Church By the Lake,
    100 Twelve Oaks Drive and Hwy 378, Savannah Lakes Village, McCormick, SC 29835
  • Admission: $20.00
  • Concert is about 75 minutes, no intermission.
  • Free Reception on location, immediately following the performance
  • For more information about the concert call 864-391-8022
  • Please click here for more information about The Rob Foster Jazz Quartet

Rob Foster: flute, saxophone, vocal
Chris Mangelly: piano
Travis Shaw: bass
Edwin Hamilton: drums


Careless Love unknown origin, played in early 20th century jazz
St. Louis Blues (1915) W.C. Handy
Basin Street Blues (1928) Spencer Williams
Mood Indigo (1930) Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard, lyrics by Irving Mills
Begin the Beguine (1935) Cole Porter
Anthropology (1946) Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans (1946) Louis Alter, lyrics by Eddie DeLange
Blue Monk (1954) Thelonious Monk
Misty (1954) Erroll Garner, lyrics by Johnny Burke
All Blues (1959) Miles Davis
Take Five (1959) Paul Desmond
How Insensitive (1963) Antonio Carlos Jobim,
lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes (Portugese) and Norman Gimbel (English)
Footprints (1966) Wayne Shorter
Crystal Silence (1971) Chick Corea
Chameleon (1973) Herbie Hancock