Oct 13: Augusta Cello Society

Sundays at Four

October 13, 2019, 4:00 pm

  • Lutheran Church By The Lake, 100 Twelve Oaks Drive and Hwy 378, Savannah Lakes Village
  • McCormick, SC 29835
  • Tickets: $25

Performers

Christopher Connolly
Christine Crookall
Lisa Pham
Justin Resley

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Aug 21: Glimmerglass Musicians

Hyde Hall Chamber Music Concert

After Her: songs, chamber music, readings by Clara and Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms

  • August 21, 2019, 5:30 pm
  • artists of the Glimmerglass Festival and guests
  • Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326
  • Admission: $20 general public, $18 Glimmerglass Employees, $15 Seniors, free under age 18; click here for tickets or call (607) 547-5098

Hiromi Fukuda, piano
Wynn Harmon, actor
Ellen Jackson, director
Katherine Maysek, mezzo-soprano
Heather Wittels, violin and Artistic Director

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Aug 18: Fenimore String Quartet

Cherry Valley Star Theatre: Artworks Concert Series

  • August 18, 2019, 7:30 pm
  • Star Theater, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley, NY
  • Admission: $20 general public, $15 Artworks members
  • “Spirited” works by Beethoven, Schubert and Bolcom

The Fenimore String Quartet

  • Ruotao Mao, violin I
  • Jennifer Reuning Myers, violin II
  • Joseph Lorang, viola
  • Ruth Berry, cello

The Fenimore Quartet blends the experience of seasoned chamber players with the richness of long friendships to create a perfect backdrop for the exciting musical collaborations which are fast becoming an eagerly awaited summer treat at the Cherry Valley New York Artworks Concert Series and the surrounding area communities in beautiful upstate New York.

Ruotao Mao, Joseph Lorang, Ruth Berry, Jennifer Reuning Myers

Guest Artists

  • Dmitry Glivinskiy, piano

Program

Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in D Major, Op.70, No.1 (“Ghost”)
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
II. Largo assai ed espressivo
III. Presto
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
   
Intermission  
   
String Quartet in d minor, D.810 (“Death and The Maiden”)
I. Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Scherzo: Allegro molto
IV. Presto
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

“Graceful Ghost” Rag (arranged for string quartet by Bolcom)

William Bolcom (b. 1938)

Musician Biographies

Ruotao Mao, violin I

Ruotao is an active soloist, chamber musician and the concertmaster of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra. His playing was described by The Classical New Jersey as “virtuoso display of world-class magnitude.” and “the level of playing has reached far beyond mere technical competence.” A native of Beijing, China, Ruotao graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with “distinction in performance” award. He earned his Master Degree in Music from the Mason Gross School of the Arts where he studied under violinist Arnold Steinhardt of the Guarneri String Quartet. He also studied with Dorothy Delay, Paul Kantor and Masuko Ushioda. As a chamber musician, Ruotao is one of the founding members of the former Beijing Piano Quartet, winner of “Artists International Chamber Music Series” (with appearances in Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center), the highly acclaimed Amabile String Quartet (the quartet-in-residence at Rutgers University from 2000 – 2001), and the Fenimore String Quartet. As a soloist, he appeared with orchestras such as the Jupiter Symphony, NEC Symphony, Corelliard Chamber Orchestra, the Brunswick Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Symphonia, Edison Symphony, the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Arcadian Symphony Orchestra and Rutgers University Orchestra among many others. In 2004, Ruotao premiered a violin concerto by Ernie Stires in Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. He had performance tours in Korea and Colombia, South America. He performed on WNYC, WETS and WDVR-FM broadcasts and is a recording artist for the CRI and Beijing Broadcast labels. Ruotao also serves as the concertmaster of the Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, Riverside Symphonia, the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and Edison Symphony Orchestra, in addition to his positions of violin and viola faculty at The College of New Jersey and Princeton University.

Jennifer Reuning Myers, violin II

A native of Ithaca, NY, Jennifer performs with the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra and several regional chamber music ensembles; she has also performed regularly with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. As a member of the Catskill Chamber Players, she worked with composers Lou Harrison, Henry Brant, Virgil Thomson and George Crumb, and performed the New York premiere of Henry Cowell’s Trio for flute, violin and harp at Weill Recital Hall. Jennifer studied with Raphael Bronstein and Charles Treger at the Hartt School of Music and received her Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College where she studied with Linda Case. As the daughter of two of the first Suzuki violin teachers in this country, Jennifer was fortunate as a youngster to have participated in classes led by Shinichi Suzuki. She now maintains a private Suzuki studio at 171 Cedar Arts in Corning, NY and teaches at Ithaca Talent Education School, in Ithaca, NY. Jennifer is also a licensed massage therapist and has a special interest in working with musicians.

Joseph Lorang, viola

Joseph joined the violin section of the Glimmerglass Orchestra in 2019. He previously performed in other summer festivals such as Aspen Music Festival, Britt Festival, Pacific Music Festival, and Sarasota Music Festival. He has served as concertmaster of several orchestras including the USC Thornton Symphony, Seattle Youth Symphony, Marrowstone Festival Orchestra, Santa Monica Symphony, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute, and as Principal Second Violin in the inaugural season of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the USA. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California where he studied with Martin Chalifour, and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory with Ayano Ninomiya. He previously studied in the Coleman violin studio in Seattle with Simon James, Jan Coleman, and pianist Hiro David. As a conductor, he has participated in Atlantic Music Festival’s conducting program and served as Music Director of the Concerto Chamber Orchestra at USC. As a violist, he has performed chamber works such as the Kodaly Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, and the Franck Piano Quintet.

Ruth Berry, cello

Ruth recently moved back to her home town of Hamilton, NY after living in Augusta, GA for many years (where she worked as principal cello of the Augusta Opera and Symphony, and served as an artist in residence at Georgia Southern University). Since 1986, Ruth performs during the summers with the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra–and when not in the orchestra pit lives in her historic and award-winning Kitt Shipman Memorial Chapel in Springfield Center, NY. During the “off summer” months, Ruth travels regularly to perform for arts organizations throughout the SouthEastern USA. Ruth went to college at Boston University (where she studied cello with Leslie Parnas and received the Edwin E. Stein Award for Excellence in the Arts). Her graduate degree and studies at Cornell University were in musicology, analytical techniques and performance practice. Ruth is currently working on a degree in Labor Studies from the Cornell School of Industrial Labor Relations.

Dmitry Glivinskiy, piano

Dmitry is a Ukrainian vocal coach and conductor. He is a 2019 Glimmerglass Festival Young Artist and serves as pianist and coach. He is a graduate of Mannes College of Music and of the Peabody Institute where, among his teachers, were Genya Paley, Pavlina Dokovska, Boris Slutsky and Scott Jackson Wiley. Dmitry has worked with numerous opera companies as a répétiteur, coach and conductor. Most recently, he was on staff for the revival of Figaro 90210! on Broadway, conducted Eugene Onegin with Utopia Opera in NYC, was assistant conductor for OnSite Opera’s production of Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Morning Star” and returned to Chicago Summer Opera as music director for the company’s scenes program. He is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University as a vocal coach and was recently appointed as Music Director of the Opera Theater at Brooklyn College.

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Aug 12: Chamber Music from Members of Glimmerglass Orchestra

The Pierstown Grange Presents:

The Annual Florence High Memorial Chamber Music Concert

Pierstown Grange, Cooperstown, NY

Florence High (1912-2002) graduated from Radcliffe College in 1934 and played cello with the Elizabeth Philharmonic, Westfield Symphony Orchestra and Florence Symphony Orchestra. She enjoyed playing cello and flute with many chamber groups; in addition, she attended the Metropolitan Opera weekly, sitting in the last row of the upper balcony at the old Met. Ms. High spent her summers on the lake at Cooperstown and was a dedicated member of the Pierstown Grange. Her daughter, Sue Drake, is an active Pierstown Grange member; this concert honors the memories of devoted music lovers and community members Florence High and Sue’s husband, Donald Drake.

  • August 12, 2019, 7:30 pm
  • Chamber Music presented by members of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra
  • Pierstown Grange, 137 Wedderspoon Rd, Cooperstown, NY 13326 (click here for directions)
  • Admission is free
  • This concert is in memory of Donald Drake, and will feature a performance of Puccini’s Chrysanthemums

Program

Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums) SC 65 Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Ruotao Mao, Fritz Krakowski, Faina Agranov, Michael Cleveland, Joseph Lorang, Sasha Margolis, Cecee Pantikian, Esther Sanders, Ann-Marie B. Schwartz, Ubaldo Valli – violins
Katrina Smith, Emma Baker, Christine Ims, Alexandra Van de Geijn – violas
Ruth Berry, Jacqueline Stern – violoncellos; David Irvin, Jon Pascolini double bass
Joseph Colaneri- conductor
Three Furies for Solo Tuba
Fury 2 – very clean, gently inebriated, very clean
Fury 3 – relentless
James Grant (b.1954)
Brendan Ige, tuba
Iberique Peninsular Francois Rabbath (b. 1931)
Jon Pascolini, bass
Three Duets for two Violins and Piano
1.Prelude
2.Waltz
3.Polka
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Cecee Pantikian, Ruotao Mao, violins; Kirill Kuzmin, piano
   
INTERMISSION  
   
Music for Remy Lou Harrison (1917-2003)
Nancy Dimock, oboe; Bill Manley, percussion
Mládí (Youth) (1924)
I. Allegro
II. Andante soatenuto
III. Vivace
IV. Allegro animato
Leos Janácek (1854-1928)
Yevgeny Faniuk, flute & piccolo; Eileen Whalen, oboe; Keri Ann Dibari, clarinet
Dan Wions, horn; Mark Timmerman, bassoon; Pascal Archer, bass clarinet

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Aug 11: Ensembles Large & Small

Cherry Valley Star Theatre: Artworks Concert Series

  • August 11, 2019, 7:30 pm
  • Ensembles Large and Small from the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra
  • Star Theatre, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley, NY
  • Admission: $15 general public, $10 Artworks members and Glimmerglass Employees

Program

Sonata for Violin and Piano in A minor
I. Allegro ben moderato
II. Allegro

César Franck (1822-1890)

Esther Sanders – Violin, Dmitry Glivinskiy – piano

Three Furies for Solo Tuba
Fury 2 – very clean, gently inebriated, very clean
Fury 3 – relentless
James Grant (b.1954)
Brendan Ige, tuba
Iberique Peninsular Francois Rabbath (b. 1931)
Jon Pascolini, bass
Three Violin Duets for two Violins and Piano
1.Prelude
2.Waltz
3.Polka
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Cecee Pantikian, Ruotao Mao, violins; Kirill Kuzmin, piano
   
INTERMISSION  
   

Sonata for Viola and Piano Op. 11 No. 4
I. Fantasie
II. Thema mit Variationen
III. Finale (mit Variationen)

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)

Amy Tompkins – Viola, Dmitry Glivinskiy – piano

Music for Remy Lou Harrison (1917-2003)
Nancy Dimock, oboe; Bill Manley, percussion

Horn Trio in E flat major Op. 40
I. Andante
IV. Allegro con brio

 

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Dan Wions – horn, Sasha Margolis – violin, Dmitry Glivinskiy – piano

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Mar 25: Ensemble Sonaris

Chiaroscuro: Sounds and Sights of Darkness and Light
Music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque

Chiaroscuro:  Italian: [kjaroˈsku:ro]; chiaro (“clear” or “bright”), oscuro (“obscure” or “dark”)

Musicians

Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
Wayne Hankin, historical woodwinds/composer/arranger
Michael Leopold, lute
Ruth Berry, ‘cello

March 25, 2019

  • Colgate University Chapel House
  • Sights of Chiaroscuro will be shown at 4:15 and 5:45pm
  • Sounds of Chiaroscuro will be performed beginning at 4:30pm
  • Projected images from the Colgate University Picker Art Gallery collections (Nick West, curator)
  • Admission is free
  • Approximately 75 minutes, no intermission
  • Reception following the performance

Program

O viridissima Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
Le Ray au Soleil Johannes Ciaconia (c.1370-1412)
Kemp’s Jig Anon. (15thc)
My Sweetest Lesbia Thomas Campion (1567-1610)
Toccata Arpeggiata Johannes Hieronymous Kapsberger (1580-1651)
Torna, deh torna Giulio Caccini (1551-1618)
An Evening Hymn Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Musette de choisi Francois Couperin (1668-1733)
Flammende Rose George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Stabat Mater Giovanni Felice Sances (c. 1600-1679)
Sonata in g Giovanni Paolo Cima (c.1570-1622)
Flow My Tears John Dowland (1563-1626)
Stella Splendens Anon. (14thc.)
O frondens virga Hildegard von Bingen

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Ensemble Sonaris is a quartet of musicians whose partnership takes music to a realm no other ensemble has yet ventured. Each member of the ensemble is an established artist; together the four are rapidly gaining notice from communities near and far. A blend of unique backgrounds and talents with an innovative “no holds barred” approach to programming, Ensemble Sonaris is the only ensemble of its kind in the United States. Click here for more information.

December Performances

In Praise of Music is a unique resource of professional music performers and educators based in Augusta, Georgia, and the Southeastern United States.

Please support In Praise of Music and our presenters by attending our performances, spreading the word about our activities, and sending gifts to our presenters designated for the hiring of professional instrumentalists.

All musicians are professional musicians from the Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble of In Praise of Music, unless noted otherwise.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

2016 December Concerts

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 11:00 am service

Kate Jenkins, trombone

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 7:30 pm

  • Augusta Choral Society presents "A Caroling Messiah"
  • St. Paul’s Church
  • 605 Reynolds St, Augusta, GA 30901
  • (706) 724-2485
  • Click here to purchase tickets

First Violin
Ryan Kho
Laura Tomlin
Ashley Horvat
Damir Horvat

Second Violin
Pawel Kozak
Debbie Schab
Angela Shaw

Viola
Carl Purdy
Karl Schab
Laurin Smith

Cello
Christine Crookall
Justin Resley

Bass
Sara Lokey

Flute
Lorraine Jones

Oboe

Kelly Odell
Manda Cawthon

Clarinet
Joseph Eller

Bassoon
Joy Hoffman

Horn
Judith Cheeseman Thompson

Trumpet
Todd Jenkins
Paul Lott

Timpani
Michael Katterjohn

Percussion
Matthew Jones
Kent Hannibal

Sunday, December 9, 2018: 8:45am and 11:00am services

Jonathan Aceto, violin
Ryan Kho, violin
Carl Purdy, viola
Christine Crookall, cello

Erin Wilson, flute
Kelly Odell, oboe
Rachel Misner, horn

Sunday, December 9, 2018: 11:00am service

Wendy Cohen, flute
Laura Tomlin, violin
Pawel Kozak, violin
Arthur Ross, viola
Justin Resley, cello
Nina Brooks, harp

Sunday, December 9, 2018: 4:00pm and 7:00pm services

Damir Horvat, violin
Ashley Horvat, violin
Angela Shaw, violin
Tess Hartis, violin
Jeff Watson, viola
Samara Humbert-Hughes, viola
Mary Ann Watson, cello
Jenny Davis, flute
Will Moon, oboe
Josh Workman, trumpet
Todd Jenkins, trumpet
Jason Ortiz, trumpet
Michael Baker, trombone
Will Graybill, trombone
Robert Slade, bass trombone
Scott Herring, percussion
Greg Apple, percussion

Sunday, December 9, 2018: 4:30pm and 6:30pm services

Jonathan Aceto, violin
Dana Duncan-Davis, violin
Carl Purdy, viola
Ji-Ye Kim, cello
Christopher Connolly, cello

Sunday, December 9, 2018: 6:15pm prelude and 6:30pm service

Bulldog Brass Society from the University of Georgia

Shangduo Chen, trumpet
Shaun Branam, trumpet
Dilon Bryan, horn
Steve Jessup, trombone
Joseph Guimaraes, tuba


Sunday, December 9, 2018: 7:30pm service

  • "Christmas at First Baptist, " Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra Program
  • First Baptist Church
  • 3500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30909
  • (706) 733-2236

Violin
Ryan Kho
Laura Tomlin
Sarah Land
Pawel Kozak
Scotty Allen
Kitty Shepheard

Viola
Arthur Ross
Laurin Smith

Cello
Christine Crookall
Justin Resley

Bass
Sara Neal Lokey

Flute

Wendy Cohen

Oboe
Kelly Odell
William Raine

Clarinet
Jay Rising

Bassoon
Joy Hoffman
Felisha Jones

Trumpet
Geoffrey Wood
Jessie Morlan
Victoria Bethel

Trombone
Matthew Henderson
Kate Jenkins

Timpani
Michael Katterjohn

Percussion
Kevin Baggott
Stephanie Phillips


Friday, December 14, 2018: 8:00pm

  • Cirque Musica Holiday presents “Wonderland”
  • Bell Auditorium, Augusta, GA
  • Click here to purchase tickets

Lyra Vivace Orchestra

First Violin
Laura Tomlin, concertmaster
Damir Horvat
Mayumi Nakamura
Nyamka Odsuren
Shadwa Mussad

Second Violin
Laurin Smith
Camilia Mouton
Angela Shaw
Thomas Lai

Viola
Carl Purdy
Arthur Ross
Jeff Watson
Stan Pylant

Cello
Ji-Ye Kim
Justin Resley
Mary Ann Watson
Chris Connolly

Bass
Jarod Boles
Travis Shaw

Flute
Wendy Cohen
Erin Wilson

Piccolo
Cynthia Hopkins

Oboe
Kelly Odell
Rebecca Nagel

Clarinet
Taylor Massey
Charles Messersmith

Bassoon
Reed Hannah
Joy Hoffman

Horn
Brandon Nichols
Anne Holmi
Mike Daly
Judith Cheeseman Thompson

Trumpet
Antonio Marti
Kyle Lane
Michael Smith

Trombone
Joshua Bynum
Kate Jenkins

Bass Trombone
Robert Slade

Tuba
Christopher Bluemel

Timpani
Michael Katterjohn

Percussion
Matthew Jones
Alissa Castero
Kevin Baggott

Harp
Carolyn Munford


Sunday, December 16, 2018: 8:30am and 11:00am services

Thomas Lai, violin
Jason Pooler, violin
Priscilla Hollingsworth, violin
Shadwa Mussad, violin
Louisa Shepheard, violin
Kitty Shepheard, violin
Jeff Watson, viola
Justin Resley, viola
Christopher Connolly, viola
Pam Dutch, bass
Jessie Morlan, trumpet
Sam Speering, trumpet

Sunday, December 16, 2018: 9:30am and 11:00am services

Ryan Kho, violin
Nyamka Odsuren, violin
Laurin Smith, violin
Carl Purdy, viola
Ji-Ye Kim, cello
Sara Neal Lokey, bass
Carolyn Munford, harp

Sunday, December 16, 2018: 11:00am service

Bulldog Brass Society from the University of Georgia

Shangduo Chen, trumpet
Shaun Branam, trumpet
Dilon Bryan, horn
Steve Jessup, trombone
Joseph Guimaraes, tuba

Sunday, December 16, 6:00pm service

Ryan Kho, violin
Jonathan Aceto, violin
Laura Tomlin, violin
Carl Purdy, viola
Ji-Ye Kim, cello
Sara Neal Lokey, bass
Kelly Odell, oboe
Joy Hoffman, bassoon

Monday, December 24, 2018: 4:00pm and 6:00pm services

Laura Tomlin, violin
Shadwa Mussad, violin
Angela Shaw, viola
Ji-Ye Kim, cello
Travis Shaw, cello

Monday, December 24, 2018: 4:30pm and 6:00pm services

Christopher Connolly, cello


Monday, December 24, 2018: 5:30pm prelude for 6:00pm service and 9:30pm prelude for 10:00pm service

Jonathan Aceto, violin
Ryan Kho, violin

Carl Purdy, viola
Christine Crookall, cello

Monday, December 24, 2018: 9:00pm services

Laura Tomlin, violin
Shadwa Mussad, violin
Ji-Ye Kim, cello

Dec 14: Lyra Vivace & Cirque Musica Holiday’s “Wonderland”

Friday, December 14, 2018: 8:00pm

  • Cirque Musica Holiday presents “Wonderland”
  • Bell Auditorium, Augusta, GA
  • Click here to purchase tickets

Lyra Vivace Orchestra

First Violin
Laura Tomlin, concertmaster
Damir Horvat
Mayumi Nakamura
Nyamka Odsuren
Shadwa Mussad

Second Violin
Laurin Smith
Camilia Mouton
Angela Shaw
Thomas Lai

Viola
Carl Purdy
Arthur Ross
Jeff Watson
Stan Pylant

Cello
Ji-Ye Kim
Justin Resley
Mary Ann Watson
Chris Connolly

Bass
Jarod Boles
Travis Shaw

Flute
Wendy Cohen
Erin Wilson

Piccolo
Cynthia Hopkins

Oboe
Kelly Odell
Rebecca Nagel

Clarinet
Taylor Massey
Charles Messersmith

Bassoon
Reed Hannah
Joy Hoffman

Horn
Brandon Nichols
Anne Holmi
Mike Daly
Judith Cheeseman Thompson

Trumpet
Antonio Marti
Kyle Lane
Michael Smith

Trombone
Joshua Bynum
Kate Jenkins

Bass Trombone
Robert Slade

Tuba
Christopher Bluemel

Timpani
Michael Katterjohn

Percussion
Matthew Jones
Alissa Castero
Kevin Baggott

Harp
Carolyn Munford

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Dec 8: Lyra Vivace & Augusta Choral Society

A Caroling Messiah

Featuring

  • Selections from Handel’s Messiah plus many of your favorite Christmas carols and audience participation
  • The Lyra Vivace Orchestra
  • Dr. J. Porter Stokes, Artistic Director and Conductor
  • Augusta Choral Society

December 8, 2018, 7:30 pm

  • St. Paul’s Church, 605 Reynolds St, Augusta, GA 30901
  • Admission is $35 for adults, $30 for seniors (60+) and $15 for students and military. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • Call 706-826-4713 for more information

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