April Performances

In Praise of Music Ensembles and Musicians in Performance
April 2013
Musicians Celebrating Music

Please support us 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.
Note, please that a few of the listed events are private. We include them in the list so that you can see the variety of things we are doing for the next several months.


Kevin Pollock, Solo Piano

  • April 13 (private): Master’s Corporate Event

Cello and Organ Soloists

  • Ruth Berry, cello; Shane McDonald, organ
  • Sunday, April 21: 11:00 am
  • Sandersville United Methodist Church, 202 West Church St, Sandersville, GA
  • Program: includes Saint-Saens Priere for organ and cello, Op. 158
  • Contact: 478-552-3374

Magellan String Quartet

  • Jonathan Aceto and Ryan Kho, violins: Carl Purdy, viola; Ruth Berry, cello
  • Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 pm
  • Augusta Children’s Chorale, Linda Bradberry, director
  • Location: First Baptist Church Augusta, Chapel
  • Contact: Augusta Children’s Chorale or 706-826-4718

March Performances

In Praise of Music Ensembles and Musicians in Performance
March 2013
Musicians Celebrating Music

Please support us 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.

Sunday, March 17

Magellan String Quartet, 4:00 pm

  • Music Changes With The World
  • Sundays At Four Concert Series: Lutheran Church By The Lake, McCormick, SC

Wednesday, March 20: First Day of Spring!

Recital: Hartwig Eichberg – piano and Ruth Berry – ‘Cello, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

  • Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, Walton Way, Augusta, GA
  • Free admission: Donations gratefully accepted for the St. Stephen’s Ministry

Friday, March 22

Carl Purdy, strolling violin, 7:00-8:30 pm

  • Lake Oconee Food and Wine Festival: Ritz Carlton Linger Longer Ballroom, Greensboro, GA

Palm Sunday: March 24

Cantata by Mark Hayes (The Power of the Cross), 11:00am

  • Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Wheeler Rd, Augusta, GA
  • Magellan String Quartet: Harp – Katie Taylor, Percussionists – Kevin Baggott and Rebekkah Nordan, with the Aldersgate Choir – Linda Bradberry, directing

Works for string quartet, trumpet and choir, 10:30 am

  • Thomson United Methodist Church, Thomson, GA, Family Life Center (behind the church)
  • String Quartet: Laura Tomlin, Eliza Johnson, Pawel Kozak and Christopher Connolly, trumpet – Kathleen Fallin

Works for string quartet, organ and choir, 8:45 and 11:00 am

  • Aiken First Presbyterian Church, Barnwell Ave., Aiken, SC
  • String Quartet: Jason Economides, Jason Pooler; Constance and David Gee, Aiken Pres Choir;
    Ken Courtney, Organ and director

Maundy Thursday, March 28

Requiem by John Rutter, 6:30 pm

  • Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, Walton Way, Augusta, GA
  • Angela Massey, Flute; Kelly Odell, oboe; Katie Taylor, Harp, Ruth Berry, cello; Matthew Jones and Rebekkah Nordan, percussion; with the Reid Memorial Choir. Richard Cook, directing.

‘Cello soloist and choir, 6:15 pm

  • Thomson United Methodist Church, Thomson, GA.
  • Justin Resley, ‘cello; Dale Hesse, organ with the Thomson Methodist Choir. Jeanie Joesbury,directing.

Good Friday, March 29

Karl Jenkins, Stabat Mater, 7:30 pm

  • Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St., Augusta, GA
  • Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra with the Augusta Choral Society,
    Porter Stokes directing
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Easter Sunday, March 31

String Quartet, organ and choir, 8:30 and 11:00 am

  • Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Wheeler Rd, Augusta, GA
  • Magellan String Quartet, Aldersgate Choir: Linda Bradberry directing.

String Quartet, Brass Quartet, organ and choir, 11:00 am

  • Sandersville Methodist Church, Church St., Sandersville, GA
  • String Quartet: Pawel Kozak, Shadwa Mussad, Angela Shaw, Justin Resley
  • UGA Brass Quartet: Sandersville Methodist Choir, Shane McDonald, organist and director.
  • Trumpet: Giles Lemmens, Gillian Huff; trombone: Kevin Schoeller, Damon Haynie

Brass Quartet and Choir, 11:00 am

  • Martinez United Methodist Church, Washington Road, Martinez
  • Southern Brass Quartet, MUMC Choir, Nancy Cleveland directing.
  • Trumpet: Brian Dyson, Brandon Hall ; trombone: Sean O’Brien and Eric Spencer

Brass Quartet and Choir, 8:45 and 11:00 am

  • Aiken First Presbyterian Church, Barnwell Ave., Aiken, SC
  • Trumpets: Dave Hill, David Hamilton; horn, John Glaeser; trombone: Robert Slade
  • Aiken Pres Choir; Ken Courtney, Organ and director.

Full Orchestra and Choir, 8:00 and 9:30 am

  • Warren Baptist Church, Washington Rd., Augusta, GA.
  • Kevin Pollock, director

Te Deum, Otto Olsson, 6:00 pm

  • Christ Church Presbyterian, Southern Pines Drive, Evans, GA
  • Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra, with the Christ Church Presbyterian Choir. Mark Nabholz, director.

Feb. 21 – Midday Concert

Great musicians, great program, great venue! Traditional favorites (Water is Wide, Down by Salley Gardens, Danny Boy), Broadway/film (Bring Him Home and Almost Like Being in Love) and classic operetta (Yours is My Heart Alone).

Fabulous tenor Jamison Walker and Trio Intermezzo (Kevin Pollock, piano: Kelly Odell, oboe, Ruth Berry, cello).

Aiken SC Presbyterian: Thursday Feb. 21: 12 noon. No admission charge.

Lyric Intermezzo - Midday Concert February 2013

Upcoming Performances

In Praise of Music Ensembles in Performance, November 25 – December 24, 2012

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.

Vonda Darr, Harp SoloistVonda Darr - harp

  • December 6, 7:30 pm and December 9, 3:00 pm at Cornerstone Baptist Church, Aiken, SC:  Britten Ceremony of Carols with the Aiken Choral Society, Maureen Simpson (director)

Robert Foster, Flute

  • December 9, 6:30 pm at Thomson First United Methodist Church, Jeanie Joesbury (director)

Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra

  • November 25, 5:00 pm at The Messiah at 1st Baptist Church, Thomson, GA:  Thomson-McDuffie Choral Society, Mark Bowers (director)
  • November 30, 7:30 pm at The Messiah at The Pope Center, Washington, GA:  Washington-Wilkes Choral Society/Washington Little Theatre, Shirley Gunter (director)
  • December 2, 4:00 pm at Reid Memorial Presbyterian, Augusta, GA:  Augusta Opera Holiday Concert, Richard E. Cook (director)
  • December 9, 11:00 am at First Baptist Church, Aiken, SC:  Hal Hopson (Come Ye Faithful), James Bennett (director)
  • December 9, 5:00 pm at Aldersgate Methodist Church, Augusta, GA:  Hal Hopson (Come Ye Faithful), Linda Bradberry and Sandra Prichard (directors), combined choirs of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and Aldersgate Methodist
  • December 9, 6:30 pm at First Baptist Church, Augusta, GA:  Stan Pylant (director)
  • December 15, 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Augusta, GA:  The Augusta Choral Society performing The Messiah, Bach Magnificat, works by Finzi and Bass, Porter Stokes (director)
  • December 16, 6:00 pm at Christ Church Presbyterian, Evans, GA:  Mark Nabholz (director), chorus and orchestra
  • December 24, 5:00 pm at First Baptist Church, Augusta: Stan Pylant (director)

Magellan String Quartet (as solo ensemble and as accompaniment for choirs)

Kiokee String Quintet

  • December 2, 8:30 am and 11:00 am at Aldersgate Methodist Church, Augusta, GA:  Linda Bradberry (director)
  • December 16, 4:40/5:00 pm at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, Augusta, GA:  Richard E Cook (director)
  • December 23, 11:00 am at Sandersville Methodist Church:  Shane McDonald (director)

Kiokee String Quintet

  • December 16, 11:00 am at Aiken First Presbyterian Church:  The Messiah, Ken Courtney (director)
  • December 24, 3:40 pm and 5:15 pm at Warren Baptist Church, Augusta, GA:  Kevin Pollock (director)

In Praise of Music, Musicians Celebrating Music

Augusta Opera Holiday Concert

The classy concert tradition continues!

Sunday, December 2, 2012, 4:00 pm at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church in Augusta, GA. A reception will follow the performance.

  • The Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra: opening the concert with their new rendition of J.S. Bach Sleeper’s Awake
  • The Augusta Opera Chorus: featured in O Holy Night and selections by Handel and Britten
  • Great Vocal Soloists Melissa Larkin, Diane Haslam, Jamison Walker and Isaac Holmes: selections include famous Duets from Lakme and the Pearlfishers, along with Ave Maria, and other traditional holiday songs
  • Richard E. Cook: conductor

Augusta Opera Holiday Concert