Upcoming Performances

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

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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

Holiday Concert

The Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra will perform several (unconducted) instrumental works, in addition to accompanying the fabulous Augusta Children’s Chorale (under the direction of Linda Bradberry), in a lovely Holiday concert performance at the historic Church of the Most Holy Trinity.

FREE ADMISSION (donations welcome).
December 4, 4:00 pm, 720 Telfair St., Augusta, Georgia.

Lyra Vivace and Augusta Children's Chorale