Upcoming 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.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

In Praise of Music

Sunday, December 6, 2015: 8:45am and 11:00am services

Magellan String Quartet

Jonathan Aceto, violin
Ryan Kho, violin
Carl Purdy, viola
Ruth Berry, cello

Wednesday, December 9, 6:15pm, Children’s Musicial

Robert Foster, flute


Saturday, December 12, 7:30pm

Augusta Choral Society and Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra

First Violin
Ryan Kho, Concertmaster
Jonathan Aceto
Pawel Kozak
Laurin Smith
Ashley Horvat

Second Violin
Laura Tomlin, principal
Damir Horvat
Debra Schab
Angela Shaw

Viola
Carl Purdy, principal
Arthur Ross
Karl Schab

Cellos
Ruth Berry, principal
Justin Resley

Bass
Sara Neal Lokey, principal

Flute
Lorraine Jones, principal

Oboe
Kelly Odell, principal
Manda Cawthorn

Clarinet
Joe Eller, principal

Bassoon
Joy Hoffman, principal

Horn
Judy Thompson, principal
Rachel Misner

Trumpet
Todd Jenkins, principal
Paul Lott

Harp
Vonda Darr, principal

Percussion
Rebekkah Nordan, principal
Kent Hannibal


Sunday, December 13, 10:30am service

Joi McLellan, violin

Louisa Shepherd, violin


Sunday, December 13, 2015: 9:30am and 11:00am services

Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra

Mary Burndrett, concermaster
Pawel Kozak, violin
Marilyn Donnan, violin
Chris Burndrett, violin
Larissa Powers, viola
Justin Resley, cello
Barry Garman, bass
John Wickey, harp

Sunday, December 13, 11:00am service

Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra

Laurin Smith, concertmaster
Shadwa Mussad, violin
Arthur Ross, principal viola
Christopher Connolly, cello
Sara Neal Lokey, bass
Erin Wilson, flute
Kelly Odell, oboe
Kent Hannibal, percussion

Sunday, December 13, 11:00am service

Magellan String Quartet

Jonathan Aceto, violin
Ryan Kho, violin
Carl Purdy, viola
Ruth Berry, cello

Sunday, December 13, 8:30am and 11:00am services

Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra

Thomas Lai, concertmaster
Essena Setaro, principal second violin
Scotty Allen, violin
Debra Dupree, violin
Priscilla Hollingsworth, violin
Brenda Gustafson, violin
Amy Sawicz, cello
Jacob Sills, cello
Pam Dutch, bass

Sunday, December 13, 5:30pm service

Magellan String Quartet

Jonathan Aceto, violin
Ryan Kho, violin
Carl Purdy, viola
Ruth Berry, cello

Sunday, December 13, 6:00pm

Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra

Pawel Kozak, concertmaster
Angela Shaw, violin
Arthur Ross, viola
Douglas Graves, cello
Kristi Faircloth, oboe

Sunday, December 13, 2015, 6:30pm

Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra

Angela Morgan, concertmaster
Laura Tomlin, assistant concertmaster
Laurin Smith, violin
Debra Edens Schab, violin
Karl Schab, viola
Jeff Watson, viola
Paul Dainer, viola
Mary Ann Watson, cello
Sara Neal Lokey, bass
Erin Wilson, flute
Kelli Odell, oboe
Manda Cawthon, oboe
Joy Hoffman, bassoon
Patrick Herring, bassoon
Anne Marie Thomas, clarinet
Joseph Johnson, horn
Todd Jenkins, trumpet
Kathryn Cheney, trumpet
Kate Jenkins, trombone
David Proctor, trombone
Michael Katterjohn, percussion
Kent Hannibal, percussion
Rebekkah Nordan, percussion

Sunday, December 13, 6:30pm

In Praise of Music String Quartet

Shadwa Mussad, violin
Thomas Lai, violin
Larissa Powers, viola
Justin Resley, cello

Sunday, December 20, 8:45am and 11:00am services

Magellan String Quartet

Jonathan Aceto, violin
Ryan Kho, violin

Carl Purdy, viola
Ruth Berry, cello

Sunday, December 20, 6:00pm

Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra

Jonathan Aceto, concertmaster
Laura Tomlin, violin
Ryan Kho, violin
Carl Purdy, viola/penny whistle
Angela Shaw, viola
Ruth Berry, cello
Justin Resley, cello
Sara Neal Lokey, bass
Kelly Odell, oboe


Thursday, December 24, 5:30pm and 9:30pm services

Magellan String Quartet

Jonathan Aceto, violin
Ryan Kho, violin
Carl Purdy, viola
Ruth Berry, cello

Thursday, December 24, 4:00pm and 6:00pm services

In Praise of Music String Quartet

Shadwa Mussad, violin
Pawel Kozak, violin
Larissa Powers, viola
Chris Connolly, cello

Two opportunities to hear the Kiokee String Quintet perform this program:

Dance Around the World

The Kiokee Quintet will take listeners on a toe-tapping tour of dances from around the world. Ever since humans began walking upright, we have felt the urge to move rhythmically and express ourselves through dance. From the elegant and refined French Minuet to the wild, uncontrolled Italian tarantella, from the sensual Argentine tango to the peasant dances of Romania, from the sophisticated Cuban/New York mambo to folksy Appalachian reels, the Quintet will choreograph a concert of delightful dances!

January 17, 2016, 4:00pm

  • Sundays at Four
  • Lutheran Church By the Lake
  • 100 Twelve Oaks Dr and Hwy 378, Savannah Lakes Village, McCormick, SC 29835
  • Admission: $20
  • Free reception on location immediately following the performance
  • For more information, call 864-391-8022

February 26, 2016, 7:30pm

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)

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