10/3: Westobou

Miotas Draiocht Ceol: The Myth, Magic and Music of Ireland

In a darkened hall where a turf fire glows, fairies, leprechauns, giants, heros, and even a few treacherous princes will come to life in a multi-media event designed to transport the audience back to ancient Ireland when myth, magic, and music were a part of the fabric of everyday life.

Miotas Draiocht Ceol, which is Irish for Myth, Magic and Music, is the creation of Augusta musician Carl Purdy and writer/photographer Debbie van Tuyll. Their program will recreate the intimacy of an evening around a peat fire with an Irish seanchai (a traditional storyteller), only better. While the seanchai is spinning her yarns, the audience will see images of locations where the tales occurred, and these will be accompanied by original musical compositions as well as a few traditional jigs and reels.

The stories will include those of Fionn MacCumhail, who built the World Heritage site, the Giant’s Causeway, so he could accept a challenge from the Scottish giant and the young Cú Cuhlainn who would single-handedly fend off Queen Medbh’s entire army during the Cattle Raid of Cooley. The evening will also include stories of magic harps, gods and goddesses, treacherous princes, adventures to the Otherworld, and, of course, no evening around of storytelling around a turf fire would be complete without a fairy tale or two.

Van Tuyll and Purdy are both professors at Georgia Regents University, as well as being creative professionals. Purdy teaches music and is a noted Augusta musician who played with the Augusta Symphony for 24 years. Van Tuyll has been a writer and student of Irish mythology and legend for most of her life, though her academic work has only recently shifted into this area after years of studying Civil War-era journalism.

This program is one of products of their work to build a Town-and-Gown community of enthusiasts of Irish music and culture in Augusta. Sponsors of the program include the Porter Fleming Foundation, the GRU Office of Sponsored Research, the GRU Department of Communications, and the GRU Department of Music.

The program is Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Maxwell Performing Arts Center on the Summerville Campus of Georgia Regents University. Tickets: $15 for the public; $5 for GRU students with JAG cards and children under 12.

Westobou: Miotas Draiocht Ceol

10/4: Westobou Festival

The Continuo Collective of the South

The Continuo Collective of the South

With Angela Massey, Flute; Pawel Kozak, Violin; Ruth Berry, ‘Cello; Ken Courtney, Harpsichord

This season’s Chamber Music Series “Go Baroque!” presents a variety of afternoon concerts each day of the Westobou Festival. Acclaimed performers perform programs including favorite selections from the Baroque era. Come join us as we celebrate the sixth consecutive season of the Westobou Festival Chamber Music Series!

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 12:00 noon

  • Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904
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Program: Baroque Virtuosi

Sonata for Violin and Continuo in G major, BWV 1021
I. Allegro
II. Vivace
III. Largo
IV. Presto
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Trio Sonata in G
II. Larghetto
Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782)
Sonata for Flute and Continuo in B minor, BWV1030
III. Presto
Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonnerie de Ste. Geneviève du Mont-de-Paris Marin Marais (1656-1728)

Continuo Collective of the South - 2014 Westobou Festival

Westobou Chamber Music Series

The Westobou Chamber Music Series continues its tradition of offering beautiful afternoon concerts in historic venues every day during the Festival. Come join us in celebrating the Sixth season of the Westobou Festival and the Chamber Music Series.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 Student Showcase Concert
1:00 p.m.
Maxwell Performing Arts Center
Georgia Regents University
Free and open to the public

Selected students from the GRU Music Department will kick off the series with a concert featuring a variety of musical genres from the chamber music repertoire.

Thursday, October 3, 2013 Impressions of Childhood
12:00 Noon
Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church
2261 Walton Way
Augusta, GA 30904
Free and open to the public

Duo pianists Martin David Jones and Clara Park return to Westobou to perform favorite French Four Hand Masterworks depicting nostalgic impressions of childhood, including selections from Ravel “Mother Goose”, Fauré “Dolly Suite” and Saint-Saëns “Carnival of the Animals”.

Friday, October 4, 2013 American Treasures
12 Noon
Church of the Good Shepherd, Parish Hall
2230 Walton Way
Augusta, GA 30904
Free and open to the public

Bass-baritone Oral Moses and pianist Rosalyn Floyd perform art songs by American composers and spirituals with new arrangements, dating from 1950 to the present. Composers include Robert Owens, Uzee Brown, Evelyn Simpson-Curenton, and Moses Hogan.

Saturday, October 5, 2013 Three for Three
12 Noon
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
605 Reynolds Street
Augusta, GA 30901
Free and open to the public

Trio d’Esprit, featuring violinist Jonathan Aceto, cellist Ruth Berry, and pianist Carol Cook, makes its exciting debut at the Westobou Festival. They will perform celebrated selections from the piano trio repertoire, including Mozart K. 548, Schubert Andante from Op. 100, and Piazolla’s “Grand Tango”.

Sunday, October 6, 2013 HJCMS presents The Italian Saxophone Quartet
3:00 p.m.
Maxwell Performing Arts Theater
Georgia Regents University
For Tickets, see westoboufestival.com

The Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society presents this unique ensemble, formed in 1982, featuring four of the most established saxophone soloists in their field. This concert will inspire a new appreciation for the very versatile saxophone.