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

Click here for more information about Lyra Vivace.

 

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

Click here for more information about the Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra.

Oct 19: AU President’s Gala

The President’s Gala is an annual celebration open to all friends and supporters of Augusta University and is dedicated to raising awareness and support for our great university and our students. This year’s black-tie event will host a symphony performance with cocktails, food, music and dancing to follow. All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Augusta University’s fine arts programs and our creative and talented students.

Acclaimed conductor André Thomas leads both choir and orchestra in a powerful and exhilarating night of music. The performance will also feature Augusta University’s very own artist in residence, Wycliffe Gordon, as well as student musicians, guest choirs and orchestras.

Event Details

  • Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904
  • Friday, October 19, 2018
    • 6:30 pm: theatre doors open
    • 7:00 pm: performance and program begins
    • 8:30 – 11:00 pm: strolling dinner and dancing

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Conductor André Thomas

Oct 18: Midday Music Concert Series

Custer’s Last Band

Custer’s Last Band is an ensemble of professional musicians whose sounds, styles and techniques beautifully and expertly blend with elemental forms of bluegrass, Celtic, gospel, folk and classical music.

October, 18, 2018, 12 Noon

  • Location: First Presbyterian Church, 224 Barnwell Ave NW, Aiken, SC 29801
  • free admission

More Information

 

Custer's Last Band

Aug 10: The Soldier’s Tale

Glimmerglass Festival

  • August 10, 2018, 4:30 pm
  • Glimmerglass Festival Pavilion, Springfield Center, NY
  • Tickets: $35, general admission. Click here to purchase.

A soldier makes a deal with the devil in Stravinsky’s theatrical chamber work, featuring members of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra — with a special appearance by Joseph Colaneri as the Devil.

Musicians:

  • Pascal Archer, clarinet
  • Mark Timmerman, bassoon
  • Jerry Bryant, trumpet
  • Greg Spiridopoulos, trombone
  • Matthew McClung, percussion
  • Heather Wittels, violin
  • Jon Pascolini, double bass
  • Zach Owens, Narrator
  • Conor McDonald, Soldier
  • Joseph Colaneri, Devil

More information about The Soldier’s Tale can be found at the following sites:

The Soldier's Tale
Artist:  Clive Hicks-Jenkins

Aug 14: Big Galut(e)

Glimmerglass Festival Presents:

  • August 14, 2018, 5:00 pm
  • Glimmerglass Festival Pavilion, Springfield Center, NY

Music from the Jewish Diaspora’s many homelands comes to life, as eclectic quintet Big Galut(e) presents rollicking Klezmer dance, sizzling tangos, heartfelt folk songs and Yiddish-flavored takes on classic opera.

For information or tickets click here.

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Aug 13: Chamber Music from Glimmerglass Orchestra

The Pierstown Grange Presents:

The Annual Florence High Memorial Chamber Music Concert

Pierstown Grange, Cooperstown, NY

  • August 13, 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.

Program

The Barber of Seville (1816)

  • Una voce poco fa
  • Dunque io son
Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)/François Rene Gebauer (1773-1845)
* Spencer F. Phillips, Mark Timmerman, bassoons
   
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

  • II. Adagio
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
* Heather Wittels, violin; Michael Lewis, piano; Eileen Whalen, oboe
   
An Invocation Jeffrey Beam (b. 1953)
Marly Youmans. reciter
   
An Invocation (after a poem [2008] by Jeffrey Beam) (2012) Steven Serpa (b. 1976)
KeriAnn DiBari-Oberle, soprano saxophone; Susan Faux, violin;
David Jackson, viola; Ruth Berry, cello
   
Intermission  
   
Duetto for Alto e Contrabasso, D major (1796)

  • I. Allegro Moderato
  • II. Romanza poco Adagio
  • III. Rondo Allegro
Johann Matthias Sperger (1750-1812)
* Katrina Smith, viola; Ed Allman, double bass
   
Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3

  • I. Allegro assia
  • II. Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso
  • III. Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
* Maria Kistner Conti, violin; Louis Lohraseb, piano

An Invocation – Jeffrey Beam (b. 1953)

From cedar’s green feathers cedar’s red odor 
From moss’s cool fever earthworm’s glowing 
From pitch-pine’s field-taking pitch-pine’s black tarring 
From the heel-worn path eye-light roaming 
   
From cornfield’s stalking bobwhite ascending 
From the cardinal’s scarlet a royalty before us  
From persimmon & apple urgent oriole feeding 
From blue-eyed grass in shadow late summer’s Eden 
   
From footstep to cow path mud pool & duck quack 
From goldenrod’s augur winter gathers 
From ice cracking oak limb frisson & weeping 
From beech leaf in winter gold filigree forming 
   
From rosehip & goldfinch thorn & bright needle 
From storm clouds gathering light darting through us 
From April’s spring torrents creek’s roaring persistence 
From pond over-flowing swamp’s restraint ending 
   
From the word unblemished robust declension 
From honesty in bloom articulate blue 
From granite to flagstone columbine freshes 
From cat-paw & wind-blow soft goes the morning 
   
From Star of Parnassus tourmaline greening 
From bluestem the meadow 
From poplar the tulip 
From each handshake taken a prayer advocated 
   
From beehive golden coagulate bomb 
From bottomland quiet no petulant view 
From squash bloom a shine 
From dog sleep a rumble 
   
From peril no thunder only dwellings to calm 
From muscadine’s favor copper infusion 
From mountain in snow light a rabbit’s furred thicket  
From everything under a thistle be thine 
   
From garnet & hawkweed the owl & the red-tail 
From trout ever jumping the roe of attention 
From pecan & walnut bread everlasting 
From collard & field green canny pot liquor 
   
From bluet & aster concealment never 
From wild carrot the umbel of consciousness feeding 
From myself & from strangers the friend ever trenchant 
From mystery’s bedroom love’s tortuous wisdom 
   
From the formless the formed 
From the void all-in-all 
From the patient rose blooming the perilous night 
From dove coo at morning to midday’s recountal 
   
From magnolia camellia gardenia thrall 
From dancing thunder a ridgepole at last 
From solitude vibrant fortitude’s castle 
From abundant forgiveness compassion’s great tact
   
From whatever you do or not do find a meadow 
From the river crossing an island encountered 
From the spirit descending a wine glass uplifted 
From evening’s quickening harmonious rest 
   
From the secret unfolding the obvious moment 
From whirring cicada velvet occasion 
From apple forbidden knowledge abounding 
From the snake on the path origin & ending 
   
From sunlight through trumpet vine flame in the belly 
From tears’ shivering sorrow joy reshaping 
From veronica & chickweed earth warmly responding 
From mountain’s re-greening eye filled with blue 
   
Jeffery Beam  
From the book Gospel Earth, © 2010, Skysill Press, Nottingham, England

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Aug 12: Ensembles Large & Small

Ensembles Large and Small from the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra

Cherry Valley Star Theatre: Artworks Concert Series

  • August 12, 2018, 7:30 pm
  • Star Theatre, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley, NY
  • Admission: $20 general public, $15 Artworks members, $10 Glimmerglass Orchestra Members, free under 18

Program

Willhelmus
Rondeau – Esprit
Kemp’s Jig

Dutch National Anthem
Phillippe Chedeville (1696-1762)
Anon/Hankin (Late 16th century)
* Wayne Hankin, musette, 4-hole flute; Kirill Kuzmin, piano
   
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

  • II. Adagio
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
* Heather Wittels, violin; Michael Lewis, piano; Eileen Whalen, oboe
   
An Invocation Jeffrey Beam (b. 1953)
* Marly Youmans. reciter
   
An Invocation (after a poem [2008] by Jeffrey Beam) (2012) Steven Serpa (b. 1976)
* KeriAnn DiBari-Oberle, soprano saxophone; Susan Faux, violin; David Jackson, viola; Ruth Berry, cello
   
Intermission  
   
Duetto for Alto e Contrabasso, D major (1796)

  • I. Allegro Moderato
  • II. Romanza poco Adagio
  • III. Rondo Allegro
Johann Matthias Sperger (1750-1812)
* Katrina Smith, viola; Ed Allman, double bass
   
Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3

  • I. Allegro assia
  • II. Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso
  • III. Allegro vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
* Maria Kistner Conti, violin; Louis Lohraseb, piano
   
The Barber of Seville (1816)

  • Una voce poco fa
  • Dunque io son
Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)/ François Rene Gebauer (1773-1845)
* Spencer F. Phillips, Mark Timmerman, bassoons

An Invocation – Jeffrey Beam (b. 1953)

From cedar’s green feathers cedar’s red odor 
From moss’s cool fever earthworm’s glowing 
From pitch-pine’s field-taking pitch-pine’s black tarring 
From the heel-worn path eye-light roaming 
   
From cornfield’s stalking bobwhite ascending 
From the cardinal’s scarlet a royalty before us  
From persimmon & apple urgent oriole feeding 
From blue-eyed grass in shadow late summer’s Eden 
   
From footstep to cow path mud pool & duck quack 
From goldenrod’s augur winter gathers 
From ice cracking oak limb frisson & weeping 
From beech leaf in winter gold filigree forming 
   
From rosehip & goldfinch thorn & bright needle 
From storm clouds gathering light darting through us 
From April’s spring torrents creek’s roaring persistence 
From pond over-flowing swamp’s restraint ending 
   
From the word unblemished robust declension 
From honesty in bloom articulate blue 
From granite to flagstone columbine freshes 
From cat-paw & wind-blow soft goes the morning 
   
From Star of Parnassus tourmaline greening 
From bluestem the meadow 
From poplar the tulip 
From each handshake taken a prayer advocated 
   
From beehive golden coagulate bomb 
From bottomland quiet no petulant view 
From squash bloom a shine 
From dog sleep a rumble 
   
From peril no thunder only dwellings to calm 
From muscadine’s favor copper infusion 
From mountain in snow light a rabbit’s furred thicket  
From everything under a thistle be thine 
   
From garnet & hawkweed the owl & the red-tail 
From trout ever jumping the roe of attention 
From pecan & walnut bread everlasting 
From collard & field green canny pot liquor 
   
From bluet & aster concealment never 
From wild carrot the umbel of consciousness feeding 
From myself & from strangers the friend ever trenchant 
From mystery’s bedroom love’s tortuous wisdom 
   
From the formless the formed 
From the void all-in-all 
From the patient rose blooming the perilous night 
From dove coo at morning to midday’s recountal 
   
From magnolia camellia gardenia thrall 
From dancing thunder a ridgepole at last 
From solitude vibrant fortitude’s castle 
From abundant forgiveness compassion’s great tact
   
From whatever you do or not do find a meadow 
From the river crossing an island encountered 
From the spirit descending a wine glass uplifted 
From evening’s quickening harmonious rest 
   
From the secret unfolding the obvious moment 
From whirring cicada velvet occasion 
From apple forbidden knowledge abounding 
From the snake on the path origin & ending 
   
From sunlight through trumpet vine flame in the belly 
From tears’ shivering sorrow joy reshaping 
From veronica & chickweed earth warmly responding 
From mountain’s re-greening eye filled with blue 
   
Jeffery Beam  
From the book Gospel Earth, © 2010, Skysill Press, Nottingham, England

For more information, please click on the links below:

Aug 5: Fenimore String Quartet

Cherry Valley Star Theatre: Artworks Concert Series

  • August 5, 2018
  • Star Theater, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley, NY
  • Admission: $20 general public, $15 Artworks members, $10 Glimmerglass Orchestra Members, free under 18

The Fenimore String Quartet

  • Ruotao Mao, violin
  • Jennifer Reuning Myers, violin
  • Christine Orio, 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.

Guest Artists

  • Aaron Brask, french horn
  • Michael Lewis, piano

Program

Trio for Piano, Violin, and Horn in E-flat major, Op. 40
I. Andante
II. Scherzo (Allegro)
III. Adagio mesto
IV. Allegro con brio
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Intermission
String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Opl. 18, No. 1
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato
III. Scherzo: Allegro molto
IV. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Por una cabeza Carlos Gardel (1890-1935)

For more information, please click on the links below:

2015 Fenimore String Quartet
Ruotao Mao, Jennifer Myers, Violins: Dee Dee Fancher, Viola; Ruth Berry, Cello
Christine Orio, Aaron Brask, Michael Lewis