2017 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.

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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 3, 2017: 8:45am and 11:00am services

Jonathan Aceto, violin
Ryan Kho, violin
Carl Purdy, viola

Christopher Connolly, cello
Sara Neal Lokey, bass

Sunday, December 3, 2017: Augusta Office Club party at the Wallace House (Augusta Country Club)

  • Laura Tomlin, violin
  • David Brown, piano

Saturday, December 9, 7:30pm

Augusta Choral Society

Violin
Ryan Kho
Laura Tomlin
Ashley Horvat
Laurin Smith
Damir Horvat
Pawel Kozak
Debra Edens Schab
Tess Hartis
Angela Shaw

Viola
Carl Purdy
Karl Schab
Arthur Ross

Cello
Christine Crookall
Justin Resley
Mary Ann Watson
Christopher Connolly

Bass
Barry Garman
Sara Neal Lokey

Oboe
Kelly Odell
Will Moon

Bassoon
Joy Hoffman

Trumpet
Todd Jenkins
Sam Speering

Tympani
Kent Hannibal


Sunday, December 10, 4:30pm and 6:30pm services

Jonathan Aceto, violin
Laurin Smith, violin
Carl Purdy, viola
Christopher Connolly, cello

Sunday, December 10, 5:00pm service

Laura Tomlin, violin
Pawel Kozak, violin
Arthur Ross, viola
Justin Resley, cello

Sunday, December 10, 7:00pm service

Violin
Angela Morgan
Laura Tomlin
Ryan Kho
Pawel Kozak
Angela Shaw

Viola
Arthur Ross
Wesley Hamilton

Cello
Christine Crookall
Justin Resley

Bass
Sara Neal Lokey

Flute
Erin Wilson

Oboe
Kelly Odell
Manda Cawthon
Will Moon

Clarinet
Karen Estep

Bassoon
Felisha Jones
Katie Bennett

Horn
Rachel Misner

Trumpet
Geoff Wood
Victoria Bethel
Sam Speering

Trombone
Matt Henderson
Brian Yonn

Timpani
Michael Katterjohn

Percussion
Kevin Baggott
Blake Fowler


Sunday, December 10, 11:00am service

Ryan Kho, violin
Pawel Kozak, violin
Laurin Smith, viola
Christine Crookall, cello
Sara Neal Lokey, bass
Jenny Davis, flute
Kelly Odell, oboe
Jay Rising, clarinet
Katie Bennett, bassoon
Blake Allen, horn
Addison Whitney, horn
Carolyn Munford, harp

Sunday, December 10, 6:30pm service

Shangduo Chen, trumpet
Yanbin Chen, trumpet
Dilon Bryan, horn
Steve Jessup, trombone
Nick Beltchev, tuba


Sunday, December 10, 2017: 9:30am and 11:00am services

Ryan Kho, violin
Laura Tomlin, violin
Jonathan Aceto, violin
Pawel Kozak, violin
Carl Purdy, viola
Christine Crookall, cello
Sara Neal Lokey, bass
Carolyn Munford, harp

Sunday, December 10, 8:30am and 11:00am services

Thomas Lai, violin
Angela Shaw, violin
Debra Dupree, violin
Jason Pooler, violin
Arthur Ross, viola
Justin Resley, cello
Christopher Connolly, cello
Pam Dutch, bass

Sunday, December 17, 6:00pm service

Ryan Kho, violin
Laura Tomlin, violin
Jonathan Aceto, violin
Carl Purdy, viola
Christine Crookall, cello
Sara Neal Lokey, bass
Kelly Odell, oboe
Rachel Misner, horn

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

Pawel Kozak, violin
Angela Shaw, violin
Wesley Hamilton, viola
Christopher Connolly, cello
Barry Garman, bass

Sunday, December 24, 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

Sunday, December 24, 4:00pm and Midnight services

4:00 service

  • Josh Workman, trumpet
  • Matt Henderson, trombone

Midnight service

  • Todd Jenkins, trumpet
  • Samuel Speering, trumpet
  • Meredith Boyd, horn
  • Brian Yonn, trombone

Oct 21: Lyra Vivace & Augusta Choral Society

Carmina Burana

by Carl Orff

Featuring

  • Diana Thompson, Soprano
  • Richard Cook, Tenor
  • Washington Isaac Holmes, Bass
  • Women’s Chorus from South Aiken High School
  • Dancers from the Jessye Norman School of the Arts
  • The Augusta Choral Society
  • The Lyra Vivace Orchestra
  • Dr. J. Porter Stokes, Artistic Director and Conductor
  • Augusta Choral Society

October 21, 2017, 7:30 pm

  • Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene 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.

Lyra Vivace

Oct: Lyric Intermezzo Performances

There are two upcoming opportunities to experience Lyric Intermezzo in a delightful program of popular classics from the salon, stage and screen, and contemporary favorites.

Fabulous tenor Jonathan Pilkington will be featured, along with pianist Carol Cook, violinist Jonathan Aceto and cellist Ruth Berry in a program including composers/lyricists Rodgers and Hart, Lerner and Loewe, George and Ira Gershwin, Lehar, Beethoven, Mozart, and Purcell.

Reid Arts Concert Series

October 7, 2017, 7:30 pm

  • Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904
  • Free admission and reception following the performance

Sundays at Four

October 8, 2017, 4:00 pm

  • Lutheran Church By The Lake, 100 Twelve Oaks Drive and Hwy 378,
    Savannah Lakes Village, McCormick, SC 29835
  • Tickets: $20
  • Free Reception on location immediately following the performance
  • For more information about the performance, please call 864-391-8022

Program

If Music Be the Food of Love Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Folk Songs of the British Isles

  • Music, Love and Wine
  • No More, my Mary
  • Put Round the Bright Wine
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Un’aura amorosa ("A Loving Aura", from Cosi fan Tutte) Wolfgang A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Song to the Moon (from Rusalka) — Trio Intermezzo Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
À Chloris Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947)
Dein ist mein ganzes Herz ("My Heart Belongs to You"; from The Land of Smiles) Franz Lehar (1870-1948)
Someone to Watch Over Me (from Oh, Kay!) George Gershwin (1898-1937)
Nice Work if You Can Get It (from A Damsel in Distress) George Gershwin
Porgy, I’s Your Woman/Bess, You is My Woman (from Porgy and Bess) –Trio Intermezzo Gershwin/arr.Aceto
Almost Like Being in Love (from Brigadoon) Frederick Loewe (1901-1988)
Fly Me to the Moon Bart Howard (1915-2004)
Bring Him Home (from Les Miserables) Claude-Michel Schonberg (b.1944)
Londonderry Air Frederick Weatherley (1848-1929)
When You Wish Upon A Star (from Pinnochio) Leigh Harline (1907-1969)

Click here to view the entire program.

 

Aug 14: Chamber Music from Glimmerglass Orchestra

The Pierstown Grange Presents:

The 16th Annual Florence High Memorial Chamber Music Concert

Pierstown Grange, Cooperstown, NY

  • August 14, 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.
  • For more information, call 547-1347 or 264-3069.

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Aug 13: Ensembles Large & Small

Ensembles Large and Small from the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra

Cherry Valley Star Theatre: Artworks Concert Series

  • August 14, 2016, 7:30 pm
  • Star Theatre, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley, NY
  • Admission: $15 for general public, $10 for Artworks Members, $8 for Glimmerglass Festival Members, free for patrons under 18

For more information, please click on the links below:

Aug 8: Big Galut(e)

Glimmerglass Festival Presents:

  • August 8, 2017, 5:00 pm
  • Glimmerglass Festival Pavilion, Springfield Center, NY

Winners of the Simcha Prize at the 2017 International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam, this crossover quintet will engage your mind and heart, and they might even make you laugh. Described as “a real treat for open minds,” Big Galut(e) presents a dazzling variety of music from the Jewish Diaspora’s many homelands: rare classics, rollicking Klezmer dances, sizzling tangos, heartfelt folk songs and Yiddish-flavored takes on classic opera.

For information or tickets click here or call (607) 547-2255.

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Big Galut(e)

Aug 6: Fenimore String Quartet

Cherry Valley Star Theatre: Artworks Concert Series

  • August 6, 2017, 7:30 pm
  • Star Theater, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley, NY
  • Admission: $20 general public, $15 Artworks Members, $8 Glimmerglass Festival Members, free for patrons under 18

The Fenimore String Quartet

  • Ruotao Mao, violin
  • Jennifer Reuning Myers, violin
  • Dee Dee Fancher, 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 Artist

  • Michael Leopold, theorbo and baroque guitar

Program – Music of Smetana, Gershwin, and Early Baroque Masters

Sinfonia No. 8 G. Girolamo Kapsperger (1580-1651)

Canzon Seconda Sopra Romanesca

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)
Fantasia (In G)

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Canzon a 4 La Zaneta

Giovanni Battista Riccio (?1570 – ?)

Passacalle Andrea Falconieri (1585– 1656)
   
Intermission  
   
String Quartet No. 1 in e minor ("From My Life")
I. Allegro vivo appassionato
II. Allegro moderato alla polka
III. Largo sostenuto
IV. Vivace
Bedrich Smetana (1824 -1884)

By George!

George Gershwin/arr.Michael Braz (1898-1937)

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

Michael Leopold

Continuo Collective Performances

Musicians

  • Ruth Berry, ‘cello
  • Ken Courtney, harpsichord
  • Pawel Kozak, violin
  • Angela Massey, flute

Schedule of Performances

March 19, 3:00 pm, Masterclass for the Statesboro Chamber Orchestra

  • Averitt Center for the Arts, 33 E Main St, Statesboro, GA 30458

March 21, 7:00 pm, Concert

Treasures of the Baroque: A Musical Offering of J.S. Bach, Telemann, Marais, Blavet, Tartini & Pachelbel

  • Averitt Center for the Arts, 33 E Main St, Statesboro, GA 30458
  • Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for youth. Click here for tickets.
  • Click here for program

March 23, Concert

  • Montesano Elementary, 2164 Richmond Ave, Augusta, GA 30904

March 25, 7:30 pm, Columbia County Music Series

Treasures of the Baroque: A Musical Offering of J.S. Bach, Telemann, Marais, Blavet, Tartini & Pachelbel

  • Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center at Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd, Evans, GA 30809
  • Tickets are $21. Click here for tickets.
  • Click here for program

March 26, Salon Concert at West Lake

Baroque Pearls: Cultured Pieces and Freshwater Songs

  • West Lake Clubhouse, 3556 W Lake Dr, Augusta, GA 30907
  • 12:30 pm – brunch service begins
  • 1:15 pm – concert (45 minutes)
  • Tickets: $50 for West Lake members, $75 for non-members. Click here for tickets.

The Continuo Collective of the South is an ensemble dedicated to the vast repertoire of Baroque chamber music. The "continuo," the harpsichord and ‘cello, is the consistent, driving force of the group as they cover all of the harmonies and reinforce the "voice" most fundamental to baroque accompaniment: the bass line. This core duo is always included in the Continuo Collective’s concerts and joined by a variety of instrumentalists or vocalists depending upon the repertoire being performed. Please click here for more information.

Continuo Collective of the South