World premiere of O Laud the Lord to be performed in North Augusta

The Savannah River Winds, conducted by Richard D. Brasco, will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at First Baptist Church of North Augusta, 625 Georgia Ave.


The last part of the event will be the Winds ensemble and a 150-member choir performing O Laud the Lord a classical composition by British musician Paul Ayres who is coming from England to direct the world premiere performance.

O Laud the Lord, a roughly 12-minute piece, was commissioned by Savannah River Winds (Richard Brasco with the words coming from Psalms 150 and 23 from The Sidney Psalter, an English translation, of the verses.

The Winds presentation is unusual in that chamber groups such as flute choir, saxophone quartet, brass quintet, percussion ensemble and many others are positioned throughout the sanctuary with each ensemble performing one after the other surrounding the audience.

Brasco, a native of Jeannnette, Pa., and a resident of North Augusta, has taught music at Augusta State Univer­sity and has conducted the ASU Conserva­tory Wind Symphony and high school division of the ASU Summer Band Camp. He has trained concert, jazz and marching high school bands.

Two choral and two organ workshops will be offered for free in connection with Ayers’ visit from England:

Sept. 27: choral clinic, 10 a.m. to noon, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 961 Trail Ridge Road, Aiken; organ clinic, 2 to 4 p.m., St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church, 125 Pendleton St. SW, Aiken

Sept. 28: choral clinic, 10 a.m. to noon, Fine Arts Building room C1, Augusta University; organ clinic, 3 to 5 p.m., Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2261 Walton Way