Originally created 09/22/00

Religious evolution



The Augusta Collegium Musicum will take a millennial journey in its season-opening concert.

"It's a good bird's-eye view in the case of choral religious music through the last 1,000 years," said William Toole, the choral group's director. The concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.

The concert will feature a range of music, beginning with Gregorian chants from the 10th century and ending with spirituals and contemporary church choral music.

The group was started about 12 years ago when Augusta State University graduates who had performed in the chamber choir expressed an interest in continuing to sing, Mr. Toole said.

Much of the music the 25-member group sings is from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and it is usually sung a cappella.

The ensemble draws its biggest crowds at its Christmas concerts. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Sacred Heart. The group also sings at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Augusta Museum of History.

On stage

What: Augusta Collegium Musicum

When and where: 3 p.m. Sunday, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.

Admission: $10, free for students

Reach Charmain Brackett at (803) 441-6927 or czbrackett@hotmail.com.