Classical works kick off Augusta Choral Society season



The Augusta Choral Society is kicking off its 62nd season with Elegant Simplicity, a concert featuring three classical pieces, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at St. Paul’s Church.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $10 for students from

The 80-member chorus will perform Anton Bruckner’s Te Deum, Felix Mendelssohn’s Verleih uns frieden and Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, said executive director Carolyn Dolen.

“They’re all pieces that the audience would enjoy listening to,” Dolen said. “Each one is very different from the other. The third one particularly, Fauré’s Requiem, is something that people know so well. It’s just a nice way to start the season.”

Featured soloists include soprano Candace Dickinson, mezzo-soprano Linda Banister, tenor Nathan Munson and bass Thomas Dickinson, all from Georgia and South Carolina. J. Porter Stokes serves as artistic director of the Augusta Choral Society.

The chorus, with members ranging in age from high school students to senior citizens, will be accompanied by an organist from St. Paul’s Church and the 36-member Augusta Choral Society Orchestra.

“That’s one thing that sets us apart from some of the other choral groups in town,” Dolen said. “We consider ourselves a symphonic chorus of the CSRA because we do have as part of our mission to perform the great choral works with orchestra, which is how most of them were originally written. We’re very pleased that our concerts this year will live up to this.”

The season-opening concert marks Dolen’s 20th season as the executive director of the Augusta Choral Society. The season is dedicated to Dolen and her husband, Bill Dolen, who serves as assistant director. A reception honoring the couple will be held after the concert in Tyler Hall.

“I really enjoy working for a community organization. I get to meet a wonderful mix of people of all different ages and backgrounds. It’s been a very rewarding experience for me,” Dolen said.

Three more concerts will round out the season with performances planned for Dec. 15, March 29 and May 25.

New members are welcome at any time during the season by contacting Carolyn Dolen at (706) 826-4713.


WHAT: Augusta Choral Society’s season-opening concert, Elegant Simplicity
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 27
WHERE: St. Paul’s Church, 605 Reynolds St.
TICKETS: $25 adults, $20 senior citizens, $10 students;
MORE: All concerts start at 7:30 p.m.
• Dec. 15 – And On Earth, Peace, featuring excerpts from Handel’s Messiah and other works, St. Paul’s Church
• March 29 – Ancient and Modern, Sacred Heart Cultural Center
• May 25 – Hymns for the Fallen, Memorial Day concert, Sacred Heart Cultural Center

The Augusta Choral Society accepts new members during the concert season. To join, contact executive director Carolyn Dolen at (706) 826-4713.