Musical groups offer joyful noise for the holidays

The holidays bring their own music, and this year, there are several upcoming holiday themed concerts to create a symphony of the season.

 

Creative Impressions, a group of 11- to 18-year-olds, will present Behold the Star in two performances at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Augusta University’s Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre.

“This is our annual Christmas production featuring several different genres of music,” said Shanita Newton, president of the organization’s board of directors.

Some of the songs will be sung a cappella while others will have musical accompaniment; some pieces will also feature choreography.

Founded by Evelyn Ellis, Creative Impressions has been performing in the area since 1996.

Tickets are $15 for the 2 p.m. performance and $20 for the 7 p.m. show.

Augusta Choral Society will bring a familiar work to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, Dec. 9.

“This is one of those pieces that people will call me and say ‘when are you doing the Messiah?’ We don’t do it every year,” said Carolyn Dolen, executive director.

Handel’s Messiah in its entirety runs about three hours long, so this concert will feature selected pieces.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for senior citizens and $15 for students and military.

Dolen said they also request that patrons bring with them travel-sized personal items such as shampoos, soaps and razors that will be donated to the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, and there will be a reception following the concert.

The Augusta Chorale will present a slate of holiday-themed songs at its 35th annual concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Paine College’s Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

Dr. Phyllis Anderson, the chorale’s artistic director, said this year’s program has a varied repertoire and will feature the return of mezzo soprano, Pamela Dillard, of Atlanta.

Included on the program will be The Many Moods Of Christmas, arranged by Robert Shaw and Robert Russell Bennett, as well as spirituals such as Ride on, King Jesus arranged by Clayton White and Good News, the Savior is Born, written by Glenn Jones.

The Augusta Chorale is comprised of 52 singers and will be accompanied by the Aiken Civic Orchestra.

Tickets are $15 in advance at the Chorale website, augustachorale.org or $20 at the door.

Aiken Symphony Orchestra will present Home for the Holidays at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center. For tickets, call (803) 641-3305 or for more information visit aikensymphonyorchestra.com.

And Christmas at First Baptist will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way Ext.

The Sanctuary Choir and a 35-piece orchestra will present a variety of Christmas favorites such as Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Rutter, Wilberg, Handel and Leroy Anderson. Admission is free, and donations for Golden Harvest Food Bank will be accepted.

 

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