Dr. Phyllis Anderson, the director of the Augusta Chorale, believes the group’s upcoming concert is a prime example of what the Chorale is all about.
The group will perform Franz Schubert’s soaring and ethereal Mass in G with strings and soloists at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at Paine College.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and children from www.augustachorale.org or (706) 830-0991.
Anderson said it’s pieces like the Mass that allow the Chorale to do what it does best – collaborate.
“It’s an exciting and vital part of what we do,” she said shortly before the group began one of its Monday rehearsals. “Bringing in these guests, allowing us all the opportunity to perform together is what the Chorale is all about.”
The Mass concert will feature the Suzuki Strings of Augusta’s Senior Ensemble and three soloists at the cusp of their professional careers: Anita Purcell, soprano; Garry Grant, tenor; and Timothy Jenkins, bass.
Hettie Copeland has been with the Augusta Chorale for almost 35 years and said that offering young artists performance opportunities has always been part of the Chorale mission.
“It’s been important, oh, since the very beginning,” she said. “It makes it possible for us to preserve these traditions and maybe make some new ones.”
Bernard McConnell joined the Augusta Chorale this season and said that while he was aware of the group before, he now appreciates being a member.
“I’m here every Monday,” he said with a laugh. “Being able to do things like this, things like the Schubert that push us, that’s been a great joy.”
It’s that attitude, Anderson said, that keeps the Chorale going. “It warms my heart that there are people that really want to do this.”