Augusta Choral Society holiday concert is Saturday

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Augusta Choral Society will present "And On Earth, Peace," a holiday performance, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at St. Paul's Church.
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For 20 years, Carolyn Dolen and her husband, Bill Dolen, have played major roles in the Augusta Choral Society’s annual Christmas concerts.

Unlike other Augusta area vocal performers, the Augusta Choral Society is known for using live orchestral accompaniment at its performances.

The holiday performance of And On Earth, Peace will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at St. Paul’s Church, 605 Reynolds St.

Tickets cost $25 for adults; $20 for seniors ages 65 and older and $10 for students under age 25 from (706) 826-4613 and augustachoral
society.org.

“Our Christmas concerts are unique,” said Carolyn Dolen, the executive director of the 80-voice choral group.

“We utilize our chorus along with a 30-piece orchestra to accompany our singing,” said the Memphis, Tenn., native, who moved to Augusta with her husband 20 years ago. Bill Dolen is assistant director of the group.

The concert will include In Terra Pax by Gerald Finzi; Gloria by Randall Bass and Magnificat in D by Johann Sebastian Bach, with soloists Anna Steenerson, soprano; Brittnee Siemons, mezzo-soprano; Jamison Walker, tenor; Christian Elser, bass; and the Augusta Choral Society Orchestra.

After a brief intermission, the group will sing selections from the Messiah.

“People enjoy coming out to hear the traditional songs and sing parts of Messiah,” she said. “They’ll sing the more notable parts of Messiah, such as Hallelujah Chorus, Glory to God and Unto Us a Child is Born.

The Dolens are humbled that the Augusta Choral Society’s 2012-13 performance season is dedicated to them, said Carolyn Dolen.

The Dec. 15 concert represents the 62nd annual Christmas performance.

Concert organizers are asking patrons to bring holiday gifts to donate to the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, also known as the Blue Goose, located at 1101 15th St.

Carolyn Dolen suggests patrons donate items such as toothpaste, hand lotion, lip balm and bar soap for the veterans. “These are items that are practical and needed,” she said.

She credits the music society’s longevity to having a strong foundation. “Our founder, Emily Remington, gets the credit. She still lives in Charleston (S.C).

“I think everyone enjoys singing, whether they sing in the shower or in the car. And people enjoy what we do, too. Fortunately, our membership has remained strong,” she said.

New singers are welcome in the society. Rehearsals are from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at First Baptist Church of Augusta.

Interested singers can attend a rehearsal to learn more, call (706) 826-4713 or send an e-mail to cdolen@augustachoralsociety.org.

LIVE MUSIC

WHAT: Augusta Choral Society presents And On Earth, Peace
WHEN:
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15
WHERE:
St. Paul’s Church, 605 Reynolds St.
TICKETS:
$25 adults; $20 ages 65 and older; $10 students under age 25
MORE:
(706) 826-4613, augustachoralsociety.org


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