Music at Saint Paul’s
Saint Paul’s Church has enjoyed a distinguished history of fine music, beginning with the church’s first music director and organist, James Hewitt, one of America’s celebrated 19th century composers, who moved to Augusta from Boston in 1822. Hewitt’s reasons for taking up an extended residence in Augusta included the city’s enthusiasm for good music, an enthusiasm that continues today.
Music at Saint Paul’s Church, led by Director of Music and Organist, Keith Shafer, continues to inspire and comfort more than 250 years after the first worshipers gathered on the banks of the Savannah. Whether you love the glorious majesty of Holy Day celebrations, with pipe organ, brass, percussion, and choirs; the quiet, contemplative instrumentals of our Celtic service; chanted Psalms accompanied by hand bells; or a cappella prayers and responses reminiscent of an English cathedral choir, you’ll find them all at Saint Paul’s.
The ancient Anglican office of vespers is sung in the cathedral tradition by the Saint Paul’s Choir in the fall and spring on Sunday evenings at 5:30 p.m. A reception follows in Tyler Hall. A nursery is provided.
Rose Sunday Concert
Held annually on the 4th Sunday of Lent at 3:00 p.m., the Rose Sunday Concert features Keith Shafer performing either solo or with guest musicians. A reception follows in Tyler Hall. A nursery is provided.
Tuesday’s Music Live
Tuesday’s Music Live began in 1987 with standing-room-only audiences and celebrates its 27th season in 2014-2015. More than 150,000 people have attended the concerts, which feature 13 free concerts from September through March performed by local, regional, national and international musicians and ensembles. A catered lunch is served following each concert in the River and Berlin Rooms, overlooking the Savannah River. Tuesday’s Music Live is now the largest luncheon concert series in America. A 501-c-3 tax-exempt arts organization, Tuesday’s Music Live has an independent Board of Directors and is operated separately from Saint Paul’s Church. For schedules and information, visit TuesdaysMusicLive.com.
Star Spangled Fourth
Presented by the Riverwalk Series, Inc., the Star Spangled Fourth features the 100 member Independence Day Chorus and Orchestra, in a concert of favorite patriotic hits performed at 7:30 p.m. on the 4th of July. The city of Augusta’s Riverwalk fireworks show follows, along with an Afterglow Party in the Saint Paul’s Church River and Berlin Rooms. For tickets and information call 706-722-3463 or visit RiverwalkSeries.com.
The Riverwalk Series
The Riverwalk Series was incorporated as a 501-c-3 arts organization in 1991 in order to provide a means of receiving public financial support for concerts hosted by Saint Paul’s Church. In the early years of the series the focus was on presenting “Great Choirs” and numerous famous ensembles from both the U.S. and Europe were presented in full evening concerts. When the Westobou Festival began the Riverwalk Series participated and received several grants to present major concert artists and groups. In 2014 the series celebrated the 18th annual Star Spangled Concert, performed in front of a standing-room-only audience with a chorus and orchestra of 75 musicians. The concert precedes Augusta’s downtown Riverwalk fireworks display and includes an “After Glow Party” in the River and Berlin Rooms where patrons can enjoy table seating or patio viewing of the fireworks. For schedules and information, visit RiverwalkSeries.com.
Augusta Choral Society Concerts
One of the premiere vocal ensembles in the Southeast the Augusta Choral Society performs two of their season concerts at Saint Paul’s Church. For tickets and information call 706-826-4713 or visit AugustaChoralSociety.org.