Friends of ACS
Sacred Heart Cultural Center (Link)
Is located at 1301 Greene Street in downtown Augusta. A magnificent edifice and former Catholic Church is the home of the Augusta Choral Society. Not only is SHCC acoustically amenable to musical performances, it is a visual treat. Attending a performance of the ACS in SHCC combines music and art to provide a unique concert experience.
The first bricks were laid for Sacred Heart Church in 1897 and the church opened with the first service on December 2, 1900. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building features towering twin spires, graceful arches, fifteen distinctive styles of brickwork, ninety-four stained glass windows, a barreled vaulted ceiling and intricately carved Italian marble altars. Unfortunately, due to a number of factors the last mass was held in Sacred Heart on July 3, 1971.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Link)
Our ACS home-away-from-home is St. Paul's Church in downtown Augusta. A congregation has been worshiping at its current address of 605 Reynolds Street for over 250 years. St. Paul's has a resonant and entrancing acoustic and a magnificent organ, both perfect for ACS performances.
One of the musical jewels in Augusta's artistic bank is The Lyra Vivace Orchestra. The LVO is the ACS's main instrumental collaborator for all our concerts - whether that is for full orchestra, chamber orchestra, or smaller ensembles.
Lyra Vivace is a professional chamber orchestra based in the Southeastern United States. This musician-run collective distinguishes itself as a versatile chamber orchestra of individuals where a kaleidoscopic spectrum of talents as soloists, leaders, collaborators, composers, arrangers and educators is celebrated, nurtured, and given voice.