The Georgetown College campus is alive with arts activities – both performing and visual – from Nov. 15 through Dec. 9. And, even after the students go home for the holidays, visitors are welcome to take in our spectacular contemporary art collection in the Jacobs Gallery (Ensor Learning Resource Center) from noon-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday through Dec. 21 and opening up again January 2. And, we urge you to stroll the campus to see the new Live.Learn.Believe. outdoor sculpture exhibit, which will change every year to 18 months.
All of the College’s musical groups are rehearsing like busy elves so that they may put you in the right holiday mood with these upcoming events in the John L. Hill Chapel. All are FREE – with the exception of the symphonic band’s concert, which only requires a non-perishable food item that goes to a Scott County charity.
Thursday, Nov. 15 – Concert Choir & Brass Ensemble Fall Concert, “In the Fullness of Time: The Night That Changed History,” 8 p.m.
Retracing the events leading up to Christ’s birth, the 60-voice choir will sing traditional carols culminating in the soaring “Gloria” by John Rutter. Accompaniment by the brass choir, and Daniel B. Tilford on the newly installed Johannus organ and Mami Hayashida on the piano. Guest conductor Carl Peters says, “This concert has wonderful variety – from the rhythmic vibrancy of the traditional Spanish carol, ‘Riu, Riu, Chiu,’ to the elegance of the Biebl ‘Ave Maria’, and the joyful exuberance of the three movement Gloria. This is a Christmas cornucopia!” Regular conductor John Campbell, who is on sabbatical this semester (but will play timpani in the orchestra) says, “With the returning members and senior leadership, the choir won’t miss a beat.”
Admission to this holiday tradition is one canned or processed food item, which goes to the Amen House of Scott County. Featured artists are senior soloist Sierra Gooch of West Chester, OH – a double-major in German and Commerce, Language & Culture – on Stephen Bulla’s Rhapsody for Flute; and Professor Emeritus Daniel B. Tilford on the new Osborne-Tilford Organ for Canticle: All Creatures of our God and King. “Trust me, it shall be an evening of delightful music that you will not want to miss,” says conductor Pete LaRue., who invites patrons to stay afterward for a reception.
Tuesday, Nov. 27 – Hanging of the Green, 7 p.m.
“This all-campus worship experience is a wonderful way for students, faculty, staff, townspeople and alumni to reflect on the reason for the season as a community,” says Student Government’s Randa Stovall, a senior from Scottsville. Includes special music entertainment, a senior speaker, and faculty and staff reading scripture. Stay around for the lighting of Giddings Circle.
Thursday, Nov. 29 – Chapel Brass Concert, 8 p.m.
Seven student instrumentalists will perform a variety of compositions from the Baroque period and hymn-tune based pieces of recent origin. Concert leader H.M. Lewis says a highlight is their contemporary arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard on High,” by William Hines, one of the most outstanding composers of modern music for brass.
Friday, Nov. 30 – Students of Voice Recital, 6:30 p.m.
A wide variety of music featuring pieces from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and even Contemporary Christian genres in a mix of both Christmas and non-holiday songs. The voice students will be joined by other GC musicians who are planning to join the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) Program on an intensive music program in Salzburg, Austria this summer. Instructor Heather Hunicutt says, “Donations will be accepted to help the students’ make their dreams of studying in Austria come true.” Refreshments after the concert.
Sunday, Dec. 2 – Messiah Sing with the Concert Choir, 3 p.m.
An audience favorite because the whole community is invited to sing the choruses with the Georgetown College choir. This year’s sing-along will include the entire Christmas portion (part I), according to guest conductor Carl Peters. Copies of sheet music will be available – for loan, not sale. The College’s Mami Hayashida will accompany on harpsichord.
On Stage…Hear All About It!
Professor/director Ed Smith is bringing back an updated version of Merry Freakin’ Christmas for the weekend of Dec. 7-9 in the Lab Theatre. This humorous expose of Christmas’s dark underbelly is set in a TV news station. Smith and his Performance of Literature class put together this original work last year; this time all of his Theatre & Performance Studies classes are contributing. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults and may be purchased at the campus bookstore 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. For reservations call (502) 863-8134 or toll free at (866) 464-0050.
That same weekend (Dec. 7-9), theatre patrons can take in a second production on campus that also uses the media (radio) as a vehicle – It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, adapted from the Frank Capra film (that starred Jimmy Stewart). Georgetown Community Theatre will perform this beloved American holiday classic on the Hill Chapel stage at 8 p.m. the first two nights and 3 p.m. on that Sunday. They ask the “radio audience” to be seated 15 minutes before the show.
The College’s choral director John Campbell is the director and Georgetown junior Ashley Parsons, a Music Education major from Scott County, plays Sally Applewhite who plays Mary Hatch (Donna Reed in the movie). Wade Yeates, who works at Luv Homes in Georgetown, is the male lead who plays George Bailey, who considers ending his life one fateful, but ultimately wonderful Christmas Eve. Tickets are $10, or $7 for under-12. and can be purchased at The Country Peddler Gift Shoppe (next to Farmers Bank) or on line at www.upbeatcafe.com.
Sorry, the final weekend (Nov. 16-18) of the College’s production of the musical She Love Me is SOLD OUT in the tiny Ruth Pearce Wilson Lab Theatre. (Well, it’s GOOD that our Maskrafters are so popular.)
Shakespeare on ‘The Hill’
Shakespeare-lovers, tickets are available for the next offering in the Foust Artist Series – the comedy Twelfth Night by the touring, Maryland-based National Players. Their version – with the mistaken identities and misdirected passions that beset twins Sebastian and Viola, who are separated by shipwreck – is set in the period of Regency England (1811-1820). Curtain time is 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26, in John L. Hill Chapel. The play lasts a little over two hours, plus a 15-minute intermission. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5, students (other than GC students); reservations (502) 863-8041.
The Stories These Four Seniors Can Tell …
Four GC art seniors are telling their stories with Anecdotes, the new art show opening on November 29 in the Anne Wright Wilson Gallery. Come that evening to the reception from 5-7 p.m. to hear them in person and view their work. Otherwise, regular hours are noon-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1:30-4 p.m. on the two Sundays, including the final day of the exhibit (Dec. 9).
The show consists of work by one art historian and three studio artists, in media such as painting, photography, film and installation. All four – Jason Colliver of Nicholasville, Lucy Chesnut of London, Ashley Gabbard of Richmond, and Laura Lynn Medley of Lexington – will be graduating in December after the completion of their final exhibition at Georgetown College. Gabbard, who is also the current editor of The Georgetonian, is the first GC student to graduate with a degree in Art History.
If you wish to view this show at another time, call gallery directory Karen Gillenwater at 502-863-8399.