Traditionally, Georgetown College Concert Choir officially marks the holiday season with Handel’s “Messiah” on a Sunday afternoon in early December. But, Director John Campbell figures his students will be in better voice if they take the John L. Hill Chapel stage Thursday night (Nov. 20) with “Messiah and More.”

Turns out too many of his choral members are also in the College’s full-scale opera (“The Secret Marriage” Dec. 4-5) two days before the date “Messiah” fans have come to expect and Campbell won’t hear of anything less than the best. “I figured my best voices would be used up by the time they got to Sunday…so I chose not to set up the Concert Choir for a struggling performance, vocally,” said Campbell, who hopes the campus community and other patrons will be thankful for this pre-Thanksgiving event. The free concert begins at 8 p.m.

Two who will be doing double-duty are senior Ryland Pope of Harlan and freshman Elizabeth Levay of Maysville, who recently won first places in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) State Competition at Murray State University. Pope, who was also named Best Singer/Artist Overall, happens to be President of the College’s Lyric Theatre Society, too.

What the public will get Thursday. is Part One of “Messiah” and much, much more. Along with the traditional Christmas portion of Handel’s masterwork, the 56-voice Concert Choir will sing four carol settings by the recently deceased American composer Norman Dello Joio, and the Chorale will present a set of both serious and lighter Christmas selections.

Here are the student soloists and the pieces they are featured on:

  • Comfort Ye/Every Valley – Michael Cannon
  • Thus saith the Lord /But who may abide – Daniel Ng
  • Behold a virgin shall conceive/O Thou that tallest – Haley Howard
  • For, behold, darkness/The people that walked – Adrian Russell
  • There were shepherds/And lo! the angel/And the angel/And suddenly – Elizabeth Levay
  • Rejoice greatly – Whitney Lanway
  • Then shall the eyes/He shall feed – Dominique Higdon
  • Come unto Him – Danielle Harrison
  • Behold, I tell you/The trumpet shall sound – Ryland Pope