This Week, The Hill Is Alive With the Concert Sounds of Choral Music

Molly Shoulta ‘13
GC News Bureau Intern

This week at Georgetown College, John L. Hill Chapel will be filled with the glorious voices of students in the Chorale and Concert Choir. Both free concerts are under the direction of the very busy Dr. John Campbell.

The Chorale concert tonight (April 27) at 8 p.m. has everything from Baroque Era and early America to contemporary Christian music and Moses Hogan spirituals. The Concert Choir’s spring finale at 3 p.m., Sunday (May 2) features sacred music with Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” the highlight. Other music includes both modern and Mendelssohn – and, yet there’s something missing. (Read on!)

Chorale Concert, 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 27

Though the musical styles and tastes are from many different centuries and cultures, all of the Chorale’s pieces loosely fall under the theme of “God’s Deliverance.” The pieces describe the trials of Jonah and Daniel from the Old Testament through the spiritual “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?,” and even extend to the lesser known story of Jephte through Carissimi’s “Plorate filii Israel.”

The program will also include an East African piece that Dr. Campbell himself arranged into a choral work, but kept it in the original Chichewa language. It is a favorite of the Chorale’s and Campbell pulls it out every three to four years because of its fun nature and the liking students seem to have for it.

When asked which piece would be his favorite –“All of them,” Campbell replied. He went on to explain that the concert entails a little bit of everything from historic music to a contemporary Twila Paris piece. The uniqueness of each piece – and the fact that all come back to “God’s Deliverance” – will make the concert a sacred, memorable evening.

Concert Choir, 3 p.m., Sunday, May 2

Something’s missing from the Georgetown College Concert Choir this semester – men!

The all women’s choir began almost by luck. Campbell explained that after looking at this semester’s enrollment in the course, he soon realized that a women’s choir almost perfectly fell into place. This is the first in Dr. Campbell’s time here at Georgetown, but not a first for the college.

The women will open with “Cantate Domino,” a joyful fanfare with modern sounds and the help of Dr. H. M. Lewis on the trumpet. The music will continue with Christe Eleison, a challenging but interesting Vivaldi piece. The concert will also include “Laudate Pueri” and Student Conductor Daniel Ng, a senior from Georgetown, will lead the ladies in “Lift Thine Eyes.” The main part of the program will include “Stabat Mater,” a historical series of pieces describing Mary at the foot of the cross of Christ.

Campbell assures concert goers that each choir is unique and has its very own sound. This is a result of differing rehearsal styles and the balance that each choir has. Chorale is an auditioned, smaller group, while the Concert Choir still holds many talented, strong voices. Both concerts are sure to show a myriad of music styles and talents of both groups.



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