If you’re looking for the Georgetown College Concert Choir Spring Concert on Palm Sunday (April 17), note the venue change – First Christian Church (just past Georgetown Baptist) on College Street. The scheduled time of 3 p.m. is still correct – as is the no admission charge; but, with a catch you’re likely to appreciate.
This year a collection will be taken at the door for the Scott County Hospitality House, a homeless shelter in Georgetown.
The College’s Concert Choir and Chorale, joined by members of the Georgetown Choral Society and a chamber orchestra, will present John Rutter’s Requiem under the direction of John W. Campbell. This work was composed in memory of the composer’s father, and is comprised of a mix of Latin texts from the liturgical mass for the dead, or Requiem Mass, and English texts taken from scripture and the Book of Common Prayer. “It has several lovely tunes and simply beautiful moments, and moves the hearer from the grief of death to the hope of resurrection,” Dr. Campbell said.
Campbell is putting a pair of freshmen in the spotlight on Sunday. Rebecca Bowery of Covington and (Margaret) Collin Smith of Bowling Green are soprano soloists in two of the movements.
“One moment I find particularly intriguing is in the midst of the Agnus Dei movement. The choir pleads with the Almighty using the Latin text that translates ‘Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant them rest.’ Suddenly the choir drops away and we hear the flute, solo, playing the Gregorian chant ‘Victimae paschal laudes,’ historically music for Easter morning,” Campbell said. “Nowhere in the work is this text sung, and if you don’t know the plainchant you’ll simply think it is a pretty tune by the flute. But it is followed by the choir singing ‘I am the resurrection and the life,’ and we have moved from contemplation of death to the believer’s hope of an after-life.”
Campbell will bring have his Georgetown College Chorale Spring Concert back in John L. Hill Chapel on Tuesday, May 3 at 8 p.m. This last of the spring semester concerts is also free.