Georgetown, KY – Originally Georgetown College Chorale Director John Campbell planned to take the group on a tour of the northeast that would include Boston, but the cost was prohibitive. He settled instead on Washington, D.C. as the chorale’s ultimate destination for his 10th tour with his GC singers and a wonderful itinerary literally fell into place.
The Georgetown College Chorale “How Does the Creature Say Praise?” Tour leaves today (Feb. 29) with a first stop in Kentucky at London’s First Baptist Church tonight at 6:30 p.m. and will end with its traditional Home Concert (not on campus this time) at Georgetown’s Gano Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m., March 6.
“God has opened more doors for this tour than any other I’ve taken with the chorale,” Dr. Campbell said.
For instance, Campbell had just decided on a visit to our nation’s capital and environs when his former two-time GC Chorale president, Josh Hearne ’05, called to see if he’d consider bringing the group to Danville, VA, sometime. Voila! They’ll perform at 7:30 p.m., March 1 at a warehouse there that’s connected with a ministry – Grace & Main, which Josh heads up – that serves marginalized people.
The GC chorale will also perform 7 p.m. the next night (March 2) at First Baptist Church of Danville (VA) before heading toward the District of Columbia for two appearances March 4 – 9:30 and 11 a.m. – at First Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA.
Then, looking for a church in a town off I-64 for the return trip, Campbell called First Baptist Church, Weston, WV, “out of the blue” and was met with enthusiasm. Book it: the GC Chorale performs at 6 p.m., March 4, before heading home.
All of these audiences we will be treated to a wide range of works in the chorale’s repertoire. But, Campbell said to especially listen out for several from the spiritual genre – such as “Wade in the Water” and his own arrangement of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”
Georgetown’s premier choral ensemble, the Chorale is auditioned from throughout the student body, representing 14 different majors. The choir tours the eastern United States, performing for churches, high schools, and conventions.
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