Georgetown College’s Music faculty is all-Gershwin for Sunday’s concert. From left: John Campbell, Heather Hunnicutt, Mami Hayashida, H.M. Lewis, Pete LaRue and Sonny Burnette.

By Caitlin Knox

Georgetown, KY – Georgetown College’s Music faculty is ready to strike up the band, choirs and students – as well as themselves – for their first ever department-wide performance. And who better to feature than George Gershwin and  many of the all-American composer’s most-loved tunes, such as “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Rhapsody in Blue.”

The free Gershwin Tribute Concert will be in the College’s John L. Hill Chapel at 3 p.m,  Sunday, Oct. 14.

“The department is excited to synthesize all our students and faculty within one event; highlighting the music of an American icon,” said Dr. Heather Hunnicutt, Music department chair. She explained that the department wanted to not only show off all the variety of talent on campus, but also show that “we’re not all about old dead European composers.”

“Gershwin has great tunes that are at the heart of American pop music to this day,” said Dr. John Campbell, who will be leading Concert Choir and Chorale. He was pleased with the concert theme, adding Gershwin’s music “gets stuck in your head.”  Chorale will be performing “Strike up the Band” and “Somebody Loves Me;” Concert Choir will perform a medley of pieces that include “tunes that everyone will know once they hear them,” Campbell said. 

The department is presenting the many facets of Gershwin’s work; taking opera (“Porgy and Bess”), musical theatre and even influences of jazz to the stage. For instance, piano students will take on challenging four-hand piano pieces like “Love is Here to Stay;” professor Dr. Sonny Burnette and Brianna Gibson, a sophomore from Louisville, will perform a jazzy duet on sax and bass; and students Shay McCleavy and Meredith Cave will be singing and dancing on stage together with “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.”

“It’s sure to be over the top,” assured Cave, a senior from Nicholasville.