November 19, 2009 Volume CXXVI Issue 10

Students bring “Creation” to life

By VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
Copy Editor

John Campbell directs the performance of Haydn’s “Creation.”

A reenactment of the Creation, yes like the beginning of the world creation, took place here on Georgetown’s campus on Monday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. Concert Choir and Chorale, along with an 18-piece orchestra, all directed by Dr. John Campbell, performed Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Creation.” Dr. Campbell called it, “A fresh telling of the Creation story from Genesis and Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost,’ using ‘holy imagination.’”

This oratorio, which is similar to an opera except without costuming and unstaged but has a large chorus commenting on the action, was the result of two trips to England for Haydn. This year is the bicentennial of Haydn’s death and Dr. Campbell decided that it was the perfect time to do Haydn’s famed oratorio. Not only was it a special anniversary, but also the choirs of Georgetown were vocally ready to sing it and there was money to fund the orchestra. The Ruth Pierce Wilson Endowment Fund supplied enough money for 18 instrumentalists, and the 63 members of the combined choirs had what it took.

Singing with an orchestra is a monstrous challenge for any undergraduate student, but the choirs and especially the soloists, pulled it off without a hitch. Not only was the music beautiful, but the words actually came alive, as one heard the sound of roaring lions and chirping insects. Haydn even went so far as to include the creation of great whales. At one point, the chorus played the role of the angels singing in heaven, praising God for the creations of the second day. Concert Choir and Chorale will also be putting on the “Messiah” Sing, Sunday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel. This is a casual, sing-along event for anyone who loves the “Messiah.”

If you enjoyed the concert and want to sing more than just at church or at the “Messiah” Sing, you are invited to join Concert Choir. See John Campbell for more details. The creation story ended quite fittingly, with Daniel Ng singing, “And God saw everything that he had made and behold it was very good; and the heavenly choir in song divine thus closed the sixth day.” The chorus followed, singing, “Achieved is the glorious work,” or in short “It is finished!”

 


Graves Center teaches success

By JOEL FEDERSPIEL
Features Editor

For the past several weeks, the Meetinghouse has been home to various seminars on topics ranging from making the most of your internship to a resume and cover letter workshop to prepare for graduate school to this past Monday’s workshop on advanced leadership skills. The purpose of these talks is to help Georgetown students better represent themselves during their applications to graduate schools and businesses. As Holly James of the Graves Center put it, “all the professional workshops topics are geared toward developing student’s professional skills.” Robin Fleischer of the Graves Center said that, “We hope to give students a chance to be exposed to valuable information they otherwise wouldn’t be exposed to in the classroom or other venues.” Additionally, GC students who attend the workshops can network with the various professionals who are on campus and get their foot in the door of their chosen field.

The turnout for these seminars has been fairly strong thus far, although the presentation on using social media in your job searches did not have any students in attendance. Fleischer said that all of the presenters have “[stated] how much they enjoy meeting and speaking to Georgetown College students.” These talks take place every Monday at 4 p.m. in the conference room of the Meetinghouse. There are still three more seminars scheduled for this semester if you are interested in attending. The first will be on Nov. 23 and will cover “Making It in Today’s World of Work.” This session will be led by Tyler Smith of Fifth Third Bank in Georgetown, who will discuss the modern working world and answer questions about credit and loans. The second seminar is going to be on Dec. 2. It will be led by Kelly Watkins with Expressive Concepts and will cover “Successful Networking.” This seminar will be in the Chapel and will be a CEP/Nexus event. The final meeting will take place on Dec. 7 in the conference room of the Meetinghouse and will cover the topic “Gear up for Career Success! Last Minute Job Search Crash Course.” Questions regarding these workshops or other career or graduate school issues can be e-mailed to the Graves Center.


Tiger Band hosts annual concert

By DR. PETE LARUE
Tiger Bands

On behalf of our Tiger Bands, I would like to most cordially invite you to attend the Fall Anniversary Concert of our Tiger Symphonic Band. The program will take place next Monday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. in the John L. Hill Chapel. The annual Fall Concert will feature music of several genres and also mark the 165th Anniversary of bands at Georgetown College. The concert will feature works by Hazo, Daehn, Jenkins, Haydn and Beethoven. A highlight of the concert will include a performance of the “Concert Rondo” (K. 371—Mozart) by senior Colby Whittaker on the baritone saxophone. Colby is the son of Greg and Tammy Whittaker of Winchester and is a Religion and Philosophy doublemajor.

A very special feature of the “FAC” (a.k.a. Fall Anniversary Concert) will be a performance of “In Praise Rejoice” (a.k.a. E1) as composed for our Tiger Symphonic Band by Evan James Harrell. Evan is a freshman and is the son of Steve and Sonya Harrell of Middlesboro. In a nearly unheard-of feat by an 18-year-old, Evan has skillfully woven two beloved hymn tunes, “All Creatures of our God and King” and “Simple Gifts,” into a delightful fantasia for band. Trust me, you will not want to miss this premiere performance of E1.

To close the concert, the Band Scholars will perform an upbeat setting of the holiday classic, “Good King Wenceslas,” as popularized by Mannheim Steamroller, featuring Michael Bailey (of our alto saxophone section) on the bass guitar followed by a stirring and powerful rendition of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” as Professor Danny Tilford joins the band at the console of the incredible Osborne-Tilford Family Johannus organ.

The concert will end with our traditional playing of the Georgetown College Alma Mater. It will also be our privilege and pleasure to again welcome as special guests for the evening residents from the Windsor Gardens Retirement Center. A continuing joy for the Band Scholars is our ongoing, long-term stewardship project which we have developed between Windsor Gardens and the Tiger Bands. This year’s Fall Anniversary Concert celebrates the 165th year of Bands at Georgetown College, and is unique as it again marks our Tiger Bands as the oldest college or university band program in the Commonwealth.

Information exists on the first Georgetown Band and their motto “Music for all Occasions.” Our band scholars of today strive to live up to this historic epitaph. As is the custom of our Tiger bands, price of admission for the Fall Anniversary Concert is a canned or processed food-offering which will be distributed through the AMEN House to the less-fortunate in our Georgetown-Scott County area. Following the concert, there will be a reception for all band scholars, band families and friends of our Tiger Bands in the foyer of the Chapel. Thank you for your continuing support of Bands at Georgetown College.

Please mark your calendars— Monday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. We hope to see you at the concert.

Press Release

A collection of photos from the Tiger Bands of Georgetown College: (clockwise from top left) Band scholars perform for their friends at Windsor Gardens, a group of pep band students dress as a bingo board for “Dress Like a Nut Night,” the symphonic band performs in John L. Hill Chapel, a Band Scholar shows off the new shirt design, and the Symphonic Band collects canned goods at their annual Fall Anniversary Concert.

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