Tiger Band roared with talentBy CHRISTINA COLEMAN
The Tiger Symphonic Band had their Fall Anniversary Concert the Monday of the week of Thanksgiving. This concert included three soloists and was definitely “An Evening of Delightful Music,” one of the band’s mantras. I have always enjoyed the band concerts at Georgetown and am impressed with the talent of the performers. Under the direction of Dr. Peter LaRue, the Tiger Symphonic Band always sounds amazing, and this concert was no different.
The Tiger Symphonic Band began with “The Star Spangled Banner” which was perfectly silhouetted by the American flag hanging in the chapel. This was an appropriate way to begin the evening and gave the audience plenty of anticipation for the following songs. With the first song, “Black River Overture,” the band got the audience’s attention. This was a rousing way to really get the concert started, and it only got better from there. Each piece performed had a different style all its own. Some were slow, some were fast, but they each were detailed and played with the right tempo and style to get anyone’s heart racing. My favorite in particular was “Arabesque,” a high tempo and high volume piece that stole your attention. However, this was not the only thing drawing attention to itself.
The three students who had solos were absolutely fantastic. Made up of a French horn, trumpet and piccolo, these solos were the highlight of the concert. Seniors Rebecca Thompson and Gavin Sewell and junior Rachel Ward were the three soloists, and they all did spectacular. They made playing an instrument look easy, and from someone who has tried before I know it is not as easy as it looks. They each had different types of songs to perform and each was uniquely different. They were given a special gift for this night and their families were recognized in the audience. It was a welldeserved night for them to shine and they earned their moments.
While the performers deserve bragging rights, the stage and scenery do as well. The chapel was perfectly lit and decorated for the occasion. The American flag was beautiful and the lighting was just right. A large piece of scenery was used for the background and made the stage the perfect size. I am never ceased to be amazed by the way the chapel can be transformed for any occasion or event. While the scenery looked nice, the performers were nothing to ignore.
Dressed in black, all 37 members were pristine and polished. But nevermind how they looked, their performance is what counts, and they did not disappoint. I am sure countless hours went into rehearsing and preparing for this night, and it definitely showed. The band was made up of a group of extremely talented students who know how to play well. It is fascinating to watch band members perform and to look at all the different instruments. It is even more fascinating to listen to how they sound together.
This was one concert to see and hear. The pieces of music were perfectly selected, the players were great, and the atmosphere was flawless. Overall, this was a performance that was worth the viewing. I was glad to see the chapel so full and hoped the audience was as enthralled as I was. A standing ovation goes to the Tiger Band for giving us another amazing Georgetown performance.
Annual “Messiah” performance to sound heavenlyBy LEANNDRA PADGETT
In just a few days, “hallelujahs“ will resound as the Georgetown College Concert Choir performs Part I of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” Since 1742, people have enjoyed “Messiah” around the world. The text of this famous cantata was chosen by Charles Jennens and comes from Scripture. Taken from both the Old and New Testaments, the verses give an overview of Biblical salvation.
Originally meant to be conducted during the Lenten and Easter season, the oratorio is now commonly heard at Christmas time. The college’s choral department performs it every other year, alternating with a less formal sing-along during which the audience participates in the performance rather than observes. This year, however, the show belongs to the choir.
Before the “Messiah” performance, the Chorale, a smaller, auditioned group, will perform three other Christmas tunes you may or may not be familiar with—“Angels We Have Heard on High,” the traditional hymn, “Glory to God in the Highest” by Randall Thompson and Morten Lauridsen’s setting of the Latin text “O Magnum Mysterium,” each piece being directed by student conductors Daniel Ng, Michael Cannon and Evan Harrell respectively. In addition to the Chorale performance, something else is different about this performance of the “Messiah.” The Concert Choir will perform four Chichester Psalms. The Psalms, by American composer Leonard Bernstein, get their name because he wrote them for the Chichester Cathedral in England. The Chorale will be singing in Hebrew and, as in Messiah, the text is from the Bible.
Several students will be highlighted on Sunday, including Chuck Harris, Haley Howard, Caitlyn Kogge, John Presson, Elizabeth Levay and Sable Floyd. Freshman John Presson is excited about his opportunity to take part in this Christmas tradition at Georgetown and encourages students to come see the show, saying, “This is a great way to start off freshman year singing at Georgetown College. Although some of the songs have posed a challenge to the Concert Choir, I believe that we have overcome the test and am looking forward to singing in front of the student body with my fellow classmates. This performance is something that everyone should experience.”
This NEXUS/CEP event will take place on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel. It is a Georgetown tradition that should prove to be both meaningful and impressive, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to celebrate the Christmas season!
Hanging of the GreenBy JESSICA FLORES
Yes, it’s cold. Yes, it’s rainy. Yes, you still need to go to class. But if your holiday season isn’t starting out exactly as you had hoped, Georgetown knows how to bring a little light to your sprit. Last night students, staff and members of the community came together for one of Georgetown’s most famous traditions, the annual Hanging of the Green. This event, held every year at the beginning of the Christmas season, is a time-honored tradition which gives students a chance to slow down from all the hustle and bustle of the end of the semester and focus on what this time of year is really all about.
This year the evening was jam packed with holiday cheer. Alan Redditt, pastor of Georgetown Baptist delivered the sermon, and special musical performances were done by the Tiger Tunistas, Chorale and the Joyful Noise Singers, to name a few. Sophomores Morgan Floyd and Evan Harrell led attendees in the holiday classics “O Holy Night” and “Away in a Manger.” Other special guests included the families of Dr. Dummer, Dr. Vazzana and Dr. Gambill. As always, organizations around campus as well as children in attendance were asked to add a Christmas ornament to the Christmas tree in the chapel. Afterwards, everyone was invited outside to watch the lighting of Giddings Circle, drink hot cocoa and sing carols.
Thomas Owens, Co-Vice President of Traditions for the Georgetown Activities Council, said that he personally loves this event because it “brings out the Christmas spirit of our campus and brings us together not only as a student body, but also as a community.” Owens has been working hard with GAC to plan the event this year. The community is also invited to the event every year through advertisements on the school website as well as through the local newspaper. Dr. Rosemary Allen, Provost and Dean of the College, says that this is a tradition she really enjoys because it brings the community together. “The Hanging of the Green gives the campus community a reason to take a break from the end of the semester stress and simply enjoy for a moment the beauty and peace of the season,” says Allen.
So when finals start to stress you out, stop, take a break and remember what this season is really all about. And if you are one of the unfortunate few who missed the Hanging of the Green this year, fear not! You can enjoy the beautiful decorations in Giddings Circle for the remainder of the semester.
Piano ChristmasBy CALIESHA COMLEY
It’s that time of year! Campuswide, students are scrambling for last minute words to complete their final essays and cramming for the dreaded exams the end of the semester brings. But, as you make your way into the library to study for an hour (or four), look up at the banister to the Christmas wreaths and garland and remember not to let this season pass. The Christmas spirit can still be celebrated in the midst of all the stress; and what better way to inspire this spirit than through music!
The second annual Piano Christmas recital is sure to be the perfect escape into the holiday world. Members of the Music Teachers National Association (MNTA) and others taking lessons from Dr. Mami Hayashida will be featured in the show. The pianists include Rachel Madden who has organized the event, Meredith Rigby, president of MNTA, Genée Johns, Chelsea Brown, Charlie Crowe and Alyssa Purcell.
The group pooled all the Christmas songbooks they had and have been practicing for over a month for the performance. Piano Christmas will showcase a mixture of various solos and duets, and there will even a couple pieces for six hands.
Come ready to hear your favorite traditional Christmas songs, as well as more contemporary pieces, such as “Believe” from the Polar Express. Arrangements from Mannheim Steamroller promise to jazz-up the recital, like “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” Meredith’s favorite piece which she will also be playing.
Meredith looks forward to this year’s performance saying, “Last year when we had a Christmas concert, it was kind of short notice, and we didn’t have a whole lot of time to prepare, but it was so fun that we decided that we had to do it again next year. We’re hoping that it will become a new tradition.”
Rachel Madden said, “I love Christmas! Hanging of the Green, Christmas Candlelight, Piano Recital, everything here leads up to it. The birth of Christ is such a special event to remember, and I think Georgetown does a great job of displaying Christmas Spirit!”
Don’t let finals get you into a “Bahhumbug” mood. Revive the Christmas cheer with some of your favorite holiday tunes. Be in the Chapel at 7 p.m. tonight to celebrate the end of the semester with Dr. Hayashida’s promising students.
The Show It! Student Art Exhibition & Competition is now on view in the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery.
The exhibition will be on display until Dec. 9. The Gallery is located in the WAB and is open Monday-Friday 12-4:30 p.m.
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