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Messiah-Sing! a reason why Columbia is permanent anchorage

Variety of artistic talent was incredible at last night's "Messiah-Sing!" performed at the Columbia Baptist Church, Dr. Kolbenschlag says, adding that cultural events like this one are example of why he's made Columbia his permanent anchorage, and concludes, " . . . this magnificent concert is one of many cultural events that are now a tradition in Adair County. In the past couple of weeks, in addition to last evening's concert, Adair Countians have heard and watched the Lindsey Wilson Concert Band under the direction of our own band leader extraordinary, Tim Allen, and several stage performances by the Lindsey Wilson theater students under the direction of Robert Brock. Add this to the many Christmas activities of our local churches and I believe we can match our county's cultural environment to any rural county in the state," and he urges those who did not attend take advantage of these opportunities.
Next opportunity is tonight to attend Messiah-Sing, free community performance by the LWC Choral Ensembles, Campbellsville University Chorale with musical accompaniment by the Commonwealth Musicians of Louisville, (KY), at Campbellsville First United Methodist Church, 317 E Main Street, Campbellsville, KY. - Venus Popplewell

By Dr. George Kolbenschlag

From the seven clear, pleasant voices that opened the show sounding like dingy-ding bells to the closing rendition of the always inspiring Hallelujah Chorus, the performance of the Lindsey Wilson Singers, the college's concert Choir and the Commonwealth Musicians last evening was over the fence and out of the park. Another example of why Columbia is my choice for permanent anchorage.


The program centered on the incomparable Handel's Messiah. But before the formal program began, the Lindsey Singers sang My Old Kentucky Home and The Star-Spangled Banner, songs they sang on their trip to Hawaii in October as Kentucky's representative to The National Festival of the States in memory of Pearl Harbor.

The variety of artistic talent was incredible--from glorious stringed instruments in the hands of< The Commonwealth Musicians to the choral music and the interpretive dances by Breanna Curtis and Mariah Lane. I was awe-struck by the eight violins, three violas, two cellos, a bass and harpsichord of the Commonwealth Musicians. The Musicians, masters all, are a group from Louisville most of whom are members of the Louisville Orchestra.

I hesitate to name names, because there were so many outstanding performers I expect I'd have one of the dancers playing a violin and a soprano singing bass. But not to mention maestro and professor Dr. Gerald Chafin, virtuoso violinist and teacher Wansoo Cho and Graduate Assistant, Choral Programs, Abby Calhoun would be a punishable offense. Dr. Chafin first began his community-wide choral Christmas programs in 1999. He has never disappointed us. The concert sent me home feeling warm despite the chilly weather.

The rest of the story is this magnificent concert is one of many cultural events that are now a tradition in Adair County. In the past couple of weeks, in addition to last evening's concert, Adair Countians have heard and watched the Lindsey Wilson Concert Band under the direction of our own band leader extraordinary, Tim Allen, and several stage performances by the Lindsey Wilson theater students under the direction of Robert Brock. Add this to the many Christmas activities of our local churches and I believe we can match our county's cultural environment to any rural county in the state. If you have not taken advantage of these opportunities, you are missing a great opportunity!


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