For about 12 years, Emily Malone performed Handel’s “Messiah” with her mother, Joy, who was the harpsichordist until her death this year. 

Malone, the alto soloist for this year’s performance, said “Messiah” holds a special place in her heart because it was always something unique she and her mother could share during the holidays.

“I had no greater cheerleader than her,” she said. 

The 77th annual performance will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Third Baptist Church. It has been performed consecutively since the first one on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was attacked. “Messiah,” therefore, under the auspices of the Owensboro Choral Society, has been performed on the Sunday closest to Pearl Harbor Day every year since.

Malone continues her involvement in the program because, she said, the text is well-written and has been around for hundreds of years, “but it really doesn’t get old.”

She also said the tradition it brings to Owensboro is fun to be a part of, and she will continue to be involved as a way to honor her mother.

“I just have enjoyed doing it,” she said. “I look forward to it every year.”

Connie Ford, conductor of the performance, said a lot of people tell her this begins the Christmas season for them. 

There are about 65 singers participating this year, many of whom are returning. 

Soloists include Malone, singing alto; James Wells, organ; Joyce Goodwin, on harpsichord; Lesley Wiggington Ferguson, soprano; Jonathan Poland, tenor; and Adam Smith, bass. 

The Goodfellows Club of Owensboro has been helping the underserved in Daviess County for more than 100 years, and has been connected with the “Messiah” performance since its inception, Ford said. 

During the performance, donations may be given to the Goodfellows Club of Owensboro. In order to maintain this great tradition, gifts may also be given to the Owensboro Choral Society Inc., which is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation. Contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Contributions to the Goodfellows Club can be mailed to: Goodfellows Club, Messenger-Inquirer, P.O. Box 1480, Owensboro, KY 42303. Donations can also be dropped off at the newspaper office at 1401 Frederica St. People can also contribute online at

Goodfellows Roll Call, Nov. 28, 2017

Previously reported … $33,779.15

Daviess County Schools Central

Office and Learning Center

Annual Chili and Soup

Cookoff …. $1,419

James and Sharon Hawks … $1,000

In loving memory of Bobby

Watson by Diane Watson … $1,000

OMS North Soup Day … $266

Pearl Club Ladies Golf

Association … $175

In memory of Jane Hagan by

Terry and Mary Faye

Schrecker … $100

In honor of our Grands: Miles,

Max, Annabelle, Dubby, and

Sebastian by Da and Papa … $100

In memory of John C. Gist,

Emily Helm and Ernest and

Elizabeth Head … $100

In honor of Paul and Lisa

Heady … $50

Total as of Nov. 28 … $37,989.15

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