During the first Handel’s “Messiah” performance in 1941 Morton Holbrook III’s mother was pregnant with him while she sat in the audience watching his father sing, and Sunday he returned to the performance that was held at Third Baptist Church.

Only this time, he was singing.

Holdbrook, of Owensboro, was involved in choir when he was in high school, but took a 50-year hiatus before his involvement in this year’s 77th annual “Messiah.”

The “Messiah” has been performed consecutively since the first that was on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was attacked. Under the auspices of the Owensboro Choral Society, it has been performed on the Sunday closest to Pearl Harbor Day every year since.

“It’s a good tradition for the community,” Holbrook said. 

Another first-time performer, Mary Lou Kapfhammer, said she and the 65 singers involved this year “have just had a great time.”

Kapfhammer is new to the area and said the singing experience has helped her meet new people. She also said it’s a welcoming group.

“This is a homogenous group,” she said. 

Somebody who has been involved with the performance since 1961, John Calhoun, said he looks forward to the “Messiah” every year because it’s one of the oldest traditions in the area.

“It’s part of our Christmas,” he said. “It gets everybody in the holiday spirit.”

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Connie Ford, conductor of the performance, agreed that the concert kicks off the season for a lot of people in the area. 

Another unique aspect of the concert is that donations are taken up for the Goodfellows Club of Owensboro. 

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 were given to the Goodfellows Club of Owensboro. In order to maintain this great tradition, gifts  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 42302. Donations can also be dropped off at the newspaper office at 1401 Frederica St. People can also contribute online at goodfellowsclubofowensboro.org/contribute.

Goodfellows Roll Call, December 4, 2017

Previously reported … $43,853.15

Sam and Pat Patterson … $50

In memory of George

Collignon, Jr. by George and

Pam Collignon … $50

In loving memory of Jim Burns

by wife and family … $30

In honor of Tom and Amy

Payne … $25

Total as of December 4, 2017 … $44,008.15 

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