Old Tunes Get a New Life in a Different Location; in Its 24th Year, the Golden Isles Community Chorus Moves Its Latest Performance

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND - It's the same old songs - very old songs to be precise - in a new place.

For the 24th year, the Golden Isles Community Chorus will perform Handel's Messiah at 4 p.m. Sunday at Epworth by the Sea's Strickland Auditorium.

If there is to be a silver anniversary performance, it will likely be the decision of one person, Barbara Meadows, who has conducted the Messiah for 24 years. All previous performances had been at St. Simons United Methodist Church, where Meadows retired as music director last year.

"Old age is getting us,'' said organist Jan Lane Harper, who has played all 24 years, "but I think the goal is one more to mark 25 years. ...I'll be there for Barbara every time. She is one special lady."

Gathered for their final Monday night rehearsal, at least 25 of the singers said it was their 15th year and only five said it was their first.

This year's could be the largest chorus ever. There are 112 names printed on the program. Past performances have been limited by the choir loft at St. Simons Methodist which seats 70. Each year, chairs were added in the wings for the so-called angels, but the Community Chorus has only to put out more risers at Strickland Auditorium to increase the number. …