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Tabor College Oratorio Chorus to perform “Messiah” on Dec. 7

December 1, 2014 · No Comments · Concerts, Orchestra

Tabor College’s long-standing Christmas tradition of performing “Messiah”—the 18th-century work by George Frideric Handel about the prophecy and life of Jesus Christ—will continue at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7 with a performance by the Tabor College Oratorio Chorus and Community Orchestra.

The performance will be at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe, in Hillsboro. Admission is free and open to the public.

Dr. Bradley Vogel, professor of choral music, will be conducting “Messiah” for his 17th time at Tabor.

“For many, it serves as the beginning of the Christmas holiday season,” Vogel said of the performance tradition that dates back more than a half century in Tabor’s history books.

Vogel noted that part of his enjoyment of conducting “Messiah” is the collaboration by so many performers on many different professional levels.

“It’s a focal point that brings current and past choir members together,” he said, “and I very much enjoy maintaining that connection with alums. I’m honored that they enjoy it enough to return and continue to sing.”

Featured as soloists in this year’s performance are current students: Faith Tonne, junior from Ashland, Kan.; Olivia Kliewer, junior from Hillsboro, Kan.; Heather Loewen, sophomore from Hutchinson, Kan.; Trevor Morris, senior from Murdock, Kan.; and Sara Sagner, senior from Cheney, Kan. Faculty members performing solos are Janie Brokenicky, David Martens and Holly Swartzendruber, along with alumni Glenn Litke.

Additionally, the stage will be graced by professional instrumentalists, many of whom return to perform with Tabor every December.

“The community orchestra is comprised primarily of members of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra. The majority of the musicians have played for Tabor for many years, which gives us a solid core,” Vogel said.

“Messiah” premiered at noon on April 13, 1742 in the New Music Hall on Fishamble Street in Dublin, Ireland, as a benefit concert for local charities. Handel composed the entire piece in only 24 days.

The annual performance of “Messiah” is a community tradition and signals the start of the Christmas celebration for many.

“We enjoy and are honored to provide this performance as the beginning of the Christmas season for the Hillsboro and Tabor community.”

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A CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL, Tuesday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m.

November 21, 2014 · No Comments · Chamber Strings, Concerts, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Uncategorized

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The Tabor College Symphonic Band and Chamber Strings will present a concert entitled “A Christmas Festival” at 7 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 2 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. The concert is free and open to the public.

Three different instrumental groups will be performing: the Symphonic Band, Chamber Strings ensemble and Symphonic Orchestra, which combines the band and strings.

The musicians will perform traditional Christmas songs such as: “Joy to the World,” “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” “Greensleeves” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”

“The concert will feature Christmas music from seven different countries and four different musical eras,” Larry Ediger, director of instrumental music, said “culminating in a presentation by our combined instrumentalists of a contemporary adaptation of an authentic American Christmas Carol.”

Music enthusiasts will enjoy hearing a variety of instruments at this concert. During the Chamber Strings performance of Arcangelo Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto,” professor of choral music, Brad Vogel, will be accompanying on the harpsichord.

“A distinctive sound of the Baroque era is the harpsichord,” Vogel said, “and we are fortunate to be able to add this authentic instrument to the Corelli concerto. I enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to perform with the students and particularly to play this keyboard instrument.”

The Chamber Strings will also play a Trans-Siberian Orchestra arrangement of one part of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.”

“The concert will help our audience members connect with the joy of the Christmas message,” Ediger added. “We want them to leave with a sense of the glory of God revealed in the incarnation of His Son.”

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Charles David Smart to perform guitar concert at Tabor College

August 29, 2014 · No Comments · Concerts, Recitals

Guitar PosterTabor College is pleased to welcome acoustic guitarist, Charles David Smart, who will be performing a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 4 in the chapel, located in the H.W. Lohrenz building on campus. Smart will also be teaching a master class for all Tabor music majors at 3 p.m. that same day.

“It’s going to be fun,” Smart said. “It will be good to be back in Hillsboro again, (since) I haven’t been there for a couple of years.”

Smart has ministered and worshiped in a variety of settings throughout his career. He has played in stately cathedrals, mega-churches and country chapels. He’s also played backstage at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, jammed in the family pubs of Ireland and performed at American university concert halls. This multi-styled, award winning, Nashville recording guitarist’s real love for the Lord is shown completely through his music with passion and energy.

Smart attended a very musical public school which encouraged significant performing opportunities. His high school vice-principal booked his very first road gig. A few years later, David caught the attention of other touring musicians, which led to his first extended professional gig at the Tulsa Hilton Hotel Copa Club with the Los Angeles based singer, Karen Blackwood. As a 19-year-old kid from a small town in Kansas, Smart was surrounded by extraordinary musicians from New York, Boston and Las Vegas (all with major musical artists’ performance credits). Immediately from there, he went on tour with internationally recognized musicians performing in major concert arenas nationwide including: GMA Dove Award recipients Phillips, Craig and Dean; First Call; NewSong; Larnel Harris; CMA Country Music Hall of Fame member Roy Clark; and jazz legends Pat Methany and Clark Terry.

Smart gained extensive music industry experience working almost 15 years in the Nashville music community as a songwriter, guitar picker and music teacher, prior to earning his graduate degree and relocating to Kansas City.

Smart has stayed open to musical growth and has enjoyed wide performance opportunities in many areas of pop, jazz, country and classical music—including a performance of Vivaldi’s Guitar Concerto in D with the Evangel Temple Christian Center orchestra in Springfield, Mo.

As a composer/songwriter, Smart has premiered works with film/radio production, sanctuary choirs, children’s groups, instrumental ensembles and soloists. Since 1994, David has taught leading guitarists worldwide through MidAmerica Nazarene University and introduced others to the world of music with Kansas City Kansas Community College.

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Tabor College Musicians to Perform John Rutter’s Requiem

May 5, 2014 · No Comments · Concert Choir, Concerto Bella Voce, Concerts

Spring Concert Poster 2014 for webHILLSBORO, Kan. – The Tabor College Concert Choir and Concerto Bella Voce are combining to perform John Rutter’s Requiem at 7 p.m., Sunday, May 11 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church located at 300 Prairie Pointe in Hillsboro.

Rutter’s Requiem is a 40-minute work for chorus, orchestra and a soprano solo. The orchestra is comprised of members of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, which will provide a very strong and professional combination with the choir.

“I’ve been very pleased and impressed with how quickly the choirs have taken to the work,” said Dr. Brad Vogel, director of choral music at Tabor College. “I’m pleased with the amount of detail and expression they are able to give to the performance.”

Students performing in this concert will experience pride and accomplishment for being able to honor God with music.

“John Rutter’s Requiem is a beautiful piece of music,” said Cora Ruhl, senior at Tabor College. “Singing it fills me with a sense of peace and joy.  I’m thrilled to be a part of singing it because I can think of few more enjoyable ways of praising God than singing such powerful, moving music alongside my friends.”

In addition to the full strings and winds sections, the orchestra also features harp, which is a very special part of the sound of the work. Jane Hyde, a local professional harpist, will be performing with the group.

Janie Brokenicky, Tabor College assistant professor of choral music, will be featured as the soprano soloist.

“As a soloist, Rutter has presented quite the challenge for the soprano,” Brokenicky said. “The line is overall high and soft, reminiscent of the ‘boy choir’ sound that is so beloved of English composers and conductors. The beauty and purity of the sound is undeniable.”

Also in the program will be three movements from Rutter’s Five Orchestral Meditations.  These are orchestral arrangements of some of Rutter’s works for choir, and will be used as an overture, a postlude and a “meditation” in the middle of the Requiem. It is a very nice and unique addition to the performance of the Requiem and also provides an opportunity to “show off” the orchestra.

The entire performance will be a spiritual and emotional experience for those in attendance.

“The sound of the performance will very much support the assurance of our faith in eternal life,” added Vogel. “The texts utilized by Rutter provide a very clear proclamation of Jesus Christ. It begins and ends very quietly, so it provides a very peaceful and meditative environment.”

Rutter composed his Requiem in response to a personal bereavement.  In the liturgy, a requiem (meaning “rest”) is a funeral service—a collection of prayers for the soul of the deceased. The Requiem is also a service of life. It contains those texts of the requiem mass that are uplifting rather than terrifying, and texts that present Christ, the Lamb of God.

Concert goers that have never heard this piece of music performed will experience a very interesting finish to the concert.

“When the performance is completed, it is so peaceful that audiences often do not know how to respond,” Vogel said. “The natural response is quietness and reflection; however, the beauty of the work sort of demands a more demonstrative response!”

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Tabor College Symphonic Band & Chamber Strings Home Concert

May 1, 2014 · No Comments · Ensembles, Strings, Symphonic Band, Tours

BandTourHomeConcertForWebHILLSBORO, Kan. – The Tabor College Symphonic Band and Chamber Strings will be performing a home concert at 4 p.m., Sunday May 4 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, located at 300 Prairie Pointe in Hillsboro.

Under the direction of Larry Ediger, assistant professor of instrumental music, the theme for this year’s concert is “Bright Shining As The Sun,” based upon the lyrics of the beloved hymn “Amazing Grace.”

“Both ensembles will play a mixture of classical and sacred music that is sure to lift the spirits and encourage the hearts of listeners,” Ediger said.

The band will perform a wide variety of pieces, including classics such as Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” dynamic arrangements of sacred songs – such as “A Mighty Fortress,” “Amazing Grace” (Bright Shining As The Sun), “Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling” (A Hymn Tune Rhapsody) and “Deep River.”

The Chamber Strings will perform a variety of classics; including John Rutter’s “Suite for Strings,” Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” Claude Debussy’s “Ballet,” and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” as well as arrangements of sacred songs such as Walter S. Hartley’s “Sacred Harmonies” and George Frideric Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” A rollicking strings-only arrangement of John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” will also be presented.

The combined ensembles will present a modern classic, Brian Balmage’s “Summer Dances” as well as orchestrations of “Praise to the Lord” (Overture of Praise) and “Easter Song” (Easter Song Fantasia).

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Tabor College Symphonic Band & Chamber Strings Spring Tour

April 23, 2014 · No Comments · Chamber Strings, Concerts, Ensembles, Symphonic Band, Tours

The Tabor College Symphonic Band and Chamber Strings are preparing for their annual spring tour, taking place April 25-28. The band and string ensemble will perform at six locations in the Kansas City area and in Shawnee, Leavenworth, Topeka and Manhattan.

Under the direction of Larry Ediger, assistant professor of instrumental music, the theme for this year’s tour is “Bright Shining As The Sun,” based upon the lyrics of the beloved hymn “Amazing Grace.”

“Both ensembles will play a mixture of classical and sacred music that is sure to lift the spirits and encourage the hearts of listeners,” Ediger said.

The band will perform a wide variety of pieces, including classics such as Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” dynamic arrangements of sacred songs – such as “A Mighty Fortress,” “Amazing Grace” (Bright Shining As The Sun), “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling” (A Hymn Tune Rhapsody) and “Deep River.”

The Chamber Strings will perform a variety of classics; including John Rutter’s “Suite for Strings,” Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” Claude Debussy’s “Ballet,” and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” as well as arrangements of sacred songs such as Walter S. Hartley’s “Sacred Harmonies” and George Frideric Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” A rollicking strings-only arrangement of John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” will also be presented.

The combined ensembles will present a modern classic, Brian Balmage’s “Summer Dances” as well as orchestrations of “Praise to the Lord” (Overture of Praise) and “Easter Song” (Easter Song Fantasia).

Complete tour schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 25

  • Blue Ridge Christian School located at 8524 Blue Ridge Blvd. in Kansas City, Mo. at 10:30 a.m.
  • Maranatha Christian Academy located at 6826 Lackman Rd in Shawnee, Kan. at 2:20 p.m.
  • Church of the Open Door located at 4800 S 20th Street Traffic Way in Leavenworth, Kan. at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 27

  • Shawnee Bible Church located at 12921 W 61st Street in Shawnee, Kan. at 10:45 a.m.

Monday, April 28

  • Cair Paravel Latin School located at 635 SW Clay St in Topeka, Kan. at 8:40 a.m.
  • Flint Hills Christian School located at 3905 Green Valley Rd in Manhattan, Kan. at 2:45 p.m.

Sunday, May 4

Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church located at 300 Prairie Pointe, Hillsboro, Kan. 4:00 p.m.

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Tabor College Women’s Choir set to perform home concert April 6

March 25, 2014 · No Comments · Concerts, Students

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HILLSBORO, Kan. – The Tabor College Concerto Bella Voce Women’s Choir is set to perform a home concert at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church located at 610 South Main in Hillsboro.

The group traveled to four states on their annual spring break tour and performed eight concerts with the theme “Lift Thine Eyes” March 16-23.

The choir is under the direction of Janie Brokenicky and accompanied by Jennifer Epp, who is a Tabor alumna from Hillsboro, Kan.

Brokenicky is in her second year as assistant professor of choral music at Tabor College. She is the founder of the Concerto Bella Voce Women’s Choir and teaches private voice, in addition to courses in music theory, sight singing and ear training.

Comprised of 19 women, the group is excited to share their musical talents and love of Jesus Christ with listeners.

“The theme is centered around the message in Psalm 121 and the program includes the piece ‘Lift Thine Eyes’ from Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah,” says Brokenicky.

“The program also features flute and percussion performed by six students within the group,” added Brokenicky.

 

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Tabor College Women’s Choir set for spring break tour March 16-23

March 14, 2014 · No Comments · Concerto Bella Voce, Tours

The Tabor College Concerto Bella Voce Women’s Choir is set to embark on its second annual concert tour during spring break. The women will be traveling to six different churches and schools in four different states, performing a concert with the theme “Lift Thine Eyes.”

List of dates/times/locations are listed below:

  • Sunday, March 16 at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. morning worship services at North Oak Community Church located at 3000 Oak Street in Hays, Kan.
  • Monday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church located at 715 Cabrini Drive in Lafayette, Colo. 80026-2676
  • Tuesday, March 18 at 11:30 a.m. Garden Park Church located at 1720 S. Alcott Street in Denver, Colo.
  • Thursday, March 20 at 8:00 a.m. chapel service at Rapid City Christian School located at 23757 Arena Drive in Rapid City, S.D.
  • Friday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Hastings Evangelical Free Church located at 2015 North Saint Joseph Ave. in Hastings, Neb.
  • Sunday, March 23 at 10:45 a.m. at Cornerstone Community Church located at 7620 SW 21st Street in Topeka, Kan.

The choir is under the direction of Janie Brokenicky and accompanied by Deb Huyett of Leonardville, KS. Brokenicky is in her second year as assistant professor of choral music at Tabor College. She is the founder of the Concerto Bella Voce Women’s Choir, plus teaches courses in music theory, sight singing and ear training, plus private voice.

Comprised of 19 women, the group is excited to share their musical talents and love of Jesus Christ with listeners.

‘The theme is centered around the message in Psalm 121 and the program includes the piece ‘Lift Thine Eyes’ from Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah,” says Brokenicky.

“The program also features flute and percussion performed by six students within the group.”

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Tabor College Concert Choir Tour travels to northern states March 14-23

March 14, 2014 · No Comments · Concert Choir, Tours

The Tabor College Concert Choir will head north for its annual spring tour, March 14-23. The choir will visit five states during the 10-day tour, performing 11 concerts.

The choir, under the direction of Dr. Brad Vogel, professor of choral music, will perform its concert series with the theme “I Lift My Voice.” “The voice is a primary means of communicating our relationship with God, in both song and speech,” Vogel said. “The texts of the songs divide into three modes of communication: praise, prayer and proclamation. Each song is either a setting of scripture or a personal expression of relationship with God.”

List of concert dates/times/locations include:

  • Friday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Henderson MB Church located at 1201 11th Street in Henderson, Neb.
  • Sunday, March 16 at 10:45 a.m. at Grace Bible Church located at 310 S. Broadway in Gettysburg, S.D.
  • Sunday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. at Bethesda Mennonite Brethren Church located at 1530 Frank Avenue SE in Huron, S.D.
  • Monday, March 17 at 10:25 a.m. at James Valley Christian located at 1550 Dakota Avenue N in Huron, S.D.
  • Monday, March 17 at 3:15 p.m. at Freeman Academy located at 748 South Main Street in Freeman, S.D.
  • Tuesday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church located at 410 Main Street in Onalaska, Wis.
  • Wednesday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Community bible Church located at 500 Klein Street in Mt. Lake, Minn.
  • Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Basilica of St. Mary located at 88 North 17th Street in Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Friday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Dundee Presbyterian Church located at 5312 Underwood Avenue in Omaha, Neb.
  • Sunday, March 23, 10:15 a.m. at Community Bible Church located at 1304 N. Parker in Olathe, Kan.
  • Sunday, March 23, 7:00 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church located at 701 SW 8th Ave in Topeka, Kan.

The choir’s repertoire spans the gamut of sacred choral music, from Renaissance, Baroque and Classical motets, to contemporary sacred choral music by British, Australian, French and American composers.

A variety of accompaniment instruments will be featured in each concert, including piano, oboe, trumpet and a string quartet. Student instrumental performers include Zach Neumann, Janelle Rust and Megan Wiebe on piano, Benjamin Wiens on oboe, Matthew Wiebe on trumpet, and a string quartet of Ryan Loewen and Cheyenne Derksen on violin, Rachael Wedel on viola and Natalie Wiens on cello.

Noted for the vitality of its singing and clarity of expression, the Concert Choir has been selected to perform for the Kansas Music Educators Association State Convention five times under Vogel’s direction. It has been a guest choir twice on the Wichita State University campus, as well as selected to sing for the inauguration of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

Vogel notes the focus of the concert as a “sermon in choral music.”

“The repertoire begins with proclaiming the goodness of God and calling people to respond with praise,” he said. “God’s grace and faithfulness is noted in the songs of prayer, and the final section—a collection of spirituals—proclaim the greatness of God and call us to commitment to Him.”

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Tabor College church music major to give recital

March 4, 2014 · No Comments · Recitals, Students

TysonBrockel webHILLSBORO, Kan. – Tabor College church music major, Tyson Brockel, will be performing his senior worship music recital on March 11 at the Tabor College Chapel at 7:00 p.m.

Brockel, son of Craig and Lori Brockel of Mobridge, SD, will be performing and leading a variety of worship songs including “Forevermore” and “You Won’t Relent” by Jesus Culture, “Furious” by Jeremy Riddle, “Proof of Your Love” by For King & Country, “Nothing but the Blood” by Jesus Culture, “Thank You God for Saving Me” by Chris Tomlin, plus “All Consuming Fire” by Misty Edwards.  Also featured will be Brockel’s own composition, “Never Alone.”

Assisting in the recital will be Tabor College students Allie Jost, vocals and acoustic guitar; Ryan Loewen, electric guitar; Luke Zielke, drums; Michael Beye, bass guitar; and Trenton Wilker and Macy Root, sound.  Carlin Buhrman, a Tabor College resident director, will assist with keyboard, synthesizer and vocals.

Brockel says his musical experience at Tabor has been a blessing to him spiritually.

“Music performance helps me express my Christian faith because it is the thing that I am most passionate about,” said Brockel.

“I connect with God best when singing praises unto Him and glorifying Him for all that He has done for us. Music performance is the most comfortable way for me to communicate the Gospel and I hope I get plenty of opportunities to lead God’s people into worship in the future.”

After graduation, Brockel would like to work in a church or with some type of organization that incorporates a worship-style atmosphere through music, but does not know where that will be yet.

“God is faithful and I have faith that He will lead me to where He wants me to go after school,” said Brockel.

“He knows the passions of my heart and no matter what I am doing in the future, as long as I am blessing Him through what I do, hopefully He will honor that and open up doors for me.”

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