Tabor to present final concert

The final production of the Tabor College Music Department’s 2000-01 concert season, slated for 7 p.m., Sunday, at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, will feature some of the best of Bach, Beethoven…and Braums.

“Everyone is familiar with the three Bs of music-Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms,” said Brad Vogel, conductor of the oratorio chorus. “But to add a major work of Johannes Brahms to this concert would be too much. So instead of Brahms’ music, we decided to plan a reception and serve Braums ice cream.”

Although the titles of the music performed may not look familiar, Vogel said many of the musical themes performed will sound familiar.

“The Bach cantata we’re performing features the chorale ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,’ a work often used for processions or candle lighting at weddings,” Vogel said. “And the Beethoven Choral Fantasy served as a sort of warm up for the ninth symphony; the main theme of the Fantasy is remarkably similar to the tune of the famous hymn, ‘Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee,’ which, of course, is taken from Beethoven’s ninth symphony.”

Tabor music faculty and students will be featured as soloists in both works. Performing as soloists for the Bach numbers will be soprano Charity Stahl, altos Carmen Goering and Cathy Fisher, tenor Jesse Warkentin, and basses Andrew Regier and Landon Fulmer.

The Beethoven pieces will feature sopranos Jennifer Eitzen and Lori Schmidt, alto Carmen Buller, tenor Andrew Marklewitz, and basses Nathan Tofteland and David Epp.

The uniqueness of the Choral Fantasy is its combination of forces of chorus, solo voices, orchestra, and piano solo.

Sheila Schmitt, Tabor College professor of piano, will be featured as the piano soloist.

“The Fantasy is essentially a piano concerto with chorus,” Vogel said. “The audience will not be disappointed with this work.”

The audience is invited to the reception following the concert. An offering will be taken to support the ministries of Tabor College.

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