Public invited to Tabor Christmas Festival, Dec. 11

The Tabor College Christmas Festival, including a portion of Handel’s “Messiah,” will contribute to the holiday experience with its strains of well-known and upbeat Christmas favorites.

The event, featuring the Tabor College Oratorio Chorus and Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Concert Choir, is planned for 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11, in the Tabor College Gymnasium.

A traditional orchestra will accompany “Messiah,” and several soloists will be featured.

Student soloists are: Jonathan Regier, Hillsboro, tenor; Jarod Richardson, Grant, Neb., bass; Jennifer Hope, McPherson, alto; Kelli Just, Hillsboro, soprano; Amy Tolle, Hillsboro, soprano; and Elise Penrose, Bakersfield, Calif., soprano.

Other soloists include Holly Swartzendruber, assistant professor of vocal music at Tabor College, soprano, and Glenn Litke, Hillsboro, bass.

The Symphonic Band will perform traditional holiday classics, including “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” and “Sleigh Ride,” while also offering a contemporary arrangement of the Spanish carol “Fum Fum Fum” arranged by Chip Davis.

Angela Buller, a junior from Ingalls, will be the featured flutist in “Concertino for Flute and Wind Ensemble,” composed by Cecile Chaminade.

The Concert Choir will perform a variety of Christmas works from the classical sacred repertoire, ranging from Latin motets to French and Caribbean carols.

In closing, the Symphonic Band and Oratorio Chorus will invite the congregation to join with them in singing “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”

The public is invited to attend.

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