Piano event to debut Labenske piece

Piano Extravaganza, hosted every other year by the Tabor College Music Department, will feature the piano in duets and ensembles performed by Tabor faculty and piano students.

It will also feature the premiere performance of a commissioned piece by Victor Labenske, a professor of music at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, Calif.

The event will take place at 3 p.m., Nov. 12, in the Chapel-Auditorium, located in the H.W. Lohrenz Building on the Tabor campus.

All piano students will perform, along with Cantwell, professor of instrumental music, Bradley Vogel, associate professor of choral music, Bruce Heyen, professor of chemistry, and Sheila Schmitt, associate professor of piano and piano pedagogy.

This year’s theme, “With Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs,” is based on Ephesians 5:19.

The debut of the commissioned piece, “Sonata of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs,” will be performed by Labenske and Schmitt.

Schmitt approached Labenske, an Academic All-American Scholar who played in the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Olympic Games, about composing for the Extravaganza because she wanted a piece tailored to the program, and she felt it needed a unique piece to end it.

“We’ve never commissioned a piece for the Piano Extravaganza, so this is exciting both with the commission, but also because Dr. Labenske will be coming to Tabor to premiere the work,” she said.

The public is invited.

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