Centennial cantata debuts at concert

The premiere performance of ?Sun, Moon and Stars,? a cantata for mixed choir, baritone solo, and orchestra written especially for the 100th Anniversary of Tabor College by composer and pianist Larry Warkentin, was the highlight the Tabor College Centennial Spring Concert on Sunday.

Warkentin, professor emeritus at Fresno Pacific University, is an alumnus of Tabor College. He has composed numerous works that have been performed by the Fresno Philharmonic, The Tulare (Calif.) Symphony, the Festival Quartet of Canada, and many choirs in North America and Europe.

The premiere of ?Sun, Moon and Stars? encompassed seven sections and was performed by the Tabor College Oratorio Chorus and the Tabor College Community Orchestra, conducted by Bradley Vogel, professor of choral music.

The piece included a baritone solo sung by Justin Moore, a junior from Hillsboro, and concluded with the combined choir, orchestra, and audience singing ?Great is Thy Faithfulness.?

In addition to the new cantata, the Centennial Concert included a performance by the Tabor College Symphonic Band, conducted by Richard Cantwell, professor of instrumental music and chair of the music department.

The Tabor College Concert Choir, conducted by Vogel, also performed.

Shiela Litke, associate professor of piano and piano pedagogy, performed ?Piano Concerto in E Major, Op. 59? by Moritz Moszkowski, accompanied by the Community Orchestra, conducted by Cantwell.

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