Tabor Arts to host organist and television host Diane Bish

Appearance set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 in the Richert Auditorium, Shari Flaming Center for the Arts.Tabor Arts will host Diane Bish, organist and host of the international television series “The Joy of Music,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 in the Richert Auditorium in the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have an artist of her renown and skill on our campus, and look forward to sharing our new facility with her and her audience,” said Bradley Vogel, director of music at Tabor.

Bish has composed numerous solo pieces, arrangements and full symphonic works that have received acclaim and are performed regularly due to her ability to combine musical quality with accessibility.

“Diane Bish is known worldwide for her concerts and particularly through her show, ‘The Joy of Music,’ in which she not only plays on the greatest instruments in the world in the most beautiful venues in the world, but also is such an educator about the music and composers,” Vogel said.

Bish began her study with Dorothy Addy in Wichita and continued as a student of Mildred Andrews at the University of Okla­homa.

Her achievements as a young performer gave her the credibility and determination to launch “The Joy of Music” in 1982. This series is a platform for awareness and appreciation of “the king of instruments,” and is broadcast to more than 300 million people around the world each week.

In 2016, Bish received the inaugural Distinguished Career Award from the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists “for exemplary service to the organ, choral music, and related fields.”

She also was named one of Celebrating Women International of Nassau, Bahamas’ Women of Distinc­tion, a title given to women who have made significant, worldwide contributions in the arts, human rights, business, sports and other important fields.

Tickets for the event are available at tabor.edu/events or by calling the student life office at 620-947-3121 ext. 1033. Recordings and books by Bish will be available for purchase at the performance.

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