Tabor College to present Spring Oratorio Sunday

Tabor College?s annual Spring Oratorio? featuring students, local professionals and other musicians?is set for 7 p.m., Sunday, at Hills?boro Mennonite Brethren Church.

?I am extremely excited for this concert because of the level of repertoire we are performing, and because of the high level of musicianship that will be on display,? said Brad Vogel, conductor.

?It is not often that we have the size of orchestra and breadth of repertoire performed in the Hillsboro community.?

Student soloists were selected by audition from the triennial student concerto competition.

After seven auditions, the student winners were: Zach Neumann, junior pianist; Natalie Wiens, senior cellist; and Maryn Robson, freshman pianist.

The 38-piece orchestra is composed of players from the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orches?tra and the Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra.

?Many of the players have committed to playing for Tabor College for many years, and provide a solid backbone and resource for our twice-a-year choral and orchestral performances,? Vogel said.

the orchestra will perform the overture to Mozart?s comic opera, ?The Impressario,? and will accompany the Ora?torio Chorus in three large choruses from major works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

The final chorus, ?Sing to God,? from Haydn?s ?The Creation,? will open the choral portion of the program, followed by the ?Credo? from Mozart?\?s ?Coronation Mass in C.? The ?Hallelujah,? from Beethoven?s oratorio, ?Christ on the Mount of Olives? will conclude the evening.

?The student soloists are performing professional-level works with professional-level artis?try,? Vogel said. ?The chorus works are favorites of singers and audiences alike, and are simply filled with joy. The evening will certainly be a treat for our community.?