Tabor holiday music fest enters 2nd week

Sophomore soprano Kayla Vix (center) of Maize performs Sunday night as a featured soloist at the Tabor College Concert Choir and Community Orchestra?s presentation of Handel?s ?Messiah.? Tabor College photo.

Music of the Christmas season can be heard at the Tabor College Christmas Festival at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe.

The annual Christmas Festival will feature the symphonic band, brass ensemble and concert choir performing traditional Christmas music, and will feature trumpet soloists Andrew Toews and Eric Funk, as well as soprano soloist Holly Swartzendruber, assistant professor of voice.

The concert will end with Mack Wilberg?s setting of the English carol, ?I Saw Three Ships,? which will include the Tabor College Handbell Choir and pianists Sheila Schmitt, associate professor of piano and piano pedagogy and Stephen Vincent, adjunct professor.

The Tabor College Community Chorale and Tabor College Handbell Choir will perform their Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Hillsboro MB Church.

The concert marks the inaugural performance of the 36-voice Tabor College Community Chorale, accompanied by piano, organ, harp, oboe and flute.

Both performances are free to the public.

The holiday music began Sunday when the Tabor College Concert Choir and Community Orchestra presented Handel?s ?Messiah,? conducted by Brad Vogel, associate professor of choral music.

Featured soloists were: Kayla Vix, Swartzendruber and Elise Hiebert (sopranos); Ashley Siler (alto); Matthew Schloneger (tenor), and Jonah Kliewer (bass).

For more information, contact the Tabor College Music Department at 947-3121.

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