Tabor schedules ‘Piano Extravaganza’ for Nov. 2

Tabor College students, faculty members and alums from the past several decades will perform hymns and sacred music of the church at the Centennial Piano Extravaganza, at 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2, in the Chapel Auditorium.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

?The Piano Extravaganza is a concert featuring the piano in an ensemble role,? said Sheila Litke, associate professor of piano and pedagogy. ?There are piano duets, piano duos as well as piano quartets. It will be a very enjoyable concert because we play music that is not generally heard in a standard piano concert.?

The musical theme for this year?s program, ?Hymns & Sacred Music of the Church,? reflects the Christian roots and mission of the college, founded in 1908 by the Mennonite Brethren Church.

Among the pieces to be performed are, ?All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,? ?Amazing Grace,? ?The Lord?s My Shep?herd,? ?Great is Thy Faithful?ness,? ?Joyful We Adore Thee,? ?When Morning Gilds the Sky? and ?Revive Us Again.?

To help make the the annual Piano Extravaganza concert more memorable in the college?s centennial year, Litke invited alumni and faculty musicians to perform.

?It?s always special to have alumni involved because it encourages the current students,? Litke said. ?So many people have made contributions to the college and the development of such a strong music program. We have players representing several decades of Tabor College music history.?

Alumni and faculty players performing in the concert are Litke, Bradley Vogel, Bruce Heyen, Brenda Jordan, Beverly Richards, Lillian Harms, Sandra Boyd, Mike Rempel, Julia Jost, Traci Hutchinson, Deborah Toews, Julie Warkentin, Velma Tyson, Jesse Warkentin and Jennifer Epp.

Current keyboard students performing in the concert include Alana Settle, Andrea Kuntz, Will Friesen, Janae Rempel, Meghann Eblen, Brandon Voth, Julie Wiens, Emily Olson, Stephanie Wiens and Naomi Toews.

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