Tabor to host annual Christmas concert with ‘Messiah’ performance

Tabor College Oratorio Chorus and Orchestra will welcome the season of Christmas with its performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in Richert Auditorium.

The presentation will be performed by 100-plus voices, a combination of the current Tabor choirs and many alums who continue to return to sing each year.

“One of the most rewarding things for me is the commitment these singers have to the tradition of singing ‘Messiah,’” Vogel said. “I am overwhelmed each year by the number of alums who return to sing, and say they wouldn’t miss it for the world. We have singers performing who have sung ‘Messiah’ under the batons of (Paul) Wohlgemuth and (Jonah) Kliewer, as well as under mine. It truly is an incredible alumni event.”

Featured soloists for this year’s performance include sopranos Winter Waple (senior from Derby) and Tabor faculty member Jen Stephenson; altos Kelsey Huxman (junior from Wichita) and Katherine Coleman (senior from Chapman); tenor Reuven Isaac (alum from Wichita); and basses Jordan Roth (sophomore from Hesston) and Tabor faculty member David Martens.

The performance is free and open to the public, and will include an opportunity to give financially to complete funding for the Concert Choir’s trip to New York in February 2019.