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Tabor to perform 'Messiah'

The Tabor College Oratorio Chorus and Community Orchestra will perform George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. Sunday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro.

Dr. Bradley Vogel, professor of choral music, has become an integral part of the college’s long-standing Christmas tradition. He will be conducting “Messiah” for the 17th time at Tabor. 

“For many, it serves as the beginning of the Christmas holiday season,” Vogel said. The “Messiah” performance tradition at Tabor dates back more than a half century. 

Featured as soloists are current students Faith Tonne, junior from Ashland; Olivia Kliewer, junior from Hillsboro; Heather Loewen, sophomore from Hutchinson; Trevor Morris, senior from Murdock; and Sara Sagner, senior from Cheney. Faculty members performing solos are Janie Brokenicky, David Martens, and Holly Swartzendruber, along with alumnus Glenn Litke. 

Many professional instrumentalists return to Tabor every year to perform in the orchestra.

“The community orchestra is comprised primarily of members of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra. The majority of the musicians have played for Tabor for many years, which gives us a solid core,” Vogel said.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Last modified Dec. 4, 2014

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