Choir to sing at First Mennonite

February 24, 2013

Categories: General News, Library News

The Tabor College Concert Choir is again preparing for its annual Spring Tour, taking place March 14-24. The choir will visit seven churches in Denver, Colo. and Central California, as well as Immanuel High School in Reedley, Calif. Local supporters will be able to enjoy a preview of the tour on Sunday, March 3 at the First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro. The choir will sing during the morning worship service which begins at 10:35.

The choir, under the direction of Dr. Brad Vogel, professor of choral music, will perform their concert series with the theme “The Radiance of His Glory,” based on Hebrews 1:3.

“So many texts speak of the glory of God and the glory of Christ, and Hebrews 1:3 proclaims that Christ is ‘the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being’,” says Vogel. “I wanted to focus on how we as believers reflect the Lord’s glory and so looked for texts that would speak of our lives in and for Christ.”

The choir will perform a wide variety of pieces from hymn arrangements to contemporary versions of ancient texts. The concert will include works by Walker, Galbraith, Steffen, Berry, Hakes and Gjeilo as well as spirituals arranged by Hogan, Jefferson and Jensen. “Unicornis captivatur” is a unique piece by Gjeilo that portrays medieval analogies of Christ taken from the texts of 13th century theological treatises. Also sung will be Vogel’s own arrangement of the hymn “Holy Holy Holy.”

Students Megan Wiebe and Zach Neumann will accompany the choir on piano. Several instrumentalists will also be featured, including Rachel Goering on flute, and a string quartet of Ryan Loewen and Cheyenne Derksen on violin, Jessica Coldwell on viola and Natalie Wiens on cello.

Vogel also noted the progression the theme will follow during the concert.

“The repertoire begins with the person of God, includes texts about His nature at birth, moves toward Jesus as the glory of God and then our lives rooted in Christ,” said Vogel. “The texts of the songs move from the glory of God to how we are to ultimately reflect that glory.”