Final Performance of the Musical Season is Dedicated to the Donors

Concert Choir and OrchestraHILLSBORO, Kan. – Tabor Arts will conclude the 2017-18 year with Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living” for chorus and orchestra at 7 p.m.Sunday, May 13, in the Richert Auditorium. The concert is dedicated to the more than 250 donors of the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts who have passed away.


“Dan Forrest’s ‘Requiem for the Living’ is a stunningly beautiful and expressive work and has proven to be an immensely popular work since its introduction in 2013,” said Brad Vogel, conductor and professor of music at Tabor. “Its message of peace and hope—brought about through both text and sound—expresses my own sense of thankfulness and tribute toward the many individuals who supported the completion of the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts.”


The work will be performed by the concert choir and will feature soprano Jen Stephenson, assistant professor of music, as soloist. The orchestra is comprised of members of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra along with professional wind and percussion players.


Julie Warkentin, Tabor alum and former adjunct instructor of organ, will conclude the evening with an organ solo of Edward Elgar’s “Nimrod” from his “Enigma Variations.”


“I’m overwhelmed by the commitment and generosity of people who gave to this project, sometimes knowing that they themselves would not see the fruit of their labor,” said Vogel. “In this final concert of the inaugural season of the Center, we wish to express our thanks and honor this commitment.”


For the event, Tabor Music Department partnered with Mennonite Brethren Foundation, located in Hillsboro. MB Foundation’s work in raising and developing funds from estates is part of the fundraising success for the new Arts Center.