HILLSBORO, Kan. – Tabor Arts hosts the college’s Symphonic Band “Pops” Concert at 4 p.m., Saturday, April 22, in the Richert Auditorium of the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. The free event is open to the public.
“The music of George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein has forever changed the American musical landscape and I consider it an honor to perform their music,” said Shawn Knopp, director of bands at Tabor.
The concert will feature popular music from composers who hold great prominence in the music field including Elmer Bernstein, George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Klaus Badelt and Leonard Bernstein.
Conducted by Knopp, the concert includes well-known pieces such as “The Magnificent Seven,” “Over the Rainbow,” a Pirates of the Caribbean medley, a West Side Story medley and a medley tribute to Gershwin.
Jen Stephenson, director of vocal studies at Tabor, will also be performing with the ensemble. Stephenson, a soprano, has a wide variety of stage experience with Lawrence Opera Theatre, Music On Site, Inc., Harrower Summer Opera, Druid City Opera Workshop and others.
“We are excited to collaborate with Dr. Stephenson on this concert,” Knopp said. “The opportunity for the band to accompany her on ‘Over the Rainbow,’ from the timeless classic, ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ will be an incredible experience for the band.”