Tabor College Symphonic Band & Chamber Strings Spring Tour

HILLSBORO, Kan. – The Tabor College Symphonic Band and Chamber Strings are preparing for their annual spring tour, taking place April 25-28. The band and string ensemble will perform at six locations in the Kansas City area and in Shawnee, Leavenworth, Topeka and Manhattan.

Under the direction of Larry Ediger, assistant professor of instrumental music, the theme for this year’s tour is “Bright Shining As The Sun,” based upon the lyrics of the beloved hymn “Amazing Grace.”

“Both ensembles will play a mixture of classical and sacred music that is sure to lift the spirits and encourage the hearts of listeners,” Ediger said.

The band will perform a wide variety of pieces, including classics such as Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” dynamic arrangements of sacred songs - such as “A Mighty Fortress,” “Amazing Grace” (Bright Shining As The Sun), “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling” (A Hymn Tune Rhapsody) and “Deep River.”

The Chamber Strings will perform a variety of classics; including John Rutter’s “Suite for Strings,” Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” Claude Debussy’s “Ballet,” and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” as well as arrangements of sacred songs such as Walter S. Hartley’s “Sacred Harmonies” and George Frideric Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” A rollicking strings-only arrangement of John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” will also be presented.

The combined ensembles will present a modern classic, Brian Balmage’s “Summer Dances” as well as orchestrations of “Praise to the Lord” (Overture of Praise) and “Easter Song” (Easter Song Fantasia).

Complete tour schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 25 -Blue Ridge Christian School located at 8524 Blue Ridge Blvd. in Kansas City, Mo. at 10:30 a.m. -Maranatha Christian Academy located at 6826 Lackman Rd in Shawnee, Kan. at 2:20 p.m. -Church of the Open Door located at 4800 S 20th Street Traffic Way in Leavenworth, Kan. at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 27 -Shawnee Bible Church located at 12921 W 61st Street in Shawnee, Kan. at 10:45 a.m.

Monday, April 28 -Cair Paravel Latin School located at 635 SW Clay St in Topeka, Kan. at 8:40 a.m. -Flint Hills Christian School located at 3905 Green Valley Rd in Manhattan, Kan. at 2:45 p.m.

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