The Tabor Duo Strike a Chord to Support Students at Warner Pacific College at a Long-Awaited Marimba Concert this November

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On Sunday, November 4, at 3:00 p.m., Dr. Dennis Plies and Ruth Yerden, the Tabor Duo, will present a free concert at McGuire Auditorium on the campus of Warner Pacific College. The performance will include a wide variety of musical styles arranged for solo marimba and marimba with piano, including such composers as Palestrina, Bach, Brahms, Gershwin and more. Donations will be accepted to support students at Warner Pacific College.

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Musical ability may be inside a person but each instrument a person uses must be equally capable of capturing what the musician experiences within.

Dr. Plies and Ms. Yerden are each accomplished musicians. However, it may be the instrument itself that is the true star of this performance. It was 25 years ago when Dr. Plies asked Ron Samuels to build a marimba. Although it was his first experience constructing one, Samuels quickly discovered a passion for this unique instrument and quit his woodworking job to build marimbas full time. His company, Marimba One® is now the world’s premiere maker of concert marimbas.

“I felt that this story needed to be celebrated with a concert featuring music that will display the virtues of the marimba’s sonic flexibility,” said Plies. “Musical ability may be inside a person but each instrument a person uses must be equally capable of capturing what the musician experiences within.”

With a program that includes everything from Renaissance polyphony to vaudeville theatre tunes, the audience will experience the full artistic range of the marimba. Plies will create opportunities during the concert to share the story of the instrument, how it was made, and how mallet selection influences tone.

Dr. Plies and Ms. Yerden, professors at Warner Pacific College, feel that this concert also provides the perfect opportunity to collect donations to support the strategic vision of Warner Pacific College. Donations will be matched by a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to further the College’s mission of “providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world.”

The concert will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm in McGuire Auditorium on the Warner Pacific College Campus at 2219 SE 68th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97215. To learn more about the Warner Pacific Murdock Matching Grant, please contact Kevin Bryant, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Relations at kmbryant (at) warnerpacific (dot) edu.

Founded in 1937 in Spokane, Washington, as Pacific Bible College, Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, liberal arts college dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world.

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