Mennonite Men's Chorus to perform in Hays

4/27/2012

Special to The Hays Daily News

The Kansas Mennonite Men's Chorus will be featured in a concert of sacred music at 7 p.m. June 9 at Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the Fort Hays State University campus.

Admission is free, and the public is invited. A freewill offering will be taken, with all proceeds being donated to world relief through the Mennonite Central Committee, a relief agency of Mennonite and Brethren churches.

The 300-voice chorus opened its 44th concert season with a performance in March at First United Methodist Church in Wichita. The group also has performed on the Bethel College and Bethany College campuses.

Through the years, the Kansas Mennonite Men's Chorus has sung in a wide variety of musical events and venues nationally and internationally. The chorus is under the direction of Greg Bontrager, choral music director in the Buhler school district, and accompanied at piano and organ by Stephen Vincent, assistant organist and choral director at First United Methodist Church in Wichita. Vincent is also an adjunct music faculty member at Tabor College, Hillsboro.

Also on the program is accompaniments by the Menno Brass and other soloists and ensembles.

Although most of the singers live in Kansas, the roster includes people from several states and a variety of Mennonite and other denominations. They represent a wide range of ages, occupations and professions who come together out of their love for music, fellowship, concern for the hungry and to communicate Christian faith through choral singing.

Their mission is summed up by the theme, "We sing that others may live."

To date, more than $625,000 has been raised through these concerts and CD sales. This year's releases also will feature a new CD of sacred piano and organ music by Vincent.

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