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Northwest Missouri State University

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The ornate Conception Abbey Basilica east of Maryville will be the setting for a Tuesday, March 17, concert featuring Northwest's Tower Choir and classical organist Dr. Jan Kraybill. Free and open to the public, the concert begins at 8 p.m.

Feb. 25, 2009

Tower Choir, noted organist to perform at Conception Abbey

Northwest's Tower Choir under the direction of Dr. Stephen Town, professor of music, will perform at the Conception Abbey Basilica at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.

Appearing with the choir will be Dr. Jan Kraybill, the internationally renowned principal organist and director of music at Community of Christ International Headquarters in Independence.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Conception Abbey is located 16 miles east of Maryville on Highway 136. Free bus transportation will be available for those who don't want to drive their own vehicle to the concert. To make a reservation, call 660.562.1795 or e-mail .

Titled Images of Heaven, the concert will feature a variety of sacred music, including such highlights as "How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place" (from the German Requiem) by Johannes Brahms, "Dona nobis pacem" (from Mass of the Children) by John Rutter and "Five Mystical Songs" by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Kraybill will play the Abbey's M. L. Bigelow & Co. pipe organ, which dominates the basilica's south transept, stands 35 feet high and contains 40 ranks with 2,009 pipes.

Recognized as a true keyboard virtuoso, Kraybill has performed as both a pianist and organist throughout the United States in addition to playing concerts in Canada, Russia, Poland, Tahiti and the United Kingdom.

Her performance credits include appearances with the Bach Aria Soloists, the Kansas City Symphony and the Kansas City Chorale. She has also been featured on Kansas Public Radio and recorded the CDs "Two by 2: Two Organ Symphonies on Two Magnificent Organs" and "Rejoice and Remember: Piano Music for All Seasons."

The Tower Choir has been an important and prestigious part of Northwest's musical tradition for many years. Recent performances have included a by-invitation appearance at the Washington National Cathedral during an extended tour that included concerts in Washington, D.C., Maryland and New York.

The auditioned, 48-voice ensemble has a rich and varied history of outstanding choral performance marked by invitational appearances at a number of highly respected education and choral events, including Missouri Music Educators Association conventions in 1973, 1978, 1996 and 2003.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468