The College of Arts and Architecture


Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 7:30pm
Recital Hall - Music Building, University Park, PA

Free Admission

Lisa Bontrager, horn and Timothy Shafer, piano have teamed up to release a recording of familiar hymns with fresh new arrangements for horn and piano, with guests Sarah Shafer, soprano and Grace Shafer Salyards, horn.  Please join us on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm in the Penn State Recital Hall for a live recital featuring songs and hymns including, Abide With Me, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,  When I Survey, When Peace Like a River and many more.   

"This is an interesting and somewhat experimental method of presenting these hymns – many of which will be familiar to the traditionally religious – by giving them a new sound and still exploring their emotional centers... [the vocal arrangements are] Well-paced, well-played, and sung with apt emotional involvement by Sarah Shafer... The richness of Bontrager’s horn sounds, and those of Grace Salyards in the two-horn arrangements, help provide the CD with an overall feeling of warmth, and Timothy Shafer’s pianism nicely complements the horns by providing them with a harmonic foundation without ever attempting to assume a central musical role."
Mark J. Estren, [June 2019]
"Lisa Bontrager has given us all a gift with her newest recording... From start to finish, this recording is filled with music that is lovely, peaceful and joyful. There is not anythjng better than listening to someone play music they love, and all four musicians speak with their heart on this recording. Brava, Lisa!"
Katie Johnson-Webb, The Horn Call [May 2019]
"Abide with Me, an MSR Classics collection of instrumental or sung hymns, brought me back into my growing up years with my parents in which we attended church and they sang in the choir. Later, a friend of mine studying for a doctorate in theology at Harvard recalled an old saying, 'Go to church, not for the sermon, but the music to hear'... This recording contains 15 hymns, five of them sung beautifully and powerfully by soprano Sarah Shafer and the rest performed by Lisa Bontrager and Grace Salyards on horns and Timothy Shafer on piano... The recording provides a restful, reassuring, relaxing, uplifting listening experience...”
Joel C. Thompson, Cherry Grove Music Review [May 2019]
Event End Date: 
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:00pm