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Bartók to Beatles on Oct. 21 program for Philharmonia

October 12th, 2018

A violinist plays in the Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra

The Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra will open its concert season with a program that features a guest vocalist and a faculty soloist on cello.

The concert is at 3 p.m. in Memorial Hall and is free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken to support music study and performance at Bethel College.

Addie Regier, sophomore from Newton, will be the vocalist for “Beatles Songs,” arrangements for instruments and voice of the Lennon & McCartney classics “Michelle,” “Ticket to Ride” and “Yesterday.”

The orchestra will play Béla Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances – seven movements, each based on a traditional Romanian dance.

Also on the program: “Celebration Fanfare” by Jennifer Higdon; “Pastorale d’été, H. 31” by Arthur Honegger; and “Kol Nidre, Op. 47” by Max Bruch.

The latter will feature Bethel College instructor of cello Seth Girton as the soloist.

Adam V. Fontana, D.M.A., Bethel director of instrumental music, conducts the Philharmonia.

Bethel College Philharmonia personnel are: violin, Nancy Johnson*, Dominique Corbeil*, Erica Baer, Emma Girton, Wichita, Alejandra Martinez, Madeline Nachtigal, Lawrence, Callie Ross, Overland Park, Zach Shima, Topeka, Rebecca Schloneger, and Sam Wilson, North Newton; viola, Kay Buskirk*; cello, Seth Girton*, Kate Cherveny, Topeka, Chloe Wall, Goshen, Indiana, Zoe Siemens, Newton, and Sarah Smith, Topeka; bass, Dennis Danders*, Elijah Brockway, McPherson, and Angus Siemens, Newton; flute, Neil Smucker, North Newton; oboe, Matthew Lind; bassoon, Liz Lind; clarinet, Kaho Yanagidaira, Nagano, Japan, and Joel Boettger*; horn, Annie Carlson, Hurley, S.D.; trumpet, Connor Born, North Newton, and Alec Loganbill, Hesston; trombone, Jerod Kaufman, Moundridge, Nathan Kroeker, Augusta, and Seth Larson, Wichita; and percussion, Brad Shores* (*denotes Bethel music faculty member).

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