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Bethel College Sinfonia to present Concerto Concert

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Bethel College Sinfonia will perform a Concerto Concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 12 in Memorial Hall at Bethel College, North Newton. Conductors are Don Kehrberg and Nancy Johnson. This will be the last Sinfonia concert that Kehrberg will conduct as professor of music. He is retiring from Bethel College after 31 years of teaching at the college. The program will include performances by three senior music majors, who will perform concertos or excerpts from three C Major concertos. Amanda Sazama, performing on piccolo, will play Vivaldi's Concerto in C Major for Piccolo and Band. She is a senior from Edna.

Pianist Albena Arnaudova, senior from Bourgas, Bulgaria, will play "Andante" from Concerto No. 21 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra.

Cellist Jonathan Wiebe will perform Haydn's "Allegro" from Concerto in C Major for Cello and Orchestra. Wiebe is a senior from Newton.

Also on the program is Schubert's "Trio in B Flat Major," performed by violinist Crystal (Stotts) Doerksen, junior from McPherson; cellist Erin Fasnacht, sophomore from Hutchinson; and pianist Laura Kautz, Leola, Pa.

The concert includes "L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2," composed in 1872 by Bizet as incidental music for a play by Alphonse Daudet. This suite, which introduces tunes popular in Provence, is one of the few orchestra scores to include the saxophone.

Founder of the Bethel College Sinfonia, Kehrberg is also coordinator of instrumental music at Bethel College and director of the Bethel College Academy of Music.

Johnson is instructor of violin at Bethel College and a teacher in the Bethel College Academy of Music. She has taught at Bethel College since 2000.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.