NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Concert Choir will start and end its spring break tour in Kansas, in between singing in venues from Oklahoma to southeastern Texas.
The first concert of the tour for the 49-voice choir, under the direction of William Eash, is Friday, March 20, in Harper, 7:30 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church (1020 East 14th Street).
The tour concludes with the home concert Sunday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the Bethel campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Saturday afternoon, March 21, the choir sings at Edmond Trinity Christian Church (1400 Northwest 178th Street, Edmond, Oklahoma) in a 3 p.m. concert co-hosted by Joy Mennonite Church of Oklahoma City.
Sunday, March 22, they will be part of the 10 a.m. worship service at Iglesia Menonita Luz del Evangelio (1525 Dowdy Ferry Road, Dallas) in the morning and at Houston Mennonite Church (1231 Wirt Road, Houston) at 7:30 that evening.
Monday-Wednesday, March 23-25, they will give 7 p.m. concerts at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church (3602 Sealy, Galveston, Texas), San Antonio Mennonite Church (1443 South St. Mary’s Street, San Antonio) and Austin Mennonite Church (5801 Westminster Drive, Austin), respectively.
The choir returns to Dallas Friday, March 27, for a 7 p.m. concert at Northaven United Methodist Church (11211 Preston Road).
Saturday, March 28, there is a 7 p.m. concert at Holy Family Cathedral, 122 West 8th Street, Tulsa. The choir will join the 9:30 a.m. worship service of Grace Mennonite Church, Enid, Oklahoma (4006 North Oakwood Road) on Sunday, March 29, before returning to Bethel.
The Bethel College Concert Choir performs a mix of sacred and secular music, including songs in German, Spanish, Swahili and Zulu; two hymn arrangements by John Ferguson; traditional spirituals “I’ve Been in the Storm So Long,” “Ezekiel Saw de Wheel,” “Cert’nly Lawd” and “I Ain’t Got Time to Die”; “There is no rose of such vertu” by Fredrik Sixten; “Earth Song” by Frank Ticheli; “Let the River Run,” a song by Carly Simon, arranged by Craig Hella Johnson; and a setting of Sara Teasdale’s poem, “There will come soft rains,” by Ivo Antognini, among others.
Concert Choir personnel are: Mareike Bergen, Moundridge; Josh Booth, Goessel; Janna Braun, Wuppertal, Germany; Leland Brown III, Galveston, Texas; Makayla Epp, Marion, South Dakota; Brenan Erb, Henderson, Nebraska; DrewAnne Gatlin, Broadus, Montana; Olivia Gehring, Manhattan; Westen Gesell, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Lisa Goering, Lawrence; Matthew Graber, Freeman, South Dakota; Reece Hiebert, Goessel; Joshua Janzen, Aurora, Nebraska; Jennifer Kaufman, Moundridge; Kathryn Kelman, Ft. Worth, Texas; Riley King, Lawrence; Benjamin Kreider, North Newton; Seth Larson, Wichita; Garrett Lindley, Goddard; Emily Luedtke, Wichita; Megan Meyer, Valley Center; Karina Ortman, Marion, South Dakota; Michelle Peachey, Manheim, Pennsylvania; Austin Regier, Newton; Erin Regier, Newton; Timothy Regier, Newton; Kyle Riesen, Beatrice, Nebraska; Allison Rudeen, Osage City; Daniel Scharwächter, Ennepetal, Germany; Katie Schmidt, North Newton; Abby Schrag, Newton; Caroline Schrag, Freeman, South Dakota; Elizabeth Schrag, Newton; Terra Scott, Newton; Tyler Shima, Topeka; Alexandra Shoup, Wichita; Dalton Smith, Moundridge; Jill Siebert, Topeka; Chase Stucky, Moundridge; Georgia Thiesen, Newton; Lila Tibbets, Newton; Leah Towle, Lawrence; Drew Trollope, Kingman; Issei Tsuji, Chiba, Japan; Braden Unruh, Goessel; Michelle Unruh, Goessel; Peter Voth, Goessel; Madelyn Weaver, Hesston; and Amy Wedel, Peabody.
Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2014-15 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2014-15. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.