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Concert to be double treat with classical, jazz

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Music lovers will get a double treat Nov. 17 at Bethel College, with an evening of classical and jazz music all in one venue.

Add to that the special guests – Daniel Hege, music director of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, conducting the Bethel College Philharmonia, joined by several area high school musicians.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. (note time change from some previous publicity) in Memorial Hall and is free and open to the public.

In the first half, the Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble will give its fall concert. MKJE is an auditioned high school honors group based at Bethel College and directed by Joel Linscheid.

MKJE will play “Aim High” by Fred Sturm; “For Lena and Lenny” by Quincy Jones, arranged by Quincy Jones and Sammy Nestico; “Manteca” by Gillespie, Fuller and Gonzales, arranged by Mike Tomaro; and “Bird Count” by Maria Schneider.

In the second half, Hege will lead the Philharmonia and guest musicians in the “Overture” to Iphigénie en Aulide by Christoph Gluck, Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34 by Edvard Grieg and the first movement (“Allegro moderato”) of Symphony No. 8 in B minor, “Unfinished” by Franz Schubert.

Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble personnel are: saxophones, Jesus Martinez (Newton High School), Dalton Ritter (Wichita Heights High School), Jon Kohl (Maize High School), Gus Williams (Hesston High School) and Devin Hatfield (Valley Center High School); trumpets, Isaac Penner (Hesston), Connor Born (Newton), Alec Loganbill (Hesston) and Adrian Rogers (Newton); trombones, Wesley Crow (Valley Center), Justin Koegeboehn (Maize), Roberto Toribio (Newton) and Freddie Loeffler (Hesston); guitars, Ben Peyton (Newton) and Brady Volkmann (Bishop Carroll High School, Wichita); piano, Briley Lewis (Maize); bass, Jules White (Wichita Collegiate High School); and drums, Vaughn Craddock (Wichita Collegiate).

Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra personnel are: violins, Nancy Johnson, concertmaster, adjunct instructor of violin, Grace Bradfield, Derby, student concertmaster, community member Rachel Unruh and Emily Wedel, Hutchinson; second violins, Dominique Corbeil, faculty principal, Emma Bradley, Newton, principal, Lina Adame, Newton, Abigail Christensen, Gardner, and Brianna Newport, Haysville; violas, Kay Buskirk, faculty principal, Rachel Unruh, Raytown, Missouri, principal, and Erin Regier, Newton; cellos, Seth Girton, faculty principal, Allie Chesbrough, Leawood, principal, Jordan Schroeder, Newton, Addie Henley, Winfield, and community member Andrew Voth; contrabasses, Dennis Danders, faculty principal, and community member Evan Vermilyea; flutes, Neil Smucker, North Newton, principal, and Koki Lane, North Newton; oboe, community member Jocelyn Wilkinson, principal; clarinets, Jacob Anderson, Newton, and faculty member Joel Linscheid; bassoons, Elizabeth Schrag, Newton, and faculty member Zach Hague; French horns, Tim Regier, Newton, principal, and faculty member Mirella Gauldin; trumpets, Braden Unruh, Goessel, principal, and community member Evan Koch; trombones, Andrew Thiesen, Newton, principal, Issei Tsuji, Chiba, Japan, and Billie Selichnow, Wichita; and timpani, Riley King, Lawrence.

Participants from the Honors Orchestra Clinic who will play with the Philharmonia are: violins, Conner Mitchell and Bayley Shepherd (Derby High School); viola, Roxanne Gehring (Manhattan High School); cello, Tori Golden (Derby); bass, Eli Brockway (McPherson High School) and Kylie Woods (Derby); and French horn, Susan Rowe.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2014-15 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

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