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First instrumental performance of year to feature chamber orchestra

September 22nd, 2022

Phillip Balzer and Peter Buller, oboes

Kris Hilding will direct Bethel's small orchestra in a concert Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall, featuring music by Hässler, Grøndahl, Thompson and Mozart.

This will be the first musical performance of the school year on campus since the Wind Ensemble concert scheduled for Sept. 19 had to be postponed.

The concert is free and open to the public with a freewill offering taken to support instrumental music at Bethel.

On the program are “Op. 27, A minor” from 360 Preludes by Johann Wilhelm Hässler, arranged by Hilding; two selections each from Op. 30 and Op. 33 of Norske folkeviser og folkedanse by Agathe Backer Grøndahl, arranged by Hilding; “Soundpainting” by Walter Thompson; and Mozart Mashup: the “Allegro” from Symphony #4 in D major, followed by the “Andante” from Symphony No. 44 in D, followed by the “Allegro” from Symphony #11 in D major, all attributed to Wolfgang Amadeus and/or Leopold Mozart.

Chamber Orchestra personnel are: violin I, Josué Coy Dick, North Newton, and Clem Pearson; violin II, Taylor Dashney, Edmond, Okla., and Lucy Buller, Newton; viola, Ricardo Cavalcante; cello, Abigail Chappell Deckert, North Newton, and Caleb Garber, Newton; flute, Angelika Donaldson, Highland, Ill.; oboe, Peter Buller, Inman; horn, Meri Jenkins and Michelle Romoli; and piano, Phillip Balzer, Hurley, S.D.; with Bryce Wilson, Sterling, on assorted instruments.

Bethel is a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1887 and is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Known for academic excellence, Bethel ranks at #14 in the Washington Monthly list of “Best Bachelor’s Colleges,” and #24 in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of “Best Regional Colleges Midwest,” both for 2022-23. Bethel is the only Kansas college or university to be named a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center. For more information, see


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