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Instrumental groups to collaborate for March 5 concert

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s two large instrumental ensembles will join together for a March 5 concert at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

Adam V. Fontana, Bethel director of instrumental music, will conduct the Bethel College Wind Ensemble and the Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra.

The concert will feature guest vocalist Soyoun Chun, soprano, instructor of voice at Bethel.

On the Wind Ensemble program is “Funeral Music for Queen Mary (after Purcell)” by Steven Stucky.

“This performance is dedicated to the memory of Steven Stucky, a Hutchinson native, and the winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in music composition,” Fontana said.

Chun will be the vocal soloist for “Five Folk Songs for Soprano and Band” by Bernard Gilmore.

The Wind Ensemble program concludes with excerpts from the “Finale” of Symphony No. 3 by Gustav Mahler, arranged by Jimmie Howard Reynolds.

The Philharmonia will play “Chaconne in E minor” by Dietrich Buxtehude, arranged by Philip Fink, and “Siegfried Idyll” by Richard Wagner.

Wind Ensemble personnel are: flutes, Matthew Lind, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Jesus Martinez, Newton; oboe, Austin Coulter, Pretty Prairie; bassoon, Elizabeth Schrag, Newton; clarinets, Sarah Balzer, Inman, Juliana Drouhard, Hesston, Shannon Neifert, Pratt, Benjamin Wiens, Goessel, and Sarah Turner, North Newton; bass clarinets, Paige Cooper, Hutchinson, and Reece Hiebert, Walton; saxophones, Ryan Fritz, Salina, Westen Gesell, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Aaron Long, Wichita, Zane Richter, McPherson, and Tara Schwartz, Pretty Prairie; French horns, Abby Phillips, Maple Hill, and Anna Wiens, Goessel; trumpets, Connor Born, North Newton, Arlin Buller, Evan Koch, North Newton, Alec Loganbill, Hesston, and Braden Unruh, Goessel; trombones, Ben Abel, Paola, Nathan Kroeker, Augusta, Seth Larson, Wichita, Billie Selichnow, Wichita, and Andrew Thiesen, Newton; euphonium, Brendan Ostlund, Mount Hope, and Nicholas Preheim, Peabody; bass, Elijah Brockway, McPherson; piano, Matthew Graber, Freeman, South Dakota; and percussion, Shawn Bontrager, North Newton, and Daniel Buller.

Philharmonia personnel are: first violins, Nancy Johnson (Bethel faculty), Grace Bradfield, Derby, Callie Ross, Overland Park, and Jason Wong; second violins, Dominique Corbeil, Emma Girton, Wichita, and Grace Roth; viola, Hailie Treas; cellos, Seth Girton (Bethel faculty), Kate Cherveny, Topeka, Allie Chesbrough, Leawood, Jordan Schroeder, Newton, and Diana Unruh; bass, Dennis Danders (Bethel faculty) and Elijah Brockway, McPherson; flutes, Neil Smucker, North Newton, and Mackenzie Young, Peabody; oboe, Austin Coulter, Pretty Prairie; bassoon, Elizabeth Schrag, Newton; clarinets, Juliana Drouhard, Hesston, Matthew Lind, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kaho Yanagidaira; French horns, Abby Phillips, Maple Hill, and Rebecca Schrag, Newton; trumpet, Evan Koch, North Newton; trombones, Seth Larson, Wichita, Billie Selichnow, Wichita, and Andrew Thiesen, Newton.

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