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Instrumental groups invite listeners to an afternoon in Italy

October 2nd, 2019

Horn players in the Bethel College Wind Ensemble

Bethel’s large instrumental ensembles will play a joint concert Sunday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m., featuring guest vocalists and visual artists, and Christina Liu, piano.

Join the members of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Wind Ensemble for “un pomeriggio en Italia” (an afternoon in Italy) in Memorial Hall.

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

Adam V. Fontana, D.M.A., Bethel director of instrumental music, conducts both groups.

The all-Italian program includes work by Mascagni, Puccini, Respighi and Rota, among others.

The performance features vocalists Matthew Garber, Newton, and Kaci Wilson, Sterling, visual artists Adam Kroeker, Augusta, and Anna Wiens, Goessel, and Christina Liu, D.M.A., Bethel's new assistant professor of piano. 

The 75-minute program is: Antiche danze et arie per liuto from Suite No. 3 by Ottorino Respighi; Per pieta, bell' idol mio by Vincenzo Bellini; “Intermezzo” from Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni; the “Love Theme” from The Godfather by Nino Rota; O del mio amato ben by Stephano Donaudy; Elegy for Albinoni by Shelley Hanson; Nessun dorma from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini; and Funiculi, Funicula by Luigi Denza.

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 is the highest ranked Kansas private college, at #12, in Washington Monthly, Top 200 Bachelor’s Colleges; ranks at #23 in U.S. News & World Report, Best Regional Colleges Midwest; is’s highest ranked Kansas small college with the highest earning graduates; has the #10 RN-to-BSN program in Kansas according to; and earned its second-straight NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star gold award, based on student service and academic achievement, all for 2019-20. For more information, see

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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.