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Kauffman Museum will host concert on historic organ

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As part of the Newton Area Arts Council’s annual Spring into the Arts Festival, Kauffman Museum at Bethel College will host a concert on its historic cabinet organ.

Donna Hetrick, Bethel instructor of organ, presents “Hymns of Spring,” played on the Teschemacher-Deknatel-van der Smissen organ, April 10 at 3 p.m. in the museum auditorium.

Hetrick will play compositions inspired by the Easter season, including selections from Bach and Pachelbel.

In 1750, Johannes Deknatel, a Mennonite pastor in Amsterdam, commissioned German organ builder Jacob Engelbert Teschemacher to craft the organ. Deknatel’s van der Smissen descendants brought the organ to the United States in 1869. It ended up in Goessel in 1901, and was given to Bethel College in 1910.

In 2007, the Noack Organ Company in Georgetown, Massachusetts, restored the organ – one of only 20 surviving Teschemacher cabinet organs in the world, and the only one in North America.

Hetrick has a B.A. in music with education licensure from Bethel College and earned her Master of Music degree in church music/organ from the University of Kansas. In addition to teaching organ at Bethel, she is director of music at Grace Presbyterian Church in Wichita.

“Hymns of Spring” is free and open to the public.

Regular Kauffman Museum hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission to the current temporary exhibition “Root for the Home Team: Building Community through Sports” as well as the permanent exhibits “Of Land and People,” “Mirror of the Martyrs” and “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture” is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-16, and free to Kauffman Museum members and children under 6. For more information, call the museum at 316-283-1612 or visit its website or Facebook page.

About Bethel

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.