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Kaufman organ recital will include another Kaufman on trombone

April 16th, 2018

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. –Bethel College’s Organ Recital Series presents Roseann Penner Kaufman in a program she has titled “Moved by the Spirit.”

Kaufman will perform the recital Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. in Bethel’s Administration Building chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.

“Humoresque” from L’Organo primitive: Toccatino for Flute, by Pietro Yon; “Variations on Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein,” by Johann Praetorius; three of Frank Bridge’s Six Organ Pieces: “Allegretto grazioso,” “Allegro comodo” and “Allegro marziale e ben marcato”; De Profundis, Op. 71, by Gardner Read; and “Fugue in E minor, BWV 548,” by J.S. Bach.

Roseann Penner Kaufman currently serves as director of music ministries for Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City, Kansas, and was the organ instructor at Bethel College from 2002-12.

She has been an active member of the American Guild of Organists, serving as dean of the Greater Kansas City Chapter and as chair of the Performances Committee for the 2018 AGO National Convention, to be held in Kansas City this summer.

She completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas and holds degrees from the University of Iowa and Bethel College. Her teachers include James Higdon, Michael Bauer, Delbert Disselhorst, Delores Bruch and Shirley Sprunger King.

Kaufman’s interest in the “mechanics” of organ building led to a job with a local organ builder, and she has served as an organ consultant for various churches and schools, including Goshen (Indiana) College.

Mitch Kaufman recently retired from a 25-year career as a mechanical engineer in order to pursue various interests, including playing both jazz and classical trombone.

He has served as principal trombone for the Kansas City Civic Orchestra for 30 years and the Kinnor Philharmonic of Kansas City for five. Kaufman also performs frequently with local big bands in the Kansas City area.

A graduate of the University of Kansas, Kaufman studied trombone with Dr. Stephen Anderson.

Mitch and Rosi live in Prairie Village with their two children, Danny and Marina.

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