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Scenes from Mozart operas to be on Bethel stage

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra’s spring concert will feature drama, vocal color and lots of Mozart.

The Philharmonia’s program is “Scenes from the Operas of W.A. Mozart,” featuring student and guest vocalists singing excerpts from Don Giovanni, Le Nozze de Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) and Cosi fan tutti.

Performances are March 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center. Tickets are on sale at the Bethel College bookstore, open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, or at the door, subject to availability.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, non-Bethel students and children age 3-12; and free for Bethel students.

First on the program are selections from Don Giovanni, Act 1, Scenes 5, 7, 8 and 9, and Act 2, Scene 6. Vocalists are Constantine Novotny as Don Giovanni; Riley King, senior from Lawrence, as Lesporello; Emily Luedtke, senior from Wichita, as Donna Elvira; Megan Meyer, sophomore from Valley Center, as Zerlina; and Leland Brown III, senior from Galveston, Texas, as Masetto.

This will be followed by Le Nozze de Figaro, Act 2, Scenes 1 and 2, and Act 3, Scenes 2 and 10. Vocalists are Leah Towle, senior from Lawrence, as the Countess; Riley King as the Count; Jill Siebert, junior from Topeka, as Susanna; and Jocelyn Wilkinson, Newton, as Cherubino.

The program concludes with Cosi fan tutti, Act 1, Scene 11. Vocalists are Riley King as Don Alfonso; Constantine Novotny as Guglielmo; Leland Brown III as Ferrando; Emily Luedtke as Fiordiligi; Kate Jolliff, freshman from Newton, as Dorabella; and Katie Schmidt, senior from North Newton, as Despina.

Chris David Westover serves as stage and music director, with Jocelyn Wilkinson as assistant director, Katie Schmidt as stage manager and Soyoun Chun, assistant professor of music, as vocal coach. Wilkinson is also in charge of scenic design for the production.

Production staff is Stephanie Brown, freshman from Newton, assistant stage manager; Ben Carlson, sophomore from Hurley, South Dakota, lighting and sound design; Leah Towle, costume design; Katie Schmidt, props design; Tanner Steingard, senior from Henderson, Nebraska, subtitles assistant; Julie Baker, freshman from Park City, Jordan Potts, junior from Rosenberg, Texas, and Brad McNaught, freshman from Iola, stage crew; and Sutton Welsh, freshman from Wichita, house manager.

Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra personnel are: first violins, Grace Bradfield, junior from Derby, concertmaster, Emily Wedel, junior from Hutchinson, Kara Tann and Kristen Jantzen; second violins, Emma Bradley, senior from Newton, principal, Lina Adame, senior from Newton, Abby Schrag, junior from Newton, and Brianna Newport, freshman from Haysville; violas, Erin Regier, junior from Newton, principal, and Rachel Unruh, senior from Raytown, Missouri; cellos, Allie Chesbrough, sophomore from Leawood, principal, Jordan Schroeder, freshman from Newton, and Diana Unruh; contrabass, Evan Vermilyea; flute, Neil Smucker, freshman from North Newton; oboe, Jocelyn Wilkinson; clarinets, Jacob Anderson, freshman from Newton, and Juliana Drouhard, freshman from Hesston; bassoons, Elizabeth Schrag, junior from Newton, and Jessie Pohl, senior from Moundridge; French horns, Tim Regier, junior from Newton, and Susan Rowe; trumpets, Braden Unruh, junior from Goessel, and Evan Koch; timpani, Adam Voth, senior from Wichita; and harpsichord, Chris David Westover.

Rich Toevs, Newton, served as rehearsal accompanist.

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