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Women's Chorus to give spring concert April 9

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Women’s Chorus will greet spring by singing about snow.

The small ensemble’s spring concert is April 9 at 4 p.m. in a location different from that printed in some publicity materials – it will be in the Administration Building chapel.

Two of the songs featured are an Alan Billingsley arrangement of “White Winter Hymnal,” written by Robin Pecknold and a huge hit for the group Fleet Foxes in 2008, and “The Snow” with music by Edward Elgar and words by C. Alice Elgar.

Also on the program: the spirituals “Keep Your Lamps,” arranged by Andre Thomas, and “Music Down in My Soul” and “Lily of the Valley,” both arranged by Moses Hogan; “O Filii et Filiae” by Ivo Antognini; “Psalm 100” by René Clausen; “Gloria,” from Misa Kenya, by Paul Basler; and “The Rose,” arranged by Kirby Shaw.

William Eash, Bethel director of choral activities, directs the Women’s Chorus. Accompanist is Rich Toevs of Newton.

Several guest musicians will be featured in the concert.

Allie Chesbrough, senior from Leawood, will play cello for “O Filii et Filiae.” Women’s Chorus members Grace Bradfield, senior from Derby, and Callie Ross, sophomore from Overland Park, are violinists for “The Snow.”

Shawn Bontrager, freshman from North Newton, and Bruce Rosario, sophomore from Pollocksville, North Carolina, will play percussion on the “Gloria,” for which Women’s Chorus member Grace Whittaker, freshman from Edmond, Oklahoma, is the featured soprano soloist.

Other Women’s Chorus personnel are: Carine Claassen, sophomore from Whitewater; Anna Grimsley, junior from Hesston; Araeleigha Marcy, freshman from Salina; Lauren Nehrbass, sophomore from Parsons; Mackenzie O’Brien, sophomore from St. George; Abby Phillips, senior from Maple Hill; Madison Roth, freshman from Abilene; Tara Schwartz, sophomore from Pretty Prairie; Lila Tibbets, senior from Newton; and Mackenzie Young, Peabody.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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