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Bethel College, community musicians to perform at KMEA

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Bethel College musicians as well as singers and instrumentalists from the wider Newton community will perform at the Kansas Music Educators Convention Feb. 27 and 28 at Century II in Wichita. Musicians for the two mini-concerts represent some of the best in the state who are invited to perform for the state’s music teachers. Admission is free and open to the public. The 135-voice Bethel College Oratorio Chorus and Newton’s Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra will present "Song of Wisdom" by Joseph Martin at 3:55 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27 in Century II Concert Hall.

Bethel College Concert Choir will perform at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 28 in Mary Jane Teall Theater at Century II. Conductor for both performances is William Eash, professor of music at Bethel College.

"These performances recognize the musical excellence present in this community," Eash says. "To be selected to perform in front of professional music educators from the state of Kansas is a great honor and an indication of the quality of music-making at Bethel College and the communities surrounding Newton."

The Oratorio Chorus will include 45 community singers from nine towns in central Kansas as well as 90 Bethel College students. Community singers are from Hesston, Hillsboro, Kingman, Moundridge, Newton, North Newton, Peabody, Valley Center and Wichita. Bethel College singers are members of the Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus and Men’s Ensemble.

Last spring the Oratorio Chorus first performed "Song of Wisdom" for the May Concert at Bethel College. The piece includes text from Douglas Wood’s children’s book Old Turtle.

High school students participating in all-state choir, band or orchestra will be able to attend the concert, according to Eash. The Thursday performance will close the opening session of the convention.

Friday’s 10 a.m. mini-concert by the Bethel College Choir will include "Pilgrim’s Hymn" by Paulus, "Frohlokket" by Mendelssohn, "Verbum caro factum est" by de Lassus, "In Remembrance" by Daley, "The Rune of Hospitality" by Houkom, "John the Revelator" arranged by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, and "Not One Sparrow" by Hawley."

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