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Bethel College Sinfonia Strings and Winds to present spring concert

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Bethel College Sinfonia Strings and Winds will present their spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 3 at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, 1200 Boyd Ave., Newton. Conductors are Nancy Johnson and Don Kehrberg. Admission is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken for concert expenses. "We appreciate the invitation and opportunity to perform this concert in Trinity Heights," Kehrberg says. "The pieces on the program are well suited to be performed in that space."

Cellists Jonathan Wiebe, senior music major from Newton, and JulieAnn Minns, freshman from Wichita, will perform with Sinfonia Strings for Antonio Vivaldi’s "Concerto in g minor for Two Celli." This concerto was performed for the inaugural concert of the Bethel Sinfonia in November 1988 when Rachel Dirks and Karma Schmidt Kauffman, Bethel students at the time, were the cello soloists.

Johnson will also conduct Sinfonia Strings in Tchaikowsky’s "Serenade in C Major."

"Tchaikowsky’s ‘Serenade’ is one of the premier works for string orchestra," Kehrberg says. "The familiar themes from each of its four movements are ones people will recognize."

Sinfonia Winds, with Kehrberg as conductor, will perform Ployhar’s "A Balm in Gilead," a Godfrey arrangement of Rossini-Resphigi’s "La Boutique Fantasque," and Gustav Holst’s "Second Suite in F."

"‘La Boutique Fantasque’ and ‘Second Suite’ are among the outstanding works for wind ensemble," Kehrberg says. "The time-honored ‘Second Suite’ was composed in 1911. It is based on English folk songs."

Kehrberg is coordinator of instrumental music at Bethel College and director of the Bethel College Academy of Music. He founded the Bethel College Sinfonia in 1988. Kehrberg received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Iowa and his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois. He plans to retire in May.

Johnson teaches violin at Bethel College and plays first violin with the Academy Quartet at Bethel and principal second violin with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. She has a bachelor of music degree from University of Kansas and a master of music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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