NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Kathryn, Matthew and Friends, a faculty voice recital at Bethel College, will feature the talents of musicians from the faculties of Bethel and Hesston colleges as well as alumni of Bethel and a retired professor from Tabor College. Included in the program is new music by J. Harold Moyer, who retired from the Bethel College faculty in 1992. The program is set for 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 13 in the Administration Building Chapel at Bethel College, North Newton. Admission is free and open to the public.
Mezzo-soprano Kathryn Kasper of Bethel College will perform December Songs, a cycle of pieces written by Maury Yeston, who is the composer of the new Broadway musical NINE. For December Songs, Yeston took the story line of Schubert’s Die Winterreisse but set the music for a woman in modern day New York City. Pianist Karen Bauman Schlabaugh of Bethel College will accompany her.
Tenor Matthew Schloneger of Hesston College will sing Reflections by North Newton composer J. Harold Moyer. The new work is a setting of three poems by American poet and forest ranger Lew Sarett. Schloneger will perform as part of the Sunflower Trio, which also includes violinist Rebecca Schloneger of the Bethel College Academy of Music and pianist Ken Rodgers of Hesston College.
Matthew Schloneger will also sing two arias, "Quanto e’ bella" and "Una furtiva lagrima," from the opera L’elisir d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti. Schloneger has prepared these pieces for his role of Nemorino in the opera that is part of Operafestival di Roma in Italy during summer 2003.
Baritone Chris Kliewer and soprano Michelle Roth Pankratz, both of Wichita, will join Kasper and Matthew Schloneger in a quartet from Verdi’s Rigoletto. Kliewer and Pankratz are Bethel College alumni.
Bass Jonah Kliewer, retired Tabor College professor, will join the other singers for a quintet from Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte.
The chapel on the second floor of the Administration Building is handicapped accessible.