NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Bethel College Oratorio Chorus and Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra will present their May Concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 4 in Memorial Hall at Bethel College in North Newton. Conductor is William Eash, director of choirs at Bethel College. The program includes Beethoven's Overture to Egmont and Haydn's Missa Solemnis in B Flat (Harmoniemesse).
Soloists for the Haydn piece are Bethel College alumni Pauline Buller, soprano from Hillsboro; Hannah Neufeld, alto from Inman; Ron Garber, tenor from Hesston; and Chris Kliewer, bass from Wichita.
Singers in the Oratorio Chorus are 90 members of Bethel College choral groups as well as 45 singers from area communities. The 44-piece Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra of professionals, Bethel College students and community musicians.
The student musicians have come to Bethel College from 19 Kansas communities, 18 states, Bulgaria and Germany. The community singers and instrumentalists are from Buhler, Florence, Halstead, Hesston, Hillsboro, Kingman, Marion, Moundridge, Newton, North Newton, Peabody, Pretty Prairie, Salina and Wichita and also from the state of Texas.
William Eash directs four choirs and teaches conducting and music history at Bethel College. He graduated from Bluffton (Ohio) College with a bachelor's degree in music performance and studied voice in Austria. Eash completed his master's and doctoral degrees in choral conducting at the University of Iowa. He was director of choral activities at the University of Evansville in Indiana and director of music and director of athletics at Newman University in Wichita.
For tickets to the May Concert, call (316) 284-5281. Admission is $8 for adults and students (youth under 14 will be admitted free of charge). Tickets are $6 for senior citizens. Admission for Bethel College students, faculty and staff is $5.