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Bethel College Sinfonia and Wind Ensemble to present joint spring concert

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The Bethel College Sinfonia and Wind Ensemble will present a joint concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 2, in Joliffe Auditorium in Memorial Hall on the college campus in North Newton. The performance will include Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espanol," Percy Grainger's wind band masterwork "Lincolnshire Posy" and Tichelli's "Blue Shades."

Christopher Koch, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental music at Bethel College, will conduct the ensembles. Russell Adrian, senior music and mathematics major from Butterfield, Minn., and assistant conductor of the Wind Ensemble, will also conduct a selection.

In addition to his duties at Bethel, Koch is associate conductor of the Salina Symphony Orchestra and has recently conducted performances with the Hutchinson Symphony, Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony and Timberline Symphony Orchestras.

"Besides an occasion for performance, this concert represents a celebration of the continued vigor of instrumental music at Bethel College," which currently comprises the Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, two Jazz Ensembles and the new Bethel College Wind Ensemble, Koch said. "The scope of what our instrumentalists achieve is really quite remarkable."

Recent accomplishments include a fully staged production, with orchestra, of Gounod’s tragic opera "Faust" and an appearance by Jazz Ensemble I and the Jazz Combo at the prestigious Greeley Jazz Festival at the University of Northern Colorado.

Admission to the Sinfonia and Wind Ensemble concert is free and open to the public although donations will be accepted.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and in 2004 was named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report for the 7th straight year. For more information, see the Bethel web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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