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Concert to include tribute to Rosa Parks

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Venue changes from Mem Hall to Krehbiel Auditorium

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The next Bethel College Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra and Bethel College Wind Ensemble concert will include several special features. In the 250th anniversary year of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birth, the Sinfonia will play the overture to Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. And less than six months after the death of civil rights heroine Rosa Parks, the Wind Ensemble will perform a tribute to her, Mark Camphouse’s "A Movement for Rosa."

The Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will present their joint concert on Monday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. Please note that the venue has changed from Joliffe Auditorium in Memorial Hall to Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Sinfonia will also perform Gabriel Fauré’s "Pavane." In addition to Camphouse’s piece, the Wind Ensemble will perform Howard Hanson’s "Chorale and Alleluia" and Gary Ziek’s "Joyous Overture."

Another special feature of this concert will be the presence of Dr. Ziek, director of bands at Emporia State University, who will guest conduct "Joyous Overture," a piece he dedicated to his son, Benjamin.

"It is always exciting to have the composer come and work with the ensemble," said Sinfonia and Wind Ensemble director Richard Tirk, Bethel College assistant professor of music.

Tirk said he thinks one of the most interesting compositions in the program is "A Movement for Rosa." The piece contains three contrasting sections, representing Parks’ early years, the years of racial strife and her later years of quiet strength and serenity, respectively, he said.

"With the passing of Ms. Parks in October, it seemed fitting to do this work," said Tirk. "It is a great challenge for the ensemble and a very moving piece."

Wind Ensemble personnel are: flutes Amy Bradshaw, Newton High School student, Anna Lever, freshman from Moundridge, Jennifer Regier, freshman from Newton, and Erin White, freshman from Bel Aire; oboes Christa Graber and Leanne Reimer, both Hesston High School students; clarinets Megan Abrahams, sophomore from Canton, Chad Goering, freshman from Moundridge, Dan Graber, sophomore from Freeman, S.D., and Rosanna Hamman-Hartkop, freshman from Lima, Ohio; bass clarinet Kasey McClendon, freshman from Cunningham; bassoons Rebecca Claassen, freshman from Moses Lake, Wash., Heather Robertson, Hesston High School student, and Jonathan Root, senior from Topeka; saxophones Sara Hobbs, senior from Newton, Brett Jackson, sophomore from North Newton, Joel Linscheid, sophomore from North Newton, and Susan Schmeichel, freshman from Hurley, S.D.; trumpets Arlin Buller, North Newton, Peter Goerzen, junior from Newton, Aaron Linscheid, junior from North Newton, and Kelcy Voth, junior from Goessel; trombones Jerel Fast, junior from Boulder, Colo., Matt Kaiser, senior from Inman, and Matthew Root, freshman from Topeka; horn Miriam Friesen, junior from Paoli, Ind.; tuba/baritones Joel Garber, junior from Hesston, and Mark Lyles, North Newton; and percussion Angela Carriker, senior from Colby, Tony Redelfs, junior from Mansfield, Texas, and Michael Holland, guest artist from Wichita.

Sinfonia personnel include several players from the Wind Ensemble as well as first violins Mary Goering, Newton High School student, Elizabeth Lang (concertmaster), freshman from Davenport, Iowa, and Isaac Olson, freshman from Denver, Colo.; second violins Paul Regier (principal), freshman from Newton, Katie Franz, sophomore from Lawrence, and Rachel Voran, Newton High School student; violas Emma Lewis, junior from Newton, and Amy Swartz (principal), sophomore from Wichita; cellos JulieAnn Minns (principal), senior from Wichita, Parker Stanley, junior from Liberty, Mo., and Terra Wiens, Newton High School student; and basses Laura Schlabach, freshman from Wichita, and Michael Voth (principal), freshman from Topeka.

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