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Matt Kaiser to give senior guitar recital

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Matt Kaiser, Inman, will give a lecture and senior guitar recital at 7 p.m. Monday, May 8, in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel College campus.

Kaiser’s talk is entitled “‘Learn to pick good, it might help you get through the world’: The development of the flat-picked steel string guitar, 1920-present.” He will play several numbers in traditional and bluegrass style, including “Bury Me Beneath the Willow” (the Carter Family), “Uncle Pen” (Bill Monroe), “Black Mountain Rag” (Doc Watson), “Julius Finkbine’s Rag” (Clarence White), “Four on Six” (Tony Rice), “Dixie Breakdown” (Mark O’Connor) and “Tarantexas” (Beppe Gambetta). Kaiser will be joined by several other local musicians: Doug Krehbiel on banjo and guitar, David Miller on mandolin and vocal, Bethel student Michael Voth on bass, Rebecca Schloneger on fiddle, and vocalists Chelsea Chaffin, Dan Graber, Heidi Holliday and John Wiens, all Bethel students.

Kaiser will graduate from Bethel College in May with a degree in music. He is a student of Howard Glanton, adjunct instructor in guitar at Bethel College.

Kaiser is the son of Allene and Jerry Kaiser of Inman.

The recital is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

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 has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at

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