NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – For many years, Sinfonia was the name of Bethel College’s sole instrumental ensemble. Depending on what instrumentalists were available, the ensemble would be either a band or an orchestra.
Now that the Wind Ensemble has become a permanent fixture in the music department, its director, assistant professor of music Richard Tirk, decided to eliminate the title ‘Sinfonia’ to indicate that there are now two regular, separate ensembles.
The Bethel College Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will present the first joint concert of the year on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 4 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center. Admission is free and open to the public.
The Chamber Orchestra will perform Franz Schubert’s “Symphony No. 8” and Percy Grainger’s “Molly on the Shore.” The Wind Ensemble will perform Fisher Tull’s “Introit,” Frank Ticheli’s “Sanctuary” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Prelude Fugue and Riffs.”
The Bernstein piece will feature first-year faculty member Jim Pisano, assistant professor of music, on solo clarinet. “It’s a piece that was written for the Woody Herman big band in 1949,” Tirk said. “Bernstein mixes contemporary rhythms and compositional styles with a traditional big band sound to create a fantastic showpiece for our brass, sax and rhythm section.”
“The concert will have something for everyone from a great classical/romantic era symphony to the jazz influenced Bernstein to Ticheli’s ‘Sanctuary,’ which was written in 2005,” Tirk continued. “Overall I’m very excited about this concert. We have some very strong freshmen and transfer students, so the ensemble is producing some magnificent sounds.”
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 www.bethelks.edu.