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Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra “on their toes” in concert

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The first Bethel College Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra concert of the spring semester will feature a wide range of particularly challenging pieces.

“It’s been a great beginning to the semester,” said director Richard Tirk, assistant professor of music. “This concert has really pushed the ensemble to play at the best of its ability.”

The Chamber Orchestra will perform Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite I.

The Wind Ensemble will perform three pieces: Andrew Boysen, Jr.’s “Kirkpatrick Fanfare,” which uses the famous Irish folk tune “Londonderry Air”; Lucien Caillet’s arrangement of Wagner’s “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral”; and Roger Cichy’s “Divertimento for Winds and Percussion.”

“The ‘Divertimento’ is the most difficult work I have done with this ensemble,” Tirk said. “It has been a great challenge for us and one that keeps us on our toes. Each of the movements is dedicated to a famous American composer: Aaron Copland, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein.”

The concert will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Members of the Wind Ensemble are: flutes Jana Jensen, junior from Prescott Valley, Ariz., Jennifer Regier, junior from Newton, Megan Schrag, sophomore from McPherson, Kayla Stone, freshman from Newton, and Erin White, sophomore from Bel Aire; oboes Leanne Reimer, freshman from Hesston, and Sharayah Williams, freshman from Kalona, Iowa; clarinets Megan Abrahams, junior from Canton, Daniel Graber, junior from Freeman, S.D., and Joel Linscheid, junior from North Newton; bass clarinet Kasey McClendon, sophomore from Cunningham; bassoons Rebecca Claassen, sophomore from Moses Lake, Wash., and Heather Robertsen, freshman from Hesston; alto saxophones Brett Jackson, junior from North Newton, Nikki Rodgers, junior from LeRoy, and Susan Schmeichel, sophomore from Hurley, S.D.; tenor saxophones Kyle Claassen, freshman from Andover, and Joel Linscheid; baritone saxophone Brent Badawieh, junior from Parsons; French horn Jesse Mueller, freshman from Halstead; trumpets Arlin Buller, guest artist from North Newton, Peter Goerzen, senior from Goessel, Aaron Linscheid, senior from North Newton, Austin McCabe-Juhnke, freshman from North Newton, David Mueller, freshman from Halstead, Kyle Unruh, freshman from Goessel, and Kelcy Voth, senior from Goessel; trombones Jerel Fast, senior from Boulder, Colo., Daniel Glascock, sophomore from Cunningham, Benjamin Harder, freshman from Hesston, Matthew Root, sophomore from Topeka, and Andrew Toews, junior from North Newton; baritone Natasha Esau, freshman from Hutchinson; tubas Joel Garber, senior from Hesston, and Mark Lyles, guest artist from North Newton; percussionists Matthew Hershberger, freshman from Clay Center, Blake Long, junior from Moran, John Murray, guest artist from Hesston, Anthony Redelfs, senior from Mansfield, Texas, Parker Stanley, senior from Liberty, Mo., and Nathaniel Yoder, freshman from Kalona, Iowa; and pianists Chelsea Vaught, senior from Henderson, Neb., and Daniel Graber.

Members of the Chamber Orchestra are: violins Elizabeth Lang, sophomore from Davenport, Iowa, Blaire Mayhue, freshman from North Newton, Isaac Olson, sophomore from Denver, Colo., Paul Regier, sophomore from Newton, and Kelsey Easterday, freshman from Manhattan; violas Emma Lewis, senior from Newton, Nicole Schmidt, freshman from Newton, and Amy Swartz, junior from Wichita; cellos Bradley McKellip, freshman from Newton, and Parker Stanley, senior from Liberty, Mo.; and basses Michael Voth, sophomore from Topeka, and Thomas Stoddard, freshman from Wichita.

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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