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Spring “Masterworks” concert to feature Carmina Burana

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The annual spring Masterworks concert at Bethel College, with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, Bethel College Oratorio Chorus and soloists, will feature Carl Orff’s scenic cantata Carmina Burana.

The concert is at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in Memorial Hall on the Bethel College campus.

The conductor is Bethel College professor of music William Eash. Soloists are soprano Soyoun Lim Chun, Bethel College assistant professor of voice, tenor Arthur W. Marks, New York City, and bass William Schmidt, Rochester, Minn.

Chun, who began teaching at Bethel College in fall 2006, has her bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University and her master’s degree from the New England Conservatory. She earned her doctorate with honors from the University of Kansas. She has also participated in master classes at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. She has performed with Piu & Piu Opera in Seoul and the Wichita Grand Opera. Recital appearances include a series at the French Cultural Institute in Seoul, a tour of Guatemala and performances in the renowned Cantata Singers Recital Series in Boston.

Marks is a 1993 graduate of Bethel College. He made his professional debut in 1992 with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra and has since performed as a soloist with orchestras around the country as well as on stages and in classical venues in Rome, London, Berlin, Leipzig, Paris and Vienna. Marks not only performs in the classical genre but also is often seen in musical theater venues and on stages across the United States and abroad. His roles have been in productions ranging from Jesus Christ Superstar to A Chorus Line to Aïda to Seussical. He is particularly proud to be the Ugly Duckling in HONK!, and has been preserved in the first American cast recording of HONK! with Music Theater of Wichita.

Schmidt graduated from Bethel College in 1984 with degrees in mathematics and vocal performance. He recently performed Carmina Burana in Rochester and Minneapolis with the Rochester Orchestra and Chorale in conjunction with the Minnetonka Choral Society and the Land of Lakes Choirboys. He is a founding member of the Rochester Aria Group (RAG) and will soon take the role of Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance, a RAG collaboration with the Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester.

Carl Orff composed Carmina Burana between 1935 and 1936. It is based on 24 of the poems found in the medieval collection Carmina Burana (full Latin title: Carmina Burana: Cantiones profanae cantoribus et choris cantandae comitantibus instrumentis atque imaginibus magicus, or Songs of Beuern: Secular songs for singers and choruses to be sung together with instruments and magic images). Carmina Burana is part of Orff’s musical triptych Trionfi. The best-known movement in Carmina Burana is the chorus “O Fortuna” that opens and closes the piece.

The Bethel College Oratorio Chorus is comprised of members of Bethel College’s four choral groups and singers from surrounding communities. Professionals, Bethel College students and area musicians make up the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets for the Carmina Burana are available during regular business hours at Thresher Bookstore in the Schultz Student Center on the Bethel campus, phone (316) 284-5205, or at the door. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students. All seats are general admission.

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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