NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Open Road, the popular a cappella men’s ensemble that began unofficially at Bethel College six years ago out of its members’ love of singing, will perform at the college on Mother’s Day evening, May 13.
The concert is at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall and is free and open to the public.
As an unofficial group, Open Road operates independently of the college, receiving no academic credit and running their own rehearsals and scheduling their own events. However, Open Road is also closely connected to Bethel, often performing with the Concert Choir on the annual choir tour or at area churches. Open Road represented Bethel at the Mennonite national conference in Charlotte, N.C., in July 2005 and will do the same this summer at the conference being held in San Jose, Calif.
Besides performing at churches and scheduling small gigs when their busy schedules allow, Open Road has recorded two full-length albums. As upperclass students graduate and move on, the group scouts out new members, replacing those that leave with new voices and allowing Open Road to continue singing and sharing music.
The May 13 concert will include, among other songs, “I’m a Train” (originally recorded by the King’s Singers); Mendelssohn’s “For God Commanded Angels to Watch Over You”; “The Longest Time” (originally recorded by Billy Joel®); “Ave Maria,” arr. Jacob Arcadelt; and “And Can It Be” by Lon Berry.
Open Road members are Andrew Findley, junior from Burlington; Dan Graber, junior from Marion, S.D.; Jeff Janzen, senior from Fresno, Calif.; Ben Kliewer, senior from Buhler; Aaron Linscheid, senior from North Newton; Austin McCabe-Juhnke, freshman from North Newton; Caley Ortman, junior from Marion, S.D.; Joshua Powell, freshman from Basehor; and Greg Shelly, freshman from Lenexa.
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.