NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s music department will highlight the accomplishments of its small instrumental ensembles with a chamber music concert.
The event takes place Monday, May 7, at 7 p.m. (note earlier than usual time) in Krehbiel Auditorium on the Bethel College campus. The concert is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature the percussion ensemble under the direction of adjunct instructor of percussion Michael Holland, the saxophone quartet under the direction of assistant professor of music Jim Pisano, and the trumpet ensemble under the direction of assistant professor of music Richard Tirk.
“These ensembles have all been working hard this semester to prepare for this performance,” Tirk said. “We also want to celebrate the first year of teaching at Bethel for Michael Holland and Jim Pisano, and the purchase of a lot of new equipment for the percussion ensemble.”
The program will include music of Colgrass, Mantooth and Del Borgo.
Percussion ensemble personnel are: Brent Badawieh, junior from Parsons, Matt Hershberger, freshman from Clay Center, Blake Long, senior from Moran, and Nathaniel Yoder, freshman from Kalona, Iowa, along with Hesston High School student John Murray and Bethel alumna Becky Mueller. Saxophone quartet members are: soprano, Brett Jackson, junior from North Newton, alto, Joel Linscheid, junior from North Newton, tenor, Pisano, and baritone, community member Brandon Morse. Trumpet ensemble personnel are Aaron Linscheid, senior from North Newton, Austin McCabe-Juhnke, freshman from North Newton, Kyle Unruh, freshman from Goessel, Kelcy Voth, senior from Goessel, and Arlin Buller, community member from North Newton.
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.