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Organ students to present annual Christmas Vespers

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College student chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and friends, will present the annual Christmas Vespers concert Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel College campus.

Katie Nightingale, a junior at Halstead High School who studies organ through the Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts, will play “Angels we have heard on Silent Night” by John R. Cowell.

Bethel College sophomore Robin Lamb, Halstead, one of the organists at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, will play “Chorale prelude on Von Himmel Hoch” by Friedrich Wilhelm Zachau, “Of the Father’s love begotten” by Wilbur Held and her own arrangement of “O come, o come, Emmanuel.”

Lamb and Nightingale are students of Roseann Penner Kaufman, Bethel College instructor of organ, who will play “My spirit be joyful,” an arrangement of J.S. Bach by Kenton Parton, with Richard Tirk, Bethel College assistant professor of music, and Kyle Unruh, sophomore from Goessel, on trumpets.

Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, Bethel College professor of music, will play a setting, arranged by Wallace, of “Lo, how a rose e’er blooming” with Austin McCabe-Juhnke, sophomore from North Newton, on trumpet.

The Bethel College chapter of the AGO, formed in 1959, is the oldest student chapter in Kansas. Christmas Vespers is free and open to the public.

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 was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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