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Guest soloists to 'tear it up' at spring instrumental concert

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra’s first full concert of the spring semester will feature works by Bach, Copland and Grainger, among others.

The concert will be Tuesday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Wind Ensemble will play "Gavorkna Fanfare" by Jack Stamp, "Colonial Song" by Percy Grainger and "Outdoor Overture" by Aaron Copland.

The Chamber Orchestra will follow with J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #5 featuring Bethel Professor of Music Karen Schlabaugh on harpsichord and adjunct instructors Nancy Johnson on violin and Kristin Shaffer on flute. The orchestra will also perform Carl Maria von Weber’s "Overture to Der Freischutz."

“The audience will get a great treat from the Bach,” said Richard Tirk, assistant professor of music and director of the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra. “Brandenburg Concerto #5 has amazing solo parts and Karen, Nancy and Kristin are going to tear it up.”

These instrumental groups have naturally progressed and improved since their fall performances, Tirk says. “As with all ensembles, we’ve gotten to know each other better since the beginning of the year. We know where our strengths are and are working towards improving our weak areas.

“This current group is a lot of fun,” he said. “We’re able to enjoy the music in a nice relaxed atmosphere.”

Bethel College Wind Ensemble personnel are: flutes, Megan Schrag, junior from McPherson, and Erin White, junior from Bel Aire; oboe, Sharayah Williams, sophomore from Kalona, Iowa; clarinets, Megan Abrahams, senior from Canton, Amy Balzer, senior from Hesston, Daniel Graber, senior from Marion, S.D., and Valerie Klaassen (guest artist), Whitewater; bass clarinet, Brent Badawieh, senior from Parsons; bassoons, Rebecca Claassen, junior from Moses Lake, Wash., Megan Fowler, freshman from La Junta, Colo., and Heather Robertsen, sophomore from Newton; alto saxophones, Brett Jackson, senior from North Newton, and Joel Linscheid, senior from North Newton; tenor saxophone, Leah Smith, freshman from Aurora, Colo.; baritone saxophone, Michael Linscheid, freshman from Reedley, Calif.; French horns, Rachel Gaeddert, freshman from Larned, Jesse Mueller, sophomore from Halstead, and Genevieve Rucker, freshman from Lawrence; trumpets, Arlin Buller (guest artist), North Newton, Ben Claassen, freshman from Davis, Calif., Dalen Dickerson, freshman from Moundridge, Justine Erb, freshman from Henderson, Neb., Austin McCabe-Juhnke, sophomore from North Newton, David Mueller, sophomore from Halstead, Ryan Stutzman, freshman from Westminster, Colo., Kyle Unruh, freshman from Goessel, and Ken Ward, freshman from Hugo, Colo.; trombones, Andrew Toews, senior from North Newton, Benjamin Harder, sophomore from Hesston, Matthew Root, junior from Topeka, and Daniel Glascock, senior from Cunningham; baritones, Natasha Esau, sophomore from Hutchinson, and Vince Meyer (guest artist), Newton; tuba, Mark Lyles (guest artist), North Newton; bass, Michael Voth, junior from Topeka; and percussion, Matthew Hershberger, junior from Clay Center, Blake Long, senior from Moran, Ben Stucky, freshman from Moon Township, Pa., and Nathaniel Yoder, sophomore from Kalona, Iowa.

Bethel College Chamber Orchestra personnel are: violins, Whitney Coleman, freshman from Lawrence, Daniel Graber, senior from Marion, S.D., Elizabeth Lang, sophomore from Davenport, Iowa, Daniel Lassman, freshman from Lawrence, Blaire Mayhue, junior from North Newton, Isaac Olson, junior from Denver, Colo., and Paul Regier, senior from Newton; violas, Kelsey Easterday, sophomore from Manhattan, Nicole Schmidt, sophomore from Newton, and Amy Swartz, senior from Wichita; cellos, Taylor McCabe-Juhnke (guest artist), North Newton, Bradley McKellip, junior from Newton, Matthew Moore, freshman from Wichita, and Terra Wiens, freshman from Newton; bass, Michael Voth, junior from Topeka; and piano, Ben Stucky, freshman from Moon Township, Pa.

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

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