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Instrumental groups to present lively music and living composers

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – There will be plenty of life – not only in the music but also in the composers – in Krehbiel Auditorium when the Bethel College Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra perform Sunday, May 4.

The 4 p.m. concert is the last of the school year for the two instrumental groups and will also be the last under the baton of Richard Tirk, assistant professor of music, who has accepted a position at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, beginning next fall.

“This is a concert of music by living composers – almost!” Tirk said. More specifically, the concert will feature Kansas composer Dwight Beckham Sr. of Marion.

“We’ve brought in composers for the last concert of the year for the past two years and I think it has been great for the students to get to meet and interact with living composers,” Tirk continued. “Some of our students already know Mr. Beckham as the principal trumpet of the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, so this will be wonderful for them to perform one of his works.”

The Chamber Orchestra will open the program with Beckman Sr.’s “Reflections.” They will also play American composer Norman Dello Joio’s “Arietta for string orchestra.” The Wind Ensemble will play J.S. Bach’s “Ricercare à 6,” transcribed by Beckman Sr., along with Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide,” arranged by Beeler, and “A quiet place to think” by Timothy Mahr, professor of music at St. Olaf College in Minnesota.

Admission is free and open to the public.

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

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

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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