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Bethel organists to present annual Christmas Vespers Dec. 14

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College student chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) presents the annual Christmas Vespers concert Sunday, Dec. 14, at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel College campus.

This year’s vespers concert will feature two Bethel alumnae, in addition to Bethel College and Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts (BCAPA) students, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the installation of the chapel organ.

Andrew Voth, freshman from Topeka, will play “Tomorrow will be my dancing day” by Biery.

Three BCAPA students will play: Robin Lamb, Halstead, “People look east” by Hobby; Jacob Kliewer, Newton, “’Twas in the moon of wintertime” by Powell; and Don Kehrberg, Newton, settings of “O come, O come, Emmanuel.”

The program will also include alumna organists Greta Hiebert, North Newton, and Rosi Penner Kaufman, Prairie Village, who is instructor of organ for Bethel College and BCAPA.

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 only Kansas private college to be ranked in Forbes.com’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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