NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will usher in spring with several high-spirited pieces.
“This concert promises to be an entertaining one filled with lots of light-hearted and fun music,” said Timothy Shade, Bethel College director of instrumental music. “[This music] gives an external stimulus which most people can relate to.”
The Chamber Orchestra will perform “Capriol Suite” by Peter Warlock, “Water Night” by Eric Whitacre (arr. Timothy Shade) and “The Poet and Peasant Overture” by Franz von Suppé.
“Water Night” is a choral work adapted for strings. Whitacre’s use of extended harmonies and melody make the piece “strikingly beautiful,” said Shade.
“The Poet and Peasant Overture” visualizes two characters of a comic opera while “Capriol Suite” is based on medieval dance, characterized by its “raucousness and fun.”
The Wind Ensemble will round out the evening with “Momentum” by Karl Blench, and the first and fifth movements – “Gandalf” and “Hobbits,” respectively – of Johan de Meij’s Symphony No. 1, “Lord of the Rings.”
Shade emphasized that Meij’s symphony was created 20 years before the Lord of the Rings films and is in no way connected with them.
“Gandalf’s grandeur and power are displayed in the music, and the fun-loving, pastoral nature of the hobbits is also [evident] in this great, sometimes overlooked, symphonic work for winds,” said Shade.
The concert is Sunday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center. Admission is free and open to the public.
Bethel College Chamber Orchestra personnel are: violins, Mary Goering, community member, Daniel Graber, community member, Daniel Lassman, Lawrence, Isaac Olson, Denver, Colo., and Rachel Voran, Newton; violas, Kelsey Easterday, Manhattan, Kylie Jantz, Newton, and Benjamin Rogers, Wichita; cellos, Erica Buller, Lenexa, Anna Cook, Lawrence, Bradley McKellip, Newton, and Andrew Voth, Topeka; and bass, Michael Voth, Topeka.
Bethel College Wind Ensemble personnel are: flutes, Kayla Hiebert, Newton, Jackie Kamphaus, Clay Center, Lisa Penner, Fresno, Calif., Jennifer Regier, Newton, Anna Voth, Wichita, and Erin White, Bel Aire; oboe, Cassidy McFadden, Elgin, Ill.; clarinets, Janesa Bartel, Meade, Sarah Buller, Lenexa, Nicole Eaton, Dodge City, Brett Jackson, North Newton, Valerie Klaassen, community member, and Joel Linscheid, North Newton; bass clarinets, Brent Badawieh, Parsons, and Casey McClendon, Cunningham; bassoons, Rebecca Froese, Inman, Kevin Leary, North Newton, and Heather Robertsen, Newton; alto saxophones, Brian Skinner, Clay Center, and Andrew Unruh, Valley Center; tenor saxophone, Camden Pankratz, North Newton; baritone saxophone, Michael Linscheid, Reedley, Calif.; French horns, Rachel Gaeddert, Larned, Emily Kliewer, Aurora, Nebr., Jesse Mueller, Halstead, and Genevieve Rucker, Lawrence; trumpets, Arlin Buller, community member, Benjamin Claassen, Davis, Calif., Dalen Dickerson, Moundridge, Kyle Doesken, Derby, Justine Erb, Henderson, Neb., John Goering, Valley Center, Austin McCabe-Juhnke, North Newton, David Mueller, Halstead, and Kyle Unruh, Canton; trombones, Jordan Esau, Hutchinson, Daniel Glascock, Cunningham, Benjamin Harder, Hesston, Matthew Root, Topeka, and Andrew Toews, North Newton; euphonium, Natasha Esau, Hutchinson, Mark Lyles, community member, and Vince Meyer, community member; tubas Jordan Esely-Kohlman, Mullinville, Eric Goering, McPherson, and Natalia Krahn, Mountain Lake, Minn.; and percussion, Erica Buller, Lenexa, Anna Cook, Lawrence, Naomi Graber, Elkhart, Ind., Matt Hershberger, Clay Center, Rachel Voran, Newton, and Nathaniel Yoder, Kalona, Iowa.
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.