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Instrumental ensembles to make “waves of sound and color”

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – With a program spanning standards to contemporary pieces, the fall performance of the Bethel College Chamber Orchestra and Bethel College Wind Ensemble promises to please.

The concert will take place Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

“I am very excited about the opening concert for the Bethel College Orchestra and Wind Ensemble,” said director Timothy Shade, Bethel College instructor of instrumental music. “We have a lot of great music on the program and the ensembles are playing extremely well.

“The pieces I have chosen allow both ensembles to shine and push them to their limits,” he continued. “This growth is necessary and the results are going to be reflective of their work, which has been substantial.”

The repertoire for the Chamber Ensemble includes Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Antonin Dvorak’s Romance in F minor and Carold Nunez’s contemporary and jazzy “Reflexions.”

The Dvorak will feature Nancy Johnson, Bethel adjunct professor of music and instructor of violin.

“Nancy is principal second violin for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and has many years of professional orchestra experience to her credit,” Shade said. “It will be marvelous to hear her play.”

The Wind Ensemble’s pieces are no less exciting, he added. They include Frank Ticheli’s blazing fast “Nitro,” Jerry Bilik’s “Block ‘M’ March” and Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque.”

“[‘Lux Aurumque’] is a wave of sound that changes in small contexts. The idea is to create waves of sound and color with the Wind Ensemble,” said Shade.

The feature piece of the Wind Ensemble’s program is Caccia and Chorale, composed by J. Clifton Williams.

“This is a standard in the repertoire but one that is not for the faint-of-heart,” said Shade. “This was the last piece written by Clifton Williams and contains his mastery of orchestration and musicality, conjoined with his anger and disappointment with the world.”

Chamber Ensemble personnel are: violins, Elizabeth Akins, freshman from Topeka, Leah Clark, freshman from Manhattan, Hesston High School student Daniel Graber, Daniel Lassman, junior from Lawrence, Blaire Mayhue, senior from North Newton, Isaac Olson, senior from Denver, Colo., Rachel Voran, sophomore from Newton, and community member Michaela Zook; violas, Kelsey Easterday, senior from Manhattan, Kylie Jantz, sophomore from Newton, Emma Regier, freshman from Newton, and Benjamin Rogers, sophomore from Wichita; cellos, Erica Buller, sophomore from Lenexa, Anna Cook, sophomore from Lawrence, Bradley McKellip, senior from Newton, Newton High School student Liann Meyer, and Andrew Voth, sophomore from Topeka; and basses Landon Bartel, freshman from Newton, Newton High School student John Bergen, Miriam Weaverdyck, freshman from Ann Arbor, Mich., and Ruth Wiens, freshman from Newton.

Wind Ensemble personnel are: flutes, Heather Garrison, senior from Haysville, Jackie Kamphaus, sophomore from Clay Center, Lisa Penner, sophomore from Fresno, Calif., Kristin Unruh, freshman from Newton, and Anna Voth, sophomore from Wichita; oboes, Don Kehrberg, Bethel professor emeritus of music, and Cassidy McFadden, sophomore from Elgin, Ill.; clarinets, Janesa Bartel, sophomore from Meade, Joel Boettger, freshman from Hesston, Nicole Eaton, sophomore from Dodge City, community member Valerie Klaassen, Audra Miller, freshman from Hesston, and Natasha Orpin, freshman from Moundridge; bass clarinet, Laura Dueckman, freshman from Abbotsford, British Columbia; bassoon, Kevin Leary, sophomore from North Newton; alto saxophones, Evan Fast, senior from Goessel, Brian Skinner, sophomore from Clay Center, Andrew Unruh, sophomore from Valley Center, and Paul Voran, freshman from Newton; tenor saxophones, Kyle Claassen, senior from Andover, and Jordan Ortman, freshman from Marion, S.D.; baritone saxophones, Michael Linscheid, junior from Reedley, Calif., Camden Pankratz, sophomore from North Newton, and Abram Rodenberg, freshman from Halstead; French horns, Emily Kliewer, sophomore from Aurora, Neb., Jesse Mueller, senior from Halstead, Genevieve Rucker, junior from Lawrence, and Matthew Stucky, senior from Moundridge; trumpets, community member Arlin Buller, Kyle Doesken, sophomore from Derby, John Goering, sophomore from Valley Center, Austin McCabe-Juhnke, senior from North Newton, David Mueller, senior from Halstead, and Kyle Unruh, senior from Goessel; trombones, Jordan Esau, sophomore from Hutchinson, and Benjamin Harder, senior from Hesston; euphonium, Natasha Esau, senior from Hutchinson, and community member Vince Meyer; tubas, Jordan Esely-Kohlman, sophomore from Mullinville, Eric Goering, sophomore from McPherson, Natalia Krahn, sophomore from Mountain Lake, Minn., and community member Mark Lyles; and percussion, Naomi Graber, sophomore from Elkhart, Ind., Matthew Hershberger, senior from Clay Center, community member Mika Patron, Dominic Suter, sophomore from Hutchinson, and Nathaniel Yoder, senior from Kalona, Iowa.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. 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 2009 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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