NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As they showed in their Fall Festival preview, the Bethel College Women’s Chorus has the numbers and talent to perform music from a variety of styles and time periods.
The group will give their fall concert Sunday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel on the Bethel College campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
This year the Women’s Chorus has 35 members, the largest during the tenure of director William Eash, professor of music. “They are gifted, disciplined and highly capable musicians who work hard at each rehearsal. Those characteristics will be obvious at the concert,” said Eash.
The concert will highlight “excellent choral music for women” and some solo vocal literature, Eash added.
The program is divided into three sections, with featured pieces including György Orbán's “Gloria” from his Mass No. 6, May Swenson’s setting of Gwyneth Walker’s text, “I Will Be Earth,” and Eleanor Daley’s setting of the William Butler Yeats poem “The Lake Isle of Innisfree.”
“‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ [is] a lovely setting of the longing to return to home,” Eash commented. “Coupled with a wonderful melody and changes in meter, it carefully articulates the return to the values of the earth by the best female Canadian composer, Eleanor Daley.”
Members of the Women’s Chorus are: junior Holly Miller, North Newton; sophomores Nicole Eaton, Dodge City, Lisa Franz, Mountain Lake, Minn., Naomi Graber, Elkhart, Ind., April Kabagambe, Newton, Brandi Moral, Ulysses, Brittany Moral, Ulysses, Lisa Penner, Fresno, Calif., Sarah Pohl, Moundridge, Ami Schumacher, Newton, Allison Schrag, Newton, and Alyssa Schrag, Moundridge; and freshmen Elizabeth Akins, Topeka, Leah Bartel, North Newton, Ariane Bergen, Moundridge, Jinwan Dai, Sara Gragg, Topeka, Annika Janzen, Fresno, Calif., Jenae Janzen, Newton, Ashley Klein, Newton, Audra Miller, Hesston, Julia Miller, Hesston, Amanda Regehr, Whitewater, Renee Reimer, Sioux Falls, S.D., Lizzie Shelly, Lenexa, Megan Siebert, Topeka, Kristin Unruh, Goessel, Lindsay Waltner, Freeman, S.D., Miranda Weaver, Hesston, Miriam Weaverdyck, Ann Arbor, Mich., and Allison Yoder, Kalona, Iowa.
Other numbers on the program include “O Lovely Peace” by Georg Frideric Handel, with Sarah Pohl and Audra Miller as soloists; “In Stiller Nacht” by Johannes Brahms; another Eleanor Daley setting, “How Can I Keep From Singing,” with Ami Schumacher as soloist; “Os justi” and “Psalm 100” by René Clausen; “Ashore At Last” by Frank DeWald; and the jazz standard “My Funny Valentine,” arr. Kirby Shaw, with Julia Miller as soloist.
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.