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Bethel and NMKSO musicians will join for concert featuring soloists

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Chamber Orchestra will join with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra for a concert featuring faculty from Bethel and from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The concert is Sunday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

Timothy Shade, Bethel College director of instrumental music and music education, will conduct. “I am really excited about this concert,” he said, “as it will feature our students with our community members and area professionals as well as our own Jim Pisano on clarinet and UMKC Professor Dale Morehouse, baritone.”

The program begins with Antonin Dvořák’s Carnival Overture, Op. 92. That will be followed by the Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra by Carl Maria von Weber, featuring James Pisano, Bethel College assistant professor of music, on clarinet, and Movement IV., “Prayer,” of Frank Ticheli’s Symphony No. 1, with Dale Morehouse, associate professor of voice and opera at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, as baritone soloist. The concert will conclude with Marche Slave, Op. 31 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Tickets for the concert are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for students and $5 for Bethel College faculty, staff and students and may be purchased at the Thresher Bookstore in Schultz Student Center on the Bethel campus (phone 316-284-5205), or at the door.

James Pisano, clarinet, has been on the faculty of Bethel College, where he directs jazz studies, since 2006. He travels frequently to fulfill performance and teaching invitations, which have taken him to nearly every state as well as Europe and South Africa. In addition to an extensive jazz performing and teaching background, Pisano holds degrees in clarinet performance from the University of New Hampshire and the University of Miami.

As a clarinetist, Pisano has performed in the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, as well as in the Florida Philharmonic. While living in Florida, Pisano held the position of bass clarinet with the Miami City Ballet for its 1999-2000 season. He has served in the Wichita Grand Opera orchestra in the position of clarinet/bass clarinet since the company’s opening premiere performances in 2001 and has also performed at Carnegie Hall numerous times.

Dale Morehouse, baritone, has been on the faculty at UMKC since 2005, having previously taught at Southern Methodist University, the University of Mississippi, Binghamton University and Texas Wesleyan University. Active as a singer and stage director, he has sung 80 leading baritone roles in opera, operetta and musical theater; performed recitals, concerts and oratorios with orchestras, choruses and ballet companies; and directed more than 50 stage productions and 35 different scenes programs for theaters, universities and opera companies throughout the United States and western Europe. In summers, he teaches at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, and performs as bass soloist at the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria.

Timothy Shade, conductor, is beginning his second year at Bethel College, where he is responsible for the Bethel College Chamber Orchestra and the Bethel College Wind Ensemble and gives private instruction in low brass. Shade holds a music performance degree in euphonium and jazz trombone from Youngstown (Ohio) State University, where he performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and was a soloist with the award-winning Jazz Ensemble I. He was a graduate assistant in the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, Coral Gables, Fla., where he completed a music performance degree in euphonium and conducting. During his time at Miami, he performed again at Carnegie Hall with the Wind Ensemble, premiering a new work by Christopher Rouse, and was lead trombone with the Downbeat Award-winning Studio Jazz Band.

As a conductor and educator, Shade has worked extensively with many high school programs in the Midwest as a rehearsal technician and clinician. He has also maintained active private teaching studios in trombone, euphonium and tuba. He has extensive involvement in developing compelling new literature for winds.

The Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra is now in its 53rd season as an advocate for the performance of symphonic music, presenting classics, pops, choral and chamber music. Upcoming concerts for the 2009-10 season include the Winter Classics Concert, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, and the Masterworks Concert with Bethel College instrumentalists and singers, Sunday, May 9, 2010.

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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