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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Assistant Professor of Music Timothy Shade’s love of new music will be on display when the Bethel College Wind Ensemble, which Shade directs, performs Sunday, March 14.

The concert is at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center and is free and open to the public.

“I am excited to play some classical literature and some newer stuff,” said Kyle Unruh, senior from Goessel and trumpet player, “and of course it will also be challenging.”

The ensemble will begin with “Men of Ohio March” by Henry Fillmore (1881-1956), followed by “A Winter’s Tale” by Philip Sparke.

The Sparke, from 2009, is one of the newest pieces in the Wind Ensemble’s repertoire. Their March 14 performance of “A Winter’s Tale” will be considered a “consortium premier” – one of the first 12 times for the piece to be performed anywhere in the world.

The first half of the concert will conclude with “Undertow,” a piece from 2008 by John Mackey.

Of Sailors and Whales, a 1990 composition, is a full symphonic poem by W. Francis McBeth, based on the tale of Moby Dick, and will fill out the remainder of the concert. The piece consists of five movements. Each gives a different musical depiction of characters and text from Herman Melville’s classic novel – “Ishmael,” “Queequeg,” “Father Mapple,” “Ahab” and “The White Whale” – and each includes narration by Professor of Communication Arts John McCabe-Juhnke.

Wind Ensemble personnel are: piccolo, Kristin Unruh, freshman from Goessel; flutes, Heather Garrison, senior from Haysville, Jackie Kamphaus, sophomore from Clay Center, Lisa Penner, sophomore from Fresno, Calif., Kristin Unruh and Anna Voth, sophomore from Wichita; oboe, 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, Rachel Voran, sophomore from Newton, 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’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

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