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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Two Bethel vocal groups will give their spring concerts on campus in late April.

The Bethel College Women’s Chorus will perform Sunday, April 25, at 2 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel, while the Bethel College Men’s Ensemble will join the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus (KMMC) that evening at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Admission for both performances is free and open to the public, with the KMMC concert including a freewill offering to go to Mennonite Central Committee.

The Women’s Chorus will perform from a wide range of genres, said director William Eash, professor of music and director of choral activities at Bethel College.

“In keeping with the philosophy of providing singers with a broad exposure to the best in women's chorus literature, our concert will include both contemporary and classical literature,” he said.

The repertoire includes: “The Snow” by Edward Elgar; “Ave Maria” by Cesar Carrillo; “Sequel” by Robert Young; “Ici-bas” by Gabriel Faure; “Now I Become Myself” by Gwyneth Walker; “Witches’ Chorus” from Guiseppe Verdi’s opera Macbeth; “Psalm 100” by Rene Clausen; “Olde Irish Blessing” by Linda Fletcher; and the spirituals “Gate Gate” by Brian Tate and “Go Where I Send Thee” arranged by Caldwell and Ivory.

The men are preparing music selected by KMMC. This will be the second annual joint performance of the Bethel College Men’s Ensemble and KMMC.

Eash believes this is a great opportunity for his students. Members of the Men’s Ensemble have the opportunity to practice and perform with men of all ages from the local community.

“This arrangement gives our singers a chance to participate in an active way that supports the mission of the college and provides a solid musical experience for our singers. It is a great illustration of collaboration between the college and the community,” said Eash.

Women’s Chorus singers are senior Courtney Berkholz, Goessel; sophomore April Kabagambe, Newton; and freshmen Elizabeth Akins, Topeka, Leah Bartel, North Newton, Ariane Bergen, Moundridge, Jinwan Dai, Tianjin, China, Maggie Goering, Hutchinson, Annika Janzen, Fresno, Calif., Jenae Janzen, Newton, Ashley Klein, Newton, Audra Miller, Hesston, Julia Miller, Hesston, Brandi Moral, Ulysses, Brittney Moral, Ulysses, Amanda Regehr, Whitewater, Emma Regier, Newton, 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., Ruth Wiens, Newton, and Allison Yoder, Kalona, Iowa.

Men’s Ensemble singers are seniors Samuel Gaeddert, Hutchinson, Benjamin Histand, North Newton, and William Peterson, Bonner Springs; junior John Miller, Partridge; sophomores Kyle Doesken, Derby, and Nathan Knight, Moundridge; and freshmen Jacob Callahan, Meriden, John Regier, Beatrice, Neb., and Christopher Riesen, Beatrice, Neb.

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 profiled in Colleges of Distinction 2009-10. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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