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Kyle Unruh to give senior trumpet recital

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College student Kyle Unruh, Goessel, will give his senior trumpet recital Friday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel.

Unruh will graduate from Bethel College in May 2011 with a degree in music performance, with education certification. He is a student of Robert McCurdy, Bethel College adjunct instructor of trumpet.

Unruh’s program will include “Toccata” by Giambattista Martini (played on piccolo trumpet), “Pas de Deux” by Charles Cushing, Sonata for Cornet and Piano (1903) by Thorvald Hansen, “Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms” (traditional Irish tune, arr. Donald Hunsberger) and Sonata for Trumpet and Piano by Eric Ewazen. Unruh will be accompanied on piano and organ by his mother, Karen Unruh.

Unruh noted that the Ewazen Sonata, which premiered in 1995, is “a beautiful and exciting piece lasting a little over 20 minutes” and will comprise the entire second half of the recital. Ewazen, a faculty member at the Julliard School of Music since 1980, is one of the most popular contemporary composers in the world.

Unruh is the son of Duane and Karen Unruh of Goessel. His recital is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in The Meeting Place, in the Ad Building basement.

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

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