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Instrumental groups’ spring concert to include second world premier

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble’s spring concert will feature a diverse repertoire – from a Beethoven classic to a world premier of a modern composition.

The concert is Sunday, May 2, at 7 p.m. (note change from earlier printed material) in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center and is free and open to the public.

“The ensembles have improved immensely throughout the year. We have been very busy and I am very excited for this finale concert,” said Timothy Shade, Bethel College instructor of music and conductor of both groups.

The Chamber Orchestra will open the program with one of Shade’s favorite pieces, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1.

Shade calls the piece “a staple in the repertoire,” adding that he is “thrilled that we get to play it – any time you get to perform Beethoven is great.”

The Wind Ensemble will conclude the program with a mix of newer compositions. Repertoire includes “Nitro” by Frank Ticheli; A Grainger Couplet by Percy Grainger; “Event Horizon” by Paul Rudy, which the Wind Ensemble gave its world premier in Krehbiel Auditorium April 11; and the world premier of “Goodnight, Goodnight” by Steve Danyew.

Chamber Orchestra personnel are: violins, Rachel Voran, sophomore from Newton, Elizabeth Akins, freshman from Topeka, community member Emily Boehm, Leah Clark, freshman from Manhattan, community member Daniel Graber, violin instructor Nancy Johnson, Daniel Lassman, junior from Lawrence, Blaire Mayhue, senior from North Newton, community member Alexis Nachtigal and Isaac Olson, senior from Denver, Colo.; violas Kelsey Easterday, senior from Manhattan, community member Joanna Epp, Emma Regier, freshman from Newton, community member Erin Regier, and Terra Wiens, junior from Newton; cellos Erica Buller, junior from Lenexa, Anna Cook, sophomore from Lawrence, Bradley McKellip, senior from Newton, community member Liann Meyer, and Andrew Voth, junior from Topeka; and basses Landon Bartel, freshman from Newton, community member John Bergen, Miriam Weaverdyck, freshman from Ann Arbor, Mich., and Ruth Wiens, freshman from Newton.

Wind Ensemble personnel are: piccolo, Kristin Unruh, freshman from Goessel; flutes, Jackie Kamphaus, sophomore from Clay Center, Lisa Penner, sophomore from Fresno, Calif., Kristin Unruh, Anna Voth, sophomore from Wichita, and community member Julie Wedel; oboes, community member Megan Leary and 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, Heather Garrison, senior from Haysville, and 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., Julia Miller, freshman from Hesston, Jesse Mueller, senior from Halstead, community member Tim Regier, and Genevieve Rucker, junior from Lawrence; 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, Benjamin Harder, senior from Hesston, and community member Mark Lyles; euphonium, Natasha Esau, senior from Hutchinson, and community member Vince Meyer; tubas, Jordan Esely-Kohlman, sophomore from Mullinville, Eric Goering, sophomore from McPherson, and Natalia Krahn, sophomore from Mountain Lake, Minn.; and percussion, Naomi Graber, sophomore from Elkhart, Ind., Matthew Hershberger, senior from Clay Center, community member Mika Patron, Rachel Voran, sophomore from Newton, Andrew Voth, junior from Topeka, 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 profiled in Colleges of Distinction 2009-10. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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