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Small choral ensembles to present fall concerts

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The 2010-11 incarnations of Bethel College’s small choral groups, the Men’s Ensemble and the Women’s Chorus, will present their fall concerts Sunday, Nov. 7.

The men perform at 2 p.m. and the women at 4 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

This year’s Women’s Chorus has seen almost a complete change in personnel, while the Men’s Ensemble is largely the same with the addition of first-time freshmen.

The concerts will include music that director William Eash believes accent the best of each group.

“I choose music that I think is accessible to the choirs and fun to sing for them,” Eash said, “and I always try to choose a wide variety of music.

“The majority of the music for the men’s group is a cappella and is really accessible to the capabilities of this particular group,” he added.

“The Women’s Chorus music moves between three- and four-part singing. In some cases, there will be some five-part singing,” he continued. “The Women’s Chorus music is more harmonically complex – in that ensemble are some singers who have had substantial amount of singing experience and come from very fine core programs across the state of Kansas.”

The Men’s Ensemble program will include: “Deeper, Deeper” by Charles Price Jones; “Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal” and “I Shall Not Be Moved,” arranged by Alice Parker; “Climbin’ up the Mountain,” arranged by William Henry Smith; “Hush! Somebody’s Callin’ My Name,” arranged by Brazeal Dennard; and “Beautiful Savior,” arranged by F. Melius Christiansen and Kurt Wycisk.

Evan Conrad, junior from Lakewood, Colo., and Rich Toevs, Newton, will serve as accompanists.

The Women’s Chorus program will include: “Music Spread Thy Voice Around” by Georg Frederic Handel; “She Walks in Beauty” by David Childs; “Fire, Fire My Heart” by Thomas Morley; “When I Think of You” by Laura Farnell; and “Oh no John!,” arranged by Robert Latham. Rich Toevs is the accompanist.

Upcoming performances by the Bethel College Men’s Ensemble and Bethel College Women’s Chorus programs this semester will be the joint Christmas Candlelight service with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra on the Bethel campus Dec. 7.

Men’s Ensemble personnel are: Michael Bowman, junior from Syracuse, Cody Claassen, freshman from Whitewater, Kyle Doesken, junior from Derby, Kevin Goering, freshman from Topeka, Benjamin Histand, senior from Newton, Nathan Knight, junior from Moundridge, Carl Lehmann, freshman from Marion, S.D., Benjamin Preheim, sophomore from Lawrence, John Regier, sophomore from Beatrice, Neb., Christopher Riesen, sophomore from Beatrice, Neb., Casey Schunn, freshman from Whitewater, Dalton Smith, freshman from Burrton, Aaron Tschetter, freshman from Freeman, S.D., Henry Unruh, freshman from Newton, and Peter Wintermote, junior from Hillsboro.

Women’s Chorus personnel are: Elizabeth Akins, sophomore from Topeka, Alise Anderson, freshman from Spring Hill, Keari Bennett, freshman from Sharon, Ariane Bergen, sophomore from Moundridge, Marissa Bontrager, freshman from Newton, Erin Engle, freshman from Salem, Ore., Hope Goertzen, freshman from Hesston, Sara Gragg, sophomore from Topeka, Brooke Hansen, freshman from Effingham, Emily Harder, freshman from Hesston, Kaitlin Heller, freshman from Lawrence, Annika Janzen, junior from Fresno, Calif., Jenae Janzen, sophomore from Newton, Andrea Klassen, freshman from Moundridge, Caroline Mayhew, freshman from Lawrence, Nina Park, freshman from Seoul, South Korea, Kaitlyn Preheim, freshman from Peabody, Emma Regier, sophomore from Newton, Katie Regier, freshman from Whitewater, Kaila Schmidt, freshman from Wichita, Ariel Silva, freshman from Colorado Springs, Colo., Cindy Watterson, freshman from Mount Gilead, Ohio, Julie Wedel, freshman from Peabody, and Jocelyn Wilkinson, freshman from San Antonio, Texas.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2010-11 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is in the first tier in its category in the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of “America’s Top Colleges” for 2011. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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