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Wind Ensemble to play three world premieres in early winter concert

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Modern compositions, including three world premieres, are on the program for the Bethel College Wind Ensemble’s end-of-the-semester concert.

The group will perform Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

Timothy Shade, director of music education at Bethel who also directs the Wind Ensemble, is a staunch proponent of new music and has been working with several composers on commissions for the Wind Ensemble, including Steve Danyew of Westminster, Mass., and Derek Jenkins of Houston, Texas.

Danyew, a saxophonist, has numerous composing awards to his credit including, most recently, first prize in the Shoreline Community Chorale’s 2010 Connecticut Choral Composition Competition. He also won the 2006 BMI Student Composer Award, the 2008 Ithaca Choral Composition Competition, the 2009 Octarium Choral Prize and the 2010 Brighton Bands Fanfare Competition.

The Bethel College Wind Ensemble will play the world premiere of Danyew’s band piece “Statues to the Sky.”

They will follow with the 1979 composition “After a Gentle Rain” (two movements: “The Dark Green Glistens with Old Reflections” and “Sparkling Air Bursts with Dancing Sunlight”) by Anthony Iannaccone and finish out the first half with a second world premiere, Frank Ticheli’s “There Will be Rest” (arr. Garrison/Shade).

The Wind Ensemble will open the second half of the Dec. 7 concert with the 2006 composition “Radiant Joy” by Steven Bryant, and finish with the third world premiere of the evening, by Derek Jenkins.

Jenkins, a bassoonist, is a graduate student in composition at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He has bachelor’s degrees in music theory and composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he was a student of, and music copyist for, Paul Rudy. Rudy, a Bethel graduate, was last year’s Greer Lecturer at Bethel.

In 2010 alone, Jenkins’ work has been selected for performance at composers’ festivals and contemporary music festivals at Augustana College, Ball State University, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and Kansas State University.

The Bethel College Wind Ensemble will premiere Jenkins’ band piece “Boreas: The North Wind.”

Wind Ensemble personnel are: flutes, Keari Bennett, freshman from Sharon, Erin Engle, freshman from Salem, Ore., Emily Harder, freshman from Newton, Jackie Kamphaus, junior from Clay Center, Lisa Penner, junior from Fresno, Calif., Rachel Tamerius, freshman from Wichita, Anna Voth, junior from Wichita, and Julie Wedel, freshman from Peabody; oboes, Megan Leary, freshman from North Newton and Jocelyn Wilkinson, freshman from San Antonio, Texas; English horn, Cassidy McFadden, junior from Elgin, Ill.; clarinets, Janesa Bartel, junior from Meade, Joel Boettger, sophomore from Hesston, Nicole Eaton, junior from Dodge City, community member Valerie Klaassen, Audra Miller, sophomore from Hesston, Natasha Orpin, sophomore from Moundridge, and Kaila Schmidt, freshman from Wichita; bass clarinet, Laura Dueckman, sophomore from Abbotsford, British Columbia; bassoons, Heather Garrison, senior from Haysville, and Kevin Leary, junior from North Newton; alto saxophones, Daniel Barrera, freshman from Newton, Michelle Kaufman, freshman from Moundridge, Carl Lehmann, freshman from Marion, S.D., Brian Skinner, junior from Clay Center, and Paul Voran, sophomore from Newton; tenor saxophones, Jordan Ortman, sophomore from Marion, S.D., and Andrew Unruh, junior from Valley Center; baritone saxophones, Michael Linscheid, senior from Reedley, Calif., and Abram Rodenberg, sophomore from Halstead; French horns, Marissa Bontrager, freshman from Newton, Emily Kliewer, junior from Aurora, Neb., Julia Miller, sophomore from Hesston, Jesse Mueller, senior from Halstead, and Genevieve Rucker, senior from Lawrence; trumpets, community member Arlin Buller, Garrett Byler, freshman from Hesston, Kyle Doesken, junior from Derby, Justine Erb, senior from Henderson, Neb., John Goering, junior from Valley Center, Austin McCabe-Juhnke, senior from North Newton, David Mueller, senior from Halstead, Matt Shelly, freshman from Newton, Taylor Stucky, freshman from Moundridge, and Kyle Unruh, senior from Goessel; trombones, Jordan Esau, junior from Hutchinson, Benjamin Harder, senior from Hesston, Ben Preheim, sophomore from Lawrence, Rebecca Trumble, freshman from Newton, and Aaron Tschetter, freshman from Freeman, S.D.; euphonium, Sarah Evans, freshman from Colorado Springs, Colo., and community members Jim McClary and Vince Meyer; tubas, Eric Goering, junior from McPherson and community member Mark Lyles; and percussion, Brandan Dixon, sophomore from Independence, Naomi Graber, junior from Elkhart, Ind., community member Mika Patron, Micah Smith, freshman from Topeka, Rachel Voran, junior from Newton, and Nathaniel Yoder, senior from Kalona, Iowa, along with community member Alyssa Graber on piano.

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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