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Instrumental groups to give first spring concerts

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Chamber Orchestra presents its first concert of the school year March 15, followed by the Bethel College Wind Ensemble two days later on March 17.

Both events are in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Timothy Shade, instructor of music and director of music education at Bethel College, conducts both groups.

The Chamber Orchestra will begin the program with “Blue Towers” by Irving Fine, followed by the first movement, “La vi llegar,” of Sechs Argentinische Tangos by Enrique Francini. The Bethel College String Quartet will then play the second movement of Quartet by Maurice Ravel.

Following an intermission, the Chamber Orchestra will conclude the program with Symphony No. 5, D. 485 by Franz Schubert.

In their Thursday, March 17, concert, the Bethel College Wind Ensemble will present music by 20th-century composers.

The concert will open with “Mother Earth (A Fanfare)” by David Maslanka, followed by Eric Whitacre’s 2010 composition “A Seal Lullaby” and Vincent Persichetti’s “Pageant.”

After the intermission, the Wind Ensemble will conclude the concert with Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo (three movements) by Malcolm Arnold and the second movement from Kingfishers Catch Fire by John Mackey.

Although he expressed enthusiasm for every piece and said that choosing the best one would be “a tough question for me to answer,” Shade said he was particularly excited about the Bethel College String Quartet.

Nancy Johnson, Bethel College adjunct instructor of violin, directs the quartet, which is comprised of Rachel Voran, senior from Newton, and Leah Clark, sophomore from Manhattan, violins, Erin Regier, sophomore from Newton, viola, and Anna Cook, junior from Lawrence, cello.

Overall, “if we’re performing a piece, it’s because I believe in it,” Shade said, “so all the music that’s on my programs I believe serves a very important purpose. At the same time, I hope it’s very effective from an audience and ensemble member perspective.”

Admission to both concerts is free, with freewill offerings taken during the respective intermissions. The offerings go to the Bethel College Department of Music to help cover music fees.

Bethel College Chamber Orchestra personnel are: violin I, Rachel Voran, Newton, Leah Clark, Manhattan, and community member Emily Boehm; violin II, Elizabeth Akins, Topeka, Carrie Schulz, Newton, Lupita Gonzalez, Newton, and Daniel Lassman, Lawrence; viola, Emma Regier, Newton, Terra Wiens, Newton, and Kristopher Dubach, Topeka; cello, Anna Cook, Lawrence, Andrew Voth, Topeka, Erica Buller, Lenexa, Nicole Smith, Elkhart, Ind., and William Lewis, Newton; bass, Landon Bartel, Newton, Miriam Weaverdyck, Ann Arbor, Mich., Rachel Evans, Bel Aire, and Joe Kondziola, North Newton; flute, Erin Engle, Salem, Ore., and Julie Wedel, Peabody; French horn, Genevieve Rucker, Lawrence, Emily Kliewer, Aurora, Neb., Marissa Bontrager, North Newton, and Julia Miller, Hesston; oboe, Jocelyn Wilkinson, San Antonio, Texas, and Megan Leary, North Newton; trumpet, Austin McCabe-Juhnke, North Newton, Kyle Doesken, Derby, and Taylor Stucky, Moundridge; clarinet, Joel Boettger, Hesston, and Natasha Orpin, Moundridge; bassoon, Heather Garrison, Haysville, and Kevin Leary, North Newton; trombone, Benjamin Harder, Hesston, Aaron Tschetter, Marion, S.D., and Rebecca Trumble, Newton; tuba, Eric Goering, McPherson.

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

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2010-11 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

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