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Orchestra spring concert to feature Copland, guest artists

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Chamber orchestra will fill Krehbiel Auditorium with music on Sunday afternoon, April 29, at 4 p.m.

The concert is free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken to support the instrumental music program at Bethel College.

The repertoire includes songs from the musicians’ last big performance, in March, Bethel’s production of Aaron Copland’s opera The Tender Land.

Other numbers are “Hungarian Dance No. 1” by Johannes Brahms, Concerto for Two Violins by Johann Sebastian Bach and Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" by Antonín Dvořák.

The Concerto for Two Violins will feature the faculty duo Nova Deco, comprised of Nancy Johnson, Bethel adjunct instructor of violin, and Dominique Corbeil, a violin instructor from Wichita and, like Johnson, a member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Nova Deco has given a recital as a benefit for the Rupert Hohmann String Scholarship at Bethel for the past three years, most recently on March 31.

Also featured in the Chamber Orchestra concert will be Anna Cook, senior from Lawrence. Cook will conduct the first piece, Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 1.”

The music for this concert “just fell together nicely” for Timothy Shade, Bethel assistant professor of music and Chamber Orchestra conductor. Although he doesn’t usually set a theme for a concert, he said, he likes to spotlight his colleagues and, in addition, has been working with Cook to conduct the orchestra.

“I love all the music that we’re doing,” Shade said. “[I was] looking for a piece to end the year well with. I’m a huge fan of Dvořák’s music. And it just seemed like we had the right personnel, so I said ‘Let’s do it. Let’s do the Ninth Symphony.'”

Overall, Shade said he is excited to do this concert and feels the music and personnel will make it a good one.

“The Dvořák is one of the staples in orchestra literature,” he said, “a really phenomenal piece that is done a lot and I’m really excited we get a chance to get into that stuff. The [students] really seem to like it. It’s beautiful.

“I’m also excited to feature Nancy and Dominique on the Bach,” he added. “That will be fun.”

Chamber Orchestra personnel are: first violins, Rachel Voran, Newton, Leah Clark, Manhattan, Carrie Schulz, Newton, guest artist Alexis Nachtigal, Newton, and Sarah Harrington; second violins, Elizabeth Akins, Topeka, Mycah Westhoff, Newton, Lupita Gonzalez, Newton, Alyssa Becker and Emma Bradley, Newton; violas, Emma Regier, Newton, Rachel Unruh, Raytown, Mo., Kristopher Dubach, Topeka, and Malcolm Williams, St. Paul, Minn.; cellos, Anna Cook, Lawrence, Andrew Voth, Topeka, Erica Buller, Lenexa, Nikki Smith, Elkhart, Ind., Riley King, Lawrence, and William Lewis, Newton; bass, Landon Bartel, Newton, Miriam Weaverdyck, Ann Arbor, Mich., Rachel Evans, Bel Aire, Sam Morrison, Winfield, and Isabel Houben; flutes, Erin Engle, Salem, Ore., Julie Wedel, Peabody, and Georgia Thiesen, Goessel; clarinets, Joel Boettger, Hesston, and guest artist Gabrielle Baffoni-Shade; oboes, Jocelyn Wilkinson, San Antonio, Texas, and Megan Leary, North Newton; English horn, Cassidy McFadden, Elgin, Ill.; bassoons, Kevin Leary, North Newton, and guest artist Zach Hague, Newton; French horns, Genevieve Rucker, Lawrence, Brendan Bergen, Moundridge, and Emily Kliewer, Aurora, Neb.; trumpets, Evan Koch, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Kyle Doesken, Derby; trombones, Rebecca Trumble, Newton, Aaron Tschetter, Freeman, S.D., and Eric Goering, McPherson; timpani, guest artist Nathaniel Yoder, North Newton; and percussion, Micah Smith, Topeka.

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the 2011-12 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2011-12. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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