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Philharmonia’s second concert will bring big, romantic sounds

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by Erin Bradley

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra, organized this school year, will give its second concert April 22 in Memorial Hall.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, available at the door.

“It’s a lot of fun, though we’re still getting used to the new setup,” said Timothy Shade, assistant professor of music and orchestra director.

“It’s still in its infancy in a lot of ways, but the students seem to have a better understanding for how it’s going this semester. I’m very happy for where we’re at. They still seem to be having a good time. That’s what I care about.”

The spring concert will be an hour and 15 minutes, plus an intermission, and will include three “romantic” pieces: the “Overture” to Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi, “Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1” by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Symphony No. 1 in B flat by Alexander Borodin.

“I was looking for a fun overture and Nabucco is a lot of fun,” Shade said “‘Norfolk Rhapsody’ has been a favorite piece of mine for a while. It is very, very pretty. So this is, selfishly, music that I think is just gorgeous, with big, romantic sounds for the orchestra pretty much all the way through.”

Last semester the Philharmonia focused on the symphony form, Shade said. This semester he was looking for “things a little more fun.”

“Last semester we did Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony,” Shade said. “That’s sort of a pinnacle work. I wasn’t going to do a symphony this semester. I was just like, ‘Let’s do big pieces but not a symphony and give them a little bit of a break.’

“Then as I was looking for pieces to program, I came across the Borodin symphony, and it’s so beautiful that I said, ‘Oh, we gotta do it.’ And that’s kind of where that symphony came from.”

Shade organized the Philharmonia last fall as a group that combines the Bethel College Chamber Orchestra and some members of the Bethel College Wind Ensemble with community members and professionals to make a larger symphonic group.

Philharmonia personnel are: first violins, Nancy Johnson, Bethel adjunct instructor of violin, Rachel Voran Unruh, Leah Clark, senior from Manhattan, Elizabeth Akins, senior from Topeka, Leah Towle, freshman from Lawrence, and Emily Wedel, freshman from Hutchinson; second violins, Dominique Corbeil, instructor of violin, Abigail Schrag, freshman from Newton, Mycah Westhoff, junior from Newton, Emma Bradley, freshman from Newton, Angelina Adame, sophomore from Newton, Justine Ostrander, Steve Cranston, Reinhild Janzen and Connor Mitchell; violas, Kay Buskirk, Bethel adjunct instructor of viola, Sharon Cranston, Rachel Unruh, sophomore from Raytown, Mo., and Erin Regier, freshman from Newton; cellos, Parker Stanley, Bethel adjunct instructor of cello, Anna Cook, senior from Lawrence, Andrew Voth, senior from Topeka, Riley King, sophomore from Lawrence, William Lewis, senior from Newton, Jordan Schroeder, Chloe Woodward and Christopher Wagoner, freshman from Newton; bass, Landon Bartel, senior from Newton, Miriam Weaverdyck, senior from Ann Arbor, Mich., and Rachel Evans, junior from Bel Aire; flutes, Julie Wedel, senior from Peabody, and Erin Engle, junior from Salem, Ore.; French horn, Genevieve Rucker, senior from Lawrence, Tim Regier, freshman from Newton, and Rebecca Schrag; oboes, Megan Leary, junior from Newton, and Karina Ortman, sophomore from Marion, S.D.; trumpets, Evan Koch, junior from Colorado Springs, Colo., Kyle Doesken, senior from Derby, and Jonathan Ostrander; clarinets, Joel Boettger, senior from Hesston, and Bryce Hostetler, freshman from Dodge City; trombones, Andrew Thiesen, Michael Smith and Robert Tierney, instructor of low brass; bassoons, Elizabeth Schrag, freshman from Newton, and Zachary Hague, Bethel adjunct instructor of bassoon; timpani, Adam Voth, sophomore from Wichita; piano, Jordan Ortman, senior from Marion, S.D.; and percussion, Micah Smith, junior from Topeka, and Mika Patron, freshman from North Newton.

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the 2012-13 analysis of premier colleges and universities in the United States and ranks in the top five “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2012-13. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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