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Nicole Smith and Michelle Unruh to give joint piano recital

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College students Nicole Smith, Elkhart, Ind., and Michelle Unruh, Goessel, will give a joint piano recital Sunday, March 2, at 2:30 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel.

Smith will graduate from Bethel in May with a degree in social work. Unruh, a junior, will graduate in December 2015 with a degree in music with education licensure. They are piano students of Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, Bethel College professor of music.

Smith will play “Rondo (KV 485)” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “Pagodes,” from Estampes, by Claude Debussy; and “Fantaisie Impromptu” by Frederic Chopin.

On Unruh’s recital program will be three movements from Debussy’s Children’s Corner Suite for Piano, I. “Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum,” V. “Le petit berger (The little shepherd)” and VI. “Golliwog’s Cakewalk”; Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Opus 10, No. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven; and “Rhapsodie, Opus 79, No. 2” by Johannes Brahms.

They will also play a duet, two movements from Four Fantasies on American Folksongs by Douglas Townsend: III. “Johnny has gone for a soldier” and IV. “Two for one (Old Joe Clark and Sourwood Mountain).”

At Bethel, both Smith and Unruh are members of the Bethel College Concert Choir, for which Unruh also serves as rehearsal and performance accompanist.

Unruh plays bass clarinet in the Bethel College Wind Ensemble and is a member of the small a cappella women’s ensemble, Woven. Smith, a cellist, is a member of the Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra.

Smith is a 2009 graduate of Concord High School and is the daughter of Carolyn and Stan Smith of Elkhart.

Unruh graduated from Goessel High School in 2011. She is the daughter of Diane and Fred Unruh of Goessel.

The recital is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in The Meeting Place, on the ground floor of the Ad Building.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2013-14 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 2013-14. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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