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May the fourth put a spring in your step with Wind Ensemble performance

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Wind Ensemble winds up their spring season May 4 with a concert of epic proportions – appropriate for National Star Wars Day.

The concert will be in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center. Please note time change from printed calendars, to 3 p.m.

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

With a wide variety of music on the program, everyone should find something to enjoy in this concert: “Serenade in B-flat” by Mozart, “The Leaves are Falling” by Warren Benson, the Ebony Concerto by Igor Stravinsky, and music from the soundtracks of the original Star Wars trilogy.

The Stravinsky is “unexpectedly jazzy,” said Wind Ensemble director Chris David Westover – in fact, it was written in 1945 for the Woody Herman Big Band. The piece will feature graduating senior Joel Boettger, Hesston, on clarinet.

Warren Benson’s inspiration for “The Leaves are Falling” was “Herbst (Autumn),” a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke. Dale Schrag, Bethel College director of church relations and campus pastor, will read the poem before the Wind Ensemble plays the piece.

“The long sections of rest during the Benson give me time to reflect on the meaning of this song,” said Ben Carlson, freshman from Hurley, South Dakota. “While at times the song itself might seem a little weird, the underlining meaning of the piece is truly wonderful.”

Considering that “May the fourth” is National Star Wars Day, it would be a grave omission not to include music from the original, and beloved, trilogy.

So, in addition to Benson, Mozart and Stravinsky, the concert will include selections from Star Wars soundtracks.

The Wind Ensemble will be playing arrangements by Donald Hunsberger, who knew composer John Williams and had access to the original scores.

This may be the closest to the original film scores you have the chance to hear live.

“Do you like music? If so, you should come,” said Andrew Thiesen, freshman from Newton. “We’ll be playing awesome Star Wars music, and many other things besides, that will all [make this] a fun and entertaining experience.”

Wind Ensemble personnel are: flutes, Keari Bennett, Sharon, Erin Engle, Salem, Oregon, Makayla Epp, Marion, South Dakota, Koki Lane, North Newton, Rachel Tamerius, Wichita, Georgia Thiesen, Newton, and Amy Wedel, Peabody; oboes, Megan Leary, North Newton, and Karina Ortman, Marion, South Dakota; English horn, Jocelyn Wilkinson, San Antonio, Texas; clarinets, Jacob Anderson, Newton, Joel Boettger, Hesston, Juliana Drouhard, Hesston, Heather Eddy, Park City, Bryce Hostetler, Dodge City, community member Valerie Klaassen, and Carl Lehmann, Marion, South Dakota; bass clarinet, Michelle Unruh, Goessel; bassoons, Jessie Pohl, Moundridge, and Elizabeth Schrag, Newton; saxophones, Daniel Barrera, Newton, Charles Ebeling, Hutchinson, Ryan Fritz, Salina, Westen Gesell, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Michelle Kaufman, Moundridge, and Emily Simpson, Lebanon, Tennessee; French horns, Brendan Bergen, Moundridge, Tim Regier, Newton, community member Genevieve Rucker, and Caroline Schrag, Marion, South Dakota; trumpets, community member Arlin Buller, Andrew Ewy, Parlier, California, Evan Koch, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Braden Unruh, Goessel; trombones, Josh Janzen, Aurora, Nebraska, Andrew Thiesen, Newton, Rebecca Trumble, Newton, Aaron Tschetter, Freeman, South Dakota, and Issei Tsuji, Chiba-shi, Japan; euphonium, Sarah Evans, Colorado Springs, Colorado; tubas, Ben Carlson, Hurley, South Dakota, Shianne Defreese, Goessel, and community member Mark Lyles; percussion, Riley King, Lawrence, Mika Patron, North Newton, Micah Smith, Topeka, Leah Towle, Lawrence, and Adam Voth, Derby; and string bass, community member Landon Bartel.

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