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Wind Ensemble to open year with concert of classics

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Wind Ensemble welcomes families and the community to campus for an afternoon of classics from the 17th through 20th centuries.

A special feature of the concert is the participation of two dance companies from the Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts and the Bethel College Mennonite Church handbell musicians in Percy Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy.”

The Wind Ensemble’s first concert of the school year, titled “Bethel College Wind Ensemble Plays the Classics II,” is the crowning event of the annual Family Weekend and will take place Sept. 28 at 3 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center.

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

Under the baton of Chris David Westover, Bethel director of instrumental music, the ensemble will open the program with Johann Sebastian Bach. “Grave” is the middle section of the three-part Fantasia in G major, BWV 572, a transcription by Richard Goldman and Robert Leist of Bach’s work for organ.

The program continues with Richard Wagner and two pieces from the fourth music drama in his “Ring” cycle, Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods).

The Wind Ensemble will play “Siegfried’s Rhine Journey” and “Siegfried’s Funeral March.”

After an intermission, the group will perform Lincolnshire Posy by 20th-century composer Percy Grainger. The work consists of six shorter pieces – a collection of “musical wildflowers,” all based on folk tunes Grainger collected in Lincolnshire, England.

Three of these will have interpretations from BCAPA dancers, with choreography by Danika Bielek, BCAPA director, and Haylie Heatwole: “Horkstow Grange,” “The Brisk Young Sailor” and “A Lost Lady Found.”

The Wind Ensemble will play, in addition, “Lisbon,” “Rufford Park Poachers” and “Lord Melbourne.” The BCMC handbell ringers will join in the finale.

The final piece of the afternoon is Sergei Prokofiev’s March, Op. 99, the most popular of his half-dozen marches written for military bands.

Wind Ensemble personnel are: flutes, Neil Smucker, Newton, Keari Bennett, Sharon, Makayla Epp, Marion, South Dakota, and community member Kenna Graber (piccolo); oboes, Jocelyn Wilkinson, San Antonio, Texas, and Alexandra Shoup, Newton; clarinets, Michelle Unruh (alto clarinet), Goessel, Jacob Anderson, Newton, Bryce Hostetler, Dodge City, Benjamin Wiens, Goessel, and community member Valerie Klaassen; bass clarinets, Paige Cooper, Hutchinson, Reece Hiebert (contra-alto clarinet), Walton, and Kaitlyn Scribner, Delia; bassoons, Elizabeth Schrag, Newton, and Jessie Pohl, Moundridge; saxophones, Westen Gesell (soprano and alto), Winnipeg, Manitoba, Emily Simpson (alto), Newton, Ryan Fritz (tenor), Salina, and Charles Ebeling (baritone), Hutchinson; French horns, Timothy Regier, Newton, Brendan Bergen, Moundridge, Caroline Schrag, Marion, South Dakota, and Abby Phillips, Maple Hill; trumpets, Braden Unruh, Goessel, Andrew Ewy, Parlier, California, and community members Arlin Buller, Evan Koch and Conner Born; trombones, Andrew Thiesen, Newton, Issei Tsuji, Chiba-shi, Japan, Benjamin Abel, Paola, Seth Larson, Wichita, and Joshua Janzen, Aurora, Nebraska ; euphonium, Billie Selichnow, Wichita, and Sarah Evans, Colorado Springs, Colorado; tubas, Ben Carlson, Hurley, South Dakota, Shianne Defreese, Goessel, and community member Mark Lyles; percussion, Adam Voth, Derby, Riley King, Lawrence, Matthew Graber, Freeman, South Dakota, and Leah Towle, Lawrence.

BCAPA dancers are members of Stages, the junior company, and Kaleidoscope, the senior company.

Stages ensemble members are Katie Castor, Emma Kliewer, Francie Robu and Ember Suter.

Kaleidoscope ensemble members are Emily Blaine, Miranda Reinert, Katie Robu, Kate Sebes and Kate Szambecki.

The Bethel College Mennonite Church handbell ringers, under the direction of Vada Snider, are Suzy Burch, Marlene Ewert, Marlene Faul, Ben Lichti and LaVera Schrag.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2014-15 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 2014-15. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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