NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Bethel College Concert Choir will “circle the Plains” on its spring tour, starting in Kansas and going north to Nebraska and west to Colorado before returning to western Kansas and then home.
The first concert of the tour for the 51-voice choir, under the direction of William Eash, is March 18 in Manhattan, 7 p.m. at Manhattan Mennonite Church (1000 Fremont Street).
March 19, the choir will sing at Grace Episcopal Cathedral (701 SW 8th Avenue), Topeka, at 3 p.m.
March 20, they will be part of the 9:30 a.m. worship service at Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City, Kansas, before heading to Nebraska for a 7 p.m. concert at First Mennonite Church, Beatrice (6714 West State Highway 4).
The choir will give two concerts in Colorado, beginning March 23 at First Mennonite Church of Denver (430 West 9th Avenue) at 7 p.m.
After a free day to explore the Denver or Colorado Springs area, the choir will sing at Beth-El Mennonite Church, Colorado Springs (4625 Ranch Drive), March 25 at 7 p.m.
The tour concludes with a 3 p.m. concert at First Mennonite Church, Ransom (315 South Massachusetts Avenue), March 26, and the home concert March 27 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the Bethel campus.
All performances are free and open to the public. A freewill offering will sometimes be taken to help defray tour expenses and to support the study and performance of music at Bethel College.
The Bethel College Concert Choir performs a mix of sacred and secular music, including several pieces in German by Heinrich Schütz and arrangements of the spirituals “Motherless Child,” “Oh, Jerusalem in the Morning,” “Sit Down Servant,” “Bye and Bye” and “I don’ feel no ways tired,” among others.
This year’s program includes a number of works by contemporary composers such as Ysaye M. Barnwell (of the a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock), Karl Jenkins, Ivo Antognini, Will Todd, Eriks Ešenvalds, Zachary Moore, Dave Brubeck and Brian Schmidt.
Concert Choir personnel are: Abigail Bechtel, Henderson, Nebraska; Mareike Bergen, Moundridge; Joshua Booth, Goessel; Stephanie Brown, Newton; Makayla Epp, Marion, South Dakota; Brenan Erb, Henderson, Nebraska; DrewAnne Gatlin, Broadus, Montana; Olivia Gehring, Manhattan; Westen Gesell, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Lisa Goering, Lawrence; Matthew Graber, Freeman, South Dakota; Hailey Heide, Wichita; Mikayla Hiebert, Peabody; Reece Hiebert, Walton; Bryce Hostetler, Dodge City; Kate Jolliff, Newton; Shekhinah Jones, Salina; Jennifer Kaufman, Moundridge; Nathan Kroeker, Augusta; Seth Larson, Wichita; Matthew Lind, Harrisonburg, Virginia; Garrett Lindley, Goddard; Alec Loganbill, Hesston; Megan Meyer, Valley Center; Michelle Peachey, Manheim, Pennsylvania; Cam Ponce, Elkhart, Indiana; Nicholas Preheim, Peabody; Ryne Preheim, Reedley, California; Austin Regier, Newton; Erin Regier, Newton; Timothy Regier, Newton; Kyle Riesen, Beatrice, Nebraska; Randall Schmidt, Lawrence; Abigail Schrag, Newton; Elizabeth Schrag, Newton; Rebecca Schrag, Newton; Kylee Schunn, Whitewater; Billie Selichnow, Wichita; Tyler Shima, Topeka; Alexandra Shoup, Wichita; William Shoup, Pratt; Jill Siebert, Topeka; Chase Stucky, Moundridge; Andrew Thiesen, Newton; Leah Towle, Lawrence; Drew Trollope, Kingman; Braden Unruh, Goessel; Peter Voth, Goessel; Amy Wedel, Peabody; Benjamin Wiens, Goessel; and Jayce Yoder, Topeka.