A new Shigeru Kawai VI concert grand piano has been given to Bethany College by LaRue (Bengtson) Frasier, class of 1948, from Woodrow, Colo. The piano will be introduced to the public during the Christmas Jultide Concert on Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall.
LaRue’s roots run deep in the music department at Bethany College. Participating in music or majoring in music were her mother, Esther (Hultquist) Bengtson (class of 1921); and aunts, Ruth, Lydia (class of 1921), and Evelyn (class of 1929); and uncle, Julius (class of 1935), who was also the first fines arts representative to the board of directors of Bethany College in 1941. LaRue herself was a music teacher with a passion for vocalists.
LaRue’s grandfather, Oscar Hultquist, emigrated from Sweden in 1859 and settled in Kansas. LaRue and her mother, Esther, established the endowed Mr. and Mrs. O.B. Hultquist Scholarship for vocal music majors at Bethany College. This was named after Oscar and his wife, Emily.