Fall Concert

CONCERT BAND  0020The Bethany College and Lindsborg Community Orchestra will perform in its Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium. The concert is free is open to the public.

The concert will feature musicians from Bethany College and the Lindsborg community performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in G Major, Mendelssohn’s Symphony in D Major, and Haydn’s Te Deum. Dan Masterson, associate professor of music at Bethany College, will conduct and perform piano. The Bethany Choir and Dalkoren will also perform. Guest conductors include Claudio Re, assistant professor of music and band director; and Mark Lucas, associate professor and director of choral activities.

Junior College Workshop

messiah dress rehearsalBand and choir members from community colleges in Kansas will gather at Bethany College on Thursday, October 30 for a day-long workshop and 5 p.m. performance in Presser Hall. This is the first year Bethany has offered the Junior College Honor Band and Choir workshop and will bring together musicians from at least six community colleges across the state.

“Our intent is to provide an atmosphere in which junior college most talented students may join together with others to make music in a non-competitive environment,” Professor Claudio Re, director of bands at Bethany College, said.

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Bethany Jazz Festival

Bob Montgomery

Bob Montgomery

The Bethany College 2014 Jazz Festival will feature a performance by the Bob Montgomery Quintet at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 23 in Presser Hall Auditorium. The concert will bring to a close a full day of live jazz performances – all free and open to the public.

Jazz ensembles from the area will perform throughout the day and attend a clinic conducted by Montgomery in the afternoon. Montgomery is an internationally recognized performing artist who has appeared throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, China, Mexico, Japan, Great Britain, New Zealand and the United States. He has performed in back-up orchestras for such artists as Sammy Davis Jr., Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, Nancy Wilson, and many more.

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Homecoming special guests

Fort Riley B Quintet

– Fort Riley Brass Quintet

The brass quintet from the Fort Riley 1st Infantry Division Band will perform with the Blue Dozen and Alumni Band during the Bethany Homecoming football game on Saturday, October 11.

The Swedes will take on Southwestern College at 1:30 p.m. at Lindstsrom Field in Lindsborg. For a complete schedule of Homecoming and Family Weekend activities, continue reading here.

Founder’s Day Concert

FounderDayConcertThe Bethany Concert Band will celebrate Founders’ Day at Bethany College on Tuesday, October 14 with a concert at noon at the Pihlblad Memorial Student Union.

The concert is free and open to the public and the audience is encouraged to enjoy lunch during the concert. Lunch can be purchased on campus at the cafeteria or brought from home. If weather permits, the concert may be moved outdoors to the amphitheater.

Bethany choir concert

Homecoming14 (1)The Bethany College Homecoming weekend, October 10-12, will conclude with a concert Sunday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church.

The concert will feature the Bethany Choir, Chamber Choir, and Bethany Handbell Ensemble. Guest artists performing at the concert will include the Dalkoren Chamber Choir. Haydn’s “Te Deum in C,” and Paul Baasler’s “Alleluia” will be among the selections featured. The concert is free and open to the public.

Choir sings at IKEA

A photographer gets a picture of the Bethany Chamber Choir before it performs.

A photographer gets a picture of the Bethany Chamber Choir before it performs.

When the Swedish retail giant IKEA wanted to add Swedish flavor to the opening ceremony of its newest store in Kansas, it just made sense that it would reach out to Lindsborg and Bethany College.

The Bethany Chamber Choir performed the Swedish national anthem, “Du Gamla, Du Fria,” during the flag raising ceremony to open the Merriam, Kansas IKEA store on Wednesday, September 10.

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Spring Concert

Ann Samuelson

Ann Samuelson

The Bethany College and Lindsborg Community Orchestra will perform its Spring Concert on Sunday, May 11 at 3 p.m. in Presser Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program will feature Ann Samuelson performing on violin Dvorak’s “Romance for Violin and Orchestra.” Samuelson is the string instructor at Bethany College and was recently concertmaster for the Bethany Oratorio Society performances for the Messiah Festival of the Arts.

“I have always loved the Romance by Dvorak and am delighted to be able to play it with the Bethany College and Community Orchestra,” Samuelson said.

The orchestra is conducted by Daniel J. Masterson, co-chair of the Music Department of Bethany College.  The program features a varied assortment of concert pieces, with works by Frescobaldi, Mozart, R. Strauss, Delius, Söderman, and Copland. Continue reading

Music program adds drumline

drumA new music opportunity at Bethany College will be introduced this fall when the Bethany Drumline takes the field at Swede football games. The newest music ensemble was announced by Claudio Re, assistant professor of music and director of bands at Bethany.

“I believe music is important to a community,” Re said. “The drumline will support the football team, but I think it will also directly impact our community. Bethany has a long tradition with the Blue Dozen pep band and now we have an opportunity to start a new tradition with the drumline.”

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