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.
This festival of lessons and carols will feature the Bethany College Choir directed by Mark Lucas, Ph.D., the Handbell Ensemble directed by Melody Steed, D.M.A., and the Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra directed by Daniel Masterson, D.M.A. Also featured will be the Bethany College Chamber and Chapel choirs and Dalkoren. Pre-concert music will be provided by the Bethany Concert Band directed by Claudio Re, Ph.D.
The concert will feature students Nichol DeChant singing “Come Fly With Me” and “Letter From Home” with Tyler Brenneman playing piano. Community saxophone player Anneliese Reinert will also be featured in “Georgia on My Mind.”
The concert will feature works by Erickson, Nelson, King, Holst, Holsinger, and Stevens. The Bethany College Symphonic Band brings together talented wind, brass, and percussion players to perform wind ensemble and symphonic band music from a repertory that spans the sixteenth through the twenty-first centuries. The group is conducted by Assistant Professor of Music Claudio Re, Ph.D.
Bethany College Assistant Professor of Music Claudio Re, Ph.D., and Sarah Bernard-Stevens from Kansas Wesleyan University will be the guest conductors for the Heart of America Band concert on Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. at Clay County Community High School.
The band performs once per year. Its membership is invitation-only and includes public school teachers and passionate musicians from the area. Free will donations will be accepted.
The concert is free and open to the public. The program will feature music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Camille Saint-Saëns, Marcel Dupré, and Jakub Omsky.
Jakub Jerzy Omsky Trawkowski is the principal cellist of the Wichita Symphony. He graduated with honors from the Oberlin College Conservatory and the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music with an Artist Diploma, Bachelor of Music degree, and Master of Music degree.
Bethany’s music faculty helped prepare the singers audition pieces for their respective district, and eventually for the 2014 Kansas Music Educators Association State Honor Choir. Mass choir rehearsals were led by Mark Lucas, Ph.D., associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Bethany. Sectional rehearsals were led by additional members of the Bethany music faculty and guest directors.
The concert is free and open to the public. Omsky’s performance is co-sponsored with the Lindsborg Arts Council.
The concert will feature guest artist Jakub Omsky playing cello on Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme” and with violinists Ann Samuelson and Ruth Ann Leaf performing Corelli’s “Concerto Grosso in C minor.” The program will also include an early Haydn symphony, “Le Matin (The Morning) in D major.”
The clinic, titled “Real Men Sing – Gilbert,” concluded with a concert open to the public. The clinic stemmed from the Young Men’s Vocal Workshop that Lucas founded while teaching at the University of Oklahoma.
Bethany College invites the community to attend Bethany Sunday at Bethany Lutheran Church for worship on Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m.
Bethany Sunday will end the Homecoming weekend with worship at the college’s founding church. Associate Professor of Music Mark Lucas, Ph.D., will lead the Bethany College Choir and Associate Professor of Music Melody Steed, D.M.A., will lead the Handbell Ensemble. President Edward Leonard III will also speak.
The Fall Alumni Awards Recognition takes place in Stroble-Gibson Center following Bethany Sunday. For more information, contact the Alumni Office at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8270.