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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Students Selected For Honors Recital

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Five Bethany College students have been selected to perform in the Messiah Festival of the Arts Honors Recital on April 17 at 2:30 p.m. in Presser Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

Students performing include: Mikhail Zhilin a senior from Rostov-on-Don, Russia; Sarah Doering, a senior from Apex, N.C.; Laura Klaassen, a junior from Marquette, Kan.; Ashley Glover, a junior from Emporia, Kan., all vocalists; and Samantha Anderson, a sophomore from Oberlin, Kan., French Horn.

The Messiah Festival of the Arts begins April 11 and features art, music and theater events through April 20. To purchase tickets, call Bethany’s Messiah Coordinator Blakely Bunning at (785) 227-3311, ext. 8137, between 1 and 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday or e-mail bunningb@bethanylb.edu.

Masterson Recital

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Daniel J. Masterson, Ph.D, Bethany College music professor, will perform in a piano recital on Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall on Bethany College campus.  Solo piano works include works of Couperin, Beethoven. Mendelssohn, and Ravel. The recital is free and open to the public.

Professor Masterson is currently in his fourteenth year on the music faculty at Bethany College.  Co-chair of the music department and the Fury Distinguished Professor of Music, he teaches piano, music theory, and directs the college/community orchestra and Chapel Choir.  He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois, a Masters of Music from Wichita State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from McPherson College.  His former teachers include Steven Gustafson, Paul Reed, and Ian Hobson. Continue reading

Piano recital by Maciej Grzybowski to be held

Grzybowski photo 1Bethany College, the Lindsborg Arts Council, and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute of Poland will present international touring artist, Maciej Grzybowski, in a piano recital on Saturday, March 1 at 4pm at Presser Hall.  The program will include works by:  JS Bach, Schumann, Szymański, Paderewski, Rachmaninoff, and Chopin.  Grzybowski will perform on the new Shigeru-Kawai Grand Piano recently gifted to Bethany College by the LaRue Frazier family of Colorado.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Free will donations will be accepted. Continue reading