On November 3, the Bethany Choir will perform a variety of selections, consisting of arrangements and editions by Associate Professor of Music Daniel Mahraun, D.M.A., as part of its first concert of the year.
The community is invited to attend the event, held at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall on the Bethany College campus.
The choir is directed by Mahraun, Elmer F. Pierson Distinguished Professor of Music. The lecture-concert will include an overview of Mahraun’s recent sabbatical activities that focused primarily on the creation of performing editions of early music and original arrangements for choir of hymns and carols. Two works arranged by Mahraun, “Righteous Joseph” and “What Sound is Heard on Earth?”, as well as his edition of Arcadelt’s “O pulcherrima mulierum”, will be performed by the Bethany Choir.
“The audience will experience a walkthrough of the process of editing a work from start to finish – from the original source materials in a composer’s hand through the interpretation and modernization of that notation to the finished product,” Mahraun said of sharing his sabbatical work.
Students Michael Klaassen, Sean Boller and Eric Swenson will sing “O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts.” Boller will then be joined by students Molly Mumm and Rebecca Rose for a trio movement from deLalande’s “Dominus regit me.” Mumm will also sing a duet composed by Swedish Baroque composer Johan Helmich Roman with student Suzanna Swenson. The Bethany College Chamber Choir will perform Roman’s “I Will Praise the Lord’s Word.”
In addition to the performances by the choir and soloists, the lecture will include a slide presentation and recorded performances.
The 32 students who sing in the Bethany Choir are selected by audition, and represent nearly all disciplines on campus. The Chamber Choir is a smaller group of selected choir members.
Founded in February 1935 by Dr. Hagbard Brase, the choir celebrates its 75th anniversary season in 2009-2010. The choir has performed over 500 concerts in 29 states and four European countries, including its New York debut at Alice Tully Hall under Dr. Elmer Copley.
During the school year, the choir is heard on campus in Jultide at Bethany and as part of the internationally-known Messiah Festival held each spring during Holy Week.
Bethany Choir members are:
Sean Boller, Lindsborg, Kan.
Skylar Bosco, Salina, Kan.
Braden Bruntzel, Jamestown, Kan.
Carmen Burrow, Great Bend, Kan.
Jenna Clarke, Great Bend, Kan.
Thomas DeWitt, Lindsborg, Kan.
Marit Ehmke, Healy, Kan.
Olivia Fabrizius, WaKeeney, Kan.
Kaleb Feist, Salina, Kan.
Julee Freeman, Thornton, Colo.
Lindsay Grivetti, Longmont, Colo.
Taylor Hall, Longmont, Colo.
Chock Hefner, Lindsborg, Kan.
Sarah Johnson, St. John, Kan.
Chelsea Kenyon, Iola, Kan.
Meghan Klaassen, Marquette, Kan.
Michael Klaassen, Marquette, Kan.
Sam Klaassen, Marquette, Kan.
Tyler Kroeker, Sterling, Kan.
Carlotta Meeker, Andover, Kan.
Molly Mumm, Brighton, Colo.
Richard Napierkowski, Granbury, Texas
Matthew Payor, Franklin Park, N.J.
Joanna Roberts, Lindsborg, Kan.
Jackie Rogers, Iola, Kan.
Rebecca Rose, Kiowa, Kan.
Rae Sanders, Haysville, Kan.
Jordan Smith, Lindsborg, Kan.
Eric Swenson, Smolan, Kan.
Suzanna Swenson, Smolan, Kan.
Trenton Terrill, Smith Center, Kan.
Nicolette Unruh, Pawnee Rock, Kan.