The Bethel College Wind Ensemble’s first concert of the year has “relevant and exciting” music and will feature pieces played by top ensembles, said conductor Timothy Shade.

The Bethel College Wind Ensemble’s first concert of the year has “relevant and exciting” music and will feature pieces played by top ensembles, said conductor Timothy Shade.

The group will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

“The music on this concert is played by the finest wind ensembles across the country and that is what we are aspiring to be,” said Shade, Bethel College instructor of music. “If I were with one of those ensembles I was referring to, I would program the exact same music.”

The concert will feature “Alleluia! Laudamus Te” by Alfred Reed, “After a Gentle Rain” by Anthony Iannaccone, “Contre Qui, Rose” by Morten Lauridsen, “Radiant Joy” by Steven Bryant and “Lincolnshire Posy” by Percy Grainger.

“I wanted to choose music that I thought would invigorate the students and myself to a higher level,” Shade said. “‘Lincolnshire Posy’ is a standard warhorse in the wind ensemble literature. It is very difficult and will stretch everyone in the ensemble technically and musically.”

He continued, “‘Radiant Joy’ is a brand new piece that has an almost jazzy quality to it and pushes the ensemble stylistically. ‘Contre Qui, Rose’ is a beautiful choral adaptation that allows the ensemble to play subtly and beautifully. ‘Alleluia! Laudamus Te’ is a wonderful overture that is full and vibrant and joyous. ‘After a Gentle Rain’ is a wonderful tone picture piece and really pushes the ensemble to play with more color in mind than just notes. It is very fluid and seems to never keep the same tempo.”

Looking ahead, the Wind Ensemble’s next concert will be Dec. 7 and will feature world premiere pieces.

Wind Ensemble personnel are: flutes, Keari Bennett, freshman from Sharon, Erin Engle, freshman from Salem, Ore., Emily Harder, freshman from Newton, Jackie Kamphaus, junior from Clay Center, Lisa Penner, junior from Fresno, Calif., Rachel Tamerius, freshman from Wichita, Anna Voth, junior from Wichita, and Julie Wedel, freshman from Peabody; oboes, Megan Leary, freshman from North Newton, Cassidy McFadden, junior from Elgin, Ill., and Jocelyn Wilkinson, freshman from San Antonio, Texas; clarinets, Janesa Bartel, junior from Meade, Joel Boettger, sophomore from Hesston, Nicole Eaton, junior from Dodge City, community member Valerie Klaassen, Audra Miller, sophomore from Hesston, Natasha Orpin, sophomore from Moundridge, and Kaila Schimidt, freshman from Wichita; bass clarinet, Laura Dueckman, sophomore from Abbotsford, British Columbia; bassoon, Heather Garrison, senior from Haysville, and Kevin Leary, junior from North Newton; alto saxophones, Daniel Barrera, freshman from Newton, Michelle Kaufman, freshman from Moundridge, Carl Lehmann, freshman from Marion, S.D., Brian Skinner, junior from Clay Center, and Paul Voran, sophomore from Newton; tenor saxophones, Jordan Ortman, sophomore from Marion, S.D., and Andrew Unruh, junior from Valley Center; baritone saxophones, Michael Linscheid, senior from Reedley, Calif., and Abram Rodenberg, sophomore from Halstead; French horns, Marissa Bontrager, freshman from Newton, Emily Kliewer, junior from Aurora, Neb., Julia Miller, sophomore from Hesston, Jesse Mueller, senior from Halstead, and Genevieve Rucker, senior from Lawrence; trumpets, community member Arlin Buller, Garret Byler, freshman from Hesston, Kyle Doesken, junior from Derby, Justine Erb, senior from Henderson, Neb., John Goering, junior from Valley Center, Austin McCabe-Juhnke, senior from North Newton, David Mueller, senior from Halstead, Matt Shelly, freshman from Newton, Taylor Stucky, freshman from Moundridge, and Kyle Unruh, senior from Goessel; trombones, Jordan Esau, junior from Hutchinson, Benjamin Harder, senior from Hesston, Ben Preheim, sophomore from Lawrence, Rebecca Trumble, freshman from Newton, and Aaron Tschetter, freshman from Freeman, S.D.; euphonium, Sarah Evans, freshman from Colorado Springs, Colo., and community members Jim McClary and Vince Meyer; tubas, Eric Goering, junior from McPherson, Natalia Krahn, sophomore from Mountain Lake, Minn., and community member Mark Lyles; and percussion, Brandan Dixon, sophomore from Independence, Naomi Graber, junior from Elkhart, Ind., community member Mika Patron, Micah Smith, freshman from Topeka, and Nathaniel Yoder, senior from Kalona, Iowa.