The Bethel College Chamber orchestra will fill Krehbiel Auditorium with music at 4 p.m. Sunday.


The Bethel College Chamber orchestra will fill Krehbiel Auditorium with music at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The concert is free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken to support the instrumental music program at Bethel College.

The repertoire includes songs from the musicians’ last big performance, in March, Bethel’s production of Aaron Copland’s opera “The Tender Land.”

Other numbers are “Hungarian Dance No. 1” by Johannes Brahms, “Concerto for Two Violins” by Johann Sebastian Bach and “Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’” by Antonín Dvorak.

The “Concerto for Two Violins” will feature the faculty duo Nova Deco, comprised of Nancy Johnson, Bethel adjunct instructor of violin, and Dominique Corbeil, a violin instructor from Wichita and, like Johnson, a member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Nova Deco has given a recital as a benefit for the Rupert Hohmann String Scholarship at Bethel for the past three years, most recently on March 31.

Also featured in the Chamber Orchestra concert will be Anna Cook, senior from Lawrence. Cook will conduct the first piece, Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 1.”

The music for this concert “just fell together nicely” for Timothy Shade, Bethel assistant professor of music and Chamber Orchestra conductor. Although he doesn’t usually set a theme for a concert, he said, he likes to feature his colleagues and, in addition, has been working with Cook to conduct the orchestra.

“I love all the music that we’re doing,” Shade said. “(I was) looking for a piece to end the year well with. I’m a huge fan of Dvorak’s music. And it just seemed like we had the right personnel, so I said ‘Let’s do it. Let’s do the ‘Ninth Symphony.’”

Overall, Shade said he is excited to do this concert and feels the music and personnel will make it a good one.

“The Dvorak is one of the staples in orchestra literature,” he said, “a really phenomenal piece that is done a lot and I’m really excited we get a chance to get into that stuff. The [students] really seem to like it. It’s beautiful.

“I’m also excited to feature Nancy and Dominique on the Bach,” he added. “That will be fun.”

Chamber Orchestra personnel are: first violins, Rachel Voran, Newton, Leah Clark, Manhattan, and Carrie Schulz, Newton; second violins, Elizabeth Akins, Topeka, Mycah Westhoff, Newton, Lupita Gonzalez, Newton, Sarah Harrington and Emma Bradley, Newton; violas, Emma Regier, Newton, Rachel Unruh, Raytown, Mo., Kristopher Dubach, Topeka, and Sharon Long; cellos, Anna Cook, Lawrence, Andrew Voth, Topeka, Erica Buller, Lenexa, Nikki Smith, Elkhart, Ind., Riley King, Lawrence, and William Lewis, Newton; bass, Landon Bartel, Newton, Miriam Weaverdyck, Ann Arbor, Mich., Rachel Evans, Bel Aire, and Sam Morrison, Winfield; flutes, Erin Engle, Salem, Ore., and Julie Wedel, Peabody; clarinets, Joel Boettger, Hesston, and guest performer Jill Gatz, Newton; oboes, Jocelyn Wilkinson, San Antonio, Texas, and Megan Leary, North Newton; bassoons, Kevin Leary, North Newton, and guest performer Zach Hague, Newton; French horns, Genevieve Rucker, Lawrence, and R.J. Clark; trumpets, Evan Koch, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Kyle Doesken, Derby; timpani, Adam Voth, Wichita; and percussion, Naomi Graber, Elkhart, Ind., Mika Patron, North Newton, and Micah Smith, Topeka.