The Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra’s "Pops a-Plenty" will be 4 p.m. Sunday in the Bethel College Memorial Hall, featuring saxophonist Joel Linscheid. The program of jazz, Broadway, and movie favorites, with an original composition by Dwight Beckham, is an event of the Spring Into the Arts Festival, sponsored by Excel Industries, the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Newton area retirement communities, who are hosting a post concert reception.
Linscheid will be featured on Body and Soul, and music from Charlie Parker’s "Jazz with Strings"-- Autumn in New York and They Can’t Take That Away From Me. The full orchestra plays music from Les Miserables, Barber of Seville, Pink Panther, and Star Wars, as well as a Salute to Big Bands and Duke Ellington’s It Don’t Mean a Thing.
The concert also includes Dwight Beckham’s "Feather Sound", which was originally commissioned and premiered by NMKSO in 2005. Beckham is a former NMKSO board member and player, serving as principal trumpet for over 40 years. He also played in the Wichita Symphony Orchestra for 25 years and taught for many years in the public schools and colleges of Kansas.
Joel Linscheid, of North Newton, received his M.M. in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and B.A. in Music with Education Certification from Bethel College.
Performing on saxophone, clarinet and flute, he has worked as a freelance musician in Denver, Kansas City, and Wichita, and played on the Holland America Cruise Lines. Linscheid, who teaches saxophone, clarinet and jazz improvisation, is currently Director of Jazz Studies and Instructor of Music at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas.
From 2012-2013, Linscheid toured internationally with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, and can be heard on the group’s latest CD
In the Mood, released in March 2013. He has also performed with notable musicians, including Bobby Watson, Johnny Mathis, The Diamonds, The Four Tops, Allen Vizzutti, and Nneena Freelon.
Thomas W. Douglas, in his third season as NMKSO’s Music Director, has conducted symphonic, opera, oratorio, and music theater productions internationally. In August he completed his fourteenth season as music director of Music Theatre of Wichita. Douglas is a faculty member of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Bach Choir, both in Pittsburgh, PA. Guest conducting appearances include the Edgewood (PA) Symphony, Pittsburgh (PA) Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony Chorus, and most recently the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, in February.
Tickets for the March 30 concert are $12 advance/$14 at the door for adults; $6/7 for students, and free admission for children under twelve accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at Faith and Life Bookstore and The Leaf Tea Lounge in Newton, The Lincoln Perk in Hesston, and at the door the day of the concert. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.nmkso.org. For more information contact NMKSO at (316) 772-3265.