Bethel College Music and Art Present War & Peace

Lissa Diaz

Bethel College will present the War & Peace event, with a Film Screening April 3 at 7:30 p.m., and a Music Concert April 6 at 7:30 p.m., with access to an Art Exhibit prior to the concert. Both the Film Screening and Music Concert will take place in the Everest-Rohrer Fine Arts Center-Auditorium; the Art Exhibit will take placed in the Weaver Art Gallery, all on Bethel’s campus. This project is made possible by the Indiana Arts Commission, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Cost for each venue varies. See details below.

“The year 2018 marked the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I, the war that was to end all wars. Yet the world remains plagued by threats of terrorism, nuclear escalation, civil war, and genocide. Too much of the world's population lives in daily fear of violence,” says Jeshua Franklin, D.M.A., choral director and chair of the music department.

Film Screening

The Music Department will present a screening of "The Singing Revolution" on Wed., April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. About the film: "Most people don't think about singing when they think about revolutions. But in Estonia, song was the weapon of choice when Estonians sought to free themselves from decades of Soviet occupation. Hundreds of thousands of people faced down their oppressors ... armed only with hope, truth, and song ... and altered the course of recent history. The Singing Revolution is an uplifting story about the power of the human spirit." (Sky Films)

Music Concert

In War & Peace, the Bethel College Music Department brings together Bethel's own Concert Choir, joining forces with the John Glenn High School Music Department, Vesper Chorale, and Vesper Chamber Orchestra, to present Ralph Vaughan Williams' monumental plea for peace, "Dona nobis pacem." This concert will be Sat., April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium. The cost is $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Purchase tickets online at or call 574.807.7080, Monday - Friday, 1-5 p.m.

Bethel alumni Emily McAndrew and Jared Schwartz are featured as soloists, all under the baton of director Jeshua Franklin.

“The work is gripping and moving, reminding the listener of the horrors of war, but also prompting hope for a better future,” Franklin says.

Additionally, the choirs will present smaller pieces on related themes, and the orchestra will perform Samuel Barber's haunting "Adagio for Strings," a piece which dates to just before World War II, but is often also associated with the assassination of JFK.

Art Exhibit

Prior to the concert event, the Bethel College Art Department will present the War & Peace Art Exhibition in the Everest-Rohrer Great Hall, which will be open all day on Sat., April 6. The exhibition will feature copies of famous prints that surround the subject of war and peace. Other artists featured will be Francisco de Goya and Jacques Callot. 

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