Bethel University Music Department Presents Spring Instrumental Concerts

Lissa Diaz

The Bethel University Music Department presents their Spring Instrumental Concerts this April. After completing an academic year unlike any other, the students and community members of these ensembles are thrilled to present their final concerts of the season.

Join us Tues., April 13 at 7 p.m. for the Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert, located in the Auditorium of the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center on the campus of Bethel University. The ensemble is under the direction of Reginald Klopfenstein, D.M., professor of music. The 11 members of the BU Percussion Ensemble will perform an engaging and eclectic variety of music. Works include Khachaturian’s “Sabre Dance,” the ragtime xylophone work “The Whistler,” West African drum ensemble music, and music for 5-gallon buckets. Featured soloists include McKenna Liebenow and Seth Schwager.

The Bethel University Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combo will present their spring concert on Thurs., April 15 at 7 p.m. Under the direction of Wade Armentrout, adjunct woodwind professor, Jazz Ensemble selections will include “Come Rain or Come Shine” by Harold Arlen, “Feels So Good” by Chuck Mangione, and “Swingin’ the Blues” by Count Basie. The Jazz Combo’s repertoire will feature “Chameleon” and “Watermelon Man” by Herbie Hancock, “Song for My Father” by Horace Silver, and “Bernie’s Tune” by Bernie Miller. This performance will be held outdoors around the ponds near the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be rescheduled for Wed., April 21 at 5 p.m.

Then on Fri., April 16 at 5 p.m., the Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will perform. Under the direction of Dr. Vicky Warkentien, D.M.M., professor of music, Orchestra selections will include “Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Palladio” by Karl Jenkins, and “Fiddle-Faddle” by Leroy Anderson. The Wind Ensemble, directed by Brandon Hollihan, D.M.A., adjunct professor of music education, will feature works by David Holsinger, John Philip Sousa, James Swearingen, and many others. This performance will be held outdoors around the ponds near the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be rescheduled for Sat., April 17 at 5 p.m.

Due to COVID-19 awareness, we will have several additional arrangements for the performance.

  • Physical distancing, means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household. Patrons must abide by physical distancing guidelines (6 feet apart) at all times in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Cloth face coverings are to be worn whenever possible. Your mouth and nose should both be covered. Patrons must wear a face covering at all times upon entering buildings.
  • Patrons seeking to attend the performance should be fever and symptom free for 24 hours before the event.
  • Use of water fountains and water bottle refill stations is prohibited.
  • Patrons should prepare to bring blankets and chairs for the outdoor performances.
  • For outdoor performances, a digital copy of the concert program will be posted to the Campus Calendar of the Bethel University website. Printed programs will also be available.

All concerts are free admission. Please contact the Music Department at 574.807.7575 or for any questions. We hope you’ll join us for exciting and entertaining evenings of music!

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