Friday, November 8, 2013

Wind Ensemble entails a good time, excellence

9:00 AM

Jacob Miller
Staff Writer 

Bethel has a long tradition in fine arts excellence, especially music. The Bethel community will have an opportunity to witness a performance by Bethel’s Wind Ensemble.
The Wind Ensemble will present its second concert of the season on Nov. 10 in Krehbiel Auditorium at 3 p.m. Keep in mind, this time is different from the original time posted.
The concert is free, but donations will be accepted. 
Chris Westover, director of instrumental music, said, “It is important that students come and support the Wind Ensemble, as they are supporting their colleagues. The group is very distinguished; they have received many accolades and recorded a couple CDs in the past.”
The Concert will consist of four different works. Canadian-American pianist Michelle Price will perform David Maslanka’s 2nd Piano Concerto. Michael Kallstrom, professor of music composition at Western Kentucky University, will preface a premiere performance of his work “Arrival.” The concert also includes a reflection on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination and closes with the Finale of Charles Ives’ 2nd Symphony.
Rebecca Trumble, senior from Newton, plays trombone in the Wind Ensemble. She said, “I am very excited to play Maslanka’s 2nd Piano Concerto. The piano part is incredible and it will blow you away.”
The style of music in the second concert will differ from the works featured in the first concert. 
“The four works in this concert will be a bit less old-fashioned or traditional than the works on our last concert,” said Westover.
No matter how traditional or old-fashioned the style, music in general is incredibly important. 
“Music has always been as much of an important part of western culture as other fine arts, such as theatre,” said Westover.
For many, it is the best part of participating in a wind ensemble. Trumble pointed out her favorite part of wind ensembles was simply “playing the trombone.”
For students who want to join the Wind Ensemble but are hesitant, Trumble mentioned some rewarding opportunities the ensemble offers. 
“The BC Wind Ensemble exposes students to many types of wind ensemble music, from classic to contemporary. There are scholarships available to many instrumentalists who audition for the ensemble as well,” said Trumble.
And who knows, the Bethel College Wind Ensemble might be the place where you find someone you love more than your instrument. 

“Being in the Wind Ensemble has been a great experience but it has been made even better because my freshman year I met the guy who is now my fiancĂ©,” said Trumble. 

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