Anton Bruckner and Ludwig van Beethoven headline the annual Masterworks concert at Bethel College.
The Bethel College Oratorio Chorus and the Bethel College Philharmonia present the overture to Beethoven’s opera Fidelio, his Fantasia for piano, orchestra and chorus, and Te Deum by Bruckner, with vocal soloists, May 8 at 3 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
Tickets are $12 adults, $10 students, $6 high school students and $5 Bethel faculty, staff and students. They are on sale at Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri. (phone 316-284-5205), or at the door.
Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, professor of music at Bethel, is the featured pianist for the Fantasia. Soloists for the Te Deum are Bethel music faculty Soyoun Chun (pictured), soprano, and William Eash, bass, and Bethel alumni Monica Schmidt ’11, Newton, mezzo-soprano, and Nathan Snyder ’12, Greeley, Colorado, tenor.
Chris David Westover, Bethel director of instrumental music, is the music director for the 2016 Masterworks performance. . . .
The second Erwin C. and Verna Kaufman Goering Award will be presented during the mid-point of the concert to Rupert Hohmann ’49 of North Newton, former Bethel music professor and professor emeritus of music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Hohmann grew up as a Bethel College “campus kid,” the son of music professor Walter Hohmann ’15 and Elsbeth Hohmann. Rupert Hohmann attended Newton High School for grade nine and then Mennonite Bible Academy.
Hohmann began studying violin as a child and has played throughout his life. He earned a master’s degree in music from Wichita State University and became the first Newtonian to join the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.
From 1953–55, Hohmann spent two years in I-W service as a music therapist at the Philadelphia State Mental Hospital. He came back to Bethel in 1957 to teach studio violin and music classes and direct the orchestra.
He was the first at Bethel to conduct an opera or musical (in this case, a production of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride) with orchestral accompaniment rather than piano alone. He continued to play with the WSO and soloed with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra. . . .
In 2014, the family and friends of Verna Kaufman Goering ’37, Moundridge, and the late Erwin C. Goering ’40 established a music award, given biennially, that honors a Bethel alumnus of outstanding character for distinguished achievement and recognition in music.
The awardee may be a professional musician or a volunteer who has served the community; may demonstrate excellence in instrumental music, vocal music and/or conducting; may be a donor whose gifts have substantially strengthened Bethel’s music program. Daniel Hege ’87, music director of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, received the inaugural Goering Music Award.