Symphony will be Flaming Center’s first guest performance

>The newly opened Shari Flaming Center for the Arts will welcome the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra for its first guest performance this Saturday. The Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra had a dilemma, and the Tabor College Music Department found a solution.

The result: The music department will host its first guest performance in the newly opened Shari Flaming Center for the Arts.

The Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra will perform its Winter Classics Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, in the Richert Audi­torium.

“Our usual venues—Newton High School and Bethel’s Memorial Hall—were unavailable for that date,” said Esther Koontz, an NMKSO board member. “So we asked board members for suggestions.

“Anthony Jasso, a percussionist, plays gigs at Tabor and suggested the new hall,” Koontz added. “He contacted Shawn Knopp (facility coordinator) to see if it was a possibility. Shawn and the folks at Tabor were happy to accommodate and have been very welcoming. NMKSO is excited to get to perform in the new space.”

The program will include “Morning Noon and Night in Vienna,” from Franz von Suppé, Richard Strauss and Carl Stamitz. Winners of the 10th Annual Young Soloist Competition will perform, with Thomas W. Douglas conducting.

“It will be an honor to host the members and audience of the NMKSO for their Winter Classics Concert, and to build that audience with the Marion County community,” said Bradley Vogel, professor of music at Tabor.

Jacob Engelland, the high school winner of the competition, NMKSO’s Young Soloists Competition, is a piano student of Tabor College music professor, Sheila Litke. Engelland is a high school sophomore from Sterling.“Of additional interest is that this concert features the winners of the NMKSO’s Young Soloists Competition, and the high school winner of the competition, Jacob Engelland, is a piano student of Tabor’s Dr. Sheila Litke.”

Engelland, a high school sophomore from Sterling, will play the “Youth Piano Concerto No. 3” by Dimitri Kabalevsky. McPherson College sophomore Kento Aizawa will be featured on the “Clarinet Concerto No. 3” by Carl Stamitz.

“I have enjoyed working with Jacob,” Litke said. “He is a hard worker and has improved so much this last year. So to see him grow as a musician and then for him to win this award is very exciting.

“When we heard that this performance would be in the new fine arts center, we were really excited. What an honor for Jacob to be part of this special event.”

The Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, now in its 61st season, is a community orchestra comprising professionals, community musicians, music educators and advanced high school and college students.

Many of the orchestra members participate in Tabor’s production of Handel’s “Messiah” and spring oratorio concert.

Koontz said four players in the symphony live in Marion County: Adrienne Dougherty, concertmaster; Kenna Graber, second flute; Kate Bergman, third flute and piccolo; Greg Bergman, principal trumpet.

Douglas continues in his seventh season as NMKSO’s music director and has a longstanding position as music director of Music Theatre Wichita.

He also is on faculty at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music and is artistic director and conductor of the Bach Choir, both in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Ticket are available at Faith & Life Bookstore and the NMKSO Office, 120 W. 6th St., Ste 120, in downtown Newton. Tickets can be purchased at the door and online at winter-classics-concert-brilliance/.

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