Winning bid brings Newton ensembles to Tabor’s campus

A winning bid from a Hillsboro resident during a fundraising event for the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra will result in a free chamber music concert beginning at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 in the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts on the Tabor College campus.

The concert will feature The Sunflower Trio and The Brain Flowers — two ensembles featuring members of the NMKSO.

The Sunflower Trio includes Matthew Schloneger, an active performer in oratorio and opera in this

region. He is associate professor of voice at Friends University in Wichita.

Rebecca Schloneger is a member of the first violin section of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the

NMKSO. She teaches middle school orchestra at Newton USD 373.

Kenneth Rodgers is a collaborative pianist for choirs, quartets and soloists in central Kansas. An

accomplished organist, he is a member of the music faculty at Hesston College, where he directs the Hesston College Chorale.

The Brain Flowers, meanwhile, perform music for flute, violin and cello. Violinist Rebecca Schloneger, cellist Seth Girton and flutist Kenna Graber all play in the NMKSO.

The three musicians have busy schedules. Schloneger plays in the Wichita Symphony and teaches violin at Bethel College, Hesston College and Tabor College; while Graber teaches in the Newton school district and teaches flute at Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts; Girton not only teaches cello at Bethel College,Tabor College, Newman University and Hesston College, he also repairs the instruments.

Admission to the concert is free, but an offering will be collected for the musicians.