Bethany College Presents Annual Spring Concert

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Department of Visual and Performing Arts invites the public to attend its annual Spring Concert on Thursday, April 14. The event will take place in Commencement Hall at 7.30 p.m. 

The concert will feature a return performance by the College Wind Ensemble, directed by J. Matthew White, Lecturer in Music, and a performance of Gabriel Fauré’s “Cantique de Jean Racine” and “Requiem,” presented in honor of the late John R. Taylor, Bethany’s former Professor of English Emeritus who passed away in 2010.  

The Fauré performance will feature the Bethany College Choir and members of the West Virginia University (WVU) Choral Area, as well as Dr. Kathleen Shannon, Director of Choral Activities; Dr. Hope Koehler, Soprano; and Dr. William Koehler, Baritone, who serve on the voice faculty in the music department of the College of Creative Arts at WVU. Sun Jung Lee, Bethany Lecturer in Music, will also be featured. The performance will be conducted by Dr. David J. Rudari, Bethany Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the College Choir.

Fauré (1845-1924) was one of the most influential and renowned French composers of his time. “Requiem” is one of his most well-known works.

“This concert marks the beginning steps for the return of the Bethany College Wind Ensemble,” stated Rudari. “Matt White has worked hard to bring our instrumental concert program back to the boards after an absence. It is a great pleasure to welcome our guest choristers and members of the WVU Voice Faculty to Bethany.”

He continued, “I am honored for the opportunity conduct the choral ensembles from the department in which I taught, sang and studied during my doctoral years and to conduct students, mentors and friends in a concert that pays tribute to one of Bethany’s outstanding benefactors, mentors and colleagues, John Taylor, who generously provided funding to sponsor many concerts on our campus, including this one.”  

There is no admission charge. Questions regarding the performance may be directed to Dr. Rudari via e-mail or via telephone (304) 829.7329.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.