Jazz and Percussion Night at Bethel College

Bethel College will hold a Jazz and Percussion Night April 13, 2007, at the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center Auditorium, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The concert features music performed by the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and Percussion Ensemble. The jazz portion of the concert will feature various styles of jazz, including Bebop, Latin, Swing, Blues and Fusion. The percussion portion will include traditional concert percussion works, as well as African drumming and percussion "pops" music.

Reginald Klopfenstein, associate professor of music at Bethel, is the director of the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo and Percussion Ensemble. Additionally, each semester he also teaches applied percussion and courses in music theory and music history. From 1982-1991, Dr. Klopfenstein held the position of associate principal timpanist and percussionist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, working with many of today's leading conductors and solo artists including Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn, Yehudi Menuhin, Andrew Litton, Erich Kunzel, Janos Starker, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck and Doc Sevrensin. He has also held the posts of principal percussionist and principal timpanist with the Columbus (IN) Philharmonic Orchestra and percussionist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dr. Klopfenstein remains active as a percussionist performing in solo recitals, chamber music, the Bethel Faculty Jazz Trio, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and other performing ensembles. His articles on percussion performance have been published in the journal of the Percussive Arts Society. He holds Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Indiana University School of Music and the Bachelor of Music degree from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. While at Indiana University he was awarded the Performer's Certificate for outstanding musical performance in percussion. He and his wife, Kay, are the parents of two sons, Matthew and Joshua.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,081 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 12 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four locations: the Mishawaka campus, the Elkhart Campus and two satellite locations (in Nappanee and in Dowagiac, Mich.). The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.

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