Small sets to celebrate seniors, mothers


Memorial Hall is the venue for a Mother’s Day concert (Sunday, May 8) by the student-organized a cappella ensembles Open Road and Woven.

The concert is at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public, with a voluntary offering taken to help support both bands.

Alongside the mothers, the graduates will be honored during this end-of-semester concert.

Open Road, the male group, has three seniors: Nathan Garber, a history and political science student from Newton; Trae Gehring, a music and education major from Pretty Prairie, Kan.; and Jerod Kaufman, a math science student from Moundridge, Kan.

The women’s group, Woven, has five seniors: Annie Carlson, a biology major from Hurley, SD; Charlie Gibson, a Bible and religion scholar from Ashland, Kan.; Addie Regier Kauffman, an elementary education major from Newton; Rachel Miller, social work student from Freeman, SD; and Bethany Powls, an English and history major from Garnett, Kan.

Other Open Road members are Phillip Balzer, Freeman, SD, John Mark Koontz, North Newton, Eli Regier, Newton, Seth Rudeen, Osage City, Kan., Christopher Strecker, Goessel, Kan., and Bryce Wilson, Sterling, Kan.

Other Open Road members are Aubry Grame, Kalispell, Mont., Halle Krehbiel, Hesston, Kan., Julianna Schrag, Goessel, and Allison Weaver, Hesston.

Each group will sing a number of songs and they will also combine for some.

Woven’s program includes “From the Seed From the Ground” (Connie Kaldor), “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” (American Traditional), “The Cave” (Mumford & Sons), “For Good” (Stephen Schwartz), ” Connected” (Brian Tate), “Faith is the bird that feels the light” (from the poem by Rabindranath Tragore), “Go the Distance” (David Zippel) and “The Parting Glass” (Irish traditional).

Open Road will sing “Yonder Come Day” (American Traditional), “Red is the Rose” (The High Kings), “Ubi Caritas” (Ola Gjello), “I’ll Be On My Way” (Shawn Kirchner), “Shenandoah (Traditional American), “Rain in the Valley” (Trent Wagler) and “View that Holy City”.

Under the name “Woven Road”, the two groups will perform “Horizons” (Peter Louis Van Dijk), “Underneath the Stars” (Kate Rusby), “Nothin’ Gonna Stumble My Feet” (Parker & Gilpin) and “The Lord Bless You”. and keep you” (Lutkin).

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