- Dr. Andy Harnsberger, a world-class marimba artist, will present a recital on Friday, Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in Odom Lecture Hall on Bethel University’s McKenzie campus. The recital will also feature members of the Bethel University Percussion Ensemble. Dr. Harnsberger will be presenting a recital of solo marimba literature featuring original works along with pieces considered standards in percussion repertoire. Praised by Percussive Notes Journal as “A Master of Musical Nuance,” Andy Harnsberger enjoys a versatile career as a performer and educator. He has performed in a variety of settings across the United States, Australia, Europe, and Japan and presents numerous solo recitals and clinics throughout the country each year. He has been a featured solo artist at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He has also appeared as a guest clinician at many Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion. His compact disc, “Vertigo,” has been recognized by the Percussive Arts Society as “a must purchase for anyone who collects important marimba recordings…His performance makes it clear that he is a master player, not only technically, but musically as well.” Dr. Harnsberger has performed as percussionist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony and Richmond Ballet Orchestras, Key West Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Macon Symphony Orchestra, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony, Long Bay Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, and Carroll Symphony Orchestra as well as the contemporary music ensemble “Currents,” and has toured extensively as percussionist and xylophone soloist with The Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band. He has also made several guest appearances on National Public Radio, both in interviews, and live performances to bring public awareness to the marimba as a solo instrument. Harnsberger is Assistant Professor of Music and Percussion Coordinator at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee and is active throughout the year as a freelance percussionist and recitalist. He is in demand as a clinician across the country and internationally, presenting clinics and masterclasses at many universities each year. His compositions have been performed around the world, and he is a recipient of the ASCAP PLUS award for his contributions to American Concert Music. Dr. Harnsberger earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he also received the prestigious Performer's Certificate. Andy is a performing artist and clinician for Pearl Drums and Adams Musical Instruments, Innovative Percussion, Inc., Evans Drum Heads, Sabian Cymbals, Ltd., and Grover Pro Percussion. For more information about Harnsberger’s Bethel performance, contact Dr. Joshua Smith at email@example.com.
- In early January, Tourbeau Sports unveiled its newest project called the "Soccer Evolution Academy" starting with this year's Class of 2014. Tourbeau's Soccer Evolution Academy is a selected group of graduating Seniors at the NAIA Men's Soccer level who are believed to be the best-of-the-best in this year's class. Every player picked to take part in this year's event are either NAIA All-Americans, Conference Player of the Year or First-Team All Conference players. Bethel's Mo Dumbuya is among the select group who made the class. He captured the "Offensive Boot" award and also was named the offensive player of the year by the Southern States Athletic Conference. He played in 16 games this season for the Wildcats scoring 14 goals with 29 shots on goal. He had six assists. The senior from Cobb, Georgia played in 67 games in his career at Bethel. He had 47 career goals and 11 assists and finished with 112 shots on goal as a Wildcat. As a part of the this year's academy class, Tourbeau Sports invited these players on a (11) eleven-day US-based tour from March 6-17, 2014– alongside the best 20 players in the nation this season. Today, we announce the scrimmage and/or exhibition schedule that will include 5 USL-PRO clubs, 2 NASL clubs and a MLS club for the 2014 March Tour: Friday, March 7- Carolina Railhawks (NASL), Charleston Battery (USL Saturday, March 8- Charlotte Eagles (USL) Monday, March 10- Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL) Wednesday, March 12- Harrisburg City Islanders (USL) Friday, March 14- Columbus Crew (MLS) Saturday, March 15- Indy Eleven (NASL) Sunday, March 16- Dayton Dutch Lions (USL) The selected group of matches include clubs with a rich history and tradition of quality professional soccer boasting titles ranging from the MLS Cup Champion, MLS Supporters Shield, NASL Champions, former USL-2 Champions, USL-PRO Regular Season Champions, US Open Cup Final 4, Finals participants and more! Last week, the 21 players were announced who will travel and take part in this prestigious Tour and be a part of this year's inaugural class. To learn more about the story, visit our website at: http://www.tourbeausportsgroup.com/tourbeau-s-soccer-evolution-academy-class-of-2014.html Visit on Twitter @tourbeausports for more developments around the game of soccer!
- The Division of Music is pleased to present two music events this week. On Thursday, Feb.
- Coach Rusty Thompson (167-119) enters his seventh season at the helm as head coach of the Bethel University Wildcats. He and his staff are excited about their new chapter joining the Southern States Athletic Conference this season.
- Bethel University Renaissance Theatre’s presentation of the classic play “To Kill A Mockingbird” is scheduled for this weekend at the Bethel Performing Arts Center in McKenzie. This powerful drama is an adaptation of the beloved novel by Harper Lee, and tells the story of the Finch family in depression era Alabama.
- Bethel’s College of Arts and Sciences will host the 2014 Hendrix Scholarship Competition on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22 on the school’s McKenzie campus.
- Bethel’s Office of Residence Life is proud to announce the launch of My Favorite Student – a program that allows loved ones and friends to send care packages to their residential students. Senders can either send a single care package or sign up for care package plans which include options for students to receive care packages as often as once a month.
- Bethel University Renaissance Theatre is excited to present the classic play “To Kill A Mockingbird” at the Bethel Performing Arts Center in McKenzie, Tenn. This powerful drama is an adaptation of the beloved novel by Harper Lee, and tells the story of the Finch family in depression era Alabama. Many will remember the powerful themes included in this story, as a young black man named Tom Robinson is accused of a crime against Mayella Ewell, a poor white farmer’s daughter. Young Scout and Jem, the children of the famous Atticus Finch, are caught up in this complicated situation, and learn valuable lessons about love, family, and how we treat those around us that are different from us. “This story will never grow old,” says director Brian Hill. “While many of us remember reading this powerful book in school, I hope that seeing it enacted on stage will bring a new perspective on a timeless story. Just look at the local and national news and you will bear witness to the fact that prejudice is still a major part of our culture. I hope that this play will inform, and educate, as well as share truths about the world in a way that encourages and inspires.” The show will open on Thursday, Jan. 30, and will run through Feb. 2. Thursday through Saturday evening shows start at 7 p.m. and the Sunday matinee starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students 18 and younger. Bethel faculty, staff and students receive free admission. You can reserve your tickets by calling the Renaissance Office at 731-393-0405 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will be available at the door.
- McKenzie, Tenn. –The Bethel University men's basketball game against Hiwassee College scheduled for Monday night, January 6 at 7 p.m.
- Note: Please remember to pay your $15.00 dollar activity fee upon checking in to your Residence Hall! To check in for housing for the Spring 2014 semester, you will need to report to the Vera Low Center during the following days and times: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., or Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 from 1p.m.-5 p.m.