Sunflower Performing Arts 2022-23 season continues with a concert by ensemble 4.1

ensemble 4.1

Sunflower Performing Arts will continue their 2022-23 season with a performance by ensemble 4.1 on October 25 at 7 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church.

Ensemble 4.1 is made up of four wind soloists and one pianist originating from German orchestras. Together, they form a “piano windtet,” the only chamber group of its type in the world. The concert will include pieces from the Romantic and Modern periods that reflect the group’s commitment to playing lesser-known compositions, but will also include an arrangement of George Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

“I am excited to hear works by composers who are new to me, and the Gershwin piece with its jazz-influence placed between them will be an interesting counterpoint,” notes SPA director Holly Swartzendruber.

Ensemble 4.1 originated in Munich, Germany, at the Goethe Institute and has performed world-wide over the past nine years. “Since its inception in 2013, ensemble 4.1 has already crisscrossed the globe and performed recitals in China, Pakistan, Austria, Germany, Algeria, Canada and the USA,”according to Marianne Schmocker of Artists International.

“Their exceptional communicative power and intoxicating on-stage presence are repeatedly praised by critics,” said Schmocker. This will be a family friendly event offering an international experience.

Currently masks are optional, but as the series complies with the masking policies of both Hesston College and Hesston Mennonite Church, audience members should be prepared to wear a mask if required.

Tickets are available at the door, or may be purchased at the Hesston College Bookstore. For more information, call 620-327-8158 or visit