Tickets to Bethany College’s “Messiah” go on sale Jan. 1

Give the gift of Bethany College’s 132nd annual Messiah Festival of the Arts from March 24 to 31, 2013!

Priority tickets to the annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah” and Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” go on sale Jan. 1 with general admission starting Feb. 15. By ordering priority seating tickets, patrons can save their seats from last year or have first choice at new seats.

This year, in addition to the Bethany Oratorio Society’s traditional performances of Handel’s “Messiah” on Palm Sunday and Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” on Good Friday, soloists from the American Spiritual Ensemble will take the stage on Easter Sunday to perform “A Spiritual Messiah.” Though the full Messiah Festival Chorus & Orchestra will not perform for this concert, these soloists will bring culture, diversity, and the art form of the African-American spiritual to Presser Hall. It will be a musically reflective and uplifting experience that none should miss!

Tickets are $17 and $22 for “Messiah” on March 24 at 3 p.m. and “A Spiritual Messiah” on March 31 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 and $17 for “St. Matthew Passion on March 29, at 7:30 p.m.

A special $5 discount per ticket is available for teachers, seniors, churches, and tour groups of 15 or more. High school students are invited to attend free of charge and their family members will receive $5 off their tickets.

To purchase tickets, call Bethany’s Messiah Coordinator Blakely Bunning at (785) 227-3311, ext. 8137, between 1 and 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday or e-mail bunningb@bethanylb.edu.

Every year since 1882, the Bethany Oratorio Society has presented Messiah at the college. The society has performed Messiah across the plains, in Carnegie Hall, and on national television. For a full listing of special events and exhibits during the Messiah Festival of the Arts, visit http://www.bethanylb.edu/messiahfestivalofthearts.html.