Bethany College “Messiah” dress rehearsal features students and community members

messiah dress rehearsalBethany College’s Messiah Festival conductor Jeffery Wall has selected eight students and two community members to sing the solo recitatives and arias in the dress rehearsal of Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday, March 17, at 3 p.m.

The rehearsal is free and open to the public. It will take place in Presser Hall on the Bethany College campus and is part of the preparations for the college’s 132nd annual Messiah Festival of the Arts.

Bethany students who were selected are Mikhail Zhilin, Rostov-on-Don, Russia; Nichol DeChant, Leavenworth, Kan.; Ashley Glover, Emporia, Kan.; Joanna Roberts, Lindsborg, Kan.; Sarah Peterson, Garfield, Kan.; Cecilia Ramsey, Garden City, Kan.; Laura Klaassen, Marquette, Kan.; and Spencer Wesley, Salina, Kan.

Community members Eric Johnson and Jim Ruble were also selected.

“Messiah” presented by the Bethany Oratorio Society takes places Palm Sunday, March 24. “St. Matthew Passion” will be presented on Good Friday, March 29, and soloists from the American Spiritual  Ensemble will present “A Spiritual Messiah” in the tradition of the African American spiritual on Easter Sunday, March 31. Visit www.messiahfestival.org for ticket prices and full schedule of events.

The Bethany Oratorio Society has presented Handel’s Messiah every year since 1882, making it the longest consecutive annual rendition in North America. World-renowned soloists perform with the Society for audiences at the college, across the plains, in Carnegie Hall, and on national television. Messiah is performed during Bethany College’s annual Messiah Festival of the Arts, when hundreds of guests enjoy the weeklong celebration of sacred music concerts, art exhibitions, and theatre performances.

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