Art, Music, & Theatre

Both Bethany and the Lindsborg community nurture rich cultural traditions in the fine and performing arts:

  • The Bethany Oratorio Society is the oldest oratorio society with continuous, consecutive performances of Handel’s Messiah in the country and has presented Messiah during Holy Week since 1882. The centennial Messiah performance was broadcast live throughout the nation by nearly 200 PBS television stations.
  • The Birger Sandz√©n Memorial Art Gallery houses an extensive art collection in an exceptional setting, and the Plym Gallery located in the Wallerstedt Learning Center displays a rare collection of Native American pottery.
  • Many major performing artists have presented concerts in Lindsborg under the auspices of either the college or the Lindsborg Arts Council. Guest artists and speakers have included Garrison Keillor, Ken Burns, Lionel Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, William Least Heat Moon, the Vienna Boys Choir, Astronaut James Lovell, James Bradley, Nobel Peace Laureates Elie Wiesel, Mairead Maguire, Dr. Oscar Arias, Elaine Pagels, Susan Sontag, Terry Waite, the Real Group, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and Swedish baritone soloist Hakan Hagegard.

Fine Arts Calendar

Date & Time Event
September 20, 2014 - October 13, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Autumn Art Exhibit
Mingenback Art Gallery
October 12, 2014
3:00 pm
Bethany College Choir Concert
Bethany Lutheran Church
October 13, 2014
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Gallery Reception
Mingenback Art Gallery
October 14, 2014
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Founders Day Concert
Pihlblad Memorial Union
October 14, 2014
12:00 pm
Founder's Day Band Concert
Pihlblad Memorial Union

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