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Thank YOU for an incredible 2015 season!

Make plans now to join us for the 2016 Messiah Festival of the Arts!

March 20-27

Full info will be announced RIGHT HERE this Fall!

Highlights of the 2015 Messiah Festival of the Arts

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What is “Triptych?”     

The theme for the 2015 Messiah Festival is “Triptych.”  A “triptych” is defined as a “picture or relief carving on three panels, typically hinged together side by side and used as an altarpiece” or, “a set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together.”

This theme was chosen to reflect the three different renderings of the story of Christ, unified in one overall message.  “Jesus Christ Superstar,”  “Passion According to St. Matthew” and “Messiah” each tell a story of Jesus Christ, in different time periods, from different perspectives, and in different musical styles.   Additionally, a triptych represents the three fine arts mediums celebrated in the Messiah Festival of the Arts – visual arts, music, and theatre; three separate mediums, intended to be appreciated together.



Messiah Festival of the Arts

General Information About the MFA

The Messiah Festival of the Arts is a ten-day celebration of the fine arts, held around every Holy Week at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS, since 1882.  Our mission is to “honor the traditions, explore the new, embrace the excellent.”   

Highlights of the MFA include:

  • A new, large-scale Palm Sunday Weekend event each year
  • The traditional and rich performances of Bach’s “Passion According to St. Matthew” every Good Friday, and Handel’s “Messiah” every Easter Sunday, performed by the 300+-person Bethany Oratorio Society, and today’s most renowned operatic soloists
  • Inspiring, high-caliber art exhibits, throughout the community and Bethany campus
  • Engaging theatre productions & workshops

The newest addition to the Messiah Festival is our Education Outreach Program, designed to engage area K-12 students with various aspects of the fine arts.   All Education Outreach Events are funded by grants and generous donations.

Request a Season Brochure!

Full details about the upcoming Messiah Festival of the Arts, including schedule, ticket info, special guest stars, and more, in one beautiful brochure, mailed right to your home!

Contact the Messiah Festival Office at 785-227-3380, ext. 8137, or email to request your copy.

Messiah Office

Presser Hall 208 Monday – Friday: 1 – 5 p.m. Phone: (785) 227-3380, ext. 8137
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Wallerstedt Learning Center 118 Phone: (785) 227-3380, ext. 8456
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Messiah Office

Presser Hall 208 Monday – Friday: 1 – 5 p.m. Phone: (785) 227-3380, ext. 8137
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Wallerstedt Learning Center

M – Th: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. | F: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m | Su: 6 – 11 p.m. Librarian Assistance > M – Th: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. | F: 8 – 5 p.m. Phone: (785) 227-3380, ext. 8165
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