Alumni reprises role

Draper headshot 2015Bethany College is proud to announce accomplished musician Brandon Draper ’01 will be the special guest star in the Palm Sunday weekend performance of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” as part of the 2015 Messiah Festival of the Arts. Draper will be reprising his role of “Jesus” in the production, which he originally played while a student at Bethany in 2001.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” will kick off the 2015 Messiah Festival of the Arts with performances on Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, March 29 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the Bethany College campus. Tickets for all Messiah Festival events will go on sale in January.

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Superstar auditions

JCS_auditionsThere is just one more opportunity to audition for a role in the Messiah Festival of the Arts production of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” which will be performed on Saturday, March 28 and Palm Sunday, March 29 to open the annual Messiah Festival.

The last audition for lead ensemble roles will be held on Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Presser Hall. Lead ensemble roles will require acting, singing and dancing. Performers should come to auditions with a prepared song, performed in a rock-style. In addition to the prepared piece, a selection of music from the show and dances will be taught at the audition. Audition for the chorus were held November 16.

This year’s Messiah Festival begins March 28 and continues through Easter Sunday, April 5 and includes area art exhibits, concerts, fine arts workshops, and the Bethany Oratorio Society historic and rich performances of J.S. Bach’s “Passion According to St. Matthew” on Good Friday, April 3, and G. F. Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter Sunday. The Bethany Oratorio Society has been performing Handel’s “Messiah” since 1882, and Bach’s “Passion…” since 1929. Tickets for all events will go on sale January 1. Information about Messiah Festival can be found at www.messiahfestival.org .

Student art selected

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Works of art by 28 student artists are currently on display as part of the Bethany College Messiah Festival Juried Student Art Exhibition. The annual art exhibition will continue through April 23 in the Mingenback Art Center Gallery on the Bethany campus.

The exhibition features 3-D explorations, ceramics, design, drawings, paintings, photography, printmaking and sculpture created by Bethany students currently taking art classes. Winners were announced on April 13 at a reception held in the gallery. The gallery show is free and open to the public. The Mingenback Art Center Gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Of the 190 works entered, exhibition jurors selected 72 works for inclusion in this year’s show. Students whose art was selected for inclusion are: Continue reading

Messiah Student Art Exhibit

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The Messiah Student Art Exhibition begins Saturday, April 12 at the Mingenback Art Center on Bethany College campus. An awards ceremony and reception will be held on Sunday, April 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. with awards given at 1:30 p.m. The exhibit will run through April 24.

Jurors for the exhibit are Linda Ganstrom, professor of art from Fort Hays State University and Teresa Schmidt, professor of art from Kansas State University.

Students selected for solos

With One Voice picEach year students from the Bethany Oratorio Society are selected to perform solos during dress rehearsals for Handel’s “Messiah,” the highlight of the Messiah Festival of the Arts held annually at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan.

This year ten students were selected for this honor, including seniors Mikhail Zhilin of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Nichol DeChant, Leavenworth, Kan., Caitlin O’Connor, Arvada, Colo., Sarah Doering, Apex, N.C.; juniors Ashley Glover, Emporia, Kan., Laura Klaassen, Marquette, Kan., Cecilia Ramsey, Garden City, Kan.; sophomore Alyson Krohn, Agenda, Kan.; and freshmen Mark Klaassen, Marquette, and Angelica Reinert, Salina.

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Bethany Theatre Department to present “Nathan the Wise”

The Messiah Festival of the Arts kicks off with the Bethany Theatre Department production of Nathan the Wise” by Paul D’Andrea, April 11 at 7 p.m. and April 12 at 2 p.m. in the rebuilt J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center in downtown Lindsborg.

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Director Carl Issacson gives instructions to performers at a recent rehearsal

Directed by Carl Isaacson, D’Andrea’s work is a loose adaptation of the famous German poetic drama by Gotthold Ephriam Lessing. Lessing’s work has been hailed as a masterpiece of poetry. D’Andrea’s adaptation is prose and only loosely uses Lessing’s work.

At the heart of the story is thelegend of the rings.  A father has a ring of authority.  This ring conveys to the holder both power over the masses and the love of the masses.  The father received the ring from his father and was prepared to pass it on to his son – but he had three sons and loved them each alike.  To which should he give the ring and the power and the authority that went with it?  Distressed by being forced to make a choice among his three sons, the father had two additional rings made, each indistinguishable from the original.  Each son is given a ring, and each son is told that his ring is the true ring.  The father passes, and the three sons each assert authority.

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Priority Seats Now on Sale

Priority Seats for the 133rd Messiah Festival of the Arts concert events in Lindsborg, Kan., are now on sale.  Priority Seating runs Jan. 1st through Feb. 15th, and allows patrons to save their favorite seats year after year.

Concert offerings this season include “Messiah Mosaic” on Palm Sunday, featuring the renowned Apollo Chamber Brass quintet from Denver, CO;  Bach’s “Passion According to St. Matthew” on Good Friday; and the traditional Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter Sunday, performed by the Bethany Oratorio Society and directed by Dr. Mark Lucas.  Continue reading

2014 Messiah Festival Theme and Season Offerings announced

The Messiah Festival of the Arts announces the theme for the 2014 season, “With One Voice.”   This theme was chosen to reflect the three fine arts mediums of the Messiah Festival – art, music, and theatre – coming together in perfect harmony to create this festival of the arts.  Additionally, each individual art medium has its own ‘voice’ to share within the larger whole, be it a physical voice, as in music, or a conceptual voice, as in theatre and art.   The Scriptural inspiration for this theme is Ecclesiastes 4:12: “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

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