Copley Stage Campaign

CopleyBethany College announced the kickoff of a campaign to name the stage in Presser Hall in honor Dr. Elmer Copley, long time director of the Bethany Oratorio Society. The announcement was made prior to this year’s performance of Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter Sunday.

The Bethany Oratorio Society was the first to make a gift to the campaign, which has a goal of $100,000. Gifts to the campaign will be used to maintain and enhance the historic performance space, which includes the first project of refinishing the stage floor itself.

Dr. Copley, directed the Bethany Oratorio Society from 1960 to 1988. While having an imposing presence on stage, Dr. Copley also left a tradition of excellence at Bethany College. While at Bethany he conducted the Bethany Choir and founded the music department’s annual holiday concert, “An Hour of Christmas,” known today at “Juletide.” Also marking his significant work with the Bethany Choir are the institution of periodic European tours and the choir’s debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in 1973.

Ways to support the Copley Stage Campaign:

  • Make an online gift (please type “Copley” in the description)
  • Print gift form and mail to: Bethany College Advancement Office|335 E. Swensson St., Lindsborg, KS 67456
  • Contact Bethany Advancement Office at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8278

Art show awards

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Works of art by Bethany College students are currently on display as part of the 2015 Messiah Festival Juried Student Art Exhibition. The annual art exhibition will continue through April 17 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. Award winners were announced on March 29 at a reception held in the gallery. Best of show was given to Anna King, a junior from Spring Hill, Kansas, for her painting. The gallery show is free and open to the public. The Mingenback Art Center Gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Messiah broadcasts

TriptychFor those unable to attend the upcoming Easter weekend performances during this year’s Messiah Festival of the Arts, regional radio stations will broadcast live the Good Friday’s “Passion According to St. Matthew” and Easter Sunday’s “Messiah” performances.

The Bethany Oratorio Society will perform its historic and rich performances of J.S. Bach’s “Passion According to St. Matthew” on Good Friday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m., and G. F. Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter Sunday, April 5 at 3 p.m.   The Bethany Oratorio Society has been performing Handel’s “Messiah” since 1882, and Bach’s “Passion…” since 1929.  During Holy Week each year in Lindsborg, the more than 300 member community chorus and orchestra are joined by five professional operatic guest soloists to perform these oratorios.

Broadcasts of both programs will begin 15 minutes prior to performance and can be heard at:

  • Salina – KSAL 1150 AM and online at ksal.com;
  • McPherson – KBBE 96.7 FM (“Messiah” performance only)
  • Abilene: KABI 1560 AM
  • Topeka – WIBW will produce and distribute to network stations.

Tickets for all performances, including “Jesus Christ Superstar,” on March 28 at 7 p.m. and March 29 at 4 p.m., are still available online at www.messiahfestival.org or by calling, (785) 227-3380, ext. 8137.

Dress rehearsals soloists

TriptychEach 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 11 students were selected for this honor, including seniors: Ashley Glover, soprano, Laura Klaassen, alto, Cecilia Ramsey, soprano, and Melissa Woeppel, soprano; juniors: Austyn Callahan, bass, Alyson Krohn, alto, and Esther Weicht, soprano; sophomore: Mark Klaassen, tenor; freshmen: Sydney Johnson, mezzo, Alec Schneider, bass, and Landon Slipke, tenor.

Dress rehearsals for both “Messiah” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” will be performed for the public at Presser Hall Auditorium with tickets on sale for $15 per person at the door. Dress rehearsal for “Jesus Christ Superstar” will begin at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 27. “Messiah” will begin at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30.

The Messiah Festival of the Arts begins Saturday, March 28 and features art, music and theater events through April 5. The festival will open Palm Sunday weekend with the performance of “Jesus Christ Superstar” at 7 p.m. on March 28 and 4 p.m. on March 29. Bach’s “The Passion According to St. Matthew” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Good Friday, April 3. “Messiah” will be performed at 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday. All performances are in Presser Auditorium. Tickets for all performances can be purchased online at www.messiahfestival.org or by calling Bethany’s Messiah Coordinator Blakely Bunning at (785) 227-3311, ext. 8137.

Messiah Tickets

Triptych imagePriority seats for the 134th  Messiah Festival of the Arts concert events in Lindsborg, Kan., are now on sale. Priority Seating runs from January 1 through February 15, and allows patrons to save their favorite seats year after year. Priority Seating tickets are mailed to patrons February 16.

Tickets can be purchased online here  or by call the Messiah Festival office at 785-227-3380, ext. 8137.

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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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