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.
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.
The Messiah Festival of the Arts in Lindsborg, Kan., is offering three education outreach opportunities to area students this year as part of its events leading up to the Easter Sunday performance of Handel’s Messiah on the Bethany College campus. Programs include apprenticeships awarded to four area high school students. Continue reading
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
All interested singers and orchestra musicians are invited to join the Bethany Oratorio Society this season, to perform Bach’s “Passion According to St. Matthew” on Good Friday and Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter Sunday.
Interested persons must be 16 years of age by April 1, 2014, to participate. Continue reading
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.”
Bethany College will welcome over 700 students and teachers from area grade schools to Presser Hall on March 25 for a workshop on African American song tradition by this year’s Messiah Festival of the Arts soloists.
Bethany College Art Department faculty members will exhibit selected works at the Brick Street Gallery from March 6 to April 2 at Brick Street Gallery in downtown Lindsborg, 129 N. Main St.
Faculty exhibitors include Michaela Groeblacher, Mary Kay, Ed Pogue, Frank Shaw, and Jim Turner.
Bethany College Theatre will present “J.B” by Archibald MacLeish during the 132nd Messiah Festival of the Arts in Burnett Center on Friday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m.
Works of art by 21 student artists will be on display as part of the Bethany College Messiah Festival Juried Student Art Exhibition on March 24 to April 2 in Mingenback Art Center.
The exhibition is free and open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m. on Palm Sunday, March 24, at a reception in the gallery.
Bethany College students will exhibit art installations inspired by the Messiah Festival of the Arts tradition in three installations in the store fronts of Lindsborg businesses Sarahendipity, The Old Grind, and Small World Gallery through March 31.