This year, in addition to the Bethany Oratorio Society’s traditional performances of Handel’s “Messiah” on Palm Sunday and Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” on Good Friday, soloists from the American Spiritual Ensemble will take the stage on Easter Sunday to perform “A Spiritual Messiah.” These soloists will bring culture, diversity, and the art form of the African-American spiritual to Presser Hall. It will be a musically reflective and uplifting experience that none should miss!
Bethany College and local sponsors welcome soloists from the American Spiritual Ensemble to the 132nd Messiah Festival of the Arts, which includes the longest running “Messiah” performance in North America.
The first rehearsal takes place on Sunday, January 27, in Presser Hall. New singers should arrive on at 2 p.m. in for vocal placement. No prepared song is necessary. Singers who have participated before should arrive at 3 p.m. for rehearsal.
Regular rehearsals will be on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 3 to 5 p.m.
Priority tickets to the annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah” and Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” go on sale Jan. 1 with general admission starting Feb. 15. By ordering priority seating tickets, patrons can save their seats from last year or have first choice at new seats. Continue reading
LINDSBORG, KAN., April 6, 2012— Works of art by 24 student artists will be included in the Bethany College Messiah Festival Juried Student Art Exhibition on display through April 10 in the Mingenback Art Center Gallery on the Bethany campus. Continue reading
LINDSBORG, KAN., March 29, 2012—A book signing will be held for Karen A. Humphrey’s biography “Grace, Faith, and the Power of Singing: The Alma Christina Lind Swensson Story” about the young woman who taught Lindsborg to sing and established Bethany College’s annual Messiah Festival of the Arts.
The signing and reception will be held on Saturday, April 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. inside the “Lindsborg Collects” temporary exhibition at 113 N. Main Street in downtown Lindsborg. All book sale proceeds during the afternoon benefit the Messiah Festival of the Arts at Bethany College. Continue reading
LINDSBORG, KAN., March 27, 2012—Bethany College Theatre will present “Keeping a Good Lent,” directed by Professor of Communication Carl Isaacson, Ph.D., during the 131st Messiah Festival of the Arts on Saturday, April 7, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. in Burnett Center. Continue reading
LINDSBORG, KAN., March 20, 2012—Guest soloists of Bethany College’s 131st annual Messiah Festival of the Arts will give a free recital on April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Auditorium.
Soprano Karen Kness, mezzo soprano Sharon O’Connell Campbell, tenor John Wesley Wright, and bass Weston Hurt will perform works of their choice, including ones by Henry Purcell, Edvard Grieg, Fernando J. Obradors, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, and Antonín Dvorãk. Continue reading
LINDSBORG, KAN., March 20, 2012—The Bethany College Symphonic Band, directed by Jared Chase, D.M.A., will perform the concert “Made in America” on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Auditorium. The concert is part of the 131st Messiah Festival of the Arts. Continue reading
LINDSBORG, KAN., February 6, 2012—Bethany College and local sponsors welcome new soloists to the 131st Messiah Festival of the Arts, the longest running Messiah performance in North America. Soprano Karen Kness, mezzo soprano Sharon O’Connell Campbell, tenor John Wesley Wright, bass Weston Hurt and bach baritone Danny Belcher will join the Bethany Oratorio Society to perform Handel’s Messiah on April 1 and 8 and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on April 6. Soloists will also present their own recitals on April 3. Continue reading