The 129th Messiah Festival of the Arts will welcome back soloists from the past as well as introduce a new performer to the Presser Hall Stage. Soprano Maureen Sorensson, mezzo soprano Jean McDonald, tenor Jeffrey Brich, bass-baritone Dashon Burton and Evangelist and tenor Christopher Cock will join the Bethany Oratorio Society March 28-April 4 for the longest running “Messiah” performances in North America.
Bethany College’s Director of Choral Activities Daniel Mahraun will return, after a sabbatical during the 2009 festival, as this year’s conductor. He will also sing the bass arias and roles in Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion.” This century-old tradition began with Professor Samuel Thorstenberg, the conductor of the Bethany Oratorio Society from 1898-1909.