Honors Choir (from left): Christian Cooper, Sydney Johnson, Landon Slipke, Esther Weicht. Not pictured: Samantha Anderson, Mark Klaassen, and Laura Klaassen.
Seven Bethany College students have been selected to perform in the Messiah Festival of the Arts Honors Recital on April 2 at 2:30 p.m. in Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public.
Students performing include: Samantha Anderson, junior, Oberlin, Kansas, horn; Mark Klaassen, sophomore, Marquette, Kansas, tenor; Sydney Johnson, freshman, Assaria, Kansas, mezzo-soprano; Landon Slipke, freshman, New Almelo, Kansas, tenor; Christian Cooper, freshman, Effingham, Kansas, alto saxophone; Esther Weicht, junior, Branson, Missouri, mezzo-soprano; Laura Klaassen, senior, Marquette, Kansas, mezzo-soprano.
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beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 7 from Presser Hall.
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Jultide at Bethany is the Christmas celebration of Christ’s birth that features the many music ensembles of Bethany College and the Smoky Valley region. This year’s performance, “The Long Awaited Gift,” will feature the Bethany Oratorio Society and the Jultide Children’s Choir. The Bethany Oratorio Society, the 250 member choir that traditionally performs Handel’s “Messiah” during the Messiah Festival of the Arts, will perform a few movements from “Messiah” as well as some new pieces. The Jultide Children’s Choir consists of 35 children from local public schools who auditioned for a place in the choir.
Other ensembles that will perform include the Bethany Choir and Chamber Choir, Bethany Handbell Ensemble and the Bethany/Lindsborg Community Orchestra.
For many decades, this event, formerly known as “An Hour of Christmas” signaled the beginning of the Christmas season in the Smoky Valley. Admission is free, although free will offerings will be accepted.
There 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 .
Jultide at Bethany, the holiday celebration of Christ’s birth featuring the many music ensembles of Bethany College and the Smoky Valley region, will be performed Sunday, December 7 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium on the campus of Bethany College.
This year’s performance, “The Long Awaited Gift,” will feature the Bethany Oratorio Society and the Jultide Children’s Choir.
Ashley Glover, a Bethany College senior from Emporia, will perform her senior voice recital on Sunday at Bethany Lutheran Church at 5 p.m. She will perform pieces from Debussy, Mozart, Copland and others.
Glover is a vocal music education major and a sacred music minor. In the spring, she will be student teaching at Stewart Elementary and Sacred Heart Middle/High School in Salina. She has studied under the direction of Leah Ann Anderson. She will be accompanied on Sunday by Genevieve Bishop.
The Symphonic Band and Jazz Band will perform in a concert on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium at Bethany College. The Symphonic Band is conducted by Claudio Re, assistant professor of music and director of bands, and the Jazz Band is conducted by Courtney Long, assistant professor of music at Bethany College.
The concert is free and open to the public.
“Old Friends Making New Music,” the upcoming faculty recital at Bethany College, will be performed on Sunday, November 9 at 3 p.m. in Presser Hall auditorium. The organ recital will feature Melody Steed, assistant academic dean and professor of organ at Bethany College. Admission to the recital is free and open to all.
Guest artists joining Steed on stage will be Keith Benjamin on trumpet, JoDee Davis, trombone, and Patricia Higdon on piano. Steed, Benjamin and Davis all met as students at the University of Northern Iowa.
Bethany College Senior Tyler Breneman will perform his Senior Recital on organ Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium. The recital will feature works by Mathais, Bach, Brahms, and Boellman.
Breneman is a senior organ performance major from Lincoln, Kansas. He graduated from Lincoln Junior-Senior High School, where he studied piano with Sonja Kobbeman. At Bethany he studies organ with Professor Melody Steed.
The Bethany College and Lindsborg Community Orchestra will perform in its Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall Auditorium. The concert is free is open to the public.
The concert will feature musicians from Bethany College and the Lindsborg community performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in G Major, Mendelssohn’s Symphony in D Major, and Haydn’s Te Deum. Dan Masterson, associate professor of music at Bethany College, will conduct and perform piano. The Bethany Choir and Dalkoren will also perform. Guest conductors include Claudio Re, assistant professor of music and band director; and Mark Lucas, associate professor and director of choral activities.
Band and choir members from community colleges in Kansas will gather at Bethany College on Thursday, October 30 for a day-long workshop and 5 p.m. performance in Presser Hall. This is the first year Bethany has offered the Junior College Honor Band and Choir workshop and will bring together musicians from at least six community colleges across the state.
“Our intent is to provide an atmosphere in which junior college most talented students may join together with others to make music in a non-competitive environment,” Professor Claudio Re, director of bands at Bethany College, said.