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!
Seven Bethany College band students have been selected to participate in the 2013 Kansas Intercollegiate Band, which will take perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association Conference in Wichita on February 21 and 22.
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.
Musical theatre returns to the Burnett Center stage when Bethany College Theatre presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” four performances on Feb. 1, 2, and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.
“Cinderella” is directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Greg LeGault, M.F.A, with Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Guy Vollen, D.M., as musical director.
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
On Dec. 8, the Old Mill & Museum will host the Vokala Lejon Men’s Ensemble and Bethany Horns who will perform various Christmas related works.
The Men’s Ensemble, under the direction of Assistant Professor Jeffery Wall, D.M.A., will performing at 5 p.m. Vokala Lejon, the Vocal Lions, is Bethany College’s newest vocal music ensemble. This men’s ensemble is non-auditioned and interested male students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join. They sing for chapel services, on campus concerts, and special events. Repertoire varies from early art music to contemporary a cappella. The Horn Ensemble directed by Dr. Guy Vollen will be performing at 7 p.m.
The Bethany College Handbell Ensemble will perform Dec. 8th at 7 p.m. at University United Methodist Church, 1509 S. Santa Fe, Salina, Kan.
Under the direction of Associate Professor Melody Steed, D.M.A., the Bethany College Handbell Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble open to students across campus. The purpose of this ensemble is to learn and perfect ringing techniques, to improve ensemble playing, and to explore new and exciting repertoire. The knowledge gained from this ensemble will help to prepare students to serve as handbell directors and ringers in their community.
The event is free and open to the public. The orchestra, conducted by Richard Koshgarian, will perform von Weber’s “Overture to ‘Der Freischutz,’” Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 8 in F Major” and Christmas and holiday selections by Mannheim Steamroller. The Chamber Strings, under the direction of Professor Ann Samuelson, will perform Mendelssohn’s “Octet for Strings, Opus 20” Continue reading
The concert, entitled “‘Hodie!’ This day!”, is the college’s way of wishing the local communities a happy holiday, and the audience will be invited to join in singing traditional carols.
The College Choir and Symphonic Band will perform a set of Russian-themed musical works by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alfred Reed and a reading by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy. The group will be joined by special guests from area high schools who were selected for District Honor Choir. They will join the Bethany College Choir to sing “Rejoice!” by Jeffery Ames. Continue reading