Bethany College “Messiah” dress rehearsal features students and community members

messiah dress rehearsalBethany College’s Messiah Festival conductor Jeffery Wall has selected eight students and two community members to sing the solo recitatives and arias in the dress rehearsal of Handel’s “Messiah” on Sunday, March 17, at 3 p.m.

The rehearsal is free and open to the public. It will take place in Presser Hall on the Bethany College campus and is part of the preparations for the college’s 132nd annual Messiah Festival of the Arts.

Bethany students who were selected are Mikhail Zhilin, Rostov-on-Don, Russia; Nichol DeChant, Leavenworth, Kan.; Ashley Glover, Emporia, Kan.; Joanna Roberts, Lindsborg, Kan.; Sarah Peterson, Garfield, Kan.; Cecilia Ramsey, Garden City, Kan.; Laura Klaassen, Marquette, Kan.; and Spencer Wesley, Salina, Kan.

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Local Bethany College students to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association Conference

clarinetSeven 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.

Students who will be participating include Marcy Erb, clarinet, Moundridge, Kan.; Braden Bruntzel, horn, Jamestown, Kan.; Samantha Andersen, horn, Waterville, Kan.; Jacob Johannsen, trombone, Lindsborg, Kan.; Breana Curtis, oboe, Peetz, Colo.; Meghan Klaassen, trombone, Marquette, Kan.; and Kaleb Feist, tuba, Salina, Kan.

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General Admission tickets to Bethany College’s “Messiah” on sale now

Messiah TeaserGeneral admission tickets to Bethany College’s annual Messiah Festival of the Arts concerts are on sale now.

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!

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Bethany College presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”

cinderellaMusical 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.

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Singers invited to perform in the Bethany College Messiah chorus

MessiahSingers of all voice ranges are invited to join the chorus for Bethany College’s Messiah Festival of the Arts. Singers should be 16 years old by April 1 to be eligible to join.

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.

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Tickets to Bethany College’s “Messiah” go on sale Jan. 1

Give the gift of Bethany College’s 132nd annual Messiah Festival of the Arts from March 24 to 31, 2013!

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