Each year students from the Bethany Oratorio Society are selected to perform solos during dress rehearsal for Handel’s “Messiah,” the highlight of the Messiah Festival of the Arts held annually at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas.
This year 15 students were selected for this honor, including:
- seniors – Austyn Callahan, bass, Colorado Springs, Mark Klaassen, tenor, Marquette, Kansas;
- juniors – Sydney Johnson, soprano, Assaria, Kansas, Elisabeth Phelan, soprano, Longmont, Colorado, Alec Schneider, bass, Lindsborg, Kansas, Landon Slipke, tenor, New Almelo, Kansas;
- sophomores – Nick Bartholomew, bass, Salina, Kansas, Kathryn Campbell, alto, Minneapolis, Kansas, Isaiah Fabrizius, bass, Wakeeney, Kansas, Annie Halterman, alto, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Stephen Klaassen, tenor, Marquette, Kansas, Kayln Powers, soprano, Lindsborg, Kansas, Alyssa Wierman, soprano, Brownell, Kansas;
- freshman – Mikey Baker, tenor, Minneapolis, Kansas.
Dress rehearsal for “Messiah” will be performed for the public at Presser Hall Auditorium on Saturday, April 8 at 7 p.m.
The Messiah Festival of the Arts began Monday, April 3 with the opening of the Messiah Juried Art Exhibit at Mingenback Art Gallery. The Messiah Festival features art, music and theater events through April 16. The festival’s featured concerts will open Palm Sunday weekend with the acappella group, Take 6, at 3 p.m. Bach’s “The Passion According to St. Matthew” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Good Friday, April 14. “Messiah” will be performed at 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday. All performances are in Presser Auditorium. Tickets for all performances can be purchased online at www.messiahfestival.org or by calling Bethany’s Messiah Coordinator at (785) 227-3380, ext. 8235.
Every year since 1882, the Bethany Oratorio Society has presented Messiah at the college. The society has performed Messiah across the plains, in Carnegie Hall, and on national television. For a full listing of special events and exhibits during the Messiah Festival of the Arts, visit www.messiahfestival.org.