The Bethany Oratorio Society will be holding the first “Messiah” rehearsal on Sunday, January 27 in Presser Hall at 3 p.m. New singers are asked to arrive at 2 p.m. for an informal vocal placement. “Messiah” scores will be available for purchase for $10 each.

The chorus for the performance of the “Messiah” is uniquely different in that community members, college students, and faculty join together to form the Bethany Oratorio Society. Rich in history, the chorus includes mothers, daughters, fathers, and sons that have made singing in the “Messiah” a tradition that lives on through the generations. Some members have been participating for over 50 years. Be a part of history and perform in the 138th year of “Messiah” at Bethany College.

Messiah Festival of the Arts Schedule

Thursday, April 11: Symphonic Band Concert

Friday, April 12: The third annual Jazz Walk in downtown Lindsborg

Sunday, April 14 – “A Celebration of the Smoky Valley” featuring the Bethany Oratorio Society and students from Salina Central High School, Southeast of Saline High School, Smoky Valley High School, and Inman High School.

Monday, April 15 – Theatre event.

Tuesday, April 16 – Soloist’s Recital

Thursday, April 18 – Student Honor’s Recital

Friday, April 19 – “The Passion according to St. Matthew” – presented by the Bethany Oratorio Society Chorus and Orchestra

Sunday, April 21 – Handel’s “Messiah”

Additional events in the Messiah Festival schedule include the 121st Midwest Art Exhibit at the Birger Sandzén Gallery and the Messiah Juried Student Art Exhibition at the Mingenback Art Center Gallery.

Visit www.messiahfestival.org for more information