Performing Arts News

Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts celebrates 35 years with a wide array of performances

For its 35th season, the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) series will feature a vast array of performing art and culture from some of the world’s most popular ensembles. An improvised musical comedy will open the season on Oct. 5 at Bethel College’s (North Newton, Kan.) Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center, with Broadway’s Next […]

Hesston College to host summer theatre camps for community students

Young actors can switch up the typical summer activities and hone their thespian skills, techniques and creativity during one of Hesston College’s two separate workshop-style summer theatre camps. Students ages 14 to 18 can participate in “Broadway in the Black Box,” June 19 to 24, and students ages 11 to 14 will be “Wandering the […]

Bel Canto Singers to tour May 14 to 24

Hesston College’s premier vocal ensemble, the Bel Canto Singers, will embark on a 12-concert tour May 13 to 24 at churches and schools throughout the Midwest as the culminating event for the 2016-17 year. The group’s program, “God is Near,” is inspired by the call to seek out faith in our lives, and features a […]

First playwriting festival to feature seven original plays

This spring, Hesston College will debut a play writing festival entitled “From Pen to Paper to Performance,” that features seven original plays by local writers. It’s the first of what Hesston College Theatre Director Rachel Jantzi hopes will become an annual tradition. “I was pleased with the number of submissions we received for this first-time […]

Graduate students to be featured in final organ series concert

The final concert in the 2016-17 Andover Organ Series at Hesston College will be at 7 p.m., Friday, April 21, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The program will feature University of Kansas (Lawrence) (KU) graduate students Shayla Van Hal and Bethany Johnson. Van Hal and Johnson are students in the Master […]

Spring concert to feature three groups

The Hesston College Chamber Orchestra, Women’s Chorus and Men’s Chorus will be featured in a concert at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The concert is free and open to the public. The groups will perform sacred and secular selections. Women’s Chorus and Men’s Chorus are directed […]

Vocal instructor wins national fellowship award

Hesston College music faculty member Matthew Schloneger, Ph.D., was selected as one of two winners nationally for the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship, recognizing a combined commitment to excellence in teaching and voice science. The Fellowship and $2,000 award are intended to provide opportunities for the Fellow to become more thoroughly acquainted with practices, techniques, technology […]

Indiana organist and instructor to be featured in Andover Organ Series

The second of three concerts in the Andover Organ Series at Hesston College will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The concert will feature Kevin J. Vaughn, director of music and organist at Gloria Dei Lutheran church (South Bend, Ind.), instructor of organ at Goshen […]

Sunflower Trio to resource sister institutions during spring break tour

The Sunflower Trio, comprised of three Hesston College music faculty members, will travel to three sister institutions, Bluffton (Ohio) University, Goshen (Ind.) College and Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Va.) for concert presentations and residency activities during a spring break tour March 14 to 18. The tour is made possible through a grant from the Marpeck […]

Guitar trio to bring eclectic excellence to arts series stage

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Crossing genres and continents, Montréal Guitare Trio will bring their musical excellence and winning stage presence to Bethel College for the next Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series event. Montréal Guitare Trio, or MG3, will perform March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus. […]

Musical based on children’s books coming to Hesston College stage

Hesston College Theatre will present six performances of the whimsical Broadway hit “A Year with Frog and Toad” as the spring musical March 1 to 5, in the Keim Center Helmuth Studio Theatre on the Hesston College campus. Showtimes are 7 p.m., March 1 to 4 and 2 p.m. matinee performances on March 4 and […]

Pen to Paper to Performance: Script writing contest deadline extended to Feb. 22

This spring, Hesston College Theatre, led by Rachel Jantzi, is hosting a script writing contest called Pen to Paper to Performance that encourages creativity – both on-campus and in the wider community. Submissions are due By Wednesday, Feb. 22. Eight selected submissions will be chosen to be produced in the final showcase event on April […]

South African group to make return appearance in performing arts series

The internationally acclaimed South African male a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s tour to promote its latest album will include Bethel College. Ladysmith performs as part of the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall. This is Ladysmith’s second local appearance – it was last on the HBPA stage in […]

Andover Organ Series to bring world’s talent to Hesston

During the spring 2017 semester, Hesston College will host talented organists for concerts on the Andover organ at Hesston Mennonite Church. Thanks to funding by the John Ernest Foundation, the concerts, called the Andover Organ Series at Hesston College, will bring another form of fine art to south central Kansas. All concerts are free and […]

Recital to showcase faculty talent

Hesston College music faculty members will showcase their talents in a recital at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The recital is free and open to the public. Recital performers include: • Seth Girton, cello • Howard Glanton and Excier Rodriquez, guitar duo • Ken Rodgers, organ […]