Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts season to feature artists from around the world

A menagerie of world-class musical talent, genres and sounds will headline the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts’ 34th season. The jazz ensemble Hot Club of San Francisco will open the season, Oct. 24 at Bethel College’s Luyken Fine Arts Center. In the Hot Club tradition of Django Reinhardt, the group’s “Cinema Viviant” program features vintage silent films […]

Fall 2015 community read selection to focus on hope and change despite pain

For the fourth year, Hesston College invites individuals and groups in the Hesston and surrounding communities to join students, faculty and staff for a community read during the fall 2015 semester starting in August. The book selection for the 2015 read is Etched in Sand (2013, William Morrow Paperbacks) by Regina Calcaterra. The New York […]

Music students to be featured in sophomore recitals during Commencement Weekend

Hesston College music students will be featured in sophomore recitals as part of Commencement Weekend activities. Recitals will be at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. Havela Lehman, Keizer, Ore., will present a recital in violin and voice at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 7. Mary Bender, Harrisonburg, Va., and Taylor Zehr, Wauseon, Ohio, […]

Music and theatre performances part of Commencement Weekend

Arts enthusiasts can enjoy several performances to close out the 2014-15 academic year during Hesston College’s Commencement Weekend May 8 to 10. Students in the college’s Directing class will direct one-act plays in two performances during the weekend – at 7 p.m., Friday, May 8 and at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 9. Both performances will […]

Bel Canto Singers May tour

May 2015 Saturday, May 9, 4 p.m., Hesston (Kan.) Mennonite Church Wednesday, May 13, 9:30 a.m., Western Mennonite High School, Salem, Oregon Wednesday, May 13, 7:30 p.m., Salem (Ore.) Mennonite Church Thursday, May 14, 11 a.m., Newberg (Ore.) High School Thursday, May 14, 7:30 p.m., Zion Mennonite Church, Hubbard, Oregon Friday, May 15, 7:30 p.m., […]

Mentoring relationship creates music with a message of peace and hope: Instructor and student to take musical talent to Indonesia

When an earthquake devastated Galed Krisjayanta’s home on the south coast of Java Island, Indonesia, in 2006, he didn’t respond as most 10-year-olds might have. While many children would understandably stand by as their parents managed survival and recovery efforts, Krisjayanta took the first steps toward his future pursuits of music performance and humanitarian work. […]

Tenors to collaborate for vocal recital

Hesston College music students Bryce Elder (Ottawa, Kan.) and Galed Krisjayanta (Surakarta, Indonesia), will perform a joint sophomore voice recital at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 30, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. Elder and Kristjayanta, both tenors and voice students of Matt Schloneger, will perform from the classical, sacred and musical theatre […]

Theatre program to host summer theatre camp for middle school students

Aspiring young actors can learn new skills and techniques as well as challenge their creativity during Hesston College’s summer theatre camp June 1 to 6 on the Hesston College campus. Hesston College theatre director Laura Kraybill will lead the workshop-style camp. Students ages 11 to 13 are invited to participate in the weeklong workshop. The […]

Trio Voronezh brings sounds of Russia to Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts stage

The sounds of Russian folk instruments will fill Hesston Mennonite Church when Trio Voronezh rounds out the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts season at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 12, on the Hesston College campus. Trio Voronezh made its first HBPA appearance in 2009 when the group dazzled the audience with astonishing virtuosity and artistic innovation. The Los […]

Nursing program receives approval for bachelor’s degree program

Hesston College received approval from the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) March 25, to launch a bachelor of science in nursing program (BSN) starting with the 2015-16 year. The introduction of the program to the existing associate degree program (ADN) will make Hesston the only college or university in Kansas where students may choose […]

Civil rights seminar sheds light on history

The historic “Bloody Sunday” of March 7, 1965, happened more than 30 years before Hesston College students were born – even pre-dating some of their parents. Yet 50 years after that tragic day, the spirit of those civil rights heroes lives on. Hesston College students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members joined with thousands of […]

Little Women to allow audience to reconsider the definition of success

Hesston College Theatre will present three showings of the musical Little Women March 27 to 29 at Hesston Mennonite Church. The show will be at 7 p.m., March 27 and 28, and 3 p.m., March 29. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Little Women is the well-known tale of the four imaginative March sisters […]