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 […]

Thanksgiving concert, “A Downton Abbey Christmas,” to kick off holiday season

A Hesston Thanksgiving tradition, Hesston College Music and Theatre will present the annual masterworks concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 24, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The program, “A Downton Abbey Christmas,” will feature holiday music by English composers themed around the popular British television show. Hesston College music faculty member, […]

Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts holiday concert to feature premier men’s vocal ensemble

Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) will welcome Cantus to the stage for a performance in celebration of the Christmas season at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The program, “Christmas with Cantus,” draws on traditions passed from parent to child or friend to friend. A description of the […]

Voice students finish among top at singing competition

Hesston College voice students competed among the best collegiate vocalists in a four-state region at the annual National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) West Central Region Vocal Competition Nov. 5 to 6, at Wichita (Kan.) State University. Nine students represented Hesston College during the weekend competition with four advancing to the semifinal round. More […]

Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series to open with St. Louis-based dance company

The Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series opens is 2016–17 season with St. Louis’ first professional contemporary jazz dance group, Big Muddy Dance Company. Big Muddy comes to the Krehbiel Auditorium stage in Bethel College’s Luyken Fine Arts Center Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Big Muddy seeks to build a love of dance through fun, experiential and highly […]

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

An array of world-class musical talent, genres and sounds will headline the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts’ (HBPA) 35th season for 2016-17.     The contemporary jazz dance company Big Muddy Dance Company will open the season, Nov. 11, at Krehbiel Auditorium in Bethel Colleges’ Luyken Fine Arts Center. Founded in 2010, St. Louis’ Big Muddy Dance […]

Much-loved a cappella group Chanticleer returns to HBPA lineup

Of all the repeat artists to the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series, the group of 12 men appearing at Bethel College later this month is certainly one of the best loved. Chanticleer, “an orchestra of voices” named for a clear-singing rooster in the tales of Geoffrey Chaucer, will perform Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial […]

Music department to host NATS Winter Workshop

For the first time, Hesston College will host the annual winter worship for the Kansas chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Feb. 19 and 20. There will be a Friday session for college students, including all Hesston College voice students, and a Saturday session for teachers. For registration information, contact Matt […]