Celtic music and dance to ring in holiday season

Tradition-rich Celtic song and dance will help usher in the holiday season when Cherish the Ladies presents their Celtic Christmas program for Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) series at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. Formed in 1985 in New York City, Cherish the Ladies is a Grammy-nominated, […]

Haydn’s classical oratorio The Creation part of Thanksgiving celebration

A Hesston Thanksgiving tradition, the Hesston College Music Department will present its annual masterworks concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 26, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The performance will feature The Creation, a Classical period oratorio by Austrian composer Joseph Haydn. The oratorio, under the direction of Hesston College music faculty […]

Voice students compete 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 Oct. 30 to 31, at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Twelve students represented Hesston College during the weekend competition with four advancing to the semifinal round. More […]

Gypsy jazz and silent films to open performing arts series year

The jazz ensemble Hot Club of San Francisco opens the 2015–16 season of Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Oct. 24 at Bethel College. Cinema Vivant, celebrating the imagination and innovation of early filmmakers Ladislaw Starewicz and Charley Bowers, starts at 7:30 p.m., in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus. In the Hot […]

Bel Canto Singers and Goessel High School to join for concert in historic Kansas landmark

The historic Basilica of St. Fidelis Church, better known as “The Cathedral on the Plains,” will come alive with ringing voices when the Hesston College Bel Canto Singers and the Goessel High School Elbiata Singers present a collaborative concert at 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25. The concert is free and open to the public, though […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]