Final HBPA event to feature world-renowned South African choir

by Melanie Zuercher, Bethel College You’ve been hearing them this month on KMUW-FM’s “Global Village,” and now the Soweto Gospel Choir is coming to Bethel College. The final event in this year’s Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series is also the kickoff for the first-ever “Spring into the Arts” Festival, sponsored by the Newton Area Arts Council.The […]

World-class pianist to perform Hesston College concert

Pianist Avguste Antonov will present a concert of American music at 4 p.m.,  Sunday, Feb. 9, in the Hesston Mennonite Church Sanctuary on the Hesston College campus.  The concert will feature the music of American composers Carter Pann, Gregory Hutter, Matthew Saunders and Robert Rollin. Antonov leads an active career as soloist and teacher. He […]

Hesston College Bel Canto Singers to spend weekend in Nebraska

The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers will perform the program “Meditations and Illuminations” at several locations in Nebraska during a weekend tour. All performances are free and open to the public though a free-will offering will be collected to assist with expenses. The “Meditations and Illuminations” program, under the direction of Bradley Kauffman, depicts ways […]

Hesston College to partner with community organization for Music of Four Loves

Hesston College and Bluestem Communities, the local retirement community, will partner to offer a special Valentine’s Day treat for the local community. The neighboring organizations will present “Music of Four Loves: Agape, Storge, Eros and Philia,” a dinner and concert, Thursday, Feb. 13 in the Community Center at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College […]

Wichita Chamber Chorale to present special HBPA Christmas concert

A local mainstay and the region’s premiere choral ensemble, Wichita (Kan.) Chamber Chorale, will perform its annual Christmas program as part of the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts season lineup at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, on the Hesston College campus in the Hesston Mennonite Church Sanctuary. The professionally trained adult vocal ensemble, now in its 36th […]

Hesston College presents Christmas-themed opera

Hesston College will present the Christmas-themed one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” for two performances during the college’s Thanksgiving Weekend celebration. The opera will be in the Hesston Mennonite Church Sanctuary on the Hesston College campus at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 28 and 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30. Students from the college’s music and […]

Hesston College student takes first place at vocal competition

Hesston College voice students had a successful weekend at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Regional Vocal Competition at Emporia (Kan.) State University Nov. 1 to 2. Eleven students represented Hesston College during the weekend competition with four advancing to at least the semi-final round and one taking home a first place finish. Hesston […]

A sister school partnership

A combined choir of Hesston College’s Bel Canto Singers and Chorale and Bluffton (Ohio) University’s Gospel Choir perform under the direction of Bluffton’s Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle during “A Celebration of Gospel: Music and Worship in the African-American Tradition” Oct. 27 on the Hesston College campus. The high-energy evening performance featured each individual choir as […]

Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts season offers eclectic lineup

The 2013-14 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts season will again feature five varied and exciting musical performances from around the world at Hesston College and Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.) venues. “This year’s HBPA season features something for everyone,” said HBPA director Matt Schloneger. “We’re especially excited to be presenting the Soweto Gospel Choir for the first […]

Bel Canto Singers to tour west central Florida

The Hesston College Bel Canto Singers will present the program “Dwelling in Thresholds” in west central Florida, under the direction of Bradley Kauffman, during a Fall Break tour Oct. 12 to 14. The “Dwelling in Thresholds” program is inspired by the college’s campus-wide focus on refugee resettlement during the 2013-14 year led by the common-read […]

Hesston College Bel Canto Singers and MEDA create opportunities for inclusion

Hesston College and Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) will both benefit from the sales of the Hesston College Bel Canto Singers’ new CD. The proceeds will be split evenly to provide student scholarships at Hesston and, through MEDA, assist small businesses in Latin America.  During the 2012-13 year, the Bel Canto Singers program, “Songs of […]