Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts

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The Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series is a collaborative effort of Hesston College and Bethel College, presenting five performances by world-renowned or regionally acclaimed artists each year. The series started in 1982 as Hesston Performing Arts (HPA) with funding and planning provided by Hesston College and the Hesston community. In 1998 HPA planners launched a partnership with Bethel College, and the series name changed to Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts. HBPA is funded in part by Excel Industries and Hustler Turf Equipment (Hesston), the cities of Hesston and North Newton and area patrons.

The 2016-17 season includes performances by

  • Big Muddy Dance Company, Friday, November 11, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Luyken Fine Arts Center, Bethel College
  • Cantus, Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Hesston Mennonite Church, Hesston College
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall, Bethel College
  • Montréal Guitare Trio, Saturday, March 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Luyken Fine Arts Center, Bethel College
  • Sybarite5, Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7:30 p.m., Hesston Mennonite Church, Hesston College

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For Hesston students

Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts offers Hesston College students a wonderful opportunity to experience world-renowned performers in concert on campus and at Bethel College. But that is just the beginning. Many HBPA performers also interact closely with Hesston music students by serving as clinicians, helping student vocalists and instrumentalists improve their musicianship. In recent years, Hesston students have participated in clinics led by artists such as The King’s Singers, The Rose Ensemble, Charles Bruffy (director of Kansas City Chorale), David Adam Moore (La Scala Opera baritone), Grammy-winning soprano Sarah Tannehill, Turtle Island Quartet, St. Petersburg String Quartet, Three-Part Invention (violinist Tracy Silverman, cellist Eugene Friesen and pianist Philip Aaberg), clarinetist Elena Talley, pianist Daniel Velicer and Lieurance Woodwind Quintet.