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 2013-14 season includes performances by

  • Jazz Reach featuring Metta Quintet, Thursday, November 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium, Bethel College
  • Wichita Chamber Chorale: Sounding Joy Thursday, December 5, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Hesston Mennonite Church
  • Rachel de Benedet performs Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tell Me on a Sunday, Friday, January 31, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Krehbiel Auditorium, Bethel College
  • Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Thursday, February 27, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Hesston Mennonite Church
  • Soweto Gospel Choir, Friday, March 28, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall, Bethel 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.

The performers and groups in the 2013-14 HBPA season