Bel Canto Singers to present socially distanced block concert on October 18

2020-21 Hesston College Bel Canto Singers

Bel Canto Singers, the top vocal group at Hesston College, will present a socially distanced block concert in the Mullet Drive parking lot on October 18 at 4 p.m. The public is invited.

The concert will feature solos, small group performances, and choral works featuring a variety of musical genres. Attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs and will be asked to wear masks for the duration of the concert.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hesston College Performing Arts has reimagined much of its traditional schedule in the interest of public safety. The Bel Canto Block Concert is the first public performance given by the group this school year. In September, Hesston College Theatre gave performances of “Charlotte’s Web” for audiences outdoors at Dyck Arboretum.

“The realities of the pandemic required us to rethink how we were going to practice and present music at Hesston College,” said professor of music Dr. Russell Adrian. “We are performers, and we can’t wait to do what we love: sing for others.”

Many of the songs chosen for the performance speak to resilience, community and love for others. These themes are particularly important, given current world events.

“Music draws people together,” Dr. Adrian said. “It gives them hope. By now we know how to take care of one another at public events like this. Not only will the event be safe; we hope it brings comfort and healing to those who listen.”