Performing Arts News

Prize-winning saxophone quartet performs classical to modern

Four virtuoso wind musicians plus a repertoire spanning centuries equals the first Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts event of the 2019-20 season. The Donald Sinta Quartet will be onstage in Memorial Hall at Bethel College Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets range from $27 to $18 (Bethel and Hesston students get in free) and there’s still […]

TheatreFest to give high school thespians an opportunity to grow their skills

High school students with interest in any of the many areas of theatre and performing arts are invited to learn tips and tricks to fine tune their craft at Hesston College’s day-long TheatreFest on Saturday, Oct. 19 on the Hesston College campus. Led by Hesston College performing arts faculty and students, throughout the day, both […]

Vocalists invited to join mass choir for masterworks performance

Area singers are invited to join Hesston College choirs to sing in the annual masterwork performance featuring “Song of Wisdom from Old Turtle” by Joseph Martin on Saturday, Nov. 16. Rehearsals start Thursday, Oct. 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church. “The masterworks performance is a great tradition that brings together college […]

A blend of sounds and artistry set to take the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series stage

Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) is gearing up for its 37th season of bringing a diverse array of world-wide performers to south central Kansas. The 2019-20 line-up includes four artists new to the HBPA stage, and one repeat group. “This season will bring several new artists to the series, and we’re looking forward to welcoming back […]

Third Andover Organ series to close with KU graduate students

The final concert of the 2018-19 Andover Organ Series at Hesston College will feature two University of Kansas (Lawrence) (KU) graduate students, Sister Mary of Holy Hope and Ian Classe. The concert will be at 7 p.m., Friday, May 10 at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The concert is free and a […]

Bel Canto Singers to tour Oregon and Washington May 21 to 29

Hesston College’s premier vocal ensemble, Bel Canto Singers, is preparing for a tour to Washington and Oregon May 21 to 29, following the end of the academic year. The 25-voice mixed chamber choir, under the direction of Dr. Russell Adrian, will present a program entitled “Grant Us Peace,” which was inspired by the college’s International […]

Plays by seven local playwrights to be featured at annual playwriting festival

For the third year, Hesston College’s Pen to Paper to Performance playwriting festival will showcase the work of seven local playwrights at 7 p.m., April 26 and 27, in the Keim Center Black Box Theater on the Hesston College campus. “An ensemble of 14 actors are working on these six very different shows,” said Rachel […]

One-third of The Wailin’ Jennys to bring her band to HBPA stage

A singer who’s also acclaimed for her songwriting will share her talents with Kansas audiences as The Ruth Moody Band, April 9 and 10 at Bethel College (North Newton) as the final event in the 2018-19 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) series. The Ruth Moody Band concert is at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, in Memorial […]

Lecture series performance to pay tribute to the African-American slave experience

Internationally-acclaimed baritone, Anthony Brown, will join the Hesston College Bel Canto Singers for two performances in tribute to the slave experience and African-American spirituals on Sunday, March 31, as part of First Presbyterian Church, Wichita’s Durfee 360 lecture series. At 10:45 a.m., Hesston College President, Dr. Joseph A. Manickam, will deliver the message at First […]

Accomplished piano soloist and instructor to give faculty lecture recital

Hesston College piano instructor Dr. Mei Li, a dynamic pianist who was born in Chengdu, China, to a musical family, will present a lecture recital, “The Key Characteristics of Franz Liszt’s Late Piano Works,” at 7 p.m., Monday, March 18, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. Dr. Li is a Liszt scholar […]

Third season of Andover Organ Series kicks off with Dutch performer

The third season of the Andover Organ Series at Hesston College will launch with an recital by Dutch organist Marco bij de Vaate at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24, at Hesston Mennonite Church. The concert, funded by the John Ernest Foundation, is free and open to the public. Bij de Vaate is the organist at […]

Armida Quartet to present a re-imagined Mozart in HBPA concert

With an innovative approach to the classical-style of Mozart, the Berlin-based string ensemble, Armida Quartet, will take the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) stage at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The quartet will present “Mozart Exploded,” which re-envisions Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as a young, radical and modern […]

The musical of mythical proportions to take the Keim Center stage

Recounting the tender, dynamic and familiar story of the parent-child relationship, Hesston College Theatre will present five performances of the musical Big Fish, Feb. 27 to March 3, in the Hesston College Keim Center Black Box Theatre. Showtimes are at 7 p.m., Feb. 27 to March 2, and 2 p.m., on Sunday, March 3. Tickets […]

Hesston and Bethel choirs to present joint concert

Hesston College and Bethel College will join together for a collaborative musical event at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17, at Tabor Mennonite Church (891 Chisholm Trail Rd, rural Newton). The concert is free and open to the public. Featuring the Hesston College Bel Canto Singers under the direction of Dr. Russell Adrian, and the Bethel College […]

Celebrating 50 years, The King’s Singers present HBPA concert at Bethel

A group well-known and -loved by local audiences, The King’s Singers, will be at Bethel College as part of a tour celebrating 50 years of performing. The concert is Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the Bethel campus, part of the 2018-19 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series. The King’s Singers will be presenting […]