Performing Arts News

Moliere meets Mean Girls/High School Musical mashup: Theatre department to present classic comedy with modern twist

Hesston College Theatre is gearing up to present a classic comedy in a new and modern way with five performances of The Misanthrope Oct. 3 to 7. Showtime is at 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 to 6, and 2 p.m. on Oct. 7. The performance will be in the Keim Center Black Box Theatre on […]

International Chorale to perform in European venues

Hesston College’s International Chorale will perform eight concerts in four countries during a three-week European tour in May and June. Prior to departing Hesston, the choir will also perform a bon voyage concert at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 12, at Hesston Mennonite church. For 30 years, the International Chorale has formed every other year to […]

Music and theatre performances close out year

The Hesston College Performing Arts department will cap off the academic year with a weekend full of music and theatre performances during the college’s Commencement Weekend celebration May 11 to 13. All performances are free and open to the public. • The Chamber Orchestra will kick off the weekend with the Spring Sophomore Soloists Concert […]

Faculty recital to highlight seasoned piano instructor

Serving as adjunct instructor of piano at Hesston College, pianist J. Bradley Baker will perform a faculty recital at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The recital is free and open to the public. Fellow musicians Jen Stephenson and Betul Soykan will join Baker for some pieces. […]

Final organ concert in series to feature Kansas graduate students

The final concert in the 2017-18 Andover Organ Series hosted by Hesston College will feature two doctoral students from the University of Kansas (Lawrence). Tyler Boehmer and Rob Hobgood will perform music by Bach, Buxtehude, Vierne and Reger at 7 p.m., Friday, April 20, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. This concert […]

Playwriting festival returns for second year with eight original plays

After positive reactions towards Hesston College’s first “Pen to Paper to Performance” playwriting festival in 2017, the event is continuing for a second year under the coordination of Theatre Director Rachel Jantzi. Jantzi chose eight original plays from a large number of submissions that will be featured in the final showcase at 7 p.m., April […]

Playwriting festival to feature eight original plays

Hesston College’s second playwriting festival, “Pen to Paper to Performance,” will feature eight original plays by local writers and produced by Hesston College Theatre, April 27 and 28. The featured plays and playwrights will be: “Born Again” by Carol Duerksen “First Date” by Travis Duerksen and Mitchell Stutzman “Goodnight, Washington” by Patricia Middleton “Small Cups […]

“Ambassador of classical guitar” to bring music to performing arts series

The Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) series wraps up the 2017-18 season with a special collaboration among HBPA, the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra and Kansas Paraguay Partners. The result is a special guest for the April 8 concert: Latin Grammy® Award-nominated guitarist Berta Rojas, who ranks among today’s foremost classical guitarists. Thomas W. Douglas conducts the […]

Young keyboardists exhibit Baroque works at Bach Festival

caption – Division winners of Hesston College’s Bach Festival pictured with guest artist Frank Huang, left, are Zachary Lee, Chase Dwornicki, Riley Dwornicki, Ingrid Li, Amethyst Hale, Annie Nguyen, Aidan Hill, Trevor Penner, Hesston College piano instructor Dr. Bradley Baker, and David Cash. Hesston College hosted Bach Festival for young pianists and organists and music […]

Bel Canto Singers spring break tour will head east

Hesston College’s premier vocal ensemble, the Bel Canto Singers, will travel east for a spring break tour March 18 to 25 with 10 planned performances in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and South Dakota. The 29-voice mixed chamber choir, under the direction of Dr. Russell Adrian, will present a program entitled “Living Water,” which is […]

University of Tampa organist next up in organ series concert

Continuing to bring quality performing art from around the world to south central Kansas, the next concert in the 2017-18 Andover Organ Series will feature organist, Dr. Ryan Hebert at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The concert is free and open to the public. Dr. Hebert […]

Bach Festival to include recital by international concert pianist

The Hesston College Music Department will host the first Bach Festival for pianists, organists and music lovers in the region on March 9 and 10. The festival will center on the works, life and times of the great Baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach. Kicking off the festivities will be a recital by Frank Huang, assistant […]

Spring musical one of laughter, struggle and a pickup truck

Hesston College Theatre will present five performances of the show, “Hands On a Hardbody,” as the spring musical at 7 p.m., Feb. 28 to March 3 and 2 p.m., Mar. 4, at the AGCO Corp Auditorium in the Communication Center, 420 W. Lincoln Boulevard in Hesston. The show is rated PG for some mild language. […]

Andover Organ Series to feature Italian organist

Continuing to bring quality performing art from around the world to south central Kansas, the next concert in the 2017-18 Andover Organ Series will feature Italian organist, Davide Mariano at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The concert is free and open to the public. Born in […]

VOCES8 vocal ensemble to bring contemporary flavor to HBPA spring season

Having established themselves as one of the world’s best-loved singing groups, the British vocal ensemble VOCES8 will delight a Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) audience as part of their North American Tour at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus. The a cappella ensemble comprised of eight mixed voices […]