135th Messiah Festival of the Arts

(Deb) Welcome back folks. And Frank is going to take us to Lindsborg, one of our favorite places in Kansas. If you have never been to Lindsborg, and I can’t imagine who hasn’t, but that whole town is an experience. The food, the museums, the shops, the entire town is just an experience. (Frank) It is. It’s a little Sweden is what it is. There’s a lot of food, something always going on there. And a lot of arts and music and everything else. So, it’s an incredible place. (Deb) It’s an incredible place. And it’s so pretty and I know Heather and I got to go out, I don’t know how time flies, could of been last month, could of been ten years ago, but we stayed at the hotel there with our kids and it was a wonderful experience. It was truly like being in Europe. If you get the chance, do take the opportunity to spend the night in the hotel. (Frank) Oh ya. (Deb) Because that, that just waking up there is like a European breakfast and just the whole feel of it, is so nice. So nice. (Frank) Yea and there’s a great opportunity coming up which I am going to talk about and that is the 135th performance of Handel’s Messiah. But the whole thing is, well there’s a whole story about it. So, I’m not going to give it away now. But the thing is, if you can this year, there’s still time, make plans to go and see the music and the art that is presented around this Easter season in Lindsborg, Kansas. (Deb) And do take time. If you can plan more than just showing up like I said, for the performance, take the time to experience everything the town has to offer. And the hotel may be booked up by now, but stay in the area, spend some real time there. Cause not far away you’ve got Coronado Heights. So you could go visit Coronado Heights while you’re there and take a hike to work off some of the rich food that you’re going to have in Lindsborg. So, it’s just the total experience. The whole thing is a total experience. (Frank) So, let’s hear about Easter week in Lindsborg. The theme of the 135th Messiah Festival of the Arts is “Imagine” and will feature a wide variety of art, music and theatrical events during the 10-day event beginning March 18 and continuing through Easter Sunday, March 27. The Festival will kick off on Palm Sunday weekend with the opening of the Juried Student Art Exhibit in the Mingenback Gallery and production of Lucas Hnath’s play “The Christians” in the Burnett Center, both on the Bethany campus. “The Christians” was described by the New York Times as “a white-knuckled drama about…a theological battle”, “…a deeply affecting new play.” “The Christians” will be performed Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. On Palm Sunday, the Bethany Oratorio Society will present “A Musical Tribute to Dr. Walter J. Pelz.” Dr. Pelz is a renowned Lindsborg musician and has been honored for his contributions as a composer and church organist. He was a Bethany music professor for 30 years beginning his career at the College in 1969. He has composed several hundred works that are included in hymnals and featured on many recordings. He was most recently honored by the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians at its national convention in 2015. The Bethany Oratorio Society will perform its historic and rich performances of J.S. Bach’s “Passion According to St. Matthew” on Good Friday, March 25 and G.F. Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter Sunday, March 27. The Bethany Oratorio Society has been performing Handel’s “Messiah” continuously since 1882 and Bach’s “Passion” since 1929. During Holy Week each year in Lindsborg, the more than 300 member community chorus and orchestra are joined by professional operatic guest soloists for the performances. Guest soloists this year include: Anders Jakéus, bass; Alison Collins, soprano; Clea Huston, mezzo; Randolph Lacy, tenor; Leslie John Flanagan, bass; and Brian Stranghoner, tenor. Full biographies of each soloist can be found on the Messiah website at www.messiahfestival.org. Tickets are $22 or $25 for each concert and are now on sale. They can be purchased online at www.messiahfestival.org or by calling the Messiah Festival office. Additional events in the Messiah Festival schedule include the Fourth Annual Art Installation Displays in downtown Lindsborg, the Midwest Art Exhibit at the Birger Sandzén Gallery, Symphonic Band Concert, and Student Honors Recital. A full list of activities and performances can be found online. Hallelujah!