Festival Events

2021 Messiah Festival of the Arts
Calendar of Events

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March 5th – April 4th: Lindsborg Collects… Lindsborg Art in Downtown Lindsborg

The Lindsborg Collects Exhibition showcases the privately owned art collections of local residents with a focus on artists who have a Lindsborg or Bethany College connection.  The show will be open at 105 N. Main Street in downtown Lindsborg from 1pm until 5pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

March 21st – May 23rd: 123rd Annual Midwest Art Exhibition at Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery

The 123rd annual Midwest Art Exhibition will feature works by Bethany College graduates Richard and Tom Klocke of Lawrence; mixed media woodcuts by Salina native Jim Sherraden of White Creeks, Tennessee; art by members of the Sandzén Gallery’s Show Committee (Cary Brinegar, Wayne Conyers, Maleta Forsberg, Michael Jilg, Elizabeth Liljegren, Ron Michael, Karla Prickett, and Rose Marie Wallen); and selections from the Dave Woolard Collection of Hays.

The gallery will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am until 5pm and on Sundays from 1pm until 5pm.  Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we will be unable to have an opening reception for the exhibition.

March 22nd – April 4th: Juried Student Art Exhibition at Mingenback Art Center

The Department of Art and Digital Media at Bethany College will host a corridor exhibition at Mingenback Art Center of artwork created by local women art instructors alongside the traditional juried exhibition of artwork created by Bethany College students, judged by visual artist Ms. Ruth Moritz.  An awards ceremony for the winning exhibiting art student work to be held after the A Celebration of Women in Leadership event ends on the Presser Auditorium stage on Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021 with a small reception to follow.

Sunday, March 21st at 3pm: Messiah Dress Rehearsal featuring Student Soloists at Presser Hall Auditorium

Student Soloists from the Bethany College Department of Music will sing the arias as part of the annual dress rehearsal of Handel’s Messiah.  This event will be livestreamed, and if the Covid situation allows a limited number of tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event.  Watch www.MessiahFestival.org for details.

Palm Sunday, March 28th at 3pm: A Celebration of Women in Leadership at Presser Hall Auditorium

This special event will feature prominent women in leadership who have a connection to Bethany College and/or Lindsborg, Kansas including Lindsborg Mayor Becky Anderson, Bethany College President Dr. Elizabeth Mauch, longtime Bethany College professor and women’s athletics coach Joyce Pigge, Bishop of the Central States Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Susan Candea, and Kansas Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Zabel-Wilson.  Also featured will be a special women’s chorus conducted by Mrs. Britney English, Vocal Music Teacher at Smoky Valley High School.  Following the event there will be a groundbreaking ceremony for the Alma Swensson Garden in Swensson Park just west of Presser Hall.  This event will be livestreamed, and if the Covid situation allows a limited number of tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event.  Watch www.MessiahFestival.org for details.

April 1st at 2:30pm: Student Honors Recital at Presser Hall Auditorium

The annual Messiah Festival of the Arts Student Honors Recital showcases the best music majors and minors of the Bethany College Music Department.  This event will be livestreamed, and if the Covid situation allows a limited number of tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event.  Watch www.MessiahFestival.org for details.

Good Friday, April 2nd: To Be Determined

A decision has not yet been made whether to perform Bach’s Passion according to St. Matthew live or to rebroadcast an earlier performance.  Watch www.MessiahFestival.org for a decision.

Easter Sunday, April 4th at 3pm: Handel’s Messiah at Presser Hall Auditorium

The Bethany Oratorio Society is planning a full performance of Handel’s Messiah on Easter Sunday with the full Oratorio Society Chorus and Orchestra.  To facilitate social distancing the chorus and orchestra, who will all be wearing special singing masks, will be spread throughout the Presser Hall Auditorium.  This event will be livestreamed, and if the Covid situation allows a limited number of tickets for balcony seating will be available at the door on the day of the event.  Watch www.MessiahFestival.org for details.

Jazz Walk and Theatre Productions: Dates and Details to be determined