Little Sweden USA

A blog about Lindsborg

Welcome to Lindsborg Town Talk, your source for news about upcoming events and activities in Lindsborg.

This weekend marks the beginning of the Messiah Festival of Music and Arts in Lindsborg. The festival begins on Palm Sunday and runs through Easter Sunday, March 23rd.

On Palm Sunday, the festival opens with a juried student art exhibition and reception at the Mingenback Art Center, located on the Bethany campus. The art show runs from 1 until 3pm.

Then, at 3pm, is the first of many musical performances during the week. The Bethany Oratorio Society presents Handel’s Messiah, performed at Presser Hall.

The music continues on Monday with a concert by the Bethany College Symphonic Band at 7:30 at Presser Hall.

Then on Tuesday, the Messiah Festival Soloists will perform at a recital at Presser Hall, at 7:30pm.

As the week progresses, folks will have an opportunity to learn more about the organ at Presser Hall during a demonstration that begins at 1pm on Wednesday.

On Thursday, March 20th, folks will have a chance to learn more about the composers and music that make up part of the Messiah Festival. Starting at 10:30 at Lindquist Hall, this presentation by Michael Shasberger will discuss how the faiths of Handel and Bach influenced the music that is performed during the Messiah Festival.

On Good Friday, the Bethany Oratorio Society presents Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, at 7:30pm at Presser Hall.

Visitors to the Messiah Festival will have two chances to view the theater production, “Las Casas, the Tears of the Indians”, at 2pm and 7:30pm, on Saturday, at the Burnett Center.

The festival week concludes on Easter Sunday afternoon. At 3pm, at Presser Hall, is the final performance of Handel’s Messiah.

Tickets are required for both performances of Handel’s Messiah as well as Bach’s St Matthew Passion; all other events are free and open to the public.

Throughout the week there will be other activities too numerous to mention here as well as special exhibits at the Sandzen Gallery. Visit the Bethany College website for full details.

till next time, this is Mike Rodriquez with Lindsborg Town Talk.

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