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Arts series announces eclectic year of music and performance

August 27th, 2018

Part of the sextet The King's Singers

The Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) series will bring a wide variety of music and performances from around the world to south-central Kansas for its 36th season.

Opening the year’s series on Oct. 23 will be the Cashore Marionettes: Life in Motion.

For more than 30 years, Joseph Cashore has designed and performed with his marionettes. This program features the marionettes in everyday scenes dealing with emotions and experiences set to music by composers such as Copland, Strauss and Beethoven.

The annual Christmas season performance will feature Sons of Serendip, Dec. 4. Finalists on season 9 of NBC’s hit show “America’s Got Talent,” the quartet blends a unique combination of harp, cello, piano/keyboard and voice.

Well-known and well-loved by HBPA audiences, The King’s Singers will present their “Gold50” program Feb. 12, 2019,  in celebration of the group’s 50 years of existence.

The program will feature a cappella arrangements of contemporary folk songs, art songs and pop songs, exploring music through the centuries.

The Berlin-based ensemble Armida Quartet takes the stage March 5 with “Mozart Exploded.”

Juxtaposing Mozart pieces with those by contemporary composers, the program re-envisions Mozart as a young, radical and modern composer. Readings of letters written by Mozart help supplement the experience.

Wrapping up the season will be singer/songwriter Ruth Moody, on April 9. As a member of the all-female folk group The Wailin’ Jennys, Moody brings her voice and impressive multi-instrumentalism to join a talented band for an enchanting evening of musicianship.

HBPA season ticket prices range from $80 to $90 for adults, with reduced rates for senior citizens. Single tickets can also be purchased for individual performances. Bethel College and Hesston College students receive free admission.

All performances this year are on Tuesday nights, at 7:30 p.m. The King’s Singers and the Ruth Moody Band will perform in Memorial Hall on the Bethel College campus, while the other three events take place at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus.

More information about the season and individual performances, as well as ticket information, can be found at hesstonbethel.org.

Started in 1982 as Hesston Performing Arts, the series expanded in 1998 when Hesston College joined forces with Bethel College for The Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts series. The series presents five performances by world-renowned or regionally acclaimed artists each year. HBPA is funded in part by the city of North Newton, Excel Industries and Hustler Turf Equipment (Hesston), the North Newton Community Foundation, the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Area businesses and patrons provide additional funding for the HBPA series.

HBPA is funded in part by the Hesston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city of North Newton, Excel Industries and Hustler Turf Equipment (Hesston), the North Newton Community Foundation, the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Area businesses and patrons provide additional funding for the HBPA series.

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