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Holiday concert to feature ‘America’s Got Talent’ finalists

Sons of Serendip

The Sons of Serendip will be in Hesston Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Bethel students, pick up your free tickets in Thresher Shop!

The foursome, who were finalists in Season Nine of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” will ring in the Christmas season for Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) with their unique combination of harp, cello, piano/keyboard and voice.

They perform at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus.

As graduate students in a variety of fields at Boston University – law, cello performance, harp and theology – the men met through a series of serendipitous events.

Though it had been a part of each one’s life since childhood, music was not the primary focus for all of them.

After graduating and then working for a couple of years, vocalist Micah Christian had the opportunity to audition for “America’s Got Talent.” He invited his friends to join him, forming Sons of Serendip and shifting each man’s plan for his career and life.

The quartet first appeared on the NBC talent competition in May 2014. They finished 4th later that fall, gaining national attention. The end of the show was beginning of a musical journey for the newly formed group.

Now with three albums to their credit, including Christmas: Beyond the Lights (October 2015), the group continues to grow in popularity. Their recordings have been used in several performance-based reality television shows, and they have toured nationally, collaborating with orchestras and other musicians.

Micah Christian earned a Master of Divinity degree and spent time serving overseas prior to launching Sons of Serendip.

Christian became interested in music as a child and followed that passion through his undergraduate years, spending summers performing with an a cappella group called Hyannis Sound.

Kendall Ramseur is the group’s cellist as well as a singer-songwriter and composer. His history with the cello dates back to age 10, and his studies and career have all involved cello.

Featured on harp with Sons of Serendip is Mason Morton. After accepting an offer to learn harp for free as a child, Morton continued to play and teach others and eventually went to Boston University to learn from the teacher of his undergraduate instructor.

Cordaro Rodriguez, pianist, began teaching himself piano at age 10. After completing an undergraduate degree in psychology, he spent a year volunteering as an English teacher in Ecuador before earning his juris doctorate degree from Boston University.

Rodriguez has also produced music for several well-known international artists.

Reserved seating and general admission tickets for Sons of Serendip are available at hesstonbethel.org or by calling 620-327-8105. Single tickets are for sale at the Hesston College Bookstore in Erb Hall or Bethel College’s Thresher Shop in Schultz Student Center during regular business hours. Reserved seating is $27 for adults and senior citizens, and general admission seating ranges from $18 to $23. Discounts are available for students and senior citizens.

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 and the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Area businesses and patrons provide additional funding for the HBPA series.

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