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A smooth and stylish sound set to take HBPA stage with all female group

November 4th, 2019

Lorelei Ensemble

Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts will hosts the all-female a cappella Lorelei Ensemble, Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus.

The New York Times describes the ensemble's sound as “warm, lithe and beautifully blended.” With bold programming and expertise spanning early to contemporary music, Lorelei is sure to please fans of HBPA favorites like The King’s Singers and Chanticleer.

With accolades such as “impeccable musicality” (Boston Globe) and “elegance, power, grace and beauty of the human voice” (Boston Music Intelligencer), the group has earned national praise for inventive programs that showcase the extraordinary flexibility and virtuosity of the human voice.  

The Boston-based 9-woman vocal chamber group is driven by a mission to advance and elevate women’s vocal ensembles and to enrich the repertoire through forward-thinking and co-creative collaboration. With inspiring artistic vision, Lorelei is compiling culturally relevant and artistically audacious programs that stretch and challenge expectations of both artists and audience.

All nine vocalists who make up the group are professionals whose independent soloist careers lend to the group’s rich and diverse palette.

During its HBPA visit, Lorelei will host a master class with choirs from Bethel College, Hesston College and Goessel High School.

Since its founding in 2007, Lorelei Ensemble has commissioned and previewed more than 50 new works. The group also has an extensive list of collaborations, including with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and has performed on famed stages across the country such as Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Art Museum.

Single tickets for Lorelei Ensemble are available starting at $23, with discounts available for senior citizens and students. Tickets can be purchased at hesstonbethel.org, by calling 620-327-8104 or in person at the Hesston College Bookstore or Bethel College Thresher Shop during regular business hours.

The next HBPA performance will feature The Swingles with a Christmas performance on Dec. 3.

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 cities of Hesston and 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.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.