Messiah Festival

Messiah Festival

March-April; eight days during Easter week
The first Messiah Festival in Lindsborg, Kansas, was held in 1882 by a group of Swedish immigrants under the leadership of Dr. and Mrs. Carl Swensson. Using the voices of local townspeople, the Swenssons established what is now known as the Bethany Oratorio Society, a group of 400 singers that includes faculty and students from Bethany College and a 50-member symphony orchestra. Other groups that perform at the annual festival include the Bethany College Choir and the Bethany Community Symphony Orchestra.
The program consists primarily of choral works, oratorios, and solo recitals, often by guest soloists such as Barbara Hocher, D'Anna Fortunato, Ronald Corrado, and Susan von Reichenback. All concerts are held at the college's Presser Auditorium. Lindsborg's Messiah Festival is often referred to as the "Oberammergau of the Plains." ( See also Oberammergau Passion Play.)
CONTACTS:
Bethany College
421 N. First St.
Lindsborg, KS 67456
785-227-3311; fax: 785-227-2004
www.bethanylb.edu
SOURCES:
MusFestAmer-1990, p. 61
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A devoted member of the Bethany Oratorio Society, Blomberg sang and participated in 57 seasons of the Messiah Festival of the Arts at Bethany.