Messiah, St. Matthew Passion & “A Spiritual Messiah” Concert

Messiah Festival of the Arts

Bethany College, Presser Hall, Lindsborg, Kansas

Palm Sunday: March 24, 2013, 3:00 pm
Handel’s “Messiah” performed by the Bethany Oratorio Society

Good Friday: March 29, 2013, 7:30 pm
Bach’s “Passion According to St. Matthew” performed by the Bethany Oratorio Society

Easter Sunday: March 31, 2013, 3:00 pm
“A Spiritual Messiah” performed by soloists from The American Spiritual Ensemble

Presentations of Handel’s Messiah (Palm Sunday) and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Good Friday) plus recitals, concerts and art exhibitions. Reserved seating. The Messiah Festival of Music and Art is host to the longest-running continual North American performance of Handel’s Messiah, now in its 132st year.

For the first time, this year’s special Easter Sunday concert will not be a reprise performance of Handel’s MESSIAH, but instead will be a program of spirituals which follow the dramatic themes and structure of Handel’s Messiah . The concert will be presented by members of the acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble and the Messiah Festival of the Arts choir.

Hear Cherry sing:
Take My Mother Home   [audio:http://www.cherryduke.com/sound/Take-My-Mother-Home.mp3|titles=Take My Mother Home |artists=arr. Hall Johnson]
Negro Spiritual, arranged by Hall Johnson
Recorded April 2010, live performance with piano

Soloists:
Karen Slack, soprano
Cherry Duke, mezzo-soprano
John Wesley Wright, tenor
Daniel Belcher, Bach baritone
Michael Preacely, baritone

Conductor: Jeffrey Wall