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Lindsborg’s ‘Messiah’ tickets to go on sale Jan. 2

  • Published Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at 9:59 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at 12:26 a.m.

Tickets for the 132nd annual production of Handel’s Messiah go on sale beginning Jan. 2 at Bethany College in Lindsborg.

The college’s production of the Messiah is one of the oldest Lenten traditions in North America. The 2013 Messiah Festival of the Arts is scheduled for March 24-31.

Priority tickets of the Messiah performances and Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” go on sale Jan. 2 with general admission tickets going on sale Feb. 15. With priority seating tickets, people can save their seats from last year or have first choice at new seats.

The Messiah tradition in Lindsborg began in 1879 when 22-year-old Carl Aaron Swensson and his wife, Alma, arrived and he became pastor of the Bethany Lutheran Church. Within two years, he started Bethany College for the immigrant children of the parish to receive a higher education. Swensson had seen a community church in Illinois do a rendition of the Messiah and vowed to produce it in Lindsborg.

To purchase tickets: Beginning Jan. 2, call Bethany’s Messiah Coordinator Blakely Bunning at 785-227-3311, ext. 8137, between 1 and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or e-mail bunningb@bethanylb.edu.

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