Mar 26, 2020 7:53 PM

Handel's 'Messiah' performances postponed

Posted Mar 26, 2020 7:53 PM
<b>The 2019 performance of Handel's 'Messiah.'</b> Photo courtesy the Messiah Festival of the Arts
The 2019 performance of Handel's 'Messiah.' Photo courtesy the Messiah Festival of the Arts

LINDSBORG -- The Messiah Festival of the Arts has announced changes to its schedule in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following statement was release this afternoon.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Messiah Festival of the Arts is announcing its plan to postpone all performances of Handel's Messiah scheduled for April 12, Easter Sunday, to Friday, June 19. Artistic Director, Mark Lucas said, "we had wanted to perform Messiah with a limited number of singers and players, but with the Governor's proclamation on March 24 we have chosen to forego that performance and focus on the planned performance on June 19, in conjunction with Lindsborg's Midsummers Festival." Lucas is inviting all singers and players who have ever performed Messiah to join in the performance in June. "There will be a brief rehearsal earlier that day, but otherwise everyone is invited to just show up and perform."

It is hoped that this may be a time for members of the community and the region to come together after staying home for so long to combat the virus. If for any reason there are still restrictions in place in June, Lucas said he and all those involved with planning for the Messiah Festival of the Arts will reevaluate. First and foremost is our attention to the health and safety of our performers and patrons.

"Handel's Messiah will be performed in Lindsborg, by members of the Bethany Oratorio Society, in 2020. Exactly how that will look depends on guidelines set by our local, state, and national officials." While a delay of the Messiah may seem unprecedented, it was postponed in 1918, and continued successfully thereafter!

The Messiah performance will be free and open to the public. However, a free-will offering will be taken to offset the costs of the performance.

Those who have already purchased tickets to attend in person will receive an email from the Messiah Festival Ticket Office with instructions on how to receive a refund or choose store credit. Store credit can be used to purchase tickets through the Messiah Festival website for any future events. If you have purchased tickets and do not receive an email in the next week, please contact Taylor Deutscher at [email protected].

All other events planned as part of Messiah Festival of the Arts, 2020: Celebrating Women in the Arts, are modified as follows, although subject to change.


March 29 – May 31 122nd Annual Midwest Art Exhibition, 10am-5pm @ Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery, Lindsborg, KS


Because of the Coronavirus, the Sandzen Gallery closed, March 18, 2020, and plans to reopen on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, (subject to change) The opening reception planned for Sunday, March 29, 2020 will be postponed and held as a closing reception on Sunday, May 31, 2020, from 2 to 4 pm, with exhibition talks at 2:30 pm. The exhibitions feature works by Steve Scott, Fern Cole, James Mages and Selected women artists from the Gallery's permanent collection.

March 29 Messiah Dress Rehearsal featuring student soloists, 3pm @ Presser Hall Auditorium


March 16 – April 17 Juried Student Art Exhibition @ Mingenback Art Center, Bethany College campus (corner of Olsson and 2nd street, Lindsborg.


The award ceremony for the artworks selected will be in the Mingenback Art Gallery April 5, at 4:30 pm for on-campus students only.

April 2 Fine Arts Preview Day Band Concert, 1:30 PM @ Presser Hall, Bethany College campus

MODIFICATION: The band concert will be modified to a jazz concert and is postponed to Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 1:30 PM at Presser Hall.

April 3 & April 4: Little Women: The Broadway Musical,” a production is a partnership of talent of The Bethany College Theatre Department and Lindsborg’s Broadway R.F.D. in Burnett Center, Bethany College campus. Tickets: $15 adults, $7 students — general admission


Tentative performances of “Little Women: The Broadway Musical” are planned for Thursday, October 15 @ 7:30 pm, Friday, October 16 @ 7:30 pm and Saturday, October 17 @ 2:00 pm, in Burnett Center. These performances are pending approval by Music Theatre International.

April 4 Maker’s Street, 5-8 PM @ Downtown Lindsborg

POSTPONED TO: Saturday, October 17, 2020, 5-8 PM @ Downtown Lindsborg.

April 4 Landmark Concert Series – Jazz Walk, 7 PM @ Downtown Lindsborg

POSTPONED TO: Saturday, October 17, 2020, 7 PM @ Downtown Lindsborg.

April 5 (Palm Sunday) *“A Celebration of Women in Leadership,” 3:00 PM @ Bethany Lutheran Church

POSTPONED TO: Sunday, October 18, 2020. This event will feature keynote speaker, Kansas Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Zabel-Wilson, a graduate of Bethany College, as well as Susan Candea, Bishop of the Central States Synod of the E.L.C.A. and other important local women. Also featured will be a 100 voice women’s chorus under the direction of Mrs. Britney English. The prices for this ticket event are listed at

April 7 Recital featuring Messiah Soloists, 7:30 PM @ Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church


April 9 Student Honors Recital, 2:30 PM @ Pearson Chapel

POSTPONED TO: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2:30 pm, Pearson Chapel, Mabee Welcome Center, Bethany College campus.

April 10 (Good Friday) *J.S. Bach’s “Passion According to St. Matthew,” 7:30 PM @ Presser Hall, Bethany College campus. Tickets: $17 — reserved seating



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Look for ways to help children cope during crisis, experts say

MANHATTAN – Children and adults experience and react differently in times of crisis.

“We sometimes only think of disasters as weather-related events, but we know that anything that disrupts daily life and community well-being on a large scale is a disaster,” said Bradford Wiles, associate professor and extension specialist with Kansas State University’s College of Health and Human Services. “Thinking about and being compassionate in how we all feel and process our emotions is crucial to our own, our families’, and our communities’ resilience in the face of the current pandemic.” 

A K-State publication, written by Wiles and associate professor and extension specialist Elizabeth Kiss, includes information that can help communities recognize the negative effects that tough times have on the mental well-being of children.

The publication, titled Disasters: Children’s Responses and Helping Them Recover, is available online from the K-State Research and Extension bookstore.

Wiles and Kiss outline suggested ways parents can help children cope during hard times:

  1. Reassure the child that you are still together and that you will be there to help as long as you can.
  2. Return to pre-disaster routines to the extent possible, including bedtime, bath time, meal time and waking up times.
  3. Make sure you are taking care of yourself. It can be difficult to take care of a child if you are not feeling well.
  4. Talk with your child about your feelings.
  5. Encourage children to draw, write or tell stories about their experiences. Talking about how the disaster or tough time has changed them can be beneficial.

The publication also includes signs to look for in children and how to emerge in a positive direction from times of crisis.

K-State Research and Extension has compiled numerous publications and other information to help people take care of themselves and others during times of crisis. See the complete list of resources online.

Local K-State Research and Extension agents are still on the job during this time of closures and confinement. They, too, are practicing social distancing. Email is the best way to reach them, but call forwarding and voicemail allow for closed local offices to be reached by phone as well (some responses could be delayed). To find out how to reach your local agents, visit the K-State Research and Extension county and district directory.

Signs of depression

Signs of depression in early childhood: tantrums, physical complaints, brief periods of sadness, listlessness or hyperactivity, lack of interest in activities, withdrawal.

Signs of depression in middle childhood: new phobias, hyperactivity, conduct disorders (lying or stealing), refusal to leave parents, periods of sadness, vague anxiety or agitation, suicidal thoughts.

Signs of depression in adolescents: changes in appearance, withdrawal, fatigue, eating problems, substance abuse, risk-taking, sudden change in peer group, loss of interest, sleep problems, hostility, suicidal thoughts.

-- Source: Disasters: Children’s Responses and Helping Them Recover