About HBPA

Since 1998, Hesston Bethel Performing Arts has brought internationally renowned performers to central Kansas. Bringing in a wide range of classical, folk, jazz, vocal, and chamber groups to the Hesston College and Bethel College campuses, HBPA arranges 4-5 diverse concerts every year. Funding for these concerts is provided through a variety of federal, state and corporate grants, private donors, and the two colleges.

History of HBPA

The series started in 1982 as Hesston Performing Arts (HPA) with funding and planning provided by Hesston College and the Hesston community. In 1998 HPA planners launched a partnership with Bethel College, and the series name changed to Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts. Hesston College in Hesston and Bethel College in North Newton host performances each year.

2014-15
Third Coast Percussion
Neal Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway
St. Louis Brass
The King’s Singers
Trio Voronezh
2013-14
JazzReach featuring the Metta Quintet
Wichita Chamber Chorale
Rachel de Benedet
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Soweto Gospel Choir
2012-13
Turtle Island Quartet
David Adam Moore performs Schubert’s “Winterreise”
Sweet Honey In The Rock
Ballet Folklorico “Quetzalli” de Veracruz
Calmus
2011-12
Canadian Brass
St. Petersburg Quartet
Igudesman and Joo: A Little Nightmare Music
Celtic Crossroads
The Rose Ensemble
2010-11
The Wailin’ Jennys
Viver Brasil
Chanticleer
Lyric Arts Trio: American Voices
Three-Part Invention
2009-10
Kansas City Chorale
A Universe of Dreams—Ensemble Galilei with NPR’s Neal Conan
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Chatham Baroque
Lawrence Children’s Choir
2008-09
Rick Benjamin’s Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
Lieurance Woowind Quintet
The King’s Singers
David Munnelly Band
Trio Voronezh
John McCutcheon–HBPA Endowment Benefit concert
2007-08
Nathaniel Dett Chorale
Gil Shaham
Opera Kansas
Wailin’ Jennys
Boston Brass
2006-07
Chanticleer
Salzburg Chamber Soloists
Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony with guest Marc O’Connor
Doug Talley Quartet
Carrie Newcomer
2005-06
April Verch Band
Ustad Mahwash and Ensemble Kaboul
Soweto Gospel Choir
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Imani Winds
2004-05
Triple Play
Cleveland Duo and James Umble
Kansas Brass Quintet
King’s Singers
Rajaton
2003-04
John McCutcheon
Scholars of London
Brazilian Guitar Quartet
Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Windsbacher Knabenchor (replaced by Kansas City Chorale)
2002-03
St. Louis Brass Quintet
Anonymous 4
Wichita Chamber Chorale Christmas Program
Klezmatics
Cantus
2001-02
Chanticleer
Three Baritones and a Lady
Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Borromeo String Quartet
2000-01
Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers of Los Angeles
A Gershwin Party
Baltimore Consort
Jitro Czech Girls’ Choir
Beppe Gambetta
1999-2000
National Chamber Orchestra of Toulouse
American Boychoir
Sonny Bates
Singphoniker
Amici Trio
1998-99
The Nylons
Ballet Folklorico
“I Am Annie Mae” – Naomi Carrier
Chorovaya Akademia
John McCutcheon and Tom Chapin
1997-98
Wayland Pickard
Wichita Chamber Chorale
Pieces of Eight
Zhao Rongchun
Andes Manta
1996-97
Camerata Trajectina
Aileen and Elkin Thomas
“A Victorian Christmas Show” – The American Magic-Lantern Theater
Anonymous 4
Vivaldi Traveling Virtuosi
1995-96
Chanticleer
“Rembrandt: A Portrait” – Klaas Hofstra
The St. Olaf Choir
Rhythm & Brass
Tony Brown
1994-95
Mighty Clouds of Joy
The Falla Guitar Trio
Jitro
The Battle Cry Band
Singing City
1993-94
Ballet Folklorico de Veracruz
Special Consensus
The Vienna Choir Boys
Rick Sowash
The San Francisco Saxophone Quartet
1992-93
Butch Thompson Trio
Ensemble Europa
Pokrovsky – A Village Christmas
“Chopin Lives” – Robert Guralnik
The Elmer Iseler Singers
1991-92
Sister Sadie and the Famous Biblettes
The Chestnut Brass Company
Quink
Crofut and Brubeck: Anything Goes
The Vivaldi Travelling Circus
1990-91
King’s Singers
Greene Magician
John McCutcheon
Calliope
Kroeker-Fast Piano Duo
1989-90
Mozart on Fifth
Phillip and Ellen Frohnmeyer
Ballet Folclorico Nacional de Mexico
New Christy Minstrals
The American Boychoir
1988-89
The Romanian National Choir
FRULA: Yugoslavian Folk Dancers
Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers
Bryan Bowers Bluegrass Autoharp
Chanticleer
1987-88
P.D.Q. Bach – Professor Peter Shickele
John McCutcheon
The Gregg Smith Singers
The Western Wind
Charles Pace Presents: “No Shackles on My Soul”
1986-87
The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers
The Broadway Marionettes present “A Christmas Carol”
King’s Singers
Ballet Folclorico de Mexico
HPA Dinner Theatre “My Old Friends”
1985-86
“Will Rogers’ USA” – Gene McFall
Saint Louis Brass Quintet
New Swingle Singers
Vienna Choir Boys
The Stars from the D’Oyly Carte in “The Best of Gilbert & Sullivan”
1984-85
“Under the Yum Yum Tree” – Repertory Theatre of AmericaRomanian National Choir
I Solisti Italiani
King’s Singers
Manitoba Mennonite Children’s Choir
1983-84
Eduardo FernandezThe Vienna Choir Boys
The New Swingle Singers
James and Julie Rivers
1982-83
Bryan Bowers autoharp and Hot Rize
“The Nutcracker” – Tulsa Ballet
The Roger Wagner Chorale
An original two-act play based on the short stories of Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain – Boston’s Chamber Repertory Theatre