Today’s Holiday: Lindsborg Messiah Festival

Today’s Holiday:
Lindsborg Messiah Festival

The first Messiah Festival in Lindsborg, Kansas, was held in 1882 by a group of Swedish immigrants led by Dr. Carl Swensson and his wife Alma. Using the 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. The annual festival’s program consists primarily of choral works, oratorios, and solo recitals. Lindsborg’s Messiah Festival is often referred to as the “Oberammergau of the Plains.” More…:

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