2016-17 Goshen College Performing Arts Series

Another extraordinary season with ten great shows!

The Goshen College Music Center is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Performing Arts Series, which features 10 extraordinary performances. While sharing the common characteristic of virtuosity in their chosen fields, these performers comprise an eclectic series with music from many genres. As always, the series assures that you can experience an incredible breadth of top quality arts performances right here on the campus of Goshen College!

Performers in the 2016-17 Performing Arts Series – Core Shows

Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $50/$45/$32

Sun, Jan 29th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The Branford Marsalis Quartet will be joined by guest-vocalist Kurt Elling in a singular collaboration of musical forces. Following the format of a standard jazz quartet with vocals, the collaboration between jazz’s most intense band and one of jazz’s foremost singers will prove to be anything but standard.The tight-knit working band featuring Marsalis on saxophones, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums rarely invites other musicians into the folds of their nearly telepathically cohesive unit, but Elling brings a deep jazz vocabulary, technical versatility and outstanding intonation to the group.

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $50/$45/$32

Tue, Feb 28th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Formed in 1918 and conducted by Volodymyr Sirenko, the 95-member National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is considered to be one of the best symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe with multiple Grammy Award nominations. This distinguished ensemble displays its brilliance, warmth and expressive versatility in splendid works that will feature Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto as well as his great Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique.”

Pink Martini

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $60/$55/$42

Fri, Mar 10th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Back by popular demand, Pink Martini returns with their upbeat multilingual repertoire of classical, Latin, big band, samba, pop, and jazz music. Led by pianist Thomas Lauderdale, Pink Martini has gained a national following and has performed with more than 50 orchestras. Join these amazing talents for a not-to-be-missed evening of a musical travelogue from a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro to a quaint piazza in Naples, Italy. Throw yourself at the band’s eclectic tunes like “Sympathique,” “City of Night” and “Brazil,” as well as songs from their forthcoming album, which is set for a 2017 release.

Che Malambo

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $45/$40/$28

Tue, May 02nd @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The Argentine based company, Che Malmabo, excites audiences through precise footwork and rhythmic stomping, drumming of the bombos, and singing and whirling boleadoras (lassos with stones on the end). Presenting a thrilling, percussive dance and music spectacle, the company’s work celebrates the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho.

Che Malambo brings fiery Malambo traditions and virtuosic dancing to the contemporary stage for an exhilarating and entertaining show that is perfect for the entire family. Danced solely by men, the Malambo began in the 17th century as competitive duels that would challenge skills of agility, strength, and dexterity. Zapeteo, their fast paced footwork, is inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses in their native Argentina.

Series: 4 core shows + Blue & Green options

This year’s regular Series Ticket Package includes six concerts:

  • Four performances are set for each season ticket
  • You choose the additional two performances, one each from two sets of contrasting shows.
  • Of course, you can add as many of the remaining shows as you like to customize your personalized season package!

We hope that you will enjoy the expanded options, and that you join us for as many of these outstanding performances as possible!

We suggest submitting your season ticket orders as soon as possible to get seating in your preferred area with the same seat for each concert. Purchasing the series package yields savings of up to 15% over individually-priced tickets.

Blue Option Shows

Carrie Newcomer and Over the Rhine

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40/$35/$25

Sun, Sep 18th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

This special double billing concert will be a Midwestern musical night for the soul! Described as a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe, Indiana-based singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer’s music has always explored the intersection of the spiritual and the daily, the sacred and the ordinary. With 15 solo albums, Newcomer has attracted a devoted and international following with her warm voice and exquisite melodies. And when you listen to Ohio-based Over the Rhine, the supremely talented wife-husband jazzy folk duo, you will quickly fall under the spell of their compelling, soothing and earthy voices, and their insightful lyrics. God, love and death often show up in their faith-infused music as the couple Linford Detweiler, pianist and guitarist, and Karin Bergquist, vocalist and guitarist – explore life’s biggest questions.


Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40/$35/$25

Fri, Oct 28th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is now established as one of the most versatile and best-loved singing groups. Their singing has been described as “impeccable in its quality of tone and balance bringing a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning”. Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the ensemble performs a repertory from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements of pop and jazz standards.

Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40/$35/$25

Tue, Dec 13th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Cherish the Ladies, the popular and highly acclaimed Irish-American band, is returning to Sauder Concert Hall to delight our audience with a Celtic Christmas! Recently celebrating their 25th Anniversary, this all-female band combines a spectacular blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing. The Boston Globe writes, “It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do.”

Green Option Shows

Marc Cohn

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40/$35/$25

Sat, Oct 01st @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

After winning a Grammy for his ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of his generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales. Now, Cohn has put together a 25th anniversary multimedia show, performing his debut record from start to finish.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40/$35/$25

Fri, Feb 10th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Almost 30 years after they acquired international superstar status with Paul Simon’s Graceland album and after four Grammy Awards, Ladysmith Black Mambazo continues to tour the world as South Africa’s cultural ambassadors. With the power of gospel and the precision of Broadway, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is the undisputed king of mbube, South African a cappella singing. The group came together in the early 1960s, peacefully protesting apartheid through music, and continues to thrill audiences around the world with its strong, proud melodies harmonized in layers of call and response and its joyously energetic performances.


Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40/$35/$25

Fri, Mar 31st @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Formed in 2007 by trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth, a rising star in the classical music world, tenThing has rapidly established itself on the international scene and reinvented traditional notions of the brass band. The Norwegian 10-member, all-female ensemble performs lively arrangements of works by Weill, Bizet, Grieg, Piazzolla, Albeniz and Mozart, as well as original compositions.

We suggest submitting your orders as soon as possible to get seating in your preferred area with the same seat for each concert.

Purchasing the series packages reflect a 15% discount over individually priced tickets.  Individual tickets, if available, will go on sale Monday, August 1, 2016 at the Welcome Center or by ordering online at www.goshen.edu/tickets