2017-18 Goshen College Performing Arts Series

An extraordinary season celebrating 20 years of great performances!

The Goshen College Music Center is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Performing Arts Series, with 10 extraordinary performances featuring new artists and returning audience favorites. While sharing the common characteristic of virtuosity in their respective 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 2017-18 Performing Arts Series – Core Shows

The Knights

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $45/$40/$28

Tue, Nov 14th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The trailblazing Israeli mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital and soulful Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh team up with the dynamic Brooklyn-based chamber orchestra, The Knights, for an extraordinary evening, grounded in the classical tradition and crossing boundaries into the worlds of Middle Eastern, Balkan, klezmer. The Knights are a collective of adventurous musicians, dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audiences and music. Through adventurous programming, unbridled energy and a collaborative music-making process, The Knights bring classical music to life in a way that surprises and inspires both new and longtime listeners.

Audra McDonald

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $70/$65/$55

Fri, Feb 23rd @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actress. The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2015 and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. Raised in Fresno, California, the Julliard-trained soprano is equally at home on Broadway and opera stages as she is in roles on film and television. Of her many roles, her favorites are those performed offstage: passionate advocate for equal rights and homeless youth, wife to actor Will Swenson, and mother to her children.

The Chieftains

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $60/$55/$45

Sat, Mar 03rd @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Six-time Grammy Award-winners The Chieftains, have been highly recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and international scale. Their ability to transcend musical boundaries and blend tradition with modern music has notably hailed them as one of the most renowned and revered musical groups. Never afraid to shock purists and push boundaries, in their 55 years together The Chieftains have amassed a dizzyingly varied resume, and have broken many musical boundaries by collaborating and performing with some of the biggest names in rock, pop and traditional music in Ireland and around the world.

Garrison Keillor

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $70/$65/$55

Sun, May 06th @ 4:00 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

As a fitting finale to our anniversary season, Garrison Keillor returns to Goshen College with his signature blend of humor, charisma and wisdom as he shares his journey to becoming one of America’s greatest storytellers. Keillor regaled audiences for more than 40 years as the host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” and he continues to bring stories to life on public radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac.” Sharing his passion for everything from creativity and literacy to the great journey of life, Garrison entertains with a sage yet wry perspective, inspiring with kernels of wisdom audiences carry long after he has left the stage.

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

Time for Three

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40/$35/$25

Sun, Nov 05th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The groundbreaking, category-shattering string trio Time for Three (Tf3) transcends traditional classification, with elements of classical, country western, gypsy and jazz idioms forming a blend all its own. The members — Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin; Charles Yang violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass — carry a passion for improvisation, composing and arranging, all prime elements of the ensemble’s playing. Tf3’s high-energy performances are free of conventional practices, drawing instead from the members’ differing musical backgrounds. For this special performance, Tf3 will be joined by the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra for a portion of the concert.


Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40/$35/$25

Fri, Dec 08th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, the San Francisco based, GRAMMY award-winning ensemble Chanticleer will present “A Chanticleer Christmas,” the group’s most beloved program.  The concert presents the power and mystery, warmth and intimacy of the season through Gregorian chant, Renaissance and contemporary gems, and traditional carols.  Celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2018, Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of twelve male voices ranging from soprano to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz and popular genres, as well as contemporary composition.

The Wailin’ Jennys

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40/$35/$25

Sun, Apr 15th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Back in Goshen by popular demand, Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse bring three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound of the Juno award-winning Wailin’ Jennys. With beautiful, heart-stopping harmonies, uplifting repertoire and engaging stage presence, the Wailin’ Jennys have delighted and charmed audiences for more than a decade. Their acoustic blend of bluegrass, folk and roots music has been featured on A Prairie Home Companion and alongside Bonnie Raitt and Rosanne Cash. Together they forge a unified folk-pop sound — all delivered with the irresistible vocal power of three.

Green Option Shows

Canadian Brass

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $45/$40/$30

Sat, Sep 16th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

With an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group.” In its 47th season, the “Kings of Brass,” as described by the Ottawa Citizen, have performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world, and have delighted hundreds of millions of listeners with their more than 137 recordings and videos with nearly every major recording label since 1970. Renowned for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances (and known for their unique performance attire of formal black suits with white running shoes), the award-winning quintet is almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today.

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $45/$40/$30

Sat, Oct 14th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter hits the road in 2017, performing songs from her expansive 14-album catalog and new songs from her latest record The Things That We Are Made Of, released May 6, 2016.

Produced by 2016 Producer of the Year Grammy-nominee Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album features eleven new songs written by Carpenter, and has received critical acclaim from NPR and Rolling Stone, among others. The Associated Press calls it, “…an evocative collection of songs,” while The Huffington Post declares, “…Carpenter is now at the height of her musical career, painting a compelling, relevant piece of art tinged with mixed feelings of grief and joy, all without preaching or darkening our minds with sadness.”

Beloved by fans and critics alike, Carpenter has recorded 14 albums and sold over 14 million records. Previously, in 2014, Carpenter released her debut orchestral album, Songs From The Movie, which was arranged and co-produced by six-time Grammy winner Vince Mendoza. Since it’s release, Carpenter has performed alongside the New York Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra, the L.A. Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra among many others.

Yamato – The Drummers of Japan

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $45/$40/$30

Fri, Feb 09th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

With a thunderous pulse and rhythmic beats that envelop the entire audience, Japanese drummers Yamato create a percussive sound that stirs the hearts of people everywhere. Founded in 1993 in Nara, Japan, ‘the land of Yamato” is said to be the birthplace of Japanese culture. These highly-trained performers travel the world over with Japan’s traditional Wadaiko drums - made of animal skin and ancient trees, some of which are more than 400 years old -recreating the pulse, or “Shin-On,” which is carried down from antiquity and resonates within all bodies.

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 Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Box Office or by ordering online at www.goshen.edu/tickets