2018-19 Performing Arts Series

An extraordinary season celebrating 21 years of great performances!

The Goshen College Music Center is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 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!

NEW THIS YEAR – More performances, options, and bigger discounts!

This year’s regular season ticket package again includes six concerts:

  • Four core performances are set for each season ticket
  • Choose two additional performances from the remaining choices. Of course, you can add as many of the remaining performances as you would like to customize your season ticket package

The more performances you choose, the bigger the discount on your season ticket package! Choose the basic, six ticket package and receive a 5% discount. Choose 7-8 performances and receive a 8% discount. Choose 9-10 performances and receive a 10% discount, and when you choose all 11, you receive a 12% discount, for a savings of up to $60!

Performers in the 2018-19 Performing Arts Series – Core Shows

An Evening with Gillian Welch

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $45, $40, $35

Tue, Oct 09th @ 8:00 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Gillian Welch’s rich and remarkable career spans over twenty years, and is a pillar of the modern acoustic music world. After moving to Nashville in the early 1990s, Welch was launched into the public consciousness when Emmylou Harris recorded a cover of Welch’s “Orphan Girl.” Her career continued to flourish as her 1996 debut Revival, produced by T Bone Burnett, was released to critical acclaim. Firmly on the roots music map following the release, Welch followed up that Grammy nominated album release with 1998’s Hell Among The Yearlings, a stark duet record with partner David Rawlings, further solidifying the duo as a force in the folk music scene. When Welch served as executive producer as well as a performer on the eight times platinum O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, she was awarded the Album of the Year Grammy Award win, and was simultaneously nominated for her own Time (The Revelator)

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $50, $45, $35

Wed, Feb 27th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields — formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians — is one of the world’s greatest chamber orchestras, renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s greatest classical music. Today, the Academy is led by music director and virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, and retains the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble which has become an Academy hallmark. This tour marks the celebration of the orchestra’s 60th anniversary and will feature Jeremy Denk, a MacArthur ‘Genius’ and one of America’s foremost pianists, performing Mozart Piano Concerto No 12.

The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $55, $50, $40

Sat, Apr 13th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 is one of the most unique and thrilling musical collaborations ever assembled. With twenty Grammy Awards between them, these two musically iconic groups have joined forces to perform together. Unlike other music co-bills or meetings, The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 were not content to sing a set and simply join each other for a finale. They have created musical moments on-stage – singing and performing nearly a dozen songs together – during this show. You will experience the creativity, excitement, and renowned performances that only two phenomenal groups can bring to one stage, in-the-moment.

Straight No Chaser

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $64/$59/$48

Mon, Apr 22nd @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of nine unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense… and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.

Performers in the 2018-19 Performing Arts Series – Choice Shows

Conspirare: Considering Matthew Shepard

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40, $35, $25

Fri, Sep 14th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Described as “brilliant,” “powerful,” “innovative,” “dazzling” and “gripping,” when it debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart, Considering Matthew Shepard, showcases the Grammy Award-winning artistry of Conspirare’s singers performing a concert-length fusion oratorio with song, chamber instrumentation and projected media. Led by artistic director and composer Craig Hella Johnson, this work is a musical response to the tragic death that sparked a revolution in our understanding of hate crime legislation. Jason Marsden, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, calls it “the most intricate, beautiful and unyielding artistic response to this notorious anti-gay hate crime.” This performance marks the return of Conspirare to Sauder Concert Hall, where this work was originally recorded.

I’m With Her

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $45, $40, $30

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

A band of extraordinary chemistry and exquisite musicianship, I’m With Her features Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan. Collectively, the multi-Grammy Award-winners have released nine solo efforts, co-founded two seminal bands (Nickel Creek and Crooked Still) and contributed to critically- acclaimed albums from a host of esteemed artists. But from its very first moments, their full-length debut See You Around reveals the commitment to creating a wholly-unified band sound. With each track born from close songwriting collaboration, I’m With Her builds an ineffable magic from their finespun narratives and breathtaking harmonies. NPR asserts they “know how to gather round a microphone and sing directly from their heart to yours. Purity is the brilliance behind I’m With Her.”

The 5 Browns

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $45, $40, $30

Sat, Dec 15th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The 5 Browns are delivering on their dream to wake up classical music by introducing it to the widest, largest and most excited audience they can find. Brothers and sisters Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae are the first family of five siblings ever accepted simultaneously to New York’s Juilliard School, and have released three CDs that each went to #1 on Billboard Magazine’s Classical Album Chart. The New York Post has proclaimed: “One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years.” Whether performing individually or together, The 5 Browns reveal a deep connection to the intent of their material while bringing a fresh energy and dynamic character to the color and tonal spectrum of their sound.

Imago Theater presents FROGZ!

Where: Umble Center

Price: $35, $30, $25

Multiple Dates — Umble Center

Internationally acclaimed for its special brand of vaudeville, comedy, illusions and Cirque Du Soleil-evoking acrobatics, Portland-based Imago Theatre is bringing their classic favorite FROGZ! to Goshen’s Umble Center for two performances. FROGZ! combines mime, dance, original music and special effects to create a menagerie like no other — frogs, lizards, windbags, cowboys, sloths and penguins fill the stage with wit, wonder and mesmerizing Felliniesque mayhem. Imago’s wordless productions are hailed by critics and audiences worldwide. The New York Times declares “Theatre like this opens the eyes to the possibilities of exploration in the vast realm of the imagination. Inspired fun!” Sophisticated, universally appealing and highly entertaining, FROGZ! has fans of all ages returning again and again.

Seraphic Fire with American Brass Quintet

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40, $35, $25

Tue, Feb 19th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Exploring of the rich Spanish tradition of music for voice and brass, The American Brass Quintet and Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire join together for a journey across Spain’s storied Camino de Santiago via the music of Victoria, Morales, Guerrero and a world-premiere of O Antiphons by Australian-Canadian composer Julian Revie. Led by Founder and Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley, Miami-based Seraphic Fire brings top ensemble singers and instrumentalists from around the country to present high-quality performances of under-performed music with cultural significance. The American Brass Quintet, committed to the promotion of brass chamber music through performance and education for more than 50 years, is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time and celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world.

The StepCrew

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40, $35, $25

Fri, Mar 29th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The unbelievably dynamic and entertaining dance troupe The Step Crew combines three styles of percussive dance — Irish, Tap and Ottawa Valley — to achieve the ultimate balance of respecting traditional forms of dance and creating exciting modern fusions never seen before. With virtuosic performers from the likes of The Chieftains, Cherish The Ladies and Bowfire, this cast of outstanding talent takes you on a dance journey to show audiences the amazing similarities and differences between these three captivating styles. If dancing weren’t enough, The Step Crew boasts three world-class fiddlers backed by an amazing five-piece ensemble comprised of some of the most talented and respected musicians in the Celtic music scene today. The show will have the audience literally on its feet!

Arturo Sandoval

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40, $35, $25

Sat, May 18th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Cuban-American jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval has evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn. This Latin jazz pioneer and 10-time Grammy Award-winner delivers dynamic and vivacious live performances with his sextet, captivating audiences with his lyrical improvisation and virtuoso capabilities. In addition to his 19 Grammy nominations, he has received six Billboard Awards as well as an Emmy Award for his underscore composition for the HBO movie based on his life, “For Love or Country,” in which Andy Garcia portrays Sandoval.

We hope that you will enjoy the abundant options, and that you join us for as many of these outstanding performances as you can! We suggest submitting your season ticket orders as soon as possible to reserve seating in your preferred area with the same seat for each concert. Current season ticket holders will receive priority seating if they return their order form before Friday, June 15.