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.
The Steel Wheels, an Americana band with Mennonite roots, will return to Goshen on Friday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m., for a concert sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and 91.1 The Globe (WGCS) in the historic downtown Goshen Theater
The Steel Wheels have enthralled audiences across the country with their heady brew of original, soulful mountain music for almost a decade. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the band blends old-time musical traditions with their own original sound.
Trent Wagler’s weathered tenor is joined by bell-clear four-part harmonies inspired by a shared Mennonite heritage. Add to this Eric Brubaker’s lively and evocative fiddle, Brian Dickel’s grounded yet buoyant upright bass, and Goshen-native Jay Lapp’s signature mandolin style, and it’s no surprise that The Steel Wheels have burst onto the Americana scene, becoming festival favorites and selling out venues across the country.
Norwegian bass-baritone Njål Sparbo is one of Norway’s most active and versatile singers, with an exceptionally broad repertoire of song, oratorio and opera. He has been awarded the Kirsten Flagstad Prize, the Ingrid Bjoner Prize, and the Grieg Prize for his contribution to renew the musical interpretation tradition of Grieg’s songs by bringing forth the dramatic essence.
Currently a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, violinist Amy Kauffman grew up in Topeka (IN), and studied violin and piano in the Goshen College Preparatory Department. Winner of numerous prizes, Amy graduated from Indiana University and The Juilliard School, where she worked as teaching assistant to Ronald Copes.
Sparbo and Kauffman will be joined by pianists Luke and Mary Rose Norell and other guests to feature magnificent vocal and chamber works by Edvard Grieg and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
(This concert is held in partnership with the 2017 Edvard Grieg Society of the Great Lakes Conference at Goshen College.
Price: $7 adults, $5 seniors/students. GC faculty/staff/students free with ID.
Two Youth Honors Orchestras comprised of talented Elkhart County instrumental musicians in grades 7-12 will perform in Sauder Concert Orchestra as part of the YHO Fall Concert.
Performing will be the YHO Concert Orchestra (grades 7-9), directed by Kyle Miller, and the YHO Symphony Orchestra (grades 9-12), conducted by new director José Rocha.
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Kyle Miller studied at Indiana State University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. His professional activities include working with the Crossroads of America Youth Orchestra, assisting the orchestras at Perry Meridian Middle School by giving weekly cello sectionals, and starting a fiddling ensemble at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Terre Haute. He actively gives private violin and cello lessons in the Elkhart area, and he is also the Orchestra Director at Pierre Moran Middle School as well as the Assistant Director of Orchestras at Elkhart Central High School. Kyle is also a member of the American String Teacher’s Association and the Indiana Music Educator’s Association.
José Rocha, DMA, is Associate Professor of Music at Goshen College and director of the Goshen College Symphony. He is a sought-after conductor and cellist in the United States and Mexico. Strongly committed to music education, Rocha has taught and directed middle school and high school orchestras in Florida, Texas, and Mississippi for the past 15 years. Rocha made his Carnegie Hall Debut leading the Johnston Sinfonia Orchestra in 2014. Rocha has enjoyed a diverse musical career, conducting and performing with Ray Price, Glenn Frey, Frank Sinatra Jr., Marvin Hamlish, Ray Charles, and Johnny Mathis among others. His orchestral experience includes membership in the Southwest Florida Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Savannah Symphony, Symphony of South East Texas, and the Strauss Symphony of America. Rocha holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Houston, and Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Florida.