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Performing Arts Series

Mariachi Herencia de Mexico

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $30, $25, $20

Fri, Sep 13th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

No one could have anticipated the success of the first album by Mariachi Herencia de México, an ensemble of student musicians from Chicago’s Mexican-American barrios. Released in 2017, their debut disk Nuestra Herencia (Our Heritage) received a Latin Grammy Award nomination, attracted local and national news coverage, and created new demand for appearances around the country.

Since then, the group has performed in major mariachi festivals in Chicago, Orlando, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Mexico’s mariachi capital Guadalajara, and has made debut performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Joe’s Pub in New York City.

Bruce Cockburn

Where: Umble Center

Price: $40, $35, $30

Tue, Sep 24th @ 7:30 pm — Umble Center

Few recording artists are as creative and prolific as the 13-time Juno winner and Canadian Music Hall of Famer Bruce Cockburn. Since his self-titled debut in 1970, the Canadian singer-songwriter has issued a steady stream of acclaimed albums. His song styles range from folk to jazz-influenced rock, and his lyrics cover a broad range of topics including human rights, environmental issues, politics and Christianity.

More than 40 years after embarking on his singer-songwriting career, Cockburn keeps kicking at the darkness so that it might bleed daylight.

Cirque Mechanics

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40, $35, $30

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

Spectacle Magazine hailed Cirque Mechanics as “the greatest contribution to the American circus since Cirque du Soleil.” Although inspired by modern circus, Cirque Mechanics finds its roots in the mechanical and its heart in the stories of American ingenuity. The shows, rooted in realism, display a raw quality rarely found in modern circus that makes their message timeless and relevant. The stories are wrapped in circus acrobatics, mechanical wonders and a bit of clowning around.

42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels, is the latest invention from the creative minds of Cirque Mechanics. The company dares us to leap into the circus ring and experience the timelessness of this evolving art form. The show’s unique mechanical interpretation of the traditional, and its story full of the lore of the historic one-ring circus, create a welcoming place, like a big top, where we can be amazed. The action in 42FT is full of theatricality with a modern sensibility, showcasing a galloping mechanical metal horse and a rotating tent frame for strongmen, acrobats and aerialists.

A Tuba to Cuba: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Yusa and Special Guests

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $45, $40, $30

Sat, Nov 02nd @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band (PHJB) has held the torch of New Orleans music aloft for more than 50 years, all the while carrying it enthusiastically forward as a reminder that the history they were founded to preserve is a vibrantly living history. PHJB marches that tradition forward once again on So It Is, the septet’s second release featuring all-new original music. The album redefines what New Orleans music means by tapping into a sonic continuum that stretches back to the city’s Afro-Cuban roots, through its common ancestry with the Afrobeat of Fela Kuti and the Fire Music of Pharoah Sanders and John Coltrane, and forward to cutting-edge artists with whom the PHJB have shared festival stages from Coachella to Newport. These include legends like Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello and the Grateful Dead, and modern giants like My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire and the Black Keys.

 

In the words of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band:

“A Tuba To Cuba is as much a soundtrack to our documentary as it is a collection of songs that we wrote and recording during the filming and after its completion. The writing and recording of our previous release, “So It Is” began before our first trip to Cuba in 2015. We had no idea that it would become the album it would until we returned home from that first trip. The “A Tuba To Cuba” soundtrack is comprised of a combination of songs that are both in the movie and new songs that aren’t in the film or couldn’t have been in the film because not until we were able to watch it ourselves, we were again inspired to put that spirit into new music. Our five years exploring the Cuba/NOLA history has been inspiring to say the least.”

 

Seraphic Fire

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $35, $30, $25

Tue, Nov 12th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire makes their return appearance to Sauder Concert Hall for a performance and to record their latest project. The Miami- based vocal ensemble will perform Ordo Virtutum, or Play of the Virtues, a medieval musical drama written by the 12th-century abbess Hildegard of Bingen, universally revered as one of the greatest minds of the Middle Ages. Told in Hildegard’s haunting plainchant compositions, the “Soul” struggles between the pull of the Virtues and the Devil, and features a cast including Mercy, Victory, Patience, Discretion and Charity. The women of Seraphic Fire bring this nearly millennia-old masterpiece back to life.

Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $45, $40, $30

Sun, Dec 01st @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The world’s most beloved boys choir, The Vienna Boys Choir, will be returning to Sauder Concert Hall to capture the wonder and magic of the holiday season with their program Christmas in Vienna.

This illustrious group of child musicians has been delighting music lovers across the globe for six centuries with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and popular repertoire. Christmas in Vienna showcases these gifted musicians with voices of unforgettable beauty in an extraordinary program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs and, of course, holiday favorites.

The Wailin’ Jennys

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $50, $45, $35

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

Back in Goshen by popular demand with new songs from their upcoming album, Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse bring three distinct voices that together make the 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 alongside Bonnie Raitt and Rosanne Cash. Together they forge a unified folk-pop sound — all delivered with the irresistible vocal power of three.

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $45, $40, $30

Fri, 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 one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe, with multiple Grammy Award nominations. This distinguished ensemble will display its brilliance, warmth and expressive versatility in a splendid program that will feature Ukranian cellist Natalia Khoma performing Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo” Variations for cello, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 and “Grazhyna” Symphonic Ballade by Ukranian composer Borys Lyatoshynsky.

Che Apalache

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $30, $25, $20

Fri, Mar 13th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Argentina-based, four-man string band Che Apalache combines instrumental prowess with tight vocal harmonies to create an authentic blend of bluegrass and Latin American genres, evoking images from Appalachia to the Andes. Their debut album, “Latingrass,” is a testament to a powerful cultural and musical exchange.

With members from Argentina, Mexico and the United States, the group’s founder Joe Troop (fiddle) is a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer- songwriter and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. There, he met his future compatriots — Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin) — who make up Che Apalache. In 2017, the band received grants from the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to tour the United States, and were awarded first place in the Neo-Traditional Band Competition at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia. Their second album will be produced by 16-time Grammy Award winning banjoist Béla Fleck.

The Kingdom Choir

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40, $35, $25

Sun, Apr 19th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

London’s The Kingdom Choir is best known for their show-stopping performance at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The group’s performance of Stand By Me, seen by a global audience of over two billion, instantly catapulted the choir to worldwide fame. Founded in 1994 by award-winning conductor Karen Gibson, the choir draws from various Christian traditions and is dedicated to creating a sound that reflects the community they share through their warm energy and enthusiastic performances. The choir released their first full-length album in November 2018.

Rieth Recital Series

Matthew Hill, solo piano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $12

Sat, Sep 14th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Dr. Matthew Hill, pianist and Professor of Music at Goshen College, will present a solo piano program titled “Hearing and Seeing in Liszt and Messiaen.” This concert is part of the 2019-20 Rieth Recital Series.

Aruna Quartet

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $12

Fri, Sep 20th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Comprised of undergraduate and graduate students at Texas Tech University, the Aruna Quartet is a prizewinner in national and international competitions including the MTNA National Competition, the Coltman Competition, The American Prize, and the ENKOR competition. Most recently, in May 2019, Aruna was awarded the Gold Medal and Grand Prize at the 46th Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, held at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

In addition to their competition performances, the Aruna Quartet regularly performs recitals at universities, public schools and conferences including those held by the North American Saxophone Alliance and the Texas Music Educators Association. This past summer, Aruna was invited to perform and teach at the 2019 Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy, which was held at Rangsit University in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Solomia Soroka, violin & Arthur Greene, piano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $12

Sun, Oct 27th @ — Rieth Recital Hall

The Soroka-Greene Duo is a husband-wife team of international prize-winning soloists, presenting brilliant and personal performances of standard violin-piano repertoire as well as many unique and fascinating lesser-known works. The couple made the first recording of the four Bolcom Sonatas, and Solomia Soroka discovered otherwise unplayed exquisite works of Arthur Hartmann. They have performed together throughout Europe, the United States, and Asia.

Solomia Soroka is Professor of Music at Goshen College. Arthur Greene is Professor of Piano at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

The Norell Piano Duo

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $12

Sun, Nov 17th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

The Norell Piano Duo began performing together in 2009 at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania, and has continued to present repertoire for one and two pianos across North America, most recently in Florida and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Luke and Mary Rose are active as solo performers, teachers, and adjudicators, and they both teach on the faculty of the Goshen College Community School of the Arts, where Mary Rose also serves as Director.

 

Craig Cramer, organist

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $12

Sun, Feb 02nd @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Craig Cramer is Professor of Organ and artist in residence at the University of Notre Dame. One of the most traveled organists of his generation, Cramer maintains an active recital career across the United States, Canada and in Europe, on some of the most important historic organs in the world. This fall he will be performing in China for the first time.

Cramer was instrumental in the installation of several new organs by Paul Fritts on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Widely recognized as a pedagogue, the University of Notre Dame recently recognized Cramer with a Kaneb distinguished faculty teaching award.

The Sherer Trio

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $12

Fri, Mar 20th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

The Goshen College Sherer Trio brings together three of GC’s instrumental faculty for an outstanding concert of chamber music on the Rieth Recital stage. A native of Ukraine, violinist Solomia Soroka is Professor of Music and teaches applied violin, music theory, and chamber music. Cellist and Adjunct Professor David Machivariani is a native of the Republic of Georgia and teaches applied cello at Goshen College and Valparasio Unversity. Pianist and Professor of Music Matthew Hill is Chair of the music department, teaches applied piano, music history, piano pedagogy, and chamber music courses.

James Richardson, organist

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: 12

Sun, Mar 29th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

James J. Richardson is an organist, composer, and choral conductor.  Self-taught in childhood, James learned to play by ear and improvise on the piano at a very young age.  James attended DePauw University where he studied organ and harpsichord under Dr. Carla Edwards and voice with Barbara Paré. He earned a Master of Music in Organ Performance at the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma (AOI at OU) under well-known performer and improviser Dr. John Schwandt.  During his time at OU, he served as a graduate-student archivist for the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) and he helped procure a GRAMMY grant for the preservation of some of its artifacts, in addition to working in the organ shop and learning the basics of organ building and maintenance. James is now the Instructor of Organ for Goshen College as well as the Director of Sacred Music at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Goshen, where he lives with his wife Katie and son Anthony.

The Silver Duo

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $12

Fri, Apr 17th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Noreen and Phillip Silver bring a wealth of performing experience to their highly regarded partnership The Silver Duo. They have an enviable international reputation for chamber music playing of the highest caliber. The Silver Duo, founded when Noreen and Phillip were students at the New England Conservatory of Music, has received accolades and acclaim from appreciative audiences and critics throughout Europe, Israel, the United States, Scandinavia, and the Czech Republic. Their imaginative programming, in which lesser-known masterpieces are given exposure alongside established repertoire favorites, has proven very popular and made them much in demand.

A Festival of Carols

A Festival of Carols 2019

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $16, reserved seating

Multiple Dates — Sauder Concert Hall

One of the most highly-anticipated concerts in Goshen College’s performing series, A Festival of Carols is the college’s annual Christmas music extravaganza. Concerts will feature performances by the Goshen College Choirs, Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, music students, and music professors, interspersed with audience singing and readings, and all set in a lavishly decorated Sauder Concert Hall.

Tickets are reserved seating and available for purchase beginning October 29. Patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. The Sunday afternoon performance will be live-streamed beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Music Dept/Music Center Concerts

Homecoming Music Gala

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students

Sat, Oct 05th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The annual Homecoming Music Gala offers the first opportunity to hear the Goshen College music ensembles in the 2019-20 school year! Performing will be the Goshen College Choirs, directed by Scott Hochstetler and Marcia Yost, and the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Brian Mast.

TrebleFest Festival Choral Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students. GC faculty/staff/students free with ID.

Tue, Oct 22nd @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Goshen College’s Voice of the Earth choir will be joined by invited treble choral ensembles for a day of workshops and rehearsals, culminating in an evening concert in Sauder Concert Hall. Voices of the Earth is directed by Marcia Yost.

GC Chamber Choir with St. Joseph Valley Camerata

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students. GC students free with valid ID.

Fri, Oct 25th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The Goshen College Chamber Choir will join with local professional chorus St. Joseph Valley Camerata for a joint concert in Sauder Concert Hall. Both ensembles are directed by Scott Hochstetler.

Goshen College Combined Choirs and Orchestra

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $12 adults, $8 seniors/students. GC faculty/staff/students free with ID.

Sat, Nov 09th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The Goshen College Combined Choirs and Symphony Orchestra will join together in a performance of Johannes Brahms’ epic Requiem.

Lavender Jazz Fall Concert

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, available online at http://www.goshen.edu/tickets or by calling (574) 535-7566. GC faculty/staff/students free with valid ID.

Fri, Nov 22nd @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Lavender Jazz, Goshen College’s big band, will present their fall concert in Rieth Recital Hall. Student-led jazz small combos will also perform. Lavender Jazz is directed by Greg Smucker.

GC Senior Recitals

No events scheduled

CSA Concerts & Recitals

CSA Fall Choral Showcase Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, available online at http://www.goshen.edu/tickets or by calling (574) 535-7566. GC faculty/staff/students free with valid ID.

Sun, Nov 10th @ 4:00 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Three youth choirs in the Community School of the Arts will present their fall concert in Sauder Concert Hall. Performing will be Rejoice (grades 3-5), directed by Kristin Kauffman; Shout for Joy (grades 6-8), directed by Sandy Hill; and Sommo Voci (grades 9-12), directed by Marcia Yost.

Youth Honors Orchestras Fall Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, available online at http://www.goshen.edu/tickets or by calling (574) 535-7566. GC faculty/staff/students free with valid ID.

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

Three youth orchestras comprised of outstanding Elkhart County instrumentalists will perform as part of the Youth Honors Orchestras Fall Concert in Sauder Concert Hall. Performing will be the Youth Honors Concert Orchestra (grades 6-8) and the Youth Honors Symphony Orchestra (grades 9-12).

CSA Spring Choral Showcase Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students. GC faculty/staff/students free with ID.

Sun, May 03rd @ 4:00 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Three youth choirs in the Community School of the Arts will present their spring concert in Sauder Concert Hall. Performing will be Rejoice (grades 3-5), directed by Kristin Kauffman; Shout for Joy (grades 6-8), directed by Sandy Hill; and Sommo Voci (grades 9-12), directed by Marcia Yost.

Youth Honors Orchestra Spring Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students. GC faculty/staff/students free with ID.

Wed, May 13th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Three youth orchestras comprised of outstanding Elkhart County instrumentalists will perform as part of the Youth Honors Orchestras Spring Concert in Sauder Concert Hall. Performing will be the Youth Honors Concert Orchestra (grades 6-8) and the Youth Honors Symphony Orchestra (grades 9-12).