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Performing Arts Series

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.

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.

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.

Chanticleer

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rieth Chamber Series

Neave Trio

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $16

Sun, Sep 10th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Hailed by critics for its “bright and radiant music making” (Robert Sherman, WQXR Radio), the Neave Trio has been described as “A revelation” (San Diego Story) and “A brilliant trio…” (MusicWeb International), who has “exceeded the gold standard and moved on to platinum” (Fanfare Magazine). The Trio has appeared in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center/La Jolla Music Society, and as soloists with the California Chamber Orchestra and the Fall River Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. The Trio has held several important residency positions including the Fisch/Axelrod Residency at San Diego State University (since 2012), and the prestigious Chamber Music Residency at the Banff Centre. Trio members are graduates of the Yale, Manhattan, Mannes and Longy Schools of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Chopin Academy in Moscow.

Milton String Quartet

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $16

Sun, Oct 15th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Grand Prize and Strings Gold Medal Winners of the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music competition, the Milton String Quartet is based in Montreal, Quebec, where quartet members study at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. The ensemble was the 2017 Fellowship String Quartet at ENCORE Chamber Music in Cleveland, OH, and was named winner of the 2016 McGill University Chamber Music Competition, earning an exchange in May 2017 with the Mozarteum Universität in Salzburg, Austria. In addition to their Midwestern United States tour, the Milton String Quartet’s fall season includes debut performances in Ontario and New Brunswick, will attend the Emilia Romagna Music Festival in Italy in summer 2018 as part of the Fischoff Grand Prize. Milton members are top prizewinners in many Canadian and international competitions, including the Concours de musique du Canada and the Concours de musique classique de Pierre de Saurel, and have pursued musical studies at McGill, Colburn, Oberlin, and Indiana University.

Thomas Fielding, organist

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $16

Sun, Nov 19th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Organist and composer Thomas Fielding, DMus., is director of music and liturgy for St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo, MI and is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has taken first prize in the national Arthur Poister (Syracuse, NY) and San Marino (CA) performance competitions, has won several national composition prizes, and has been the recipient of several full-tuition scholarship awards at IU. Dr. Fielding’s compositions have been performed by soloists and ensembles throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In celebration of the 500th year of the Reformation, Dr. Fielding will present a program including works by Buxtehude, Bach, and Fielding.

Glenn Miller, organ/basso profundo & the Goshen College Chamber Choir

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $16

Fri, Jan 26th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Returning to Goshen College after his magnificent 2016 collaboration with the St. Joseph Valley Camerata, Glenn Miller maintains a very active career as an organist and basso profundo singer specializing in Russian liturgical choral repertoire. He is presently in his 20th season as director of music and organist of Kirk in the Hills, Bloomfield Hills (Michigan). Miller was the featured soloist on Conspirare’s 2015 Grammy-award winning recording of Chesnokov’s “Do not cast me off in my old age.” For this unique concert, Glenn Miller will present solo works for organ, and also sing traditional hymns and the basso profundo solo in the Chesnokov work with the Goshen College Chamber Choir and director Dr. Scott Hochstetler.

Bach & Beethoven Ensemble

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $16

Sun, Feb 18th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Founded in 2009, the Bach & Beethoven Ensemble is a Chicago-based ensemble that brings artists from different traditions together to collaborate on cross-genre multidisciplinary projects. Hailed as “thrilling…charming and performed with such grace…joy and sincerity that a watcher and listener had to be won over” (Bloomington Herald Times), the BBE has performed across the Midwest and Northeast including at the Chicago Cultural Center, Early Music Academy in Ann Arbor, 4th Presbyterian series, Boston Early Music Festival fringe series, and the Bloomington Early Music Festival. This BBE trio will feature a countertenor, Baroque violin, and Baroque guitar/violone in songs and fiddle dance music from the British Isles…with an Italian twist! Selections will include arias from ‘The Gentle Shepherd,’ a pastoral comedy by Allan Ramsay considered to be the first Scottish Opera; the best violin hits of the 17th and 18th centuries by Matteis, Geminiani, and Henry Eccles; and drinking songs featured in ‘Calliope, or English Harmony.’

Ronen Chamber Ensemble

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $16

Sun, Mar 25th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Since 1983, The Ronen Chamber Ensemble has presented an annual concert series in downtown Indianapolis, showcasing the up-close, intimate nature of chamber music. Ronen covers a wide array of repertoire, especially music featuring winds and strings, and promotes new music, commissioning and premiering over 20 new works. In partnership with the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Ronen collaborates annually with internationally renowned IVCI Laureates. In addition to live performances, Ronen musicians are regularly broadcast locally and nationally over the air. This RCS concert will feature Ronen’s co-directors, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra principal clarinetist David Bellman, ISO cellist Ingrid Fischer-Bellman, and pianist Dr. Gregory Martin, in exquisite trio and duo repertoire by Brahms, Poulenc, and Mendelssohn.

A Festival of Carols

A Festival of Carols 2016

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $15. 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 Monday, October 31, 2016. Patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance.

The Sunday afternoon performance of A Festival of Carols will be live streamed beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET.

A Festival of Carols 2017

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $16

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 . Patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. The Sunday afternoon performance will be live-streamed beginning at 4:00 p.m.

GC Senior Recitals

GC Senior Recital – Peter Paetkau, violin

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

Tue, Dec 06th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Goshen College senior music major Peter Paetkau will present his senior violin recital in Rieth Recital Hall. He is accompanied by Christine Larson Seitz, piano.

GC Senior Recital – Vince Kurtz, violin

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

Sun, Dec 11th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Goshen College senior music major Vince Kurtz will present his senior violin recital in Rieth Recital Hall. He is accompanied by Christine Larson Seitz, piano.

GC Senior Recital: Blake Shetler, piano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

Fri, Feb 03rd @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Goshen College senior music major and pianist Blake Shetler will present his senior piano recital in Rieth Recital Hall. The recital is free and the public is warmly invited. A reception will follow in the Music Center lobby.

Senior Recital: Morgan Short, mezzo soprano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public.

Sat, Apr 08th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Goshen College senior and music major Morgan Short will present her Senior Voice Recital in Rieth Recital Hall. She is accompanied by Christine Larson Seitz, pianist. Admission is free, and a public reception will follow in the Music Center lobby.

Senior Recital: Wade Troyer, piano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

Sat, Apr 08th @ 2:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Goshen College senior music major and pianist Wade Troyer will present his Senior Piano Recital in Rieth Recital Hall. Admission is free, and the public is warmly invited. A reception will follow in the Music Center lobby.

CSA Concerts & Recitals

Community School of the Arts Student Recitals

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

Multiple Dates — Rieth Recital Hall

Students in the Goshen College Community School of the Arts will perform various works in Rieth Recital Hall.

Suzuki Play-In and Allegro String Ensemble Concert

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

Mon, May 23rd @ 6:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Members of the Community School of the Arts’ Suzuki Strings program will perform a “Play-In” for the general public in Rieth Recital Hall. This event will also feature a performance by the Allegro Beginning String Ensemble, directed by Rosalyn Troiano.

Admission is free, and the public is warmly invited.

Community School of the Arts Spring Choral Showcase

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $7 adults, $5 seniors/students. GC faculty/staff/students free with ID.

Wed, Apr 26th @ 7:00 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Three Community School of the Arts youth choirs will perform as part of the CSA Choral Showcase Concert on a special Wednesday evening concert. Performing are Rejoice Choir (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. The choirs will perform individually.

Community School of the Arts Choral Showcase Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students

Sun, Nov 12th @ 4:00 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Three youth choirs in the Community School of the Arts will perform their Fall Choral Showcase 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 Fall Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students

Mon, Nov 13th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Two student instrumental ensembles comprised of Elkhart County musicians in grades 6-12 will perform on the Sauder Hall stage. Performing will be the Youth Honors Concert Orchestra (grades 6-9, strings only), conducted by Kyle Miller, and the Youth Honors Orchestra Symphony Orchestra (grades 9-12), conducted by José Rocha.

Suzuki Play-In and Allegro Beginning String Ensemble Concert

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

Mon, Nov 20th @ 6:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Young members of the Goshen College Community School of the Arts Suzuki String Program as young as four will perform on the Rieth Recital Hall stage. Also performing will be the Allegro Beginning String Ensemble, comprised of CSA string students, directed by Rosalyn Troiano.

Music Dept/Music Center Concerts

Jessica Bennett, violin & Brook Bennett, cello, with Luke & Mary Rose Norell, piano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students

Sun, Oct 01st @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Four Community School of the Arts faculty members will join together for a concert of chamber music in Rieth Recital Hall. Violinist Jessica Bennett will be joined by her husband, cellist Brook Bennett in performances with Luke Norell and Mary Rose Norell, piano.

The program will feature performances of Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 C minor, Op. 66, Gabriel Faure’s Cello Sonata, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 1.

2017 Homecoming Music Gala

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $8 general admission

Sat, Oct 07th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Part of Goshen College’s 2017 Homecoming activities, the Homecoming Music Gala is your first opportunity to hear the Goshen College ensembles. Performing will be the Goshen College Chamber Choir and Men’s Chorus, directed by Scott Hochstetler; Women’s World Music Choir, directed by Debra Detwiler; and the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by José Rocha.

“Treble Fest” Women’s Choir Festival Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students

Tue, Oct 10th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The Goshen College Women’s World Music Choir, directed by Debra Detwiler, will be joined by two high school women’s choral ensembles for a day of choral workshops for treble voices, culminating in a festival concert in Sauder Concert Hall.

Joining the GC women will be women’s choirs from Northfield High School (Wabash, Ind.) and Manchester High School (North Manchester, Ind.). The ensembles will perform individually and as a joint chorus.

Goshen College Combined Choirs and Orchestra

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students

Fri, Oct 27th @ — Sauder Concert Hall

The Goshen College choral and instrumental ensembles will join forces for gala performance in Sauder Concert Hall! The Combined Choirs, directed by Debra Detwiler and Scott Hochstetler, will perform with the Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of José Rocha, for a concert that will include the last movement of Ludiwig van Beethoven’s eponymous Symphony No. 9 “Choral.”

Goshen College Chamber Choir

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students

Tue, Nov 07th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

The Goshen College Chamber Choir, directed by Scott Hochstetler, will present a concert of music for small chorus in Rieth Recital Hall. Seating is limited; patrons are advised to purchase their tickets early.

All-Campus Band & Lavender Jazz Fall Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students

Fri, Nov 17th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Goshen College’s wind ensembles will again present a joint concert in Sauder Concert Hall. Performing will be the Goshen College All-Campus Band, conducted by José Rocha, a symphonic wind ensemble open to GC students, faculty, and staff members; and Lavender Jazz, Goshen College’s big band, directed by Chris French. Each ensemble will present one half of the concert.