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Performing Arts Series

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.

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)

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.

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 Step Crew

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!

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.

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.

Rieth Chamber Series

Donald Sinta Quartet

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $16

Fri, Sep 28th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

The Donald Sinta Quartet, Gold Medal winners at the Fischoff Competition, has earned praise from audiences and critics alike for its virtuosic performances, compelling recordings and distinctive repertoire. Hailed as “…a tight-knit ensemble exploding with power and virtuosity and an un- concealable ambition to connect with its newly found listeners” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), the DSQ performs entirely from memory, which strengthens an already palpable connection with its audiences.

Named for its mentor, legendary University of Michigan Saxophone Professor Donald Sinta, the quartet’s competition successes include, 1st prize in the Concert Artists Guild Competition, 1st Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, the Grand Prize and 1st Place of the Coleman Chamber Competition, and 1st Prize in the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition.

Euclid Quartet

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $16

Sun, Oct 28th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the EUCLID QUARTET is comprised of members from four continents: violinists Jameson Cooper (Great Britain) and Brendan Shea (United States), violist Luis Enrique Vargas (Venezuela), and cellist Jacqueline Choi (South Korea).

Formed in Ohio in 1998, The ensemble was awarded the String Quartet Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and was invited to study with the Emerson String Quartet at the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop.

The Euclid Quartet won numerous international awards including the Osaka, Hugo Kauder, Carmel and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competitions. In 2009, the Euclid Quartet was awarded the esteemed “American Masterpieces” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In 2007, the Euclid Quartet was appointed to the prestigious string quartet residency at Indiana University South Bend.

Craig Cramer, organ

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $16

Sun, Jan 20th @ 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.

Goshen College Faculty Trio

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $16

Fri, Jan 25th @ — Rieth Recital Hall

The Goshen College Faculty 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 Associate Professor José Rocha conducts the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony, teaches applied cello, and music education courses. Pianist and Professor of Music Matthew Hill is is Chair of the music department, teaches applied piano, music history, piano pedagogy, and chamber music courses.

The Trio’s program will include performances of Anton Dvorák’s “Dumky” Trio, and Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49.

Cathal Breslin & Sabrina Hu

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $16

Sun, Feb 10th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Sabrina Hu, flute, and Cathal Breslin, piano, have been performing extensively together since 2001, in many cities throughout the U.S.,
Europe and Asia. Their performances have been described as “emotional engagement and expressive depth” and with “superb intensity and passion.” They have recently performed in many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City, the National Concert Hall in Ireland, Beijing University, the Korea Foundation in Seoul, Hong Kong UST, and they have broadcast regularly on TV and radio for BBC, RTE and RTHK.

As founding members of Trio Festivale (flute, cello, and piano), they have commissioned many new innovative works from leading composers. As Artistic Directors and Founders, they created the Walled City Music Festival in Northern Ireland, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary year in 2019, as one of the most successful European festivals.

Gail Archer, organ

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $16

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

Gail Archer is an international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor and lecturer who draws attention to composer anniversaries or musical themes with her annual recital series. Ms. Archer was the first American woman to play the complete works of Olivier Messiaen for the centennial of the composer’s birth in 2008; Time Out New York recognized the Messiaen cycle as “Best of 2008” of classical music and opera.

Ms. Archer is the founder of Musforum,, an international network for women organists to promote and affirm their work. Ms. Archer
is college organist at Vassar College, and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she conducts the Barnard- Columbia Chorus. She serves as director of the artist and young organ artist recitals at historic Central Synagogue, New York City.

Njål Sparbo and Friends

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $16

Wed, Apr 03rd @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Returning to Goshen for a third time, 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.

Norwegian pianist Einar Røttingen has performed extensively in major cities in Europe, USA, Japan and China, and is a regular guest at the Bergen International Festival and Edvard Grieg Museum concert series. He has been awarded the City of Bergen Cultural Prize and The Bergen International Festival’s Robert Levin Festival Prize.

Sparbo and Røttingen will be joined by other guests to feature magnificent vocal and chamber works by Edvard Grieg and other Norwegian composers.

A Festival of Carols

A Festival of Carols 2018

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 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

Sat, Oct 06th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Part of Goshen College’s 2018 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 Women’s World Music Choir, directed by Debra Detwiler; Men’s Chorus, directed by Joshua Boggs; and the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by José Rocha.

Visiting Artist: Kate Boyd, piano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

Wed, Oct 31st @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Described by Gramophone Magazine as a pianist with a “strong lyrical bent and feeling for nuance,” Kate Boyd has performed solo recitals at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Schubert’s birth house in Vienna, the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Musikhalle Hamburg, in addition to many places throughout the US and Canada. Recent concerts and conferences have taken her to Germany, England, Canada, Malaysia, Florida,California, Idaho, Minnesota, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, New York, Michigan and Greece.

Boyd has received numerous awards and prizes, including 2016-17 Outstanding Professor of the Year, an Indiana Arts Commission Grant and a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, an award funded by the Lilly Foundation for creative artists of all disciplines.  Other awards and prizes include a Fulbright scholarship and fellowships at the Tanglewood Center, Blossom Music Center, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and Prussia Cove (England).

Boyd received her Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, under the tutelage of Russian pianist Sedmara Rutstein; her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University, where she studied with renowned pianist and pedagogue Gilbert Kalish; and a Diploma from the Hannover (Germany) Academy of Music,where she studied with Israeli master teacher Arie Vardi. She also studied with Estonian pianist Arbo Valdma at the Cologne (Germany) Academy of Music, under the auspices of a Fulbright Grant. In addition to her major teachers, she received extensive coachings and attended residential masterclasses with Leon Fleisher, Peter Serkin, Gyorgy Sebok, John Perry, Reinbert DeLeeuw, and Ronald Copes, among others.

Kate Boyd currently serves as Professor of Piano and Piano Area Coordinator at Butler University, in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she was recently promoted to rank of Full Professor. In the summers she is on the faculty of the internationally-renowned Interlochen Arts Camp in northern Michigan. Formerly, she was on the faculty of Heidelberg University, in Tiffin, Ohio, and for ten summers taught at Kinhaven Music School, in Weston, Vermont.

GC Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Choir

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

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

Goshen College’s choral and instrumental ensembles will join together for an unforgettable concert in Sauder Concert Hall! Performing will be the Goshen College Chamber Choir, directed by Debra Detwiler, with the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of José Rocha.

Men’s Choir Festival Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

Tue, Nov 06th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The Goshen College Men’s Chorus, directed by Joshua Boggs, will participate along with invited area men’s choral ensembles in a one day festival for men’s voices, culminating in an evening concert in Sauder Concert Hall.

GC Wind Symphony & Lavender Jazz Fall Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

Fri, Nov 16th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Two Goshen College wind ensembles will again share the stage as they each present half a concert in Sauder Concert Hall. Performing are the Goshen College Wind Symphony, conducted by José Rocha, and Goshen College’s big band, Lavender Jazz, conducted by Chris French.

La Caccina vocal ensemble with guests GC Women’s World Music Choir

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

Sat, Jan 19th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

La Caccina is professional women’s vocal ensemble and non-profit arts organization based in Chicago, founded in 2011 by three friends who shared a passion for choral music. La Caccina finds its namesake in Francesca Caccini, a prolific Baroque composer known for her virtuosic musicality and beautiful singing voice. Following in Caccini’s footsteps, the women of La Caccina bring a wide range of expertise to the ensemble, enabling them to easily adapt to a wide range of musical styles – from Renaissance madrigals to South African folk songs, and from contemporary pop songs to classical masterworks such as Vivaldi’s Gloria in D and Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. Over the past seven seasons, La Caccina has collaborated with ensembles including Pavo String Quartet, the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, and bluegrass trio Glass Mountain, and has commissioned and premiered works by Katherine Pukinskis, Augusta Read Thomas, Matthew Harris, Ed Frazier Davis, and Eric Malmquist, among others. No matter the music, La Caccina’s expressive, emotional singing highlights the versatility of the treble voice and brings musical excellence, integrity, and honesty to every performance.

The performance will feature the Goshen College Women’s World Music Choir, directed by Debra Detwiler.

Goshen College Winter Choral Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

Sat, Feb 09th @ — Sauder Concert Hall

The Goshen College Choirs will present their annual Winter Choral Concert in Sauder Concert Hall. Performing are the Goshen College Chamber Choir and Women’s World Music Choir, directed by Debra Detwiler, and the Goshen College Men’s Chorus, directed by Joshua Boggs.

59th Annual Concerto-Aria Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $12 adults, $8 seniors/students

Sat, Feb 16th @ — Sauder Concert Hall

Student winners of the 2018-19 Goshen College Concerto-Aria Competition will perform with the GC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by José Rocha.

Performing are:

  • Minhyuk Kim, piano – Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 (mvt 1)
  • Gogo Liegise, piano – Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 3 (mvt. 3)
  • Abigail Greaser, violin – Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 (mvt  1)
  • Lisa Rosado Rivera, soprano – Rossini, “Una voce poco fa” from Il Barbieri di Siviglia
  • Lukas Thompson & Josh Liechty, duet – Donizetti, “Cheti, cheti immantinente” from Don Pasquale
  • Nathan Pauls, baritone – Kurt Weill, “Lonely House” from Street Scene
  • Rebecca Choi, soprano – Mozart, “Batti, batti O bel Masetto” from Don Giovanni

GC Chamber Choir Home Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

Sun, Mar 03rd @ — Sauder Concert Hall

GC faculty recital: Joshua Boggs, countertenor

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

Fri, Mar 08th @ — Rieth Recital Hall

Joshua Boggs, countertenor and Goshen College visiting instructor of choral music, will present a vocal recital in Rieth Recital Hall.

GC Senior Recitals

GC Senior Recital: Benjamin Reimer, baritone

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

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

Goshen College senior vocalist and music major Benjamin Reimer will present his Senior Voice Recital in Rieth Recital Hall. The recital is free and the public is warmly invited. A reception will follow in the Music Center lobby.

CSA Concerts & Recitals

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