Events

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Performing Arts Series

Carrie Newcomer and Over the Rhine

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40/$35/$25

Sun, Sep 18th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

This special double billing concert will be a Midwestern musical night for the soul! Described as a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe, Indiana-based singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer’s music has always explored the intersection of the spiritual and the daily, the sacred and the ordinary. With 15 solo albums, Newcomer has attracted a devoted and international following with her warm voice and exquisite melodies. And when you listen to Ohio-based Over the Rhine, the supremely talented wife-husband jazzy folk duo, you will quickly fall under the spell of their compelling, soothing and earthy voices, and their insightful lyrics. God, love and death often show up in their faith-infused music as the couple Linford Detweiler, pianist and guitarist, and Karin Bergquist, vocalist and guitarist – explore life’s biggest questions.

Marc Cohn

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40/$35/$25

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

After winning a Grammy for his ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of his generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales. Now, Cohn has put together a 25th anniversary multimedia show, performing his debut record from start to finish.

VOCES8

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40/$35/$25

Fri, Oct 28th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is now established as one of the most versatile and best-loved singing groups. Their singing has been described as “impeccable in its quality of tone and balance bringing a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning”. Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the ensemble performs a repertory from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements of pop and jazz standards.

Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40/$35/$25

Tue, Dec 13th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Cherish the Ladies, the popular and highly acclaimed Irish-American band, is returning to Sauder Concert Hall to delight our audience with a Celtic Christmas! Recently celebrating their 25th Anniversary, this all-female band combines a spectacular blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing. The Boston Globe writes, “It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do.”

Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $50/$45/$32

Sun, Jan 29th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The Branford Marsalis Quartet will be joined by guest-vocalist Kurt Elling in a singular collaboration of musical forces. Following the format of a standard jazz quartet with vocals, the collaboration between jazz’s most intense band and one of jazz’s foremost singers will prove to be anything but standard.The tight-knit working band featuring Marsalis on saxophones, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums rarely invites other musicians into the folds of their nearly telepathically cohesive unit, but Elling brings a deep jazz vocabulary, technical versatility and outstanding intonation to the group.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40/$35/$25

Fri, Feb 10th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Almost 30 years after they acquired international superstar status with Paul Simon’s Graceland album and after four Grammy Awards, Ladysmith Black Mambazo continues to tour the world as South Africa’s cultural ambassadors. With the power of gospel and the precision of Broadway, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is the undisputed king of mbube, South African a cappella singing. The group came together in the early 1960s, peacefully protesting apartheid through music, and continues to thrill audiences around the world with its strong, proud melodies harmonized in layers of call and response and its joyously energetic performances.

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $50/$45/$32

Tue, 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 to be one of the best symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe with multiple Grammy Award nominations. This distinguished ensemble displays its brilliance, warmth and expressive versatility in splendid works that will feature Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto as well as his great Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique.”

Pink Martini

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $60/$55/$42

Fri, Mar 10th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Back by popular demand, Pink Martini returns with their upbeat multilingual repertoire of classical, Latin, big band, samba, pop, and jazz music. Led by pianist Thomas Lauderdale, Pink Martini has gained a national following and has performed with more than 50 orchestras. Join these amazing talents for a not-to-be-missed evening of a musical travelogue from a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro to a quaint piazza in Naples, Italy. Throw yourself at the band’s eclectic tunes like “Sympathique,” “City of Night” and “Brazil,” as well as songs from their forthcoming album, which is set for a 2017 release.

tenThing

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40/$35/$25

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

Formed in 2007 by trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth, a rising star in the classical music world, tenThing has rapidly established itself on the international scene and reinvented traditional notions of the brass band. The Norwegian 10-member, all-female ensemble performs lively arrangements of works by Weill, Bizet, Grieg, Piazzolla, Albeniz and Mozart, as well as original compositions.

Che Malambo

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $45/$40/$28

Tue, May 02nd @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

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.

Rieth Chamber Series

Christopher Taylor, solo piano

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $10

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

Hailed by critics as “frighteningly talented” (New York Times) and “a great pianist” (Los Angeles Times), Christopher Taylor has distinguished himself as an innovative musician with a diverse array of talents and interests. A prizewinner in the Van Cliburn and William Kapell competitions, Mr. Taylor has concertized around the globe, collaborating with all the major symphonies and artists. Mr. Taylor brings to his performances an active imagination and intellect coupled with heartfelt intensity and grace, and his concert is not to be missed!

(This concert is held in partnership with the 2016 Indiana Music Teacher’s Association State Conference at Goshen College.)

Ulysses Quartet

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $15

Sun, Oct 09th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

2016 String Division Gold Medalists and Grand Prize Winners of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Ulysses Quartet has concertized with the Halcyon, Listen Closely and Massivemuse Series since forming in 2015. Hailing from Prince Edward Island, California, Pennsylvania, and Taiwan, the Ulysses members have performed in prestigious halls such as Esterházy Palace, Carnegie Hall, and the Taiwan National Concert Hall and hold principal positions with groups such as the Cape Symphony, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, Shattered Glass, International Chamber Players, and Broadway Orchestras.

Les Délices

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $15

Sun, Nov 06th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Les Délices explores the dramatic potential and emotional resonance of long-forgotten music, with its diverse members representing the finest Baroque ensembles. The New York Times stated, “Concerts and recordings by Les Délices are journeys of discovery,” and the group’s debut CD was named one of the “Top Ten Early Music Discoveries of 2009” (NPR’s “Harmonia”). Their concert, Caractères de la danse, will feature music for dancing—the heart of French baroque style.

Deborah Lifton, soprano & Charis Dimaras, piano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $10

Sun, Jan 22nd @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Endowed with a rich, warm and expressively direct lyric coloratura voice, Deborah Lifton is emerging as one of today’s most compelling performers of contemporary American opera and song. Winner of the Joy in Singing Competition, Ms. Lifton’s work has been honored by the National Federation of Music Clubs, the David Adams Art Song Competition and the Hellenic Foundation. Ms. Lifton has performed at the Avignon Opera (France), Szeged National Theater (Hungary), and at Merkin Hall (New York).

Greek pianist and conductor Charis Dimaras is noted for his diverse musicality, appearing as recital soloist, collaborator, and concerto soloist with orchestras throughout Europe, Turkey, Russia, Brazil, China, Canada, and the U.S. His awards include top prizes in the Conferenza Musicale Mediterranea, Palma d’Oro International Chamber Music Competition, BBC Young Musician of the Year 1990 Competition, and the Artists International Distinguished Artists Award.

Aaron Sunstein, organist

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $10

Sun, Feb 26th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Organist and music theorist Aaron Sunstein performs at home and abroad, with a diverse range of research and performance interests. In November of 2015, he premiered Gunther Schuller’s Symphony for Solo Organ (1986) at the Church of the Advent in Boston. Aaron performs regularly both in the U.S. and Sweden and has been a prize winner in several national organ competitions. Aaron is a candidate for the Doctor of Music in organ performance at Indiana University, while studying Music Theory as a Ph.D student and instructor.

BONUS CONCERT: Michael Harley, bassoon & Phillip Bush, piano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price:

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

Called “spectacular” (Washington Post) and “exquisite” (Columbus Dispatch), Goshen native Michael Harley enjoys a diverse career as a teacher, performer, and music advocate. Mike has played in diverse venues on five continents, ranging from nightclubs to Carnegie Hall, the Barbican (London), and the Hermitage Theatre (St. Petersburg). A proud Goshen College graduate (‘94), and former faculty member, Mike returns home to perform with pianist Phillip Bush in this special bonus concert and dessert reception for season ticket holders.

Pianist Phillip Bush has appeared as recitalist throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. He made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut in 2001 with the London Sinfonietta to critical acclaim, replacing an ailing Peter Serkin on short notice in concerti by Stravinsky and Alexander Goehr. His discography includes 40 recordings on Sony, Virgin Records and other labels.

This concert is for 2016-17 Rieth Chamber Series season ticket holders only. For more information about how to become a series ticket holder, please visit the Rieth Chamber Series page.

Zach Klobnak, organist

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $10

Sun, Apr 23rd @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Zach Klobnak is College Organist and Instructor of Organ, Harpsichord, and Piano at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Currently Director of Music and Organist at the Presbyterian Church of Danville, Zach directs choirs, administers the “Music on Main Street” concert series, and plays the church’s Taylor & Boody pipe organ. An active recitalist, Zach studied French organ literature and design in Paris and in the Alps region of France. He is currently a doctoral candidate in organ performance at the University of Illinois.

Njål Sparbo, baritone & Amy Kauffman, violin

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $10

Fri, May 19th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

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.

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.

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.

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.

Music Dept/Music Center Concerts

Goshen College Music Faculty in Recital

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

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

Fri, Sep 16th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Members of the Goshen College music department faculty will present a joint recital in Rieth Recital Hall. The program will feature a mix of GC faculty and adjunct music instructors, and will feature a varied program of works and composers.

Homecoming Music Gala

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $8

Sat, Oct 08th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Goshen College’s annual Homecoming Music Gala is the first opportunity to hear the “new” 2016-17 GC music ensembles! Performing will be the GC Chamber Choir and Men’s Chorus, directed by Scott Hochstetler, Women’s World Music Choir, directed by Debra Brubaker, and Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jose Rocha.

This concert is held as part of Goshen College’s 2016 Homecoming activities. 

GC Chamber Choir with St. Joseph Valley Camerata

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

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

The Goshen College Chamber Choir will join forces with the St. Joseph Valley Camerata, both directed by Scott Hochstetler, in a performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “All Night Vigil.” This Vespers service will be sung entirely in Russian and features guest basso profundo Glenn Miller.

This event will also be live streamed from Sauder Concert Hall.

Goshen College Combined Choirs and Orchestra – Requiem for Peace

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

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

The Goshen College Combined Choirs will join with the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Scott Hochstetler for a powerful joint concert in Sauder Concert Hall.

The Choirs and Symphony will present a performance of Mennonite composer Larry Nickel’s breathtaking work Requiem for Peace.

Matthew Hill, piano & friends

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

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

Sat, Nov 12th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Please note: due to performer illness, this concert has been RESCHEDULED for Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. Previously purchased tickets will be honored at the new date and time.

Goshen College Professor of Music and pianist Matthew Hill will present a recital of solo piano and chamber music in Rieth Recital Hall. Featuring Solomia Soroka, violin & Jose Rocha, cello.

Matthew Hill, pianist and Goshen College professor of music, teaches piano, chamber music, music history, and pedagogy.  He is an active recitalist, chamber musician, concerto performer, and master classes teacher. His interests in monasticism, theology, and the role of silence in music, engage his teaching, scholarship, and performing with a unique perspective and depth. In the summer of 2013 he was on the piano faculty at the Schlern International Music Festival in northern Italy and also currently teaches on the piano faculty at the prestigious Interlochen Fine Arts Summer Camp.

The Blue Griffin recording label released his CD recording, Silent Colors, containing works by Liszt, Debussy, Messiaen, and several Gershwin songs arranged as virtuoso etudes by Earl Wild.  The American Record Guide commenting on this recording states: “Matthew Hill is a talented pianist who has definite ideas as to how this music should go. He has a respectable technique to accomplish his aims.”

He has a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Howard Karp and has also studied with the renowned Beethoven performer Claude Frank, as well as with Dr. Richard Angeletti, and Dr. Garik Pedersen.  His students have won various competitions – including a variety of concerto performances, and have also gone onto graduate study at such schools as the University of Oklahoma, Ball State University, Bowling Green University, Westminster Choir College, the University of South Florida, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

Stephanie Hollenberg, soprano – LGBTQIA Scholarship Benefit Concert

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $10 adults, $5 seniors/students. Additional donations accepted at the door.

Sun, Nov 13th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Goshen College alumnus and soprano Stephanie Hollenberg will present a voice recital and benefit concert with pianist Christine Larson Seitz. Hollenberg will be joined with fellow GC alumni Allison Martin, soprano and Becky Snider, flute.

A concert to celebrate, raise funds for, and draw awareness to Goshen College’s new LGBTQIA Student Leader Scholarship. In lieu of recent events making Goshen College a more open and affirming faith community, we celebrate the alumni and faculty who dared to speak out, those who carried the conversation onward, and those who are now walking and talking more freely because of the courage of those who came before.

In addition to ticket charges, further donations for the LGBTQIA scholarship fund will be accepted at the door.

Lavender Jazz & All-Campus Band Fall Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

Fri, Nov 18th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Goshen College’s wind ensembles will share the Sauder Concert Hall stage! Lavender Jazz, GC’s big band directed by Chris French, will perform alongside the GC All-Campus Band, directed by Jose Rocha. Each ensemble will perform on half the concert.

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.

A versatile instrumentalist, Chris French is an accomplished clarinetist, saxophonist, and flutist. He received B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Juilliard School. While in New York, he was principal clarinetist of the National Orchestra of New York, and studied with Leon Russianoff, Joe Allard, Charles Russo, and Warne Marsh. After briefly playing with the Orquesta del Estado de Mexico, he returned to Los Angeles (where he grew up) and pursued a career as a symphony orchestra and recording studio musician. In addition to Goshen College, Mr. French is also on the faculty of Indiana University South Bend and St. Mary’s College. He plays regularly with classical and jazz performing groups in Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois, and has been featured soloist with many of the Michiana music ensembles. Mr. French has played at the Elkhart Jazz Festival for the past 10 years.

Goshen College Men’s Choral Festival Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $7 adults, $5 seniors/students

Sun, Feb 05th @ 4:00 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The Goshen College Men’s Chorus will host a one-day Men’s Choir Festival in the Goshen College Music Center, culminating in an afternoon concert in Sauder Concert Hall. Invited choirs include:

  • Goshen College Men’s Chorus
  • Goshen High School Crimson Men’s Choir
  • Northridge High School Varsity Lights
  • The Open Fifths

The choirs will perform individually and as a joint mass men’s chorus. The mass chorus will be conducted by GC music professor Scott Hochstetler.

57th Annual Concerto-Aria Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $10 adults, $7 seniors/students. GC faculty/staff/students free with ID.

Sat, Feb 11th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Student winners of the 57th Annual Goshen College Concerto-Aria Competition will perform with the GC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jose Rocha.

Student performers are:

  • Anne Buckwalter, clarinet – Clarinet Concerto in e minor, mvt. 1 by Weber
  • Roxanne Gehring, viola – Viola Concerto in D major, mvt. 1 by Stamitz
  • Sadie Gustafson-Zook, soprano & Naomi Peters, mezzo-soprano – “Pie Jesu” from Requiem by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Julian Harnish, piano – Piano Concerto in A Minor, mvt. 1 by Schumann
  • Galed Krisjayanta, tenor – “Vesti la giubba” from Pagliacci by Leoncavallo
  • Morgan Short, soprano – “Elle et la! Pres de lui!” from Mignon by A. Thomas

The GCSO will also perform Symphonic Dance No. 1, Op. 64 by Edvard Grieg.

GC Choirs: Love, Faith and Light in Winter

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

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

GC Women’s World Music Choir Home Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

Sun, Mar 05th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The Goshen College Women’s World Music Choir, directed by Debra Detwiler Brubaker, will conclude their Spring Break tour to Ontario with a Home Concert in Sauder Concert Hall. The Women’s Choir will present their tour repertoire.

 

Visiting Artist Recital: Yevhen Stankovych, violin

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

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

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

Ukrainian violinist Yevhen Stankovych will present a visiting artist recital in Rieth Recital Hall.

Solomia Soroka, violin & Arthur Greene, piano: the music of Yevhen Stankovych

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

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

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

Goshen College music professor and violinist Solomia Soroka will present a concert with pianist Arthur Green that will highlight the music of Ukrainian composer Yevhen Stankovych.

Stankovych is one of the best, if not the best modern living composer of Ukraine, recognized widely in the West. His music is very evocative, expressive, and melodic, and in some moments even sentimental, which makes it pleasant to listen to. The program will present the life work of the composer, starting with his early compositions such as At The Mountain Plateau to his latest composition Fresco of Maydan, dedicated to the recent events in Ukraine.

Stankovych will be present at the recital and will talk about his compositions, giving the audience an important and interesting insight into his music.

Yevhen Stankovych is one of the central figures of contemporary Ukrainian music. A prolific composer, he has, since 1966, authored 6 symphonies, operas “When the Fern Blooms” and Rustici, 6 ballets, a large number of works in the oratorical, vocal chamber and instrumental chamber genres, as well as incidental music to 6 music theatre plays and over 100 films.

Born 19 September 1942 in the city of Svaliava Yevhen Stankovytch studied music in the music institute of Uzhgorod. Stankovych began his university studies at Lviv Conservatory and following his first year tranferred to the Kyiv Conservatory where he studied under Boris Liatoshynsky, and later under Myroslav Skoryk.

Beginning with his first compositions, Stankovych declared himself as a composer of dramatic temperament, not adverse to emotional risk. The composer’s elaborate polyphonic textures and meditative lirycysm are reminiscent of the strict instrumental style of Baroque music, while the full-bodied affects with the obvious post-romantic colouring give the music warmth and expressiveness. His music is remarkable in many respects, showing his emotional freedom, consummate technical mastery and flexibility of form.

Yevhen Stankovych is the recipient of several major awards. His Chamber Symphony № 3 was selected by UNESCO’s World Tribune as one of 10 best works of 1985. He has been recognised with several awards in Ukraine, including the country’s highest award for artistic creativity, the Taras Shevchenko State Award.