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Performing Arts Series

Garrison Keillor — CANCELLED

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price:

Thu, Jan 01st @ — Sauder Concert Hall

This performance is CANCELLED after the news came out on November 29 that Garrison Keillor has been accused of inappropriate behavior and subsequently fired by Minnesota Public Radio. We are working on a replacement performance of the quality our audience expects. We will announce that as soon as possible, along with further information for our ticket holders.

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

Despite the winter weather conditions, this event is expected to proceed as scheduled. The event will only be cancelled should a State of Emergency be declared for Elkhart County that restricts travel. Should cancellation be required, we will contact all ticket holders by email and put alerts on local radio and television stations.

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.

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.

An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $60, $55, $45

Fri, Mar 23rd @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Long-time friends and music stars Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin will present “An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin” on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:30 p.m, in the Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall. This concert will replace the cancelled May 6 “Evening with Garrison Keillor.”

With seven GRAMMY Awards between them, Lovett and Colvin will come together for an incredible acoustic evening of music as the two master performers and songwriters share songs and stories.


A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers.

Whether touring as a ‘Solo’ or with his ‘Acoustic Group’ or his ‘Large Band’, Lovett’s live performances show not only the breadth of this Texas legend’s deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music.

Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lyle Lovett has evolved into one of music’s most vibrant and iconic performers. Among his many accolades, besides the four Grammy Awards, he was given the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and was named Texas State Musician. His works, rich and eclectic, are some of the most beloved of any artist working today.

Singer, songwriter and author Shawn Colvin won her first GRAMMY Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album with her debut album, Steady On. She has been a mainstay of the singer-songwriter genre ever since, releasing eleven superlative albums and establishing herself as one of America’s greatest live performers. She triumphed at the 1998 GRAMMY Awards, winning both Record and Song of the Year for “Sunny Came Home.” Colvin’s inspiring and candid memoir, Diamond In The Rough, was published in 2012. Diamond in the Rough looks back over a rich lifetime of highs and lows with stunning insight and candor.

Shawn was recently recognized for her career accomplishments when she was honored with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award by the Americana Music Association. Presenting her with this prestigious award was Bonnie Raitt. Said Raitt, “She’s simply one of the best singers I’ve ever heard — and a truly gifted and deep songwriter and guitarist… She was groundbreaking when she emerged and continues to inspire me and the legions of fans and other singer/songwriters coming up in her wake.”

Shawn Colvin’s forthcoming release, The Starlighter, will be released on Amazon Music on February 23rd, 2018. The Starlighter features Shawn’s tender renditions of traditional and standard children’s lullabies. The result is an album that captures the magic and mystery of children’s songs while also offering a moving and timeless musical experience.

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.

Performing Arts Series – Audra McDonald

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $70/$65/$55

Thu, Jun 07th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Goshen College announces the rescheduling of the February 23rd concert by Audra McDonald to Thursday, June 7 at 7:30 pm.  We apologize for the inconvenience, which is due to a last-minute conflict with Ms. McDonald’s filming schedule for the CBS All-Access series The Good Fight.

If you would like to attend the performance on the new date, no action is necessary and your current tickets will work in June. If the new date doesn’t suit you and you would like a full refund, please contact our box office by Tuesday, Feb. 20 (574.535.7566 or boxoffice@goshen.edu). Any remaining tickets will go on sale Monday, March 5 at 9 a.m.

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.

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 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 October 31. 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

Senior Recital: Madeline Garber, piano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

Sat, Dec 09th @ 5:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Goshen College senior music major Madeline Garber will present her 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: Julian Harnish, piano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

Sat, Mar 10th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Goshen College senior and music major Julian Harnish will present his senior piano recital in Rieth Recital Hall. The recital is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Music Center lobby.

Senior recital: Monica Miller, violin

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

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

Goshen College senior and music major Monica Miller will present her senior violin recital in Rieth Recital Hall. Admission is free and the public is warmly invited. A reception will follow in the Music Center lobby.

Senior Recital: Isaac Godshalk, trombone

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

Sat, Apr 07th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Goshen College senior and music major Isaac Godshalk will present his senior trombone recital in Rieth Recital Hall. Admission is free and the public is warmly invited. A reception will follow in the Music Center lobby.

GC Senior Recital: Reid Wegrecki, horn/composition

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

Fri, Apr 13th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Goshen College musician and senior Reid Wegrecki will present her senior recital in Rieth Recital Hall. She will present a half-recital on horn, and a half-recital featuring her own musical compositions.

Senior Recital: Katie Shank, soprano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

Sat, Apr 21st @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Goshen College senior music major and soprano Katie Shank will present her senior voice recital in Rieth Recital Hall. Admission is free and the public is warmly invited. A reception will follow in the Music Center lobby.

Senior Recital: Clara Beck, soprano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

Sat, Apr 21st @ 2:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Goshen College senior music major and soprano Clara Beck will present her Senior Voice Recital in Rieth Recital Hall.

Admission is free, and the public is warmly invited. A reception will follow in the Music Center lobby after the recital.

Senior Recital: Reuben Leatherman, piano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

Thu, Apr 26th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Goshen College senior music major and pianist Reuben Leatherman 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 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.

Youth Honors Orchestra Spring Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

Wed, May 09th @ 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.

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, Manchester High School, and Goshen High School. The ensembles will perform individually and as a joint chorus.

Goshen College Combined Choirs and Orchestra

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $11 adults, $8 seniors/students. GC faculty/staff/students free with ID.

Fri, Oct 27th @ 7:30 pm — 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 the world premiere of a new work for choir by composer Bruce Trinkley, with text by poet and GC almunus Julia Spicher Kasdorf in concert in the Goshen College Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall.

The new work, titled “Mennonite Songs,” features settings of poetry by Goshen College alumnus Kasdorf, for SATB choir, solo voices, and piano. The texts are from Kasdorf’s collections The Sleeping Preacher and Poetry in America. Trinkley and Kasdorf will be in attendance at the concert, with both speaking before the concert. Kasdorf will also read from her poetry.

“Mennonite Songs” was composed by Trinkley during a residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, in Taos and was completed in April of 2012. This concert will be the first ever public performance of this work.

Poet, essayist, and editor Julia Spicher Kasdorf was born in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. Educated at Goshen College, she earned a BA, an MA in creative writing, and a PhD from New York University.

Kasdorf’s lyrical poems, steeped in her family’s Mennonite background, explore faith, social justice, and cultural inheritance. In an interview with Melissa Beattie-Moss, Kasdorf described how motherhood has affected the concerns of her poetry, noting, “You’re both incredibly drawn to the small and the domestic, and you’re also suddenly very sensitive to matters of the world. Your attention is pulled urgently in two directions.”

Kasdorf’s poetry collections include Eve’s Striptease (1998); Sleeping Preacher (1992), which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and the Great Lakes Colleges Association Award for New Writing; and Poetry in America (2011). She is also the author of the essay collection The Body and the Book: Writing from a Mennonite Life (2001) and the biography Fixing Tradition: Joseph W. Yoder, Amish American (2002).

The poetry editor for Christianity and Literature, Kasdorf also co-edited, with Michael Tyrell, Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn (2007). With Joshua R. Brown, she edited a restored edition of J.W. Yoder’s Rosanna of the Amish (2008). Kasdorf has received a Pushcart Prize as well as grants and fellowships from the Pennsylvania Arts Council and the Fetzer Institute. Her poems have often been featured on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio program The Writer’s Almanac.

She has taught at Pennsylvania State University, the University of Pittsburgh, and New York University, and lives in Pennsylvania.

The music of Bruce Trinkley  has been performed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and China. He has composed incidental music, songs and choruses for theatre and dance productions and has written extensively for choral ensembles, including more than 200 arrangements of folk songs, spirituals and popular songs for various ensembles. In 1976 he collaborated on The Wagon Train Show, which played more than 2000 performances during the Bicentennial. Santa Rosalia, a cantata inspired by paintings of Fernando Botero, was filmed for PBS. Mountain Laurels, a choral symphony using texts by Pennsylvania poets, was written to celebrate the centenary of State College, Pennsylvania, in 1996. Cold Mountain, a piano trio, was commissioned by the Castalia Trio for their concert tour of China in May 1998. His opera Eve’s Odds won the National Opera Association’s 1999 Chamber Opera Competition. Cleo, a comic opera about the making of the movie epic Cleopatra, won the competition in 2001.

Recent works include The Last Voyage of Captain Meriwether Lewis, a cantata for men’s voices; One Life: The Rachel Carson Project, a multi-media work for women’s chorus, soloists, and instrumental ensemble; and York: the Voice of Freedom, a music drama about the life of the only African American on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. His operas for young people include The Prairie Dog That Met the President and Chicken Little.

He has had composer residencies at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, the Hambidge Center, the Ucross Foundation, and the Patrick Allan-Fraser Trust in Scotland. His works are published by Alliance, Alfred Music, Oxford University Press, Augsburg Fortress, Lawson-Gould, GIA, Hinshaw, Hal Leonard and Yelton Rhodes.

All-Campus Band & Lavender Jazz Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students

Multiple Dates — 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.

2nd Annual Men’s Choir Festival Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

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

The Goshen College Men’s Chorus will welcome men’s choirs from Goshen High School and Bethany Christian Schools, as well as  local ensemble The Open Fifths for a day of workshops, culminating in an evening Festival Concert in Sauder Concert Hall. The ensembles will perform individually and as a joint festival chorus. The GC Men’s Chorus is directed by Scott Hochstetler.

Winter Choral Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

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

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

58th Annual Concerto-Aria Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $11 adults, $8 seniors/students. GC faculty/staff/students free with ID.

Sat, Feb 17th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Student winners of the 58th annual Goshen College Concerto-Aria Competition will perform in Sauder Concert Hall with the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, directed by José Rocha.

Student winners are:

  • Lukas Thompson, baritone voice (“It Is Enough” from Elijah — Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Joshua Liechty, baritone voice (“Look, Through the Port” from Billy Budd — Benjamin Britten)
  • Mark Kreider, pianist (Piano Concerto No. 1, mvt. 1 — Sergei Rachmaninov)
  • Anne Buckwalter, pianist (Piano Concerto No. 1, mvt. 1 — Ludwig van Beethoven)
  • Monica Miller, violinist (Intro and Rondo Capriccioso — Camille Saint-Saëns)
  • Tyrus Tucker, percussion (Concerto for Marimba and Strings — Emmanuel Sejourne)

Solomia Soroka, violin & Matthew Hill, piano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

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

Fri, Feb 23rd @ — Rieth Recital Hall

Goshen College faculty members Solomia Soroka, violin & Matthew Hill, piano will present a faculty recital of works for violin and piano in Rieth Recital Hall.

Soroka and Hill will present a concert of American music for violin and piano, including the Sonata in D Major by Rossetter G. Cole, Virtuoso Etudes on Themes by George Gershwin by Earl Wild, Suite for Violin and Piano by William Grant Still, and Selections from Porgy & Bess by Jascha Heifetz.

Violinist Solomia Soroka, DMA, born in L’viv, Ukraine, is among the most accomplished Ukrainian musicians of her generation. She won top prizes in three prestigious international violin competitions held in the former Soviet Union – the Prokofiev, Lysenko, and Zolota Osin’ competitions. Dr. Soroka earned her master’s degree and completed postgraduate studies in the Kyiv Conservatory, and later served on its faculty in the chamber music department. Her doctoral degree is from the Eastman School of Music. Solomia Soroka appears with concerts in Europe, Asia, and the United States. She has made four recordings for Naxos, for which she received excellent reviews in major music magazines in the US and Europe. For the past four years Soroka has been under contract with Toccata Classics in London, to make world premiere recordings. Dr. Soroka teaches violin, chamber music, music literature, and advanced music theory at Goshen College. During the summer she conducts masterclasses in Italy and Ukraine. Soroka studied with Hersh Heifetz, Bohodar Kotorovych, Liudmyla Zvirko and Charles Castleman.

 

Matthew Hill, DMA, pianist and Goshen College professor of music, teaches piano, chamber music, and music history. Matthew began piano lessons at the very late age of 12 because of a strong desire to learn “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin. Though this work continues to elude him, “Could it be Magic” by Barry Manilow, Henry Mancini’s “The Pink Panther,” and a disco version of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony quickly became staples in Matthew’s middle school repertoire. His music education increased rapidly when he learned of the music of Beethoven from reading Peanuts comic strips. His five much older sisters explained to the young boy that record albums of Beethoven Symphonies were owned by their parents, and Matthew then spent many happy hours listening to these as well as many other musical masterpieces. Another highlight of his youth was the discovery of the Hanon Piano Studies, and he gleefully played through all 60 exercises daily. He even expanded into Czerny, Pishna, and especially valued the School of Finger Independence by Isidore Phillipe. He credits his parents’ growth in patience and holiness as a direct result of his daily, and highly repetitive, technique regime.

He has studied with such renowned musicians as Howard Karp and Claude Frank, whose respective pedagogical genealogies include Rosina Lhévinne and Arthur Schnabel. This past heritage of musical thought, in addition to his interests in monastic discipline and the role of silence in music, shapes and forms his pianism, his approaches to interpretation, and his teaching. He has taught, presented master classes, and performed in Italy, China, and at the prestigious Interlochen Fine Arts Summer Camp, as well as at the Interlochen Arts Academy. He has published articles on teaching, contributed a chapter to the text Silence, Music, Silent Music (Ashgate), and has recorded a CD, Silent Colors, on the Blue Griffen label. 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, Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

 

Goshen College Men’s Chorus Home Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

Sun, Mar 04th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The Goshen College Men’s Chorus will conclude their Spring Break tour with a “Home Concert” in Sauder Concert Hall. They will perform their tour program, titled “Music in the Air.” The GC Men’s Chorus is conducted by Scott Hochstetler.

The Men’s Chorus will tour the Pacific Northwest between February 24 and March 2, with stops in Oregon and Washington. For a full listing of tour locations and itinerary, please visit the tour homepage. 

Lavender Jazz Spring Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

Fri, Apr 06th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Goshen College’s big band jazz ensemble Lavender Jazz will present a solo concert in Sauder Concert Hall. Lavender Jazz is directed by Greg Smucker.

The program will feature charts and arrangements by Charlie Parker, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, and Frank Mantooth, as well as an original composition by LJ student member and composer Reid Wegrecki. The Lavender Jazz Small Combo will also perform.

Note: the Goshen College All-Campus Band, originally scheduled for this concert, will instead perform on the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra concert on Sunday, April 22.

This concert is free and open to the public – no tickets required.

Lori Sims, solo piano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

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

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

A versatile, generous, and gracious musician and colleague with a unique and personal playing style, Lori Sims possesses a strong technique and a large repertoire which she continues to grow. Known for playing “big” repertoire such as the Goldberg Variations, Brahms Bb Concerto and Rachmaninoff 3, which are decidedly works usually only lying in the masculine repertoire, Sims also excels at intimate and delicate works from several centuries.

Sims has appeared at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival eighth times, as a recitalist, orchestral soloist, chamber musician, duo-pianist, each year offering a masterclass. She is also a beloved regular at the Hausmusik Series and the Fontana Chamber Arts Series; She has performed multiple times at educational institutions such as Brigham Young University, Roosevelt University, Northern Illinois University Arts Series, and at Schoolcraft Community College. Respected and admired by conductors and orchestral musicians, she has played numerous times with the Rockford Symphony, Holland Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, and Ohio Valley Orchestra. Giving masterclasses in conjunction with a recitals is one of Sims specialities and she has garnered much success offering masterclasses at many of the above institutions.

GC Choirs – EARTHTONES: Songs from Many Cultures

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

Sat, Apr 14th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The Goshen Choirs will again explore the large palette of sounds available to the human voices from around the world, in the annual EARTHTONES choral concert.

Performing are the Goshen College Chamber Choir, Men’s Chorus and Women’s World Music Choir. Subtitled “Songs from Many Cultures,” the EARTHTONES program will feature choral works from a wide variety of composers, cultures and countries, including works from Ukraine, South Africa, Thailand and India, and sung in such languages as native Hawai’ian, Gaelic, Zulu and Spanish. The choirs will perform individually and as a joint chorus. During the concert, the choirs will also recognize graduating senior choir members.

Drawing from powerful melodies originating from almost every continent, EARTHTONES promises to provide a concert of vitality and tone color in a celebration of world music.

The Goshen College Choirs are directed by choral professors Dr. Debra Detwiler and Dr. Scott Hochstetler.

GC Symphony Orchestra & Wind Symphony – Spring Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

Sun, Apr 22nd @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by José Rocha, will present their spring concert in Sauder Concert Hall. The concert feature a performance of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” featuring Professor of Music and pianist Matthew Hill, and selections from Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo.”

The concert will also feature a performance by the Goshen College Wind Symphony, with works performed by Bernstein, Grainger, Meecham, and Hazo.