An ideal place to hear music

Want to see what events are happening at the Music Center? Listings by category are below, or you can go to our Complete Concert Calendar.

Performing Arts Series

Flor de Toloache

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $35/$30/$20

Fri, Sep 01st @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The Latin GRAMMY®-winning, all-female mariachi group Flor de Toloache mixes tradition and innovation, breaking boundaries with its edgy, versatile and fresh take on traditional Latin American music. Like the legendary love potion that the Toloache flower is used for in Mexico, the talented New York ensemble casts a spell over its audiences with soaring vocals and physical elegance. The members’ diverse ethnicities and musical backgrounds transcend culture and gender by forging new paths. The group has graced international stages from Mexico to Japan and has extensively toured

to cities in the United States, Europe and Latin America. With a total of five studio albums to date, “Las Flores,” as their fans call them, recently released Motherflower, described by the artists as a fiercely feminist mosaic of genres inspired by mariachi.

The Lone Bellow

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40/$35/$25

Sat, Sep 23rd @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Throughout their lifespan as a band, The Lone Bellow have cast an indelible spell with their finespun songs of hard truth and unexpected beauty, frequently delivered in hypnotic three-part harmony. The Nashville-based trio struck out on their own for their new album Love Songs for Losers, dreaming up a singular sound encompassing everything from arena-ready rock anthems to the gorgeously sprawling Americana tunes. Recorded at the possibly haunted former home of the legendary Roy Orbison, the result is an intimate meditation on the pain, joy and ineffable wonder of being human, at turns heartbreaking, irreverent and sublimely transcendent.

Apollo’s Fire – Handel’s “Israel in Egypt”

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $45/$40/$35

Fri, Oct 20th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The GRAMMY®-winning ensemble Apollo’s Fire is a period-instrument orchestra founded by harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell. Dedicated to the Baroque ideal that music should evoke passion in the listeners, Apollo’s Fire brings to life the music of the past for audiences of today. The Apollo’s Fire musicians are creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric. For this special performance, the orchestra will be joined by a chorus for a performance of Sorrell’s new adaptation of Handel’s Israel in Egypt.

The Wailin’ Jennys

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $55/$50/$45

Fri, Oct 27th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Back in Goshen by popular demand with new songs from their upcoming album, Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse bring three distinct voices that together make the achingly perfect vocal sound of the Juno award-winning Wailin’ Jennys.

With beautiful, heart-stopping harmonies, uplifting repertoire and engaging stage presence, the Wailin’ Jennys have delighted and charmed audiences for more than a decade. Their acoustic blend of bluegrass, folk and roots music has been featured alongside Bonnie Raitt and Rosanne Cash. Together they forge a unified folk-pop sound — all delivered with the irresistible vocal power of three.

A Chanticleer Christmas

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $45/$40/$35

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

Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, the San Francisco-based, GRAMMY®-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. Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of 12 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.

Kurt Elling

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $45/$40/$30

Fri, Jan 26th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, two-time GRAMMY® winner Kurt Elling has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. The New York Times proclaimed Elling, “the standout male vocalist of our time.” Over a 25-year career of touring and recording, Elling has won three French Prix du Jazz Vocal awards, two German Echo Awards, two Dutch Edison Awards and has been nominated for a GRAMMY® award 15 times. He has had a 14-year run atop the DownBeat critics and readers polls, and has won 12 Jazz Journalists Awards for “Male Vocalist of the Year.”

Elling’s voice is instantly recognizable, embracing listeners with his warm, rich baritone and navigating the full span of his four-octave range as a virtuoso improviser and a compelling storyteller. The Guardian (UK) has named Elling, “a kind of Sinatra with superpowers” and “one of jazz’s all- time great vocalists.”

American Patchwork Quartet & Martha Redbone Roots Project

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40/$35/$25

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

Join the mesmerizing Martha Redbone and American Patchwork Quartet for a night of soulful and captivating music that celebrates the rich cultural tapestry of America. Martha Redbone’s soul-stirring voice and music are “a brilliant collision of cultures,” says the New Yorker.

American Patchwork Quartet, conceived by multi-GRAMMY® award- winner Clay Ross, is on a mission to reclaim the immigrant soul of American Roots Music. This group of eclectic artists expertly weaves together jazz refinement, country twang, West African hypnotics and East Asian ornaments to create a musical patchwork that celebrates both our differences and commonalities as a nation.

International Guitar Night

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $35/$30/$20

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

International Guitar Night is the world’s premier touring guitar festival, each show bringing together the most interesting and innovative acoustic guitar luminaries in the world for a special evening of solos, duets and quartets that highlight the dexterity and diversity within the world of acoustic

guitar. The 24th-anniversary lineup includes Luca Stricagnoli from Italy. The amazing acoustic rock interpreter will perform on his custom 3-neck guitar. Vietnamese Thu Le’s nylon string artistry stretches from classical to contemporary. Brazilian Marco Pereira, the master composer and performer, first toured with International Guitar Night in its early days and returns for his final go-round in 2024. And Australian Minnie Marks, the irrepressible blues slide guitarist and singer, is not only new to International Guitar Night but will be making her North American debut.


Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40/$35/$25

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

MALEVO, created by director, choreographer and dancer Matías Jaime, is a thrilling all-male group specializing in Malambo, a traditional Argentine folk dance of great virility and dexterity. The group seeks to take Malambo beyond its limits with a modern, avant-garde and transgressive approach, merging it with other dance styles like flamenco and urban percussion.

After being named an official “Cultural Ambassador to the National Identity of Argentina,” special performances with Latin pop-star Ricky Martin, Cirque du Soleil, a year-long residency at Universal Studios Japan and making it to the semi-finals on the hit TV show America’s Got Talent, MALEVO is excited to present a new touring performance.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $50/$45/$40

Sat, Apr 13th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, “the king and queen of the banjo” (Paste Magazine), have a musical partnership like no other. Béla Fleck is a 15-time GRAMMY® winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. Together, Fleck and Washburn take audiences on a captivating musical journey using seven different banjos, blending Appalachian folk, bluegrass and jazz elements, influenced by Washburn’s work in folk music diplomacy in China.

Whether at home, on stage or on record, their deep bond, combined with the way their distinct musical personalities and banjo styles interact, makes theirs a picking partnership unlike any other on the planet.

A Festival of Carols

A Festival of Carols

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: 16

Multiple Dates — Sauder Concert Hall

Goshen College will present the 20th annual musical celebration of Christmas, “A Festival of Carols,” on Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. in the Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall.

This special celebration of the holiday season will feature four choirs and an orchestra, along with audience participation on traditional carols, all in a concert hall festively decorated with garlands, lights and trees.

“A Festival of Carols” is patterned on a traditional English worship service, and features Christmas carols, spirituals, scripture readings and sacred works of music for the holiday season. Performers include the Goshen College Chamber Choir, Vox Profundi, Voices of the Earth, Goshen College Symphony Orchestra and Shout For Joy Children’s Choir. The audience will also be invited to join the choirs to sing familiar carols during the performance.

Goshen College choirs are directed by Roz Woll and Scott Hochstetler, and the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra is directed by Richard Brunson. Shout for Joy Children’s Choir is directed by Sandy Hill.

The Sunday afternoon performance will be live-streamed on Goshen College’s website.

Music Dept/Music Center Concerts

Excelsis Percussion Quartet

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $16 adults, $10 seniors, students, GC students/employees

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

Hailed as “One of the most innovative and exciting percussion ensembles to emerge in the golden age of chamber music” (Jonathan Haas, New York University) for their immersive sound world, New York City-based Excelsis Percussion Quartet is Marcelina Suchocka (Poland), Aya Kaminaguchi (Japan), Britton-René Collins (United States), and Mariana Ramirez (Mexico).

This international group of women with a multilingual combination of five languages join together to speak the universal language of rhythm, rooted in their belief that music possesses an ability to unite us all. Excelsis brings vibrancy into the percussion community through eclectic programming, innovative storytelling, and embracing their intersectional identities.

Excelsis’ breadth of repertoire spans from classical to avant-garde. With the presence of exciting arrangements, including Björk and other pop music covers, Excelsis advocates for multi-genre representation in their programming, charming audiences with contrasting and uniquely innovative concert experiences.

The concert is held as part of the 2023 Midwest Chamber Percussion Camp at Goshen College.

GC Faculty Recital: Scott Hochstetler, baritone & H. Roz Woll, mezzo-soprano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

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

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

Goshen College voice professors Scott Hochstetler and H. Roz Woll will present a joint recital in Rieth Recital Hall. Hochstetler and Woll will perform individually and as a duo.

The recital will include Dorothy Rudd Moore’s song cycle Twelve Quatrains from the Rubaiyat for Mezzo-Soprano and Oboe featuring Mika Brunson, oboist; three songs by Jaime León Ferro; and La Bonne Chanson (the Good Song), a song cycle by Gabriel Fauré for voice, piano, and string quartet, featuring Luke Norell, piano, Andrew Nowicki and Maggie Nowicki, violins, Rosalyn Troiano, viola, and Dato Machavariani, cello.

Homecoming Music Gala

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

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

The Homecoming Music Gala, held as part of Goshen College’s Homecoming Week activities, is traditionally the first opportunity to hear GC’s music ensembles. This concert will feature performances by the Goshen College Chamber Choir, Vox Profundi, Voices of the Earth, and Symphony Orchestra, as well as by GC music faculty members.

2023 Sherer Violin & Piano Competition Judges’ Concert

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public.

Sat, Oct 21st @ 7:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Judges and adjudicators in the 2023 Sherer Violin & Piano Competition, held at Goshen College, will perform in a recital in Rieth Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Performing will be Matthew Hill, piano; Clare Longendyke, piano; Solomia Soroka, violin; Miroslav Hristov, violin; and Caroline Chin, violin.

More information about the Sherer Competition can be found on the competition website.

2023 Sherer Violin & Piano Competition Winners Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: Free and open to the public.

Sun, Oct 22nd @ 6:00 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Winners of the 2023 Sherer Violin & Piano Competition will perform their selections on the Sauder Concert Hall stage. Performers will be accompanied by Luke Norell, piano.

For more information about the Sherer Violin & Piano Competition, please visit the competition website.

Visiting Artist Recital: The Rawlins Trio

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

Tue, Oct 24th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

The Rawlins Piano Trio – Ioana Galu (violin), Sonja Kraus (cello), Susan Keith Gray (piano) – is a dynamic group of performers, teachers and scholars, distinguishing itself in arts outreach, masterclasses and a variety of performances. “These artists are first class. They perform with elan and intensity. Highly recommended!” says bassist and Inner Game of Music author Barry Green. Prestigious performance venues include Sejong Chamber Hall (Seoul, South Korea), Chiang-Kai-Shek Cultural Center (Kaohsiung, Taiwan), Teatro de Anita Villalaz for the Fundación Sinfonía Concertante de Panama and national conferences of the College Music Society and Chamber Music America.

Their diverse repertoire ranges from standard works to new and undiscovered pieces deserving to be brought into the public light. Owing to its expertise as a preeminent interpreter of American music, the ensemble has recorded five CDs of these works. Attracting Opposites (Azica, 2013) celebrates commissions by Miguel Roig-Francoli, Stephen Yarbrough, James Lentini, Timothy Hoekman and Emma Lou Diemer. In 2009, American Discoveries (Albany) presented the Trio’s first commissioned composition–Volvic Maritim by New York based composer, Daniel Bernard Roumain. Reviewer J. Scott Morrison declared American Discoveries, “…another winner from the Rawlins Trio…they continue their work of bringing us American composers’ music that is worth hearing…Their playing is artful, suave and pleasing.”

The members of the Trio are on the faculty of the University of South Dakota Department of Music. As enthusiastic teachers, outreach is a vital component of their touring schedule with masterclasses and school visits on a regular basis throughout the United States and abroad. The ensemble is named in honor of the late Marjorie and Robert Rawlins, its principal benefactors and graduates of the University of South Dakota in the 1940s.

GC Choirs – Fall Choral Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

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

The Goshen College Choirs will present their annual Fall Choral Concert in Sauder Concert Hall. Performing are the Goshen College Chamber Choir and Vox Profundi, directed by Scott Hochstetler, and Voices of the Earth, directed by H. Roz Woll.

Visiting Artist Recital: Patricia Caicedo, soprano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students. GC students/employees free.

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

A world-renowned expert in Latin American and Iberian Art songs, Patricia Caicedo is a multifaceted artist-scholar with numerous recordings, books, concerts, and media appearances. She has released eleven albums and published numerous scholarly editions of scores and books, including The Latin American Art Song: Sounds of the Imagined Nations, the go-to history on its subject.

Patricia has led a crusade to include underrepresented repertoires and creators in music curricula and concert venues, having performed worldwide and founding and directing the Barcelona Festival of Song, which focuses on studying art songs in Spanish, Catalan, and Portuguese.

GC Symphony Orchestra – Fall Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

Fri, Nov 03rd @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, directed by Richard Brunson, will present its fall concert in Sauder Concert Hall.

Treblefest Festival Choral Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: Free and open to the public.

Tue, Nov 07th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Goshen College’s treble voice choir, Voices of the Earth, will be joined by area high school high voice choruses for a day of rehearsals and workshops, culminating in an evening choir concert in Sauder Concert Hall. Voices of the Earth is directed by H. Roz Woll.

Lavender Jazz Fall Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

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

Lavender Jazz is Goshen College’s “big band” jazz ensemble. This student ensemble will perform their fall concert of jazz charts and standards in Sauder Concert Hall. LJ is directed by Greg Smucker.

GC Senior Recitals

No events scheduled

CSA Concerts & Recitals

CSA Fall Choral Showcase Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

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

Three youth choirs in the Community School of the Arts will perform as part of the annual CSA Fall Choral Showcase Concert. Performing are Rejoice (grades 3-5) and Sommo Voci (grades 9-12), directed by Kristin Kauffman, and Shout for Joy (grades 6-8), directed by Sandy Hill.

Youth Honors Orchestra Fall Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

Tue, Nov 14th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The Youth Honors Orchestra, a youth instrumental ensemble featuring players grades 7-12, will perform in Sauder Concert Hall. The YHO is conducted by Viktoria Petrak.