Events

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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

Over the Rhine and Carrie Newcomer

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $45, $40, $30

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

This special return double-bill 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.

COVID-19 precautions for this performance:

  • Face masks must be worn at all time while indoors regardless of vaccination status
  • Either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (within 48 hours of the concert) is required for entrance into the venue

Pink Martini featuring China Forbes

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $60, $55, $45

Fri, Oct 22nd @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Back by popular demand, this sizzling 12-piece ensemble 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. Pink Martini has released 11 studio albums on its own independent label Heinz Records (named after Lauderdale’s dog), selling over three million albums worldwide. In 2019, the band released two EPs featuring the vocals of Pink Martini’s newest members Jimmie Herrod and Edna Vazquez. 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. 

COVID-19 precautions for this performance:

  • Face masks must be worn at all time while indoors regardless of vaccination status
  • Either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (within 48 hours of the concert) is required for entrance into the venue

Mike Super: Magic and Illusion

Where: Umble Center

Price: $30, $25, $20

Sat, Oct 30th @ 7:30 pm — Umble Center

As the winner of NBC’s hit TV show ‘Phenomenon’, Mike Super is the only magician in history to win a LIVE magic competition on primetime U.S. network television and voted America’s Favorite Mystifier! Mike is also a top finalist on NBC’s #1 rated summer series America’s Got Talent and Penn & Teller: ‘Fool Us.’

Imagine mind blowing illusions combined with the hilarity of a headline comedian. Mike Super has taken the performance of magic to new, mainstream levels that will reach out and literally touch you! Mike’s turned the magic show on its side and dumped it out into the audience! YOU become Mike’s onstage assistant! Enjoy this family-friendly performance and join the journey of emotions from laughter, intrigue, danger, fear, wonder, anticipation, tears and sentimentality that only Mike Super delivers.

COVID-19 precautions for this performance:

  • Face masks must be worn at all time while indoors regardless of vaccination status
  • Either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (within 48 hours of the concert) is required for entrance into the venue

Christmas with the King’s Singers: Finding Harmony

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $50, $45, $35

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

Instantly recognizable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation and incisive timing, the Grammy Award-winning a cappella vocal ensemble The King’s Singers make their return to Goshen. Renowned for their unrivalled technique, versatility and skill in performance, they draw both on the group’s rich heritage and its pioneering spirit to create an extraordinary wealth of original works and unique collaborations. Having sung and toured the world for over fifty years and compiled a discography of more than 150 recordings, these incredible singers are consummate entertainers, charming audiences with a delightful British wit along with their stunning vocal performance.

COVID-19 precautions for this performance:

  • Face masks must be worn at all time while indoors regardless of vaccination status
  • Either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test (within 48 hours of the concert) is required for entrance into the venue

Watkins Family Hour

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40, $35, $30

Fri, Jan 21st @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Watkins Family Hour is a collaborative performance and recording project led by Los Angeles-based siblings Sean and Sara Watkins, both of whom came to prominence in the 1990s as part of the GRAMMY-winning progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek. Sara is also part of the all-female trio I’m With Her.

Beginning in 2002, Sean and Sara were offered a monthly residency at L.A.’s famous venue Largo, which they called the Watkins Family Hour. The gig took on the form of a variety show where the Watkins could stretch out musically, working out new material, collaborating with other players, and generally letting loose creatively between tours. Over the years, the Family Hour became a spontaneous meeting place where, on any given night, artists like Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, Dawes, Nikka Costa and even actor/comedian John C. Reilly might sit in for a set.

An Evening with Patty Griffin

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $50, $45, $35

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

Patty Griffin is among the most consequential singer-songwriters of her generation, a quintessentially American artist whose wide-ranging canon incisively explores the intimate moments and universal emotions that bind us together. Over the course of two decades, the two-time GRAMMY Award-winner – and seven-time nominee – has crafted a remarkable body of work in progress that prompted the New York Times to hail her for “[writing] cameo-carved songs that create complete emotional portraits of specific people…[her] songs have independent lives that continue in your head when the music ends.”

Natalie McMaster & Donnell Leahy

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $40, $35, $25

Fri, Mar 11th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

A fierce Celtic fiddling duo, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy command the stage with an explosive celebration of raw energy and passion that infuses their traditional heritage with their taste for the contemporary. With the Visions show, Natalie and Donnell share their legendary musical traditions of their hometowns of Lakefield, Ontario and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia with an expanded show that highlights the unique talents, influences and stories of this amazing, growing clan through dancing, singing and, of course, world-class music making.

Edgar Meyer & the Scottish Ensemble

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $45, $40, $30

Tue, Apr 05th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

American star bassist Edgar Meyer returns to Sauder Concert Hall for a concert with the acclaimed Scottish Ensemble. Based in Glasgow, the string ensemble has worked with Edgar Meyer for more than a decade exploring the roots of bluegrass in the music of the British Isles, and crafting a program that traces back to the origins of an American art form. The Observer U.K. has praised the Scottish Ensemble as “a scintillation of ace soloists who combine bracing energy, flexibility and precision, breathing and moving as one.”

Edgar Meyer is one of America’s most versatile musicians. Growing up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Meyer absorbed the great bluegrass tradition. As a composer, Meyer has written music for Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma and Hilary Hahn. The six-time Grammy winner has also ventured into jazz with collaborations with Christian McBride.

Resistance Revival Chorus

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $30, $25, $20

Sat, May 21st @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The Resistance Revival Chorus (RRC) is a collective of more than 60 womxn (an alternative spelling of the English word “woman”) and non-binary (gender identities that are neither male nor female‍) singers who join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance, and to uplift and center womxn’s voices. Chorus members are touring musicians, film and television actors, Broadway performers, solo recording artists, gospel singers, political activists, educators, filmmakers, artists and more, representing a multitude of identities, professions, creative backgrounds and activist causes. They center womxn in music, and address how historically womxn have been marginalized in the music industry. The great artist and activist Harry Belafonte once said, “when the movement is strong, the music is strong,” and RRC attempts to live up to that call. The RRC calls for justice and equity for womxn across racial, ethnic, economic, sexual identity and religious lines. They aim to be intersectional in their feminism and reveal that all social justice issues overlap heavily with womxn’s issues; to harness the collective power of womxn to help change the world; to celebrate each other through song; to embrace Toi Dericotte’s idea of “joy as an act of resistance.”

A Festival of Carols

A Festival of Carols 2021

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $15. Reserved seating.

Multiple Dates — Sauder Concert Hall

Goshen College’s annual Christmas music extravaganza, A Festival of Carols features performances by Goshen College music ensembles (choirs, orchestra), faculty, and students, all set in a lavishly decorated Sauder Concert Hall.

Tickets are reserved seating. Patrons are advised to purchase tickets as early as possible. The Sunday performance will be live-streamed to the public from Sauder Concert Hall.

Music Dept/Music Center Concerts

Test Event

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $1,000

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

This is a test event intended to display the capabilities of the Goshen College Music Center event system. This is not a real event. No tickets are currently for sale for this event.

The Sherer Trio (Sherer Competition Concert)

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

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

The Sherer Trio —  comprised of Goshen College faculty members Solomia Soroka, violin; Matthew Hill, piano; and Dato Machavariani, cello — will present a concert of chamber music in Rieth Recital Hall. This recital is given as part of the 2021 Sherer Violin and Piano Competition. Open to the public.

The Sherer Trio is named in honor of the late Lon and Kathryn Sherer, Goshen College Professors Emeritus of Music. For 40 years, Lon (violin) and Kathryn (piano) created, nurtured and developed instrumental music at Goshen College, bringing the program to unprecedented heights through their talent, hard work, and pedagogy.

Sherer Competition Winners Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

Sat, Sep 11th @ 6:00 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The winners of the inaugural Sherer Violin & Piano Competition will perform their prepared works in Sauder Concert Hall.

Girl Named Tom

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $15

Fri, Oct 01st @ 8:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

For Girl Named Tom, music is more than a sound, it’s a feeling. The more they engage with audiences, the more they find this to be true. The sibling trio shares the spotlight with each other, allowing their three unique voices to blend in colorful ways, as if mixing paint. Having grown up in the Mennonite tradition in rural Ohio, Girl Named Tom was steeped in glorious four-part singing, and harmony is now the backbone of their sound. They draw songwriting inspiration from artists like The Wailin’ Jennys, Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills & Nash, opting for acoustic instrumentation to keep the focus on their voices and story-telling. In a short amount of time, Girl Named Tom is able to emotionally connect with audiences by listening, drawing in each listener, and making them feel like they are a part of something special.

Homecoming Music Gala

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

Sat, Oct 02nd @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

The Goshen College music ensembles — Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Vox Profundi, and Voices of the Earth — will perform on the Sauder Concert Hall stage as part of the annual Homecoming Music Gala. Directed by Brian Mast, Scott Hochstetler, and H. Roz Woll.

Visiting Artist Recital: Marc Weagraff, baritone

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

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

Fri, Oct 08th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Baritone singer and Baldwin Wallace University Associate Professor of Voice Marc Weagraff will present a voice recital in Rieth Recital Hall. His program will consist of all-English language songs with piano, including works by John Duke, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and others.

Faculty Recital: Matthew Hill, solo piano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

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

Fri, Nov 05th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Goshen College Professor of Music and pianist Matthew Hill will present a solo piano recital in Rieth Recital Hall.

GC Symphony Orchestra – Fall Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

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

The Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Brian Mast, will present their fall concert in Sauder Concert Hall.

Fall Choral Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

Sat, Nov 06th @ 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.

TrebleFest Choral Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: Free and open to the public

Tue, Nov 09th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Goshen College’s Voices of the Earth choir, directed by H. Roz Woll, will participate along with invited treble choirs from area high schools in a one-day treble voice festival, culminating in an evening festival concert in Sauder Concert Hall.

Lavender Jazz Fall Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

Fri, Nov 19th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Lavender Jazz, Goshen College’s big band, will present their fall concert in Sauder Concert Hall. Lavender Jazz is directed by Greg Smucker.

GC Senior Recitals

No events scheduled

CSA Concerts & Recitals

Community School of the Arts Choral Showcase Concert

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

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

Sun, Nov 14th @ 4:00 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Three Community School of the Arts youth choirs will present their fall concert in Sauder Concert Hall. Performing are 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.