September 2011 events at Goshen College


7:30 p.m., Visiting artist recital: Michael Todd Simpson, baritone, Rieth Recital Hall
Noted baritone and Metropolitan Opera singer Michael Todd Simpson will perform songs by Ravel, Ebert, Ives, Niles and Hobby, as well as a series of operatic arias and show-tunes. Simpson will be accompanied by Christine Larson Seitz, piano.
Cost: $7 adults, $5 seniors/students, available at the door one hour before the recital. GC faculty, staff and students are free with valid ID.

7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Series:  Manhattan Transfer, Sauder Concert Hall
The Manhattan Transfer vocal quartet has received multiple Grammy Awards and is widely recognized as one of the world’s top jazz ensembles. Making history in 1981, the quartet was the first group to win Grammys in both pop and jazz categories during a single year. Recently celebrating their 40th anniversary, Manhattan Transfer released their ambitious and highly anticipated new album, The Chick Corea Songbook.
Choral terrace tickets are available for $20.
Call (574) 535-7566 or email

2-4 p.m. Exhibit reception: Brooke and Justin Rothshank, Hershberger Art Gallery
Brooke and Justin Rothshank, a husband and wife artist duo and 2000 graduates of Goshen College, returned to their alma mater to display a joint ceramics and painting exhibit in the Hershberger Art Gallery in Goshen College’s Music Center from June 12 thru Sept. 11. On the final day of the exhibit, there is a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

Art exhibit: “Brought Home: Objects and Stories from Mission and Service Workers,” Good Library Gallery
An exhibit of items that reflect the work done by Mennonites through the years in mission, relief and service projects. From the earliest mission in India and the earliest relief work in Europe, to the present time, Representing MBM, AFSC, CPS, MCC, PAX, TAP, 1-W, VS and other programs. Sponsored by the Mennonite-Amish Museum Committee. Faye Peterson, curator. The exhibit is up through Nov. 13.

7:30 p.m., Umble Master Class/Yoder Public Affairs keynote address: “Glimpses of America in Change,” Sauder Concert Hall
Anna Deavere Smith (playwright, actor, professor and MacArthur Foundation ÒGeniusÓ Fellowship), hailed by Newsweek as “the most exciting individual in American theatre,” uses her singular brand of theatre to explore issues of community, character and diversity in America.
The event is free and open to the public.

7:30 p.m., S.A. Yoder Lecture: Julia Spicher Kasdorf poetry reading and reception, Rieth Recital Hall
Award-winning poet Julia Spicher Kasdorf, associate professor of English and women’s studies at Pennsylvania State University, will share some poetry from her recently published book “Poetry in America.” The reading will be followed by a reception, an opportunity to meet the author and an opportunity to buy books and have them signed. The event is free and open to the public.

7:30 p.m., Euclid String Quartet Recital, Rieth Recital Hall
The award-winning chamber ensemble and quartet-in-residence at Indiana University-South Bend will perform Haydn’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 71 No. 1; Dvorák’s American Quartet in F Major, Op. 96; and New York-based composer Patrick Zimmerli’s “American Spiritual” for String Quartet.
Cost:  All students K-college are free; $7 adults, $5 seniors, available at the door one hour before the concert.

Celebrate Service Day
The entire campus community will fan out into the Goshen area to serve the community on this day. Colloquium classes, residence hall floors and other housing units and groups spend the day as servant leaders. All classes are suspended.

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Ninth annual Grief Seminar, College Mennonite Church
Dr. Heather L. Servaty-Seib, associate professor of educational studies at Purdue University and a licensed psychologist, will give the keynote address: “Narratives of Grief: Listening for the Stories.”
For more information or to register, contact Marge Brandeberry, phone (574) 535-7400, email

Goshen College’s Administration Building, Church-Chapel, Good Library, Music Center, Newcomer Center, Union Gymnasium and Umble Center are accessible to people using wheelchairs and others with physical limitations.

Directions to the college and a campus map are available at: For ticket information, contact the Welcome Center, at (574) 535-7566, or e-mail

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