November 2013 events at Goshen College


All events are open to the public and are free unless otherwise noted.

1              8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Grandparents Day, Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

Grandparents Day is dedicated to honoring the relationships between Goshen College students and their grandparents. Through a campus visit, the day provides grandparents an opportunity to get a taste of their grandchild’s college experience. A full day is planned for grandparents including a reception with President Jim Brenneman, time to attend a class, have lunch with their grandchild and other optional activities. Registration required; cost: $15.

7:30 p.m., Goshen College Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert, Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall

The Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Fashun, will present their fall concert in Sauder Concert Hall. The program is highlighted by a performance of “Moon Shadows – Concerto for Multiple Percussion and Orchestra” by 20th century composer Michael Udow, and features percussion soloist Dr. Tony DiSanza, professor of percussion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Goshen College performance will be only the second time that this work has been performed in public and the premier performance in the Midwest. The GCSO will also perform works by Johannes Brahms, W.A. Mozart and Modest Mussorgsky.

Tickets: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, available at the door beginning one hour prior to the start of the concert. Goshen College faculty/staff/students are free with college ID.


2              7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Series: The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall

“Compelling grandeur … masterful,” raves BBC Music Magazine about these eight stellar string musicians who have enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with their rich, polished sound and remarkable artistry. The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was created in 1967 to perform larger chamber works – from quintets to octets. This gifted ensemble draws from the principal players of the orchestra who regularly work together, using their camaraderie to enhance and elevate their level of musicianship.

Tickets: $40, $35, $23. Available via the Goshen College Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566 or online at


8               4 p.m., Science Speakers: Nutrition and Women’s Health in Africa, Science Building room 106

Dr. Rebecca Stoltzfus will speak on nutrition and women’s health in Africa. Stoltzfus is provost’s fellow for public engagement director and director of the program in international nutrition at Cornell University.

8 p.m., Goshen College Fall Mainstage: “Wit,” Goshen College Umble Center

In her extraordinary first play, playwright Margaret Edson has created a work that is as intellectually challenging as it is emotionally immediate. Vivian Bearing, a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliant and difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. During the course of her illness—and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital—Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and the audience.

Tickets: $10, general admission.


9              7:30 p.m., Fall Choral Concert, Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall

The Goshen College combined choirs will be joined by choral students from Goshen High School in a fall choral concert in Sauder Concert Hall. The concert is highlighted by a performance of Orff’s momentous “Carmina Burana,” arranged for two pianos and percussion.

Tickets: $10 for adults, $7 seniors/students. GC faculty/staff/students free with ID. General admission. Tickets available at or by calling (574) 535-7566. Patrons are strongly advised to purchase tickets in advance.


10             2 p.m., Jason Lahr and Krista Hoefle Art Reception, Music Center’s Hershberger Art Gallery

Jason Lahr’s paintings and works on paper combine darkly comic texts with appropriated images to create shifting narratives of working class male identity as shaped by popular culture. His work combines the visual language of digital culture with traditional painting techniques and references to illustration, print media and graphic design to create an inter-textual web that addresses the articulation of masculine identity as manifested in Generation X.

Krista Hoefle investigates the underlying or hidden aspects of videogame structure that are not apparent during regular game play through the reinterpretation of virtual interactions and objects into physical spaces. Although she uses a wide variety of media (digital prints, screenprints, ’zines, objects, video), the spatial dislocation from the virtual to the physical positions the work within the realm of sculpture.

The reception will be followed by a Topics and Issues discussion with the artists at 3:30 p.m. The exhibit runs from November 10 to December 29, 2013.

3 p.m., Goshen College Fall Mainstage: “Wit,” Goshen College Umble Center

Tickets: $10, general admission.


13        4 p.m., Science Speakers: Improving Global Health Through Water, Science Building room 106

Eric Kurtz, owner and consulting engineer of Kurtz Engineering in Goshen, will speak on “Improving Global Health Through Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Initiatives.”


15-16       8 p.m., Goshen College Fall Mainstage: “Wit,” Goshen College Umble Center

Tickets: $10, general admission.


16           9 a.m., Workshops for Latino Families, Union Building room 111

This monthly workshop provides Latino families with added knowledge, hands-on experiences and necessary tools and resources as they guide their children through their school years and prepare for college and the future.


17           3 p.m., Goshen College Fall Mainstage: “Wit,” Goshen College Umble Center

Tickets: $10, general admission.


19            12 p.m., Afternoon Sabbatical—International Luncheon: “My Croatian Journey: Encountering a Land of Beauty and Struggle” by Jane Ruth, Niche Touring, Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

Experience stories, images and tastes of Croatia at the Afternoon Sabbatical international luncheon, as Jane Ruth of Niche Travel gives a presentation titled “My Croatian Journey: Encountering a Land of Beauty and Struggle.” In her lecture, Ruth will share stories of this country, where ethnic tensions ride high against a backdrop of stunning landscapes and beautiful people. Tickets: $20. Call (574) 535-7565 to register. $5 late fee after Nov. 8.

                7:30 p.m., Goshen College Student Chamber Music Concert, Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall

Goshen College student chamber music ensembles will perform works for string quartet, piano trio and percussion ensemble in Rieth Recital Hall. Admission is free; the public is very warmly invited.


22             7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Series: Vienna Boys Choir, Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall

The world’s most beloved boys choir will be appearing for the first time in Sauder Concert Hall. Centuries after being founded by Emperor Maximilian I in 1498, the angelic voices of the Vienna Boys Choir continue to delight music-lovers across the globe with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and a diverse, crowd-pleasing repertoire that encompasses Austrian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, beloved pop songs and more.
This show is sold out. To place your name on the waiting list, contact the Goshen College Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566.


23             7 p.m., One-Man Show, Goshen College Umble Center

American Sign Language performing artist Noah Buchholz blends many genres of ASL literature in his one-man performance: original fiction stories and poems, ABC stories and poems, hand-shape stories, translation works, improv, stand-up comedy and real-life stories. This show is both comedic and dramatic, and appropriate for any age.
For more information, call (574) 535-7061 or email

7:30 p.m. Lavender Jazz Fall Concert, Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall

Lavender Jazz, Goshen College’s big band, will present their fall concert of traditional and contemporary jazz charts, featuring performances by the full band as well as smaller jazz combos.  Lavender Jazz is directed by Christopher Fashun, assistant professor of music.

Tickets: $7 adults, $5 seniors/students. GC faculty/staff/students free with ID. Tickets available at the door one hour before the concert.


Goshen College’s Administration Building, Church-Chapel, Good Library, Music Center, Newcomer Center 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 email

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