October 2014 events at Goshen College


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


Friday, Oct. 3 – Sunday, Oct. 5
Homecoming Weekend 2014

Goshen College alumni and friends are warmly invited back to campus for Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 3-5. In addition to reuniting with classmates, highlights of the weekend include alumni awards, a music gala, a hymn sing, an art exhibit, kids’ activities, an alumni bike ride, alumni author book signings, campus tours, a Frisbee tournament, soccer game and the world premiere for two Peace Plays. See the full schedule of events.


Sunday, Oct. 5
Rieth Chamber Series: The Telegraph Quartet
4 p.m., Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall

Out of 48 competing ensembles from across the nation and around the world, the Telegraph Quartet was awarded the coveted Grand Prize at the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Gold Medal in the Senior String Division. Formed in 2013 and based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the acclaimed Telegraph Quartet will perform an exciting concert of virtuosic string chamber music in GC’s Rieth Recital Hall, not to be missed!

Tickets: $15, available online at goshen.edu/tickets or at (574) 535-7566.


Thursday, Oct. 9
“Latino Mennonites: Civil Rights, Faith and Evangelical Culture” with author Felipe Hinojosa
7 p.m., Administration Building room 28

Dr. Felipe Hinojosa is a member of the Goshen College Board of Directors and also a history professor at Texas A & M University. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Beverly Lapp at beverlykl@goshen.edu.


Tuesday, Oct. 14
Afternoon Sabbatical International Luncheon: “Portugal and Spain: Common Neighbors with an Uncommon Past”
12 p.m., Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

Discover how the nearly 800-year Muslim presence in medieval Portugal and Spain contributed to a past unlike any other country in Western Europe. Dean Rhodes, GC associate professor of Spanish, and Annette Johnson of Venture Forth Iberia Travel will share their perspectives on the unique history of these two nations and how their past influences contemporary life in the Iberian Peninsula.

Tickets: $20. Call 574-535-7565 to register before Oct. 3. $5 late fee.


Sunday, Oct. 19
Performing Arts Series: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
4 p.m., Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall

Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is internationally renowned for its fine artistry and distinctive approach to music making, and known to critics and audiences alike for its unsurpassed energy and connection to listeners. By performing without a conductor, it is reinventing the way the world thinks about collaboration and democratic performance. Acclaimed pianist Jonathan Biss will be the featured soloist for this performance.

Tickets: $50, $45, $30, available through the Welcome Center, phone (574) 535-7566, email welcomecenter@goshen.edu, or online at goshen.edu/tickets.


Tuesday, Oct. 21
S.A. Yoder 44th Annual Memorial Lecture: Jeff Gundy, lecturer
7:30 p.m., Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall

For more information, contact Ann Hostetler at (574) 535-7469 or anneh@goshen.edu


Friday, Oct. 24
Explore Goshen Day
Check in at the Music Center lobby

A chance for prospective students to tour campus, talk with faculty, participate in an information fair, and ask questions. Learn more at goshen.edu/visit/!


Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25
Enchanted Forest
Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center

At this Halloween alternative, families take a night hike by lantern light and meet friendly animals who tell about their lives and habits. The program takes place at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center. Meet at the Farmstead Barn located at 2152 S 425 W, Albion, IN 46701.

Cost is $2.50 per person. Contact: Maria Tice, (260) 799-5869, mariact@goshen.edu


Friday, Oct. 24
Visiting Artist: Michael Coonrod, solo piano
7:30 p.m., Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall

Pianist Michael Coonrod will present a solo piano recital at 7:30 p.m. in Rieth Recital Hall. Michael Coonrod is an instructor of piano at Interlochen Arts Academy where he has taught for the past 33 years. In 1994, he presented 20 concerts of music by contemporary American composers. The series culminated in Poland, where he performed at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and at the Conservatory of Music in Poznan. He has also performed for the American Liszt Society, Eastman School of Music and Peabody Contemporary Music Ensemble, among many others.

Tickets: $7 adults, $5 seniors/students, available at the door one hour before the concert. GC faculty/staff/students are free with valid ID. For more information, call (574) 535-7361 or email music@goshen.edu


Saturday, Oct. 25
Afternoon Sabbatical Bus Trip to Chicago, ‘Amazing Grace’
Chicago, Bank of America Theater

“Amazing Grace” is the awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most beloved song. Coming of age as Britain sits atop an international empire of slavery, John Newton finds himself torn between following in the footsteps of father a slave trader and embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart. But when a perilous voyage on the high seas finds John in his darkest hour, a transformative moment of self-reckoning inspires a blazing anthem of hope that will finally guide him home.

Cost: $130 includes coach travel, theater tickets and a box supper. Sold out.


Sunday, Oct. 26
GC Chamber Choir and St. Joseph Valley Camerata
7:30 p.m., Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall

The Goshen College Chamber Choir will join forces with the St. Joseph Valley Camerata, a local professional choir, both conducted by Dr. Scott Hochstetler, for a choral concert in Sauder Concert Hall.

The program will be highlighted by a performance of Thomas Tallis’ “Spem in alium,” a Renaissance-era motet set in 40 parts. The choirs will perform individually and as a mass choir.

Tickets: $10, available online at www.goshen.edu/tickets or (574) 535-7566.


Friday, Oct. 31
Lavender Jazz and All-Campus Band Fall Concert
7:30 p.m., Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall

Lavender Jazz, Goshen College’s big band led by new director Christopher French, will perform alongside the new Goshen College All-Campus Band, conducted by Dr. Christopher Fashun. Each ensemble will present half the concert.

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