2018-19 Performing Arts Series announced with 11 extraordinary shows, more options and package discounts

Goshen College’s Performing Arts Series will provide 11 world-class concerts during the 2018-19 series, bringing an incredible breadth of top-quality arts performances right to Goshen.

The line-up was publicly announced on Thursday, June 7, during the final performance of the 2017-18 season featuring Audra McDonald. Initial reservations were available immediately following the concert, and season package tickets formally go on sale to the public on Friday, June 8 at 9 a.m. at the college’s Box Office in the Music Center (574.535.7566, boxoffice@goshen.edu). Individual concert tickets will go on sale August 6, 2018.

The 2018-19 line-up includes:


Conspirare: Considering Matthew Shepard

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Non-package ticket pricing: $40, $35, $25

Considering Matthew Shepard concert. Photo by Marlee Crawford/Ole Miss Communications

Described as “brilliant,” “powerful,” “innovative,” “dazzling” and “gripping,” when it debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart, Considering Matthew Shepard (CMS) showcases the Grammy Award-winning artistry of Conspirare’s singers performing a concert-length fusion oratorio with song, chamber instrumentation and projected media. Led by artistic director and composer Craig Hella Johnson, this work is a musical response to the tragic death that sparked a revolution in our understanding of hate crime legislation. Jason Marsden, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, calls CMS “by far the most intricate, beautiful and unyielding artistic response to this notorious anti-gay hate crime.” This performance marks the return of Conspirare to Sauder Concert Hall, where this work was originally recorded.


An Evening with Gillian Welch

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Non-package ticket pricing: $45, $40, $35

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

Gillian Welch’s rich and remarkable career spans over 20 years, and is a pillar of the modern acoustic music world. With six Grammy Award nominations, Welch won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for producing and performing on the eight-time platinum soundtrack for O Brother, Where Art Thou? Joined on stage by her partner David Rawlings, the two have recorded eight studio albums and have lent their talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of their remarkable careers, Welch and Rawlings were honored with the Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting in 2015 and the Berklee American Masters Award in 2016.

I’m with Her

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Non-package ticket pricing: $45, $40, $30

I’m With Her: Aoife O’Donovan, Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins

A band of extraordinary chemistry and exquisite musicianship, I’m With Her features Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan. Collectively, the multi-Grammy Award-winners have released nine solo efforts, co-founded two seminal bands (Nickel Creek and Crooked Still) and contributed to critically acclaimed albums from a host of esteemed artists. But from its very first moments, their full-length debut See You Around reveals the commitment to creating a wholly unified band sound. With each track born from close songwriting collaboration, I’m With Her builds an ineffable magic from their finespun narratives and breathtaking harmonies. NPR asserts they “know how to gather round a microphone and sing directly from their heart to yours. Purity is the brilliance behind I’m With Her.”


The 5 Browns

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Non-package ticket pricing: $45, $40, $30

The 5 Browns

The 5 Browns are delivering on their dream to wake up classical music by introducing it to the widest, largest and most excited audience they can find. Brothers and sisters Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae are the first family of five siblings ever accepted simultaneously to New York’s Juilliard School, and have released three CDs that each went to #1 on Billboard Magazine’s Classical Album Chart. The New York Post has proclaimed: “One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years.” Whether performing individually or together, The 5 Browns reveal a deep connection to the intent of their material while bringing a fresh energy and dynamic character to the color and tonal spectrum of their sound.


Imago Theater presents FROGZ!

Friday and Saturday , Feb. 1 & 2, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Non-package ticket pricing: $35, $30, $25

Imago Theater presents FROGZ!

Internationally acclaimed for its special brand of vaudeville, comedy, illusions and Cirque Du Soleil-evoking acrobatics, Portland-based Imago Theatre is bringing their classic favorite FROGZ! to Goshen’s Umble Center for two performances. FROGZ! combines mime, dance, original music and special effects to create a menagerie like no other­ — frogs, lizards, windbags, cowboys, sloths and penguins fill the stage with wit, wonder and mesmerizing Felliniesque mayhem. Imago’s wordless productions are hailed by critics and audiences worldwide. The New York Times declares “Theatre like this opens the eyes to the possibilities of exploration in the vast realm of the imagination. Inspired fun!” Sophisticated, universally appealing and highly entertaining, FROGZ has fans of all ages returning again and again.

* The Imago Theater performance of FROGZ! will be exciting and entertaining for all ages, so the Performing Arts Series is making it easier for patrons to bring children (age 18 and under) to attend. With each season ticket package, patrons can select FROGZ! as one of the shows, and indicate the number of additional, non-package, $10 children’s tickets they would like to add.


Seraphic Fire with American Brass Quintet

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Non-package ticket pricing: $40, $35, $25

Seraphic Fire with American Brass Quintet

Exploring of the rich Spanish tradition of music for voice and brass, The American Brass Quintet and Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire join together for a journey across Spain’s storied Camino de Santiago via the music of Victoria, Morales, Guerrero and a world-premiere of O Antiphons by Australian-Canadian composer Julian Revie. Led by Founder and Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley, Miami-based Seraphic Fire brings top ensemble singers and instrumentalists from around the country to present high-quality performances of under-performed music with cultural significance. The American Brass Quintet, committed to the promotion of brass chamber music through performance and education for more than 50 years, is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber music ensembles of our time and celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world.


Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Non-package ticket pricing: $50, $45, $35

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Andrew Denk

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields - formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians - is one of the world’s greatest chamber orchestras, renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s greatest classical music. Today the Academy is led by Music Director and virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, and retains the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble which has become an Academy hallmark. This tour marks the celebration of the orchestra’s 60th Anniversary and will feature Jeremy Denk, a MacArthur ‘Genius’ and one of America’s foremost pianists, performing Mozart Piano Concerto No 12.


The Step Crew

Friday, March 29, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Non-package ticket pricing: $40, $35, $25

The Step Crew

The unbelievably dynamic and entertaining dance troupe The Step Crew combines three styles of percussive dance — Irish, Tap and Ottawa Valley — to achieve the ultimate balance of respecting traditional forms of dance and creating exciting modern fusions never seen before. With virtuosic performers from the likes of The Chieftains, Cherish The Ladies and Bowfire, this cast of outstanding talent takes you on a dance journey to show audiences the amazing similarities and differences between these three captivating styles. If dancing weren’t enough, The Step Crew boasts three world-class fiddlers backed by an amazing five-piece ensemble comprised of some of the most talented and respected musicians in the Celtic music scene today. The show will have the audience literally on its feet!

CANCELLED: Diana Krall

Friday, April 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Diana Krall

Due to health reasons, Diana Krall unfortunately needed to cancel her entire spring tour, which includes her scheduled April 5 show at Goshen College. We are replacing the canceled Diana Krall performance with the professional a cappella group Straight No Chaser on Monday, April 22, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. Though this is a different genre than the previously-scheduled performance, we are very pleased to be able to present an ensemble that has been highly requested and on our list for a number of years.


The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Non-package ticket pricing: $55, $50, $40

The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6

THE SUMMIT: The Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 is one of the most unique and thrilling musical collaborations ever assembled. With twenty Grammy Awards between them, these two musically iconic groups have joined forces to perform together. Unlike other music co-bills or meetings, The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 were not content to sing a set and simply join each other for a finale. They have created musical moments on-stage – singing and performing nearly a dozen songs together – during this show. Audiences will experience the creativity, excitement, and renowned performances that only two phenomenal groups can bring to one stage, in-the-moment.



Arturo Sandoval

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Non-package ticket pricing: $40, $35, $25

Arturo Sandoval

A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Cuban American jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval has evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn. This Latin jazz pioneer and 10-time Grammy Award-winner delivers dynamic and vivacious live performances with his sextet, captivating audiences with his lyrical improvisation and virtuoso capabilities. In addition to his 19 Grammy nominations, he has received six Billboard Awards as well as an Emmy Award for his underscore composition for the HBO movie based on his life, “For Love or Country,” in which Andy Garcia portrays Sandoval.


This year’s regular season ticket package again includes six concerts:

  • Four core performances are set for each season ticket (An Evening with Gillian Welch, Diana Krall, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and THE SUMMIT: The Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6).
  • Choose two or more additional performances from the remaining choices. The more performances chosen, the bigger the discount on the season ticket package. (Six performances receives a 5 percent discount, seven or eight performances receives an 8 percent discount; 9 or 10 performances receives a 10 percent discount; all 11 performances receives a 12 percent discount, a total savings of up to $62.)
  • Each season ticket requires a $25 non-refundable deposit to hold the seats. Full payment is due Friday, July 13, 2018.
  • We suggest submitting season ticket orders as soon as possible to get seating in the preferred area with the same seat for each concert. Current season ticket holders will receive priority seating if they return their order form before Friday, June 15.

» See seating chart, package pricing and order form (PDF).