Phil Keaggy, multiple Dove award-winner and perhaps one of the most admired guitarists in music today, will give a benefit concert in the Goshen College Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall on Friday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from this family-friendly event will go to support MDC Goldenrod’s work providing services to individuals with developmental and cognitive disabilities.
Spektral Quartet, one of the nation’s fastest-rising young string quartets and ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago, returns to Goshen with accordion and bandoneon phenom Julien Labro, playing a fun and fiery program of South American jazz and tangos. The concert is set for Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall.
Three Community School of the Arts (CSA) youth choirs will perform as part of the CSA Spring Showcase Concert on Sunday, May 4 at 4 p.m. Graduating high school senior and CSA flute student Karis Neufeld will also perform during this concert, which will be held in Sauder Concert Hall in the Goshen College Music Center.
Reception: Saturday, April 26, 2-3:30 pm, Hershberger Art Gallery
NatureFest, an annual spring festival held at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College in Wolf Lake, Ind., will take place Friday, May 9, 6:30 p.m. through Saturday, May 10, 3 p.m. NatureFest includes a 5-K run, hikes for all ages and interests, and booths with hands-on interactive nature activities. Camping overnight is an option. For a schedule, see merrylea.goshen.edu or call 260-799-5869.
May and June events include performances by the Steel Wheels, Freimann Chamber Ensemble and the Spektral Quartet with Julien Labro.
An 11-month, 10,000-mile bicycle journey came to an end last week in Goshen. On Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in the Goshen College Church-Chapel, three Goshen College graduates will share stories from their remarkable journey from Paraguay to Goshen.
Local pianist Mary Rose Norell, along with the Music Crew from the Elkhart Boys and Girls Club, will team up with Blair Thomas Puppetry for a performance of “A Piano with Three Tales” on April 24, 2014 at 7 p.m. in Goshen College Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall.
John Ruth will offer a lecture about his new memoir, “Branch,” in Goshen College’s Newcomer Center Room 17 on Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. A reception will follow the lecture, during which books will be available for purchase and signing. The event is free and open to the public.
The 2014-15 season of the Goshen College Performing Arts Series will again bring extraordinary and top quality arts performances to the college, including the Indigo Girls, Lyle Lovett, Peking Acrobats and the return of Garrison Keillor, who will bring his Prairie Home Companion show to the Sauder Hall stage.