Two Elkhart County youth orchestras will present their spring concert in the Goshen College Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall on Sunday, May 10, 2015. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Performing will be the Youth Honors Concert Orchestra (grades 7-9), conducted by Kyle Miller, and the Youth Honors Symphony Orchestra (grades 9-12), conducted by YHO Artistic Director Josh Aerie.
Three Community School of the Arts youth choirs will perform in the Spring CSA Showcase Concert on Sunday, May 3 at 4 p.m. The concert will be held in the Goshen College Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall.
Take a hike, roast marshmallows or go canoeing at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center’s annual spring festival, NatureFest, on Friday, May 1, 6:30 p.m. through Saturday, May 2, 2 p.m. NatureFest includes the Turtle Trot 5-K run, hikes for all ages and interests, and booths with hands-on interactive nature activities. Camping overnight is an option.
The Steel Wheels, an Americana band with Mennonite roots, will return to Goshen College on Friday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m., for a concert sponsored by the Performing Arts Series and 91.1 The Globe (WGCS) in the Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall.
Helen Frost, an award-winning writer for young adults, will lead a writing workshop on Wednesday, April 29 from 4:30-5:45 p.m. in Goshen College’s Newcomer Center, Room 19. A book reading will follow at 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, May 1, from 4 to 7 p.m., adults interested in graduate and continuing studies programs are invited to visit Goshen College for an open house to learn more about Goshen’s different programs. It will take place in the college’s Newcomer Center, Room 19 (on Main Street, across from IU Goshen Hospital).
Raj Biyani, managing director for Microsoft IT India and a 1992 Goshen College graduate, will be the speaker at Goshen College’s 117th commencement ceremony on Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m. in the Roman Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center. His speech is titled “From the Maple City to Cyberabad: What I wish I had known at graduation.”
The College of Wooster Department of Theater and Teatro Travieso will present “Women of Ciudad Juárez” on April 22 at 8 p.m. in Goshen College’s Umble Center. The hour-long performance will be followed by a talkback session with the director and actors.
Four million people are expected to tune in to “A Prairie Home Companion” on Saturday, May 2, which will broadcast live from Goshen College at 5:45 p.m. Garrison Keillor will return to the Sauder Concert Hall stage as part of the Performing Arts Series to present this popular radio show, which airs on more than 500 public radio stations around the world.
Award-winning organist Simon Thomas Jacobs will present a recital of organ works on the Goshen College Music Center’s Taylor & Boody Pipe organ on Sunday, April 19, 2015. Part of the 2014-15 Rieth Chamber Series, the recital will begin at 4 p.m. in Rieth Recital Hall.