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April 6, 2013

WHAT'S GOING ON: ‘Earthtones’ concert set at Goshen College

Singing music from multiple regions of the world, Goshen College choirs will perform during the ninth annual Earthtones choral concert Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Goshen College Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall.

Performing will be the Goshen College Chorale, Chamber Choir, Men’s Chorus and Women’s World Music Choir. Subtitled “Songs from Many Cultures,” the Earthtones program will feature choral works from a variety of composers, cultures and countries, including the African-American spiritual tradition, First Nation chant from Canada, Haiti, India, Venezuela, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Finland and an arrangement of a Balinese Monkey Chant. The program will also feature an original composition by GC student composer Levi Smucker, sung in Arabic.

The choirs will perform individually and as a joint chorus. During the concert, the choirs will also recognize graduating senior choir members.

The Goshen College choirs are directed by choral professors Debra Brubaker and Scott Hochstetler, and are accompanied by pianists Christine Larson Seitz and Chara Sonntag.

General admission tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Tickets are available online at www.goshen.edu/tickets or via the Goshen College Welcome Center at 574-535-7566. Goshen College faculty, staff and students will be admitted free with valid identification.

Sunday

Circus Pages — Circus Pages performances will take place today at 1 and 4 p.m. at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds Sheep/Swine Arena. Two children will be admitted for free per paying adult.

The circus will feature acrobats, elephant rides, white lions, pony rides and horses. Produced by Jose Pages, the circus showcases draw from three generations of the performing Pages family. For more information, visit the website www.circuspages.com.

Tuesday

Student Chamber Music Recital — Goshen College student musicians will present various works of chamber music at 7:30 p.m. Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall

The chamber ensembles are coached by GC Associate Professor of Music Solomia Soroka.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 senior citizens and students. Tickets are available at the door one hour before the concert. GC students/faculty/staffwill be admitted free with identification.

Genealogy program — The LaGrange County Genealogical Society will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of the LaGrange County Library, 203 W. Spring St., LaGrange.  Loren Johns, professor at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, will present the program, “The Joy of Finding Skeletons in Your Family Tree.”

Johns, whose hobby is genealogy, is a fourth great-grandson of Joseph Johns, the Amish man who founded Johnstown, Pa. in 1800. More descendants of Joseph Johns live in LaGrange County than in any other county in the United States and Johns has more than 178,000 descendants of Joseph Johns in his database.   

Anyone with an interest in genealogy is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Barb Mulholland, LaGrange County genealogist at 260-854-4311 or Dalonda Young at 260-463-6384.

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