Goshen News, Goshen, IN

August 29, 2013

New GC concert series debuts Sept. 15

A STAFF REPORT
THE GOSHEN NEWS

GOSHEN — Goshen College Music Center staff will debut a new concert series featuring chamber music and organ concerts on GC’s Opus 41 pipe organ.

The 2013-14 series will feature six concerts by chamber music ensembles and organists, plus a bonus concert and reception for series subscribers only.

“Series subscribers and supporters will provide support for ongoing, accessible classical chamber music at Goshen College, as well as aid in establishing a reputation with performing artists for appreciative Music Center audiences,” said Marcia Yost, Music Center executive director. Series subscriptions are being accepted.

The 2013-14 series includes:

Sept. 15, 4 p.m. — Rieth Recital Hall Organ concert by Carrie Groenewold

Carrie Groenewold will open the 2013-2014 Rieth Chamber Series with a program of organ works by Bach, Sweeklinck, Mendelssohn and others on Rieth Recital Hall’s Taylor and Boody pipe organ. A native of the Midwest, Groenewold received degrees in both organ and church music at Dordt (Iowa) College and also at the University of Notre Dame. She is currently organist at First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, Kan.

Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. — Sauder Concert Hall, Villiers Quartet

The UK-based Villiers Quartet (VQ) has become known for its interpretations of works by English composers including Edward Elgar and Frederick Delius. The group gained acclaim last year after launching the first online VQ New Works Competition, reaching a global audience that voted online for three finalists, one of which was GC composition student Henry Stewart. Stewart’s piece “Threnody/Images” will be performed at Villier’s Goshen concert.

Jan. 26, 4 p.m. — Rieth Recital Hall, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Chamber Music Players

Featured works will include Britten’s “1932 Phantasy Quartet,” Mozart’s “1786 Kegelstatt Trio” and Dvorak’s “1888 String Quintet in G, Op. 77.”

Feb. 9, 4 p.m. — Rieth Recital Hall, Organ concert by Daniel Bayless

Daniel Bayless, organist at the University of Notre Dame Basilica of the Sacred Heart, is set to perform a recital of varied organ works on GC’s Taylor & Boody pipe organ. Bayless has studied organ, harpsichord, carillon and choral conducting and holds degrees in organ performance from the University of Kansas as well as the University of Notre Dame, where he studied with Craig Cramer.

April 13, 4 p.m. – Rieth Recital Hall,

Fleur de Lys Baroque Ensemble

For nearly two decades, Fleur de Lys has performed on original instruments of the 17th and 18th centuries. Seeking to emulate the purity of tone valued by musicians of that time, the ensemble includes founding members Darlene Catello on harpsichord and Mary Anne Ballard on viola da gamba, along with soprano Danielle Svonavec, baroque flutist Korin Schilling and baroque violinist Tamara Albahari.

May 17, 7:30 p.m. — Sauder Concert Hall, Julien Labro, bandoneonist with Spektral Quartet, Chicago

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 player Julien Labro, playing a program of South American jazz and tangos.  

Rieth Chamber Series subscribers will also receive a bonus concert and dessert reception:

Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. — Rieth Recital Hall, Violinists Amy Kauffman and Cornelius Dufallo

Hailing from New York City, husband and wife violin duo Amy Kauffman and Cornelius Dufallo will perform for sponsors of this year’s chamber series. Both graduates of The Juilliard School, they perform frequently in chamber ensembles and festivals across the country. While growing up near Goshen, Kauffman studied violin and piano with then-GC professors Lon and Kathryn Sherer.

If you want to go

Series subscriptions, which include tickets to all six concerts, plus the bonus concert and dessert reception, are now being accepted. The six-show ticket packages are $120. Subscription forms can be found online at www.gcmusiccenter.org/concerts/riethseries.

For information about ticket availability, pricing, reservations and more, contact the Welcome Center at 535-7566 or email welcomecenter@goshen.edu. The Welcome Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Tickets to individual concerts will be for sale as available via the Welcome Center, online at www.goshen.edu/tickets, or at the door.

For more information about the concert series or the performers, contact the Goshen College Music Center Main Office at 574-535-7361 or visit www.gcmusiccenter/concerts/riethseries.