Howard Performing Arts Center 2014-15 Season Preview
The Howard Performing Arts Center announces the 2014–2015 season of its concert series Howard Center Presents… The Howard Performing Arts Center was designed to enhance the beautiful music of live performance, and this season celebrates the natural qualities of the Howard Performing Arts Center, featuring artists whose music is enhanced by the concert hall’s incredible acoustics. Even the well-known Christian contemporary artists, Jars of Clay and David Phelps, will perform in “un-plugged” concerts.
The season will kick off with Petar Jankovic Ensemble, a musical fusion of guitar and string quartet, on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. The ensemble will play a unique mix of Spanish pieces, passionate tangos, classical masterpieces and contemporary compositions. Later that month, enjoy an evening of classical music by violinist Carla Trynchuk, cellist Stephen Framil and pianist Chi Yong Yun on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m.
In support of the community, The Howard Performing Arts Center will offer a free small-business showcase on Sept. 21. Attendees can discover the benefits of “shopping small” as they meet local business owners and learn about their products and services. This is also an opportunity for business owners to network with each other and reach new clientele. The showcase will begin at 3 p.m. and culminate in a concert by Lake Effect Jazz Big Band at 5 p.m. Contact the Howard Center for information on representing your business at this event.
On Sunday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m., violinist Dana Lyn and guitarist Kyle Sanna will present an evening of traditional Irish music. Lyn was featured on “The Raw Bar” and “Geanntrai,” documentaries on traditional Irish music that aired on national television in Ireland. Sanna has performed with some of the greatest living interpreters of Irish music including Kevin Burke and Martin Hayes.
As part of the prestigious honor of winning the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, The Telegraph Quartet will make a stop at the Howard Performing Arts Center. The winning quartet, made up of two violins, a viola and a cello, is comprised of young adults from San Francisco, California. Their concert at the Howard Center will be Sunday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m.
Jars of Clay, a well-known Christian band, will perform selections from their new album, “Inland,” as well as fan favorites on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. Jars of Clay is on their 20th anniversary tour. Their music, marked by lush keyboard melodies, strong acoustic rhythm guitar and rich lyrics, has won the group three GRAMMY awards.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., Charles Reid and the love of his life, Julie Reid, will share an evening of favorite love songs. They will explore the complexities of love, a topic that has captivated poets and musicians throughout time, with their celebrated repertoire.
The Andrews University Symphony Orchestra, producer and pianist Belford Hernandez and conductor Claudio Gonzalez present diverse sounds spanning from classical Christmas themes to Celtic tunes and soulful color in this concert celebrating the Christmas season with “A Christmas Celebration: Sounds of the Season with a Soulful Touch” on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. The University Singers join them throughout, culminating with the famous “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah. Other works include arrangements by Hernandez and David Williamson. Celebrate the season with this diverse array of sounds.
The Howard Performing Arts Center will present “HIS Creation,” a family-friendly program on Saturday, Jan. 10. Rich Aguilera, "The Mud Guy" from Guide Magazine and 3ABN’s “Kids Time,” will give an interactive presentation about how the world was designed and created by an all-powerful and loving God. Two showings, at 6 and 8 p.m., will entertain parents and children alike.
Featured on NBC’s hit musical competition “The Sing-Off,” The Filharmonic is a six-member a cappella boy band whose vocal style exemplifies an urbanesque hip-hop sound with 90s nostalgia. Their concert at the Howard Center will be on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m.
David Phelps, known for his singing with the Gaither Vocal Band, will perform on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. He will showcase his powerhouse tenor voice by singing Christian favorites from his albums over the years.
“Tied up in Knotts,” a one-woman comedy routine, will be in the Howard Center on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. Karen Knotts will perform and tell stories about her legendary father, Don Knotts. Don Knotts is most known for his role as Barney Fife on the “Andy Griffith Show.”
A father-and-son team will wrap up the season on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. Trumpeter Brandon Ridenour and pianist Rich Ridenour will delight the audience with their comedic stage presence while they perform music from classical masterworks to American ragtime. Brandon also plays trumpet in the entertaining and talented group, Canadian Brass.
All tickets go on sale Monday, August 4, 2014, and can be purchased online at howard.andrews.edu, or by calling the Box Office at 888-467-6442 or 269-471-3560. Ticket prices for concerts will vary, but the Howard Performing Arts Center’s 11th season will continue to provide world-class arts to the community at affordable prices.