2013-14 Season at the Howard Center
Date: July 19, 2013
The Howard Performing Arts Center will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a stellar lineup for the 2013–14 season of its concert series Howard Center Presents… The series will include widely recognized classical and Christian contemporary performing artists including Chanticleer, Bebo Norman and Israel Houghton & New Breed.
Back by popular demand, the American-gospel vocal group The Heritage Singers will sing traditional gospel music, hymns, contemporary Christian music and even some children’s music on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at 8:30 p.m. The eight passionate vocalists are touring with special guest Pete McLeod, Christian comedian and musician, and alumnus of Andrews University.
Reminiscent of the Howard Center’s inaugural weekend in 2003, several celebratory concerts are scheduled from October 5–8, 2013. The Anniversary Gala begins Saturday, Oct. 5, featuring the Andrews University Symphony Orchestra in a formal, black-tie concert at 8 p.m. To complete the experience you are invited to attend a reception in the Howard Center lobby before you enjoy this evening of excptional music. At 7 p.m. on Oct. 6, the Howard Center is pleased to be a stop on Compassion International’s “In The Round” tour, featuring Christian contemporary artists Andrew Peterson, Bebo Norman and Sara Groves. The three artists will offer an intimate performance alternating between songs and spoken ministry. On Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m., “the world’s reigning male chorus,” as recognized by The New Yorker magazine, Chanticleer returns to the Howard Center after a near sellout in 2006.
As part of the prestigious honor of winning the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Omer Quartet will make a stop at the Howard Performing Arts Center. The winning string quartet is comprised of young adults from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Their concert at the Howard Center will be held on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2013, at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at 8 p.m., soprano Laura Ortiz and pianist Carlos A. Flores will present "A Night of Music, Art & Folklore in Mexico." The concert will feature art songs from Mexico, including works by Manuel Ponce, Silvestre Revueltas and Rodolfo Halftner, as well as some of the best-known songs from the traditional Mariachi repertoire. Special guests include an Andrews University mariachi band.
Nationally famous lyric soprano Faith Esham will perform selections that include pieces by Hugo Wolf and Henri Duparc on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at 7 p.m. Known for both her musicality and ability to express poignant emotion, the Grammy Award winner brings theatricality to the classical stage. Esham is currently an adjunct professor of voice at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J.
On Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at 7 p.m., Israel Houghton and New Breed will take the stage at the Howard Center. This highly popular group of world-class musicians will unite to create a revolutionary fresh sound, which fuses gospel praise with contemporary worship music.
"Great Piano Trios" featuring Andrews University professors Claudio Gonzales and Chi Yong Yun as well as renowned cellist German Marcano, will wrap up the season on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 8 p.m.
Individual ticket prices range from $5 to $30 for each concert. Complete pricing details are available online. For more information, please visit us online at howard.andrews.edu. By purchasing tickets to four or more concerts, you may receive Flexible Series pricing of $5 off each ticket.
All tickets go on sale Monday, August 5, 2013, at 1:30 p.m., and can be purchased by calling the Howard Performing Arts Center Box Office at 888-467-6442 or 269-471-3560. Summer Box Office hours are Monday–Thursday, 1:30–5 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m.–12 p.m.