GOSHEN — The 2014-2015 season of Goshen College’s Performing Arts Series is jam-packed with entertainment, starting with a concert with The Indigo Girls and wrapping up with Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion.”
The lineup also includes performances by Lyle Lovett, Conspirare, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Boston Brass and the Enso String Quartet, the Peking Acrobats, Silk Road Ensemble, and Turtle Island Quartet with Nellie McKay.
The lineup was announced Friday night, April 11, at the final concert of the 2013-2014 season featuring the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Reservations were available immediately following the concert, and season package tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday, April 14, at the Goshen College Welcome Center. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 4 at the Welcome Center and goshen.edu/tickets.
Here are some tidbits about the 2014-2015 lineup:
INDIGO GIRLS, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13
Known all over the world for their strong harmonies and soulful lyrics, the Grammy award-winning Indigo Girls are one of the most successful and outspoken folk-rock duos in history, delivering beautifully crafted songs that revel in spirited simplicity. Individual tickets are $28 to $44.
CONSPIRARE, 4 p.m. Sept. 21
Making its return appearance to Goshen College to perform and record, vocal ensemble Conspirare has garnered rave reviews; Grammy nominations; and national recognition for its artistry, virtuosity and expressive singing. Conspirare combines the classics with contemporary works, delighting audiences with its innovative sound and mosaic of music and poetry. Individual tickets are $23 to $40.
ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, 4 p.m. Oct. 19
Grammy award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is internationally renowned for its fine artistry and distinctive approach to music-making, and it's known to critics and audiences alike for its unsurpassed energy and connection to listeners. By performing without a conductor, it is reinventing the way the world thinks about collaboration and democratic performance. Acclaimed pianist Jonathan Biss will be the featured soloist for this performance. Individual tickets are $30 to $50.
LYLE LOVETT, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1
As one of America’s most beloved singer-songwriters, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums and four Grammy awards. With his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Individual tickets are $45 to $65.
BOSTON BRASS AND THE ENSO STRING QUARTET, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9
Two acclaimed ensembles join forces for “Notes from the Balcony,” an evening of genre-crossing music touched with humor and personality inspired by “Romeo and Juliet.” This unusual nine-piece ensemble delivers stirring, powerful music by Prokofiev, Kabalevsky, Bernstein and even Elvis Costello. Individual tickets are $23 to $40.
THE PEKING ACROBATS, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10
An act unlike any other in this series, the Peking Acrobats bring their daring maneuvers, precarious balancing acts, trick-cycling and precision gymnastics to the Sauder stage, accompanied by live traditional Chinese musicians. Known as the “hundred entertainments” during the Han Dynasty, the Peking Acrobats have redefined the art of Chinese acrobatics. Individual tickets are $23 to $40.
SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE, 7:30 p.m. March 7
The Silk Road Ensemble unites performers and composers from more than 20 countries in a medley of cultures and art forms. Formed under the artistic direction of Yo-Yo Ma in 2000, the group is “a kind of roving musical laboratory without walls,” according to the Boston Globe. Individual tickets are $28 to $44.
TURTLE ISLAND QUARTET WITH NELLIE MCKAY, 7:30 p.m. April 21, 2015
A singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings, two-time Grammy award-winning Turtle Island Quartet teams up with Nellie McKay to present a delightful kaleidoscope of voice and strings, featuring works from its newest album recorded in Sauder Concert Hall. Turtle Island’s famed innovative rhythmic techniques unleash an unprecedented range of possibilities. Individual tickets are $23 to $40.
“A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION,” 5:45 p.m., May 2, 2015
Join Garrison Keillor as he returns to the Sauder Concert Hall stage, this time for a live broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion.” Individual tickets are $48 to $68.
Season tickets include six concerts. Four performances are set for each season ticket with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Lyle Lovett, the Peking Acrobats and Turtle Island Quartet with Nellie McKay. Basic season ticket holders then get to choose two additional performances, one each from two pairs of contrasting shows — Indigo Girls or the Silk Road Ensemble and Conspirare or Boston Brass and the Enso String Quartet.
The “Prairie Home Companion” show is only available for those who purchase the entire season with all eight performances.
Six-show ticket packages are discounted 10 to 15 percent over individually priced tickets — $250 for A section seats, $220 for B section seats and $150 for C section seats. There is also an option to create a seven- or eight-show package that includes either or both of the remaining shows at an additional cost. The eight-concert package, which includes the bonus “Prairie Home Companion” show, is $393 for A section seats, $349 for B section seats and $243 for C section seats. Tickets are nonrefundable.
A nonrefundable deposit of $20 per seat will hold season tickets and seat preferences. Full payment is due by July 14. Seats will be assigned according to the date payment is received.
Seating for people with disabilities is available. The minimum age for attendees is 5 years old.
For details about ticket availability, prices, reservations and more, contact the Welcome Center at 535-7566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Welcome Center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Follow Elkhart Truth reporter Angelle Barbazon on Twitter at @tweetangelle.