Onstage Orange City: Amy Noelck moved to Northwestern’s Chapel

ORANGE CITY – Singer-songwriter Amy Noelck of Dallas is performing in Orange City Wednesday, August 27. It’s the final Onstage Orange City show of summer 2014, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. The show will be held at 7:00pm in the Northwestern College Christ Chapel in Orange City.

Sponsors of the event are Iowa State Bank and Quatro Composites™.

Opening the evening are Northwestern College students Sean Russell and Clarissa Oehler, “This Much,” performing from 7:00 to 7:30pm. From Prairie de Chien, WI, the duo has performed and led worship together for years, and competed in NCDC here last year. They sing, with Russell accompanying on guitar or piano.

Amy Noelck will take the stage at 7:30pm. Noelck, who has roots in Iowa, performs songs of love, faith, heartbreak and hope. “I try to write music with lyrics that reveal the transparency of life… I write about brokenness so those that are hurting and longing for something to fulfill them, will see that they are not alone.  We are constantly searching for peace and joy, but I am confident that lasting peace and joy cannot be found in anything, unless first found in Jesus.”

The proceeds from her album go to anti-human trafficking organizations around the world, especially Traffick 911, the Dallas/ Fort Worth organization working primarily with children; and the A21 Campaign, an organization which raises awareness, prevents future trafficking, takes legal action and provides rehabilitation services for survivors.

Noelck works with family life and children’s ministry in a Dallas church, and is looking into opportunities to work as a singer-songwriter, teaching music to orphans overseas.

The concert will not be Windmill Park or the Northwestern College Green. Because of the forecast of rain, it will be in the Northwestern College Christ Chapel. Questions?  Call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

 

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http://ncdc.nwciowa.edu/videos  (click on “This Much”)

Free, thanks to our sponsors: Iowa State Bank & Quatro Composites™

Sean & Clarissa, pictured here!

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Onstage Orange City: Tuey Wilson

ORANGE CITY – “I think he’s nuts. Or he’s one of the X-Men and does this show to pass the time.”

That’s Tuey Wilson’s favorite quote from a fan. This comic stunt juggler from St. Cloud is bringing his nuttiness in Orange City’s Windmill Park Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 7:00pm.

Wilson’s show is part of the Orange City Arts Council’s Onstage Orange City series. Sponsors are Diamond Vogel Paint and Four-Way Roofing of Alton.

Wilson grew up skiing, skateboarding and waterskiing, all perfect for this self-described “introverted show-off.” His life changed when a friend loaned him professional juggling equipment… and he checked out jugglers at the Minnesota Renaissance Fair. So when he considered college and career options a few months later, he decided to set his sights on becoming a professional juggler.

He succeeded, and has been a crowd favorite at the Renaissance Fair for more than three decades.

Wilson likes performing stunts that involve the whole body. Rather than simply standing still while throwing things, he now has some bizarre skills: rope walking, ball spinning, balancing on a ladder, manipulating objects on mouthsticks, and more. At age 50, he mastered balancing on a ladder… on a rope… on fire!

In addition to manipulating props, Wilson also builds them, for himself and other professional jugglers. His ball-spinning mouthsticks are considered by many to be the best in the world.

Wilson – who is an unlikely blend of “regular guy” and “quirky oddball” — presents a blend of family-friendly comedy, jaw-dropping skills and danger.

The St. Paul Pioneer-Press said, “Modern people, TV-addled, sensation-drenched, hard to engage. Right?… Two minutes into Tuey’s act, they were goggling like tots.”

Come early for the family safety fair – 3:30 to 6:30. See a fire truck, walk through a giant inflatable heart to see how the heart works, check out the Sanford/ Great Plains Zoo express, and more.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions will be available. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, see orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

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Free, thanks to our sponsors: Diamond Vogel Paint & Four-Way Roofing of Alton

Onstage Orange City: Monroe Crossing

“A unique sound that truly is bluegrass.”

ORANGE CITY – Classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and originals – it’s Monroe Crossing. The Twin Cities-area band takes the stage at Windmill Park in Orange City on Wed. Aug 13 at 7:00pm.

Monroe Crossing’s show is part of the Orange City Arts Council’s Onstage Orange City series. Sponsors are Quatro Composites™ and Community Bank of Alton & Orange City.

The evening will begin at 5:00pm with a motorcycle show, then a hot dog supper, with donations collected for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Following the bluegrass show, at dusk, will be the showing of “The Lego Movie,” sponsored by Orange City Parks & Recreation.

Monroe Crossing has been selected as an official showcase band at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Convention in Raleigh, NC. They performed in New York City’s Carnegie Hall last year as part of Carol Barnett’s “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass.” They were inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

The only bluegrass band ever nominated as “Artist of the Year” by the Minnesota Music Academy (MMA), Monroe Crossing won the 2003 MMA “Bluegrass Album of the Year” award.

Monroe Crossing includes five distinct personalities with differing musical backgrounds and tastes, combining for a unique ensemble sound. They are Derek Johnson: guitar, lead & harmony vocals; Lisa Fuglie: fiddle, mandolin, lead & harmony vocals; Matt Thompson: mandolin, fiddle, baritone vocals; Mark Anderson: bass & bass vocals; and David Robinson: banjo. Their paths crossed through the music of Bill Monroe, “the father of bluegrass music,” so they like to say they had a “Monroe Crossing.”

The group plays an average of 125 shows annually, at venues and festivals across the U.S. and Canada… and have recorded 13 CDs.

KCBL Radio of Sacramento said, “Monroe Crossing strikes again. Each and every song keeps you wanting more. I can foresee many of (their) original songs becoming classics down the line.”

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, see orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

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5:00pm:  motorcycle show

5:30pm: hot dog meal, donations collected for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Dusk: Orange City Recreation’s Family Film, The Lego Movie.

Free thanks to our sponsors: Quatro Composites™ and Community Bank of Alton & Orange City

 

Charlie Brown moves indoors!

 

ORANGE CITY – Onstage Orange City’s Wed., August 6 show will be a SchoolHouse Company show, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Because of rain, it will be held at the Unity Christian Knight Center.

The musical theatre production will be at 7:00pm August 6, at the Knight Center, 216 Michigan Avenue SW.

It will also be presented August 8 at 7:00pm at Central Park in Sioux Center.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is an average day in the life of Charles M. Schulz’s Charlie Brown — from Valentine’s Day to baseball season, his moods ranging from wild optimism to utter despair, with his best friends — both human and not.

It’s a familiar story and a fun musical, said Lois Estell of The SchoolHouse Company. “It’s our first official musical. We’ve done shows with music in them, but this year the majority of the show is sung or has underscoring. Best of all, we have an orchestra pit!”

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Meet the cast of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Clockwise from bottom left are Amanda Vander Stelt as Sally; Drew Lemke, Charlie Brown; Tanner Van Wyhe, Linus; Trevor McMahan on doghouse, Snoopy; Zach Wright, Schroeder; Hannah McGarvey, orchestra director; and Lois Estell, Lucy.

The SchoolHouse Company is drawing from both the Orange City and Sioux Center artistic pool, said Estell, plus bringing in Chris Haak from Sioux Falls to play flute, clarinet and alto saxophone. Haak switches  between the instruments at a moment’s notice, she said. “He makes it look so easy!”

Actors are Drew Lemke as Charlie Brown; Amanda Vander Stelt: Sally; Lois Estell: Lucy; Tanner Van Wyhe: Linus; Zach Wright: Schroeder; and Trevor McMahan: Snoopy.

Orchestra members are Hannah McGarvey, director; Pam DeHaan, piano; Chris Haak, reed; Ashley Wielenga, strings; Lexy Kraayenbrink, bass; and Braden Jahn, percussion.

The free show is 90-minutes long.

The SchoolHouse Company has presented theatre in Orange City and Sioux Center for the past six years.

The Onstage Orange City event is sponsored by the Pizza Ranch Restaurant and Onstage Orange City contributors, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council. Pizza Ranch will offer concessions: pizza by the slice, cactus bread, soda, water and candy.

The Sioux Center production is sponsored by the Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Council.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location in Orange City is the Unity Christian Knight Center August 6 and Centre Mall in Sioux Center August 8. For more information or weather-related announcements, see orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.

Meet the cast of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Clockwise from bottom left are Amanda Vander Stelt as Sally; Drew Lemke, Charlie Brown; Tanner Van Wyhe, Linus; Trevor McMahan on doghouse, Snoopy; Zach Wright, Schroeder; Hannah McGarvey, orchestra director; and Lois Estell, Lucy. The musical production will be featured August 6 at 7:00pm at Windmill Park, Orange City and August 8 at 7:00pm at Central Park, Sioux Center. The Onstage Orange City show is sponsored by Pizza Ranch and the Orange City Arts Council. Sioux Center Recreation & Arts Council sponsors the August 8 show.

 

Onstage OC Sponsors & Cosponsors 2014

Center Fresh Eggs

CIVCO Medical Solutions

Community Bank Alton/ OC

Diamond Vogel Paint

Fareway

Four-Way Roofing of Alton Iowa State Bank

Joe’s TV & Appliance

Northwestern Bank

OC Sanitation

Orange City Area Health System

Orange City Communications

Pizza Ranch Restaurant

Quatro Composites™

Revival Animal Health

Staples

Van Engelenhoven Agency

ViBella Jewelry

 

Onstage Orange City Contributors 2014

Ag Partners, LLC

The Bike Store

Boonstra Kirby Co.

Casualty Insurance

Culligan of Sioux County

D & L Plumbing & Heating

Art & Doris De Hoogh

DeZoete Winkel

Dutch Mill Corporation

David L. Gohman, OD

Headquarters for Hair

Joiner & Zwart Dentistry

Motor Inn of Orange City

Neal Chase Lumber Co.

Northwestern College

Oolman Funeral Homes

Orange City Chiropractic
Orange City Dentistry, Inc.

Premier Communications

Rensink, Pluim & Vogel,

Attorneys at Law

Siouxland Travel & Tours

Stange Chiropractic Clinic

Weber Law Office

Jan Wilbeck

Woudstra Meat Market

 

Onstage OC: Community Band

ORANGE CITY – The Orange City Area Community Band will take the stage for its final 2014 concert on Wed. July 30 in Orange City’s Windmill Park. Dan Mangold will be guest director.

The concert will feature a variety of music, including España Cañi, a Spanish pasodoble march often used as background music in bullfights in Spain, and occasionally in baseball matches in the States; and Ammerland by Dutch composer Jacob de Haan, named for a beautiful lake region in Germany.

The community band will play a famous Pirates of the Caribbean piece: Symphonic Suite from The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Other pieces will be Trombone King, a march by Karl King; the hymn arrangement of Beautiful Savior by James Swearingen; and a piece written in the classic American folk style: Cumberland Cross by Carl Strommen.

Guest conductor Dan Mangold is band director at MOC-Floyd Valley Middle School, assistant marching band director for the Pride of the Dutchmen marching band, and a trumpeter in the Orange City Area Community Band and Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra.

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Long-time community band director, Carla Van Beek, directed her final concert July 9, after 17 years.

The concert is part of the Onstage Orange City series, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. It will begin at 7:00pm. The concert is free and open to the public. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Concessions will be offered.

Rain location is Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, contact the Orange City Arts Council: ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 712.707.6514.

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Onstage OC: Chris O’Leary Band

ORANGE CITY – A six-piece “perfectly rounded, energetic blues band” from New York, the Chris O’Leary Band, takes the stage Wednesday, July 23 at Windmill Park in Orange City. It’s the Onstage Orange City series, sponsored by Revival Animal Health in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council.

The evening begins with Revival’s annual pet costume contest, at 6:00pm. All local pet owners are invited to join the fun; pets will be judged for presentation, uniqueness and creativity.

At 7:00pm, the Chris O’Leary Band takes the stage.

O’Leary spent many years as frontman, lead singer and harmonica player for Levon Helm. He has appeared on stage with many artists: Bobby Keys of the Rolling Stones, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Vivino, James Cotton, Dan Akroyd and more.

He has moved on to his own 6-piece band and his first release “Mr. Used to Be” won the 2011 Blues Music Award (Memphis) and the 2011 Illinois Blues Blast Award (Chicago) for “Best New Artist Debut”. Now the band has released a second CD: “Waiting For The Phone To Ring.”

Reviews include this one from the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange: “Chris O’Leary’s got it, man, he’s got it. From rol­lickin’ rock to week­end stomp to slinkin’ down-lo back-alley swank to bar­rel­house bal­ladry and well beyond.”

And from Eric Gleason: “Every so often you’re lucky enough to see a band and realize that everything is just right. The right personalities, the right arrangements, the right instruments, the right attitude… ‘Tight’ doesn’t describe it. Bands that work hard and can stop and start on a dime are tight. Bands that know each other like the back of their hands are something special.”

And Bob Margolin: “While you and your fine band were play­ing I heard peo­ple say, ‘Who cares about the rest of the show, I just want to hear them all night!’ What a strong and impres­sive set. You and your band rock, big time.”

Concessions on July 23 will be offered by the Kiwanis. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, see orangecityarts.net, facebook.com/ocarts, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Or checkthechrisolearyband.com.

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Free, thanks to our sponsor:  Revival Animal Health

 

Onstage OC: Festival Latino

Orange City, IA – On Wednesday, July 16, Orange City will hold its third Festival Latino, an event that celebrates diversity and appreciates Latin culture.  The Onstage Orange City event will be 5:00-8:30pm at Windmill Park.

The evening begins at 5:00pm. Experience arts and crafts, mural painting, games, and a “fun zone” for kids between 5:30 and 7:30.  Starting at 5:00 and going until 7:00, authentic Latin cuisine will be available for purchase and enjoyment.  The main event is Mariachi Los Rancheros from Hawarden, playing from 7:00 to 8:00. The evening ends with participation by festival attendees in some high-energy Zumba.

Throughout the event, t-shirts with the festival logo as well as t-shirts from CASA featuring the slogan “Love Our Immigrant Neighbor” will be available for purchase.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is Unity Christian High School.

Bus transportation will be available to and from Sioux Center. The bus will leave from the mall parking lot in Sioux Center at 5:00 and 5:45. The bus will leave Orange City for Sioux Center at 8:15 and 9:00.

For more information and to join the conversation, visit facebook.com/FestivalLatinoOrangeCity.

Free, thanks to our sponsors: Staples, Center Fresh Eggs, ViBella Jewelry & CASA

Bring lawn chairs or blankets.(For changes related to the weather, check orangecityarts.net, facebook.com/ocArts or local radio. Or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com)

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Onstage OC: Community Band

 

ORANGE CITY – It’s been 17 years. Wednesday, July 9 will be Carla Van Beek’s final evening as director of the Orange City Area Community Band.

The concert, part of the Onstage Orange City series, will begin at 7:00pm in Windmill Park. Sponsors are CIVCO Medical Solutions and Fareway, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council.

Van Beek began as director of the Community Band in 1997, recruited by Joyce Bloemendaal, then director of the Arts Council. Of course, Van Beek and music have been a duo all of her life… young Carla played piano and flute, and teenage Carla served as drum major for the Rock Valley marching band. She fell in love with all three.

After the Van Beek children started school, she returned to college at Northwestern, then taught at Hospers Christian School. She became band director at Unity Christian High in ’96.

And she played in the community band, under directors Steve Connell and Brad Miedema, prior to taking the baton herself.

It’s amazing, said Van Beek, that these high school and adult musicians can get together for one night of rehearsal – “90 minutes in a hot and humid garage, the back of the bandshell” – and create wonderful music. Obviously they are outstanding musicians, she said.

Of course, those night-before-the-concert rehearsals don’t always go smoothly. Plans change, and Van Beek hustles to find another trumpeter or percussionist. Or the weather refuses to cooperate.

“One rehearsal night, the tornado siren went off… we ended up in the basement of the Vogel paint store!” she said. Dave Bloemendaal, tuba player for the band, had his keys to the Vogel-Vande Brake store, and led the troops, leaving his oversized instrument to fend for itself.

Van Beek has loved finding music with audience appeal: marches, musicals, Disney songs, hymn arrangements, and patriotic tunes. In fact, her first concert as director – July 9, ’97 – was a patriotic concert, so July 9, ’14 will be also. The show will include Washington Post March, Semper Fidelis, Stars and Stripes, El Capitan, Colonel Bogey, and Armed Forces Salute.

Van Beek commends the Orange City Arts Council and City of Orange City for their long commitment to the band… and she has so many people to thank, including the audience, the performers, and her husband Arlo, that she could go on for days.

The July 9 concert will be the second community band concert this summer. The final will be held July 30, with Dan Mangold directing.

The concert will follow the Orange City Community appreciation meal. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs.

Rain location is Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, contact the Orange City Arts Council: ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 712.707.4885 or see orangecityarts.net.

 

Onstage OC: Community Band

ORANGE CITY – The Orange City Area Community Band will take the stage for their first 2014 concert on Wed. June 25, and Tom Forkenbrock of Chicago will be the guest soloist.

The concert is beginning the 17th year of the band under the direction of Carla Van Beek. It is part of the Orange City Arts Council’s Onstage Orange City series, and sponsored by Diamond Vogel Paint and Van Engelenhoven Agency.

The concert will be held in Orange City’s Windmill Park at 7:00pm.

It promises to be a fun-filled evening of music, featuring some of Van Beek’s favorites over the past 17 years: A Day at Disneyland, Grease!, Pop & Rock Legends: Neil Diamond,  I Dreamed a Dream, Star Dust, That Old Time Religion, Praise to the Lord the Almighty and Flight of Valor. 

Forkenbrock, who played trumpet with the U.S. Army Band for nine years, will solo with the band this week. Forkenbrock will be featured in I Dreamed a Dream, Star Dust and That Old Time Religion.

The Orange City native graduated from M-OC High School in ’82, then enlisted in the U.S. Army. He has performed for two presidents, Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr., plus Prince Charles and other dignitaries from around the world. He also played for the Pan American Games and the ’88 Olympics in South Korea.

Since leaving the Army, Forkenbrock has performed with big bands, wind ensembles and other performing groups in the Chicago area, and with artists including Bill Watrous, Dick Oatts, Joe LaBarbera, Chuck Findley and Bill Porter.  His bands have opened for Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Ramsey Lewis and Count Basie’s Big Band.

Forkenbrock regularly performs with “Brass From The Past”, a 60’s-80’s classic rock, Motown and soul group, as well as in the College of Lake County Wind Ensemble.  He also plays French horn, baritone and tuba, but his first and most enduring love, he said, is the trumpet, which he has played for nearly 40 years.

Forkenbrock is returning after performing with the Orange City Area Community Band in 2010 and ’11.

The concert is free and open to the public. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Concessions will be offered.

Rain location is Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, contact the Orange City Arts Council: ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 712.707.6514 or see orangecityarts.net.

Onstage OC: Watoto Choir

ORANGE CITY – The Watoto Children’s Choir of Uganda will present their energetic music and dance show in Orange City Wednesday, June 11 at Windmill Park.

The 7:00pm show features original and vibrant African music with dance routines and life-transforming stories. The program is entitled “Beautiful Africa: A New Generation.”

The show is part of the Orange City Arts Council’s Onstage Orange City summer series, and is sponsored by  Orange City Communications.

The globally-acclaimed choir was born from the holistic care program, Watoto, initiated to serve a variety of needs of the African people, especially those of children orphaned as a result of war, poverty and HIV/AIDS. “We share a message of transformation,” said Watoto founder Gary Skinner, “telling the story of Africa’s rescued orphans and women.”

Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents, and all live in Watoto Children’s Villages.

“It’s a concert of hope,” said Skinner, and he and the choir desire to reach audiences “with the message of Christ’s healing power,” he said.

This tour began in Argyle, TX in mid-January and the 22  children and 10 adults will travel for six months, visiting Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Iowa, ending their tour in late June in Colorado.

Since the tour’s inception in 1994, 64 choirs have traveled globally, providing the children with an opportunity to broaden their world view. They have done shows in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, France and the U.S., and have performed for everyone from royalty and national leaders to the ordinary person.

The June 11 concert is free, but an offering will be received for Watoto.

Thanks to Living Water Community Church for assisting with the event.

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Concessions will be offered. Rain location is Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, contact the Orange City Arts Council, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 712.707.6514 or see orangecityarts.net. Watoto’s site is watoto.com/choir.