RUSH Student Dance Concert

Northwestern College’s annual student dance concert, RUSH, will return to the stage in February with seven performances: Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 and 9:30 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 and 9:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 23, at 4, 7 and 9:30 p.m. in the England Proscenium Theatre of the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center.

This year’s concert will include seven dances in numerous styles, including contemporary ballet, hip-hop, step, musical theatre and tap. Ninety students—both with and without prior dancing experience—are participating in the show. Each dance is choreographed by student leaders. All Northwestern students are able to audition for RUSH, and every student who auditions gets placed in a dance.

Tickets for RUSH are $1, with all proceeds going to next year’s production of the concert. RUSH ticket requests must be made via email at boxoffice@nwciowa.edu. Tickets will go on sale for Northwestern Theatre Patrons on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and for the general public on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m.

Rev. Richard Allen Farmer Speaks and Performs at Northwestern College

The Rev. Richard Allen Farmer, a pastor and accomplished musician, will give a lecture and concert at Northwestern College on Tuesday, Jan. 15. He will speak in chapel at 11:05 a.m. and will give a vocal and piano concert at 7 p.m. Both events will take place in Christ Chapel and are free and open to the public.

Farmer serves as the senior pastor of Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain, Ga. He previously served as dean of the chapel at Taylor University and Gordon College. Farmer’s music and preaching ministry takes him across the U.S. and around the world. He aims to use his music ministry as a vehicle to inspire, motivate and entertain diverse audiences.

Farmer earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree in music from Nyack College in Nyack, N.Y. He’s also been awarded honorary doctoral degrees by Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., and Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y.

“A Night at the Opera”

Northwestern College’s 24-member Heritage Singers chamber choir will perform “A Night at the Opera” on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the England Proscenium Theatre of the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center.

Admission is free, but tickets are required and should be reserved with Nora Verburg at the music office, 712-707-7062. Order tickets early to obtain the best seats.

The hourlong comedy opens with the death of a wealthy landowner whose relatives have gathered in anticipation of their inheritance, only to learn that all the money has been willed to a local charity.

“The bulk of the opera tells of the relatives’ scheming attempts to change the will to their own advantage,” says Dr. Thomas Holm, professor of music and director of the Heritage Singers. “Themes of love, greed, hypocrisy, deception and justice intersect as the story unfolds, calling on the audience to embrace the idea that ‘the end justifies the means.’”

Holm says there’s much humor in the satirical comedic opera as the flaws of humanity are depicted in an exaggerated way. “The audience can both identify with and be repulsed by the characters. It’s an engaging story that portrays human character traits we can all relate to,” he says.

April Hubbard, instructor in theatre, is directing the opera.

“Striped Sounds” Art Exhibit

“Striped Sounds,” an art exhibit by Shannon Sargent of Sioux City, will be on display in Northwestern College’s Te Paske Gallery Jan. 8 through Feb. 15. A public reception with the artist is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.

Sargent’s show is an interactive installation of mixed media containing manipulated materials such as paintings, sculptures and found objects.

Sargent is the exhibitions/collections coordinator for the Sioux City Art Center, where he maintains the permanent collection and installs the exhibitions. He also serves as an adjunct professor and curator at Morningside College, teaching sculpture and managing the galleries. He graduated from Morningside with a bachelor’s degree in art and then earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of South Dakota.

Sargent produces and shows his work in the region. His art is part of collections in six states, and he is a frequent juror for art exhibits and a former artist-in-residence for both the Sioux City Art Center and the University of Texas Permian Basin.

Northwestern’s Te Paske Gallery is located in the Thea G. Korver Visual Arts Center, on Highway 10 at 214 8th Street SW in Orange City. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Northwestern College to Present Christmas Vespers

The Northwestern College music department will present its annual Christmas Vespers concert on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in Christ Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s Vespers is focused on Christ’s coming, his challenge to us, and our response. The event will include performances by numerous musical ensembles and soloists as well as the Drama Ministries Ensemble.

Dr. Thomas Holm, chair of Northwestern’s music department, says the central inspiration for the program is the Taiwanese Christmas hymn titled “The Hunger Carol.” “Its four verses progress from the idea that the baby was born in poverty, knows what it means to have little or nothing, has provided the bread of life that is needed by all humankind, and that, if we simply enjoy the benefits of our own bread and don’t care about the needs around us, we are essentially crucifying Christ again on a Christmas tree.”

The A cappella Choir, under Holm’s direction, will perform that carol in Taiwanese as part of the concert. The ensemble will also sing “I Wonder as I Wander,” arranged by John Rutter; “Mary, Did You Know?” arranged by Craig Courtney; “Sweetest Music, Softly Stealing” by Elaine Hagenberg; and “Kyrie” by Ugis Praulins, among several other works.

The event will also include performances by the Brass Ensemble, Women’s Choir and Chamber Orchestra.

The Women’s Choir’s repertoire will include John Englert’s “Veni, Veni Emmanuel” and “How Great Our Joy” by Courtney. The Chamber Orchestra will play “Carol of the Bells”/“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” arranged by Matt Riley, and “Fantasia on Greensleeves” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The concert will also include organ solos by MaryLou Wielenga, Northwestern’s organ instructor, as well as opportunities for the audience to sing carols along with the choirs, orchestra and organ.

Northwestern College to Present Christmas Vespers

The Northwestern College music department will present its annual Christmas Vespers concert on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in Christ Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s Vespers is focused on Christ’s coming, his challenge to us, and our response. The event will include performances by numerous musical ensembles and soloists as well as the Drama Ministries Ensemble.

Dr. Thomas Holm, chair of Northwestern’s music department, says the central inspiration for the program is the Taiwanese Christmas hymn titled “The Hunger Carol.” “Its four verses progress from the idea that the baby was born in poverty, knows what it means to have little or nothing, has provided the bread of life that is needed by all humankind, and that, if we simply enjoy the benefits of our own bread and don’t care about the needs around us, we are essentially crucifying Christ again on a Christmas tree.”

The A cappella Choir, under Holm’s direction, will perform that carol in Taiwanese as part of the concert. The ensemble will also sing “I Wonder as I Wander,” arranged by John Rutter; “Mary, Did You Know?” arranged by Craig Courtney; “Sweetest Music, Softly Stealing” by Elaine Hagenberg; and “Kyrie” by Ugis Praulins, among several other works.

The event will also include performances by the Brass Ensemble, Women’s Choir and Chamber Orchestra.

The Women’s Choir’s repertoire will include John Englert’s “Veni, Veni Emmanuel” and “How Great Our Joy” by Courtney. The Chamber Orchestra will play “Carol of the Bells”/“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” arranged by Matt Riley, and “Fantasia on Greensleeves” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The concert will also include organ solos by MaryLou Wielenga, Northwestern’s organ instructor, as well as opportunities for the audience to sing carols along with the choirs, orchestra and organ.

Northwestern College Christmas Tree Lighting Service

Orange City area residents are invited to join Northwestern College students, faculty and staff for the annual President’s Christmas Tree Lighting Monday evening, Nov. 26.

The 7 p.m. worship service in front of Zwemer Hall will include music by a brass ensemble and the Women’s Choir, remarks by President Greg Christy, Scripture reading by theatre students, and Christmas carols sung by the audience as they light candles. It will culminate in the lighting of a Christmas tree, followed by the lighting of additional Christmas decorations around the campus green.

After the service, attendees are invited to enjoy refreshments in the Vogel Community Room of the DeWitt Learning Commons.

In case of inclement weather, the President’s Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27.