ORANGE CITY ARTS COUNCIL HONORED BY ARTS MIDWEST: Four international music ensembles to perform

Ensemble from Quebec begins series of international music: Orange City has been selected to be Arts Midwest's partner community in Iowa for the 2013-15 World Fest. Four international music ensembles will do week-long residencies in the Orange City area, in association with the Orange City Arts Council. The series will begin November 2013 with Le Vent du Nord, a traditional French-Canadian folk music ensemble from Quebec.

Ensemble from Quebec begins series of international music:
Orange City has been selected to be Arts Midwest’s partner community in Iowa for the 2013-15 World Fest. Four international music ensembles will do week-long residencies in the Orange City area, in association with the Orange City Arts Council. The series will begin November 2013 with Le Vent du Nord, a traditional French-Canadian folk music ensemble from Quebec.

ORANGE CITY – Orange City has been selected by Arts Midwest to be the partner community in Iowa for its 2013-15 World Fest. The Orange City Arts Council is the recipient of the honor.

 

One community is chosen, in each of a nine-state region, to participate in a two-year program featuring four international music ensembles. Each of the ensembles will spend a week in the Orange City area, doing school and community workshops and a public performance.

 

The four ensembles coming to Orange City include Le Vent du Nord from Quebec and Baladino of Israel in 2013-14, plus Paulo Padilha & friends from Brazil and Shangri La from China in 2014-15.

 

The ensembles are world-class, said Janine Calsbeek of the Orange City Arts Council. “The ensemble from Quebec, Le Vent du Nord, received a significant honor in Paris last month, The Grand Prix du Disque.” See http://vimeo.com/41701754

Also see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8RY-8b3QIM 

Le Vent du Nord, a traditional French-Canadian folk music ensemble, earned the world music award for its recording, “Tromper le Temps.” The Grand Prix du Disque is the premier French award for musical recordings, inaugurated by l’Académie Charles Cros in 1948. Le Vent du Nord is the first Quebec ensemble to receive this honor.

 

The ensemble’s name translates to “The WInd of the North,” and the four members perform with accordion, violin, mandolin, hurdy-gurdy and voice. Influences range from French medieval music to British folk to the Celtic music of Ireland, Scotland and Brittany.

 

Le Vent du Nord will do its residency in Orange City November 10-16, 2013, with the public concert on November 16 at the Unity Performing Arts Center.

 

Baladino will do its residency in Orange City March 24-29, 2014. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu24eDEAugE

 

For more information on Le Vent du Nord, see leventdunord.com/en/pages/news.

Other links: http://www.pandora.com/station/play/1160822062678209122

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Arts Midwest has worked with other Iowa partner communities in the past – Red Oak, Sioux City, Knoxville, Ames and Waterloo.

 

Arts Midwest will cover artist fees and travel, and the Orange City Arts Council will cover housing and other local expenses. A program of Arts Midwest, the 2013-2015 Arts Midwest World Fest cycle is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, 3M Foundation, and MetLife Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, and the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest. This activity is also funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

 

Arts Midwest World Fest is also generously supported by Illinois Arts Council, Indiana Arts Commission, Iowa Arts Council, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Minnesota State Arts Board, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, South Dakota Arts Council, and Wisconsin Arts Board.

OrangeRind Film Festival Finale! Screening of documentary films

ORANGERIND_2011_4ORANGE  CITY – One film tells of falling in love with the land in Iowa. Another focuses on a couple’s call and journey to the Middle East. A third shows the Heemstra “hecklers” at Northwestern soccer games.

Don’t miss the screening of the OrangeRind documentary workshop final films!

Fifteen students of all ages have been learning the art of filmmaking from Mark Volkers, an award-winning Dordt College filmmaker. Filmmaking is best learned by doing, said Volkers, and that is exactly what each student has done since early September.

Join the workshop students on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:00 pm at the Vogel Community Room at Northwestern College’s DeWitt Learning Commons, to view each four to eight-minute documentary film. “Best of Show” and “Honorable Mention” awards will be given, along with cash prizes.

Refreshments will be served.

Workshop participants include Denise Krebs, Wendi Jo Vande Voort, Shane Madsen, Stanton Madsen, Vern Eekhoff, Tina Snieder, Matt Latchaw, Becky Uittenbogaard, Brittany Caffey, Sarah Simmons, Hana Spangler, Jerry Mennenga, Miranda Liebsack, Daniel Liebsack, and Richard Nyunt. The students range from high schoolers and college students to adults, from several area towns, including Orange City, Sioux Center, Sheldon, Sioux City, Worthington, Hull, and Paullina.

The evening promises an eclectic viewing experience, with short films about creating community, bullying, karaoke, genetic engineering, Pumpkinland, and “behind the scenes” at high school and college theatre… plus more.

OrangeRind was made possible by the generous sponsorship of OC Basketball Productions, LLC, the primary production company of the film Winning Favor, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council, Sioux Center Rec & Arts Council, and Northwestern College.

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of the OrangeRind workshop participants by attending the film screening on November 7th. There is no admission charge.

For more information, call 712-707-4885, email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or arts@siouxcenter.org  or visit orangecityarts.net.

Award-winning folk ensemble from Quebec to perform: Le Vent du Nord

Award-winning Le Vent du Nord of Québec to perform in Orange City They've won two Junos – Canada's Grammy award. They've been named 'Artist of the Year' by the North American Folk Alliance. A school administrator from Bemidji said, "I expected great music but I have to say that I was absolutely blown out of the water. I can't  say enough good about this group!" They're Le Vent du Nord from Québec, performing in Orange City November 16 at 7:30pm at Unity's Knight Center.

Award-winning Le Vent du Nord of Québec to perform in Orange City
They’ve won two Junos – Canada’s Grammy award. They’ve been named ‘Artist of the Year’ by the North American Folk Alliance. A school administrator from Bemidji said, “I expected great music but I have to say that I was absolutely blown out of the water. I can’t say enough good about this group!” They’re Le Vent du Nord from Québec, performing in Orange City November 16 at 7:30pm at Unity’s Knight Center.

ORANGE CITY – “Magnetic!” “Unparalleled musicianship!”  “We were blown out of the water!”

That’s Le Vent du Nord from Québec – the Wind of the North. They’ll be in Orange City November 10-16, with the public concert Sat., Nov. 16 at 7:30pm at the new performing arts center in Orange City: Unity Christian Knight Center.

Le Vent du Nord is a driving force in progressive folk, capturing the energy of a Saturday night kitchen party by infusing the music of old Québec with a breath of fresh, cosmopolitan air. Since its founding in 2002, Le Vent du Nord has won critical acclaim across Europe and North America. The quartet has performed over 1,000 concerts, racking up several prestigious awards, including two Junos (Canada’s Grammy), a Canadian Folk Music Award, and ‘Artist of the Year’ by the North American Folk Alliance.

The foursome delivers catchy songs and tunes, some taken from the Québec traditional folk repertoire, others original. Their instrumentation is rich and varied: Nicolas Boulerice mesmerizes on the hurdy-gurdy and piano; Simon Beaudry brings vocals, guitar and bouzouki; Olivier Demers serves up energetic violin, guitar, and rhythm; and Réjean Brunet adds the colorful sounds of the accordion.

“It’s not often that communities like ours have the chance to host international ensembles like Le Vent du Nord—let alone for a full week,”  said Janine Calsbeek, director of the Orange City Arts Council. She’s delighted that a group from Davenport has purchased tickets for the show, and that 10 schools will participate in workshops and assemblies with Le Vent du Nord.

Through the Orange City Arts Council, Orange City was selected as the one city in Iowa to host the 2013-’15 Arts Midwest World Fest. Eight other cities were selected in eight other Midwestern states. Arts Midwest, a regional arts organization based in Minneapolis, partners with program sponsors like The National Endowment for the Arts and 3M to cover a substantial portion of the cost so that communities like Orange City can enjoy this rich arts experience, said Calsbeek. “It’s a wonderful honor.”

David Fraher, president & CEO of Arts Midwest said, “Our goal is to make meaningful and lasting impressions. Our musicians do not simply perform one evening and leave… but conduct extensive residencies. We want this to be a rich experience for the entire community.”

Le Vent du Nord is the first of four ensembles to visit Orange City over the course of this two-year partnership with Arts Midwest. The other ensembles featured will come from Israel, China, and Brazil.

For more information, contact Calsbeek at 712-707-4885 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. For links to Le Vent du Nord, and the week’s schedule, see orangecityarts.net. Tickets may be purchased at Orange City Arts Council, Dove Bookstore and at the door, at $10 adults and $7 students. Children age five and under are free.

LINKS:  www.facebook.com/ocArts

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Le Vent du Nord tentative schedule

Mon Nov 11:

• Classroom session: Dordt College, Sioux Center

• Assembly/workshop: MOC-Floyd Valley High School, Orange City

• 8:00 pm: Performance at Fruited Plain Cafe, 172 North Main, Sioux Center. Public invited. $2 cover

 

Tues Nov 12:

• Assembly/workshop for high school and/or middle school students from Unity Christian High, Western Christian High, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Community School & Ireton Christian School

• Workshop with Unity Christian orchestra students, Orange City

• 4:30-5:30 pm: Performance/ talk: Northwestern College Chapel, Orange City, for campus community

 

Wed Nov 13:

• Classroom session: Northwestern College, Orange City

• Assembly/ workshop for elementary and/or middle school students from Orange City Christian School, Boyden-Hull School, Central Lyon School & Heritage Reformed Christian School

 

Thurs Nov 14:

• Program at Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community, Orange City

• 8:00 pm: Jam session with Le Vent du Nord & The Usual Suspects, at Old Factory Coffee Shop, 110 4th St. SW, Orange City. Public invited. $2 cover

 

Fri Nov 15 & Sat Nov 16:

• Special offer: Dine at Orange City’s Blue Mountain & show your concert ticket or mention Le Vent du Nord, and  $2 per dinner will be donated to the Orange City Arts Council.

 

Sat Nov 16:

• 7:30-9:00 pm: CONCERT for the public at Unity Christian Knight Center, 216 Michigan Ave SW, Orange City. General admission tickets $10 adults, $7 students, children age 5 and under free. Tickets at Dove Bookstore, Orange City Arts Council & at the door.

The wind of the north It's Le Vent du Nord, "the wind of the north," an award-winning folk group from Quebec, and they're performing, conducting workshops and talking with students in the Orange City area for a week, Nov. 10-16. The public concert is Sat., Nov. 16 at Unity Christian Knight Center in Orange City. Sponsor is the Orange City Arts Council, in conjunction with Arts Midwest.

The wind of the north
It’s Le Vent du Nord, “the wind of the north,” an award-winning folk group from Quebec, and they’re performing, conducting workshops and talking with students in the Orange City area for a week, Nov. 10-16. The public concert is Sat., Nov. 16 at Unity Christian Knight Center in Orange City. Sponsor is the Orange City Arts Council, in conjunction with Arts Midwest.

MORE INFO ON Le Vent du Nord’s visit to Orange City;

Acclaimed Le Vent du Nord to perform in Orange City Nov. 10-16

ORANGE CITY – The wind of the north is coming from Canada: Le Vent du Nord.

It’s a week of music from Quebec. North American Folk Alliance ‘Aritst of the Year,’ Le Vent du Nord, is performing at coffee shops, conducting workshops and talking with students November 10-16 in the Orange City area. The week will culminate in a concert Sat., Nov. 16 at 7:30pm at the Unity Christian Knight Center.

The ensemble performs traditional folk tunes from francophone Canada… some more than 400 years old. The four are collectors, of sorts, of musical “antiques,” and attempt to keep “the real soul” of the music, according to Olivier Demers in an interview with National Public Radio.

Tradition says that  – in those early years – a village was lucky if it had one fiddler. He would sit in a chair on a table in the middle of the kitchen – the largest room in the house. Traditional percussion was foot-tapping on a special board, usually done by the fiddler, to keep time for people who danced around him.

Demers, who plays fiddle with Le Vent du Nord, pointed out that the music is not exclusively French, but a unique blend of French, Irish and Native American influences, with occasional flavoring from the U.S.

Le Vent du Nord finds musical gems everywhere… like the 90-year-old musician in a farming village who invited them into his kitchen for an evening of learning new – but old – songs.

They’ve also discovered French Canadian “scat” singing, called turlutte… which imitates a flute. It was a way to express joy with no instrument, said Demers. “The early settlers had a hard life. But they had their passion and their joy and the desire to survive,” he told National Public Radio. They created a lovely place called Quebec, and also beautiful music.

Le Vent du Nord has racked up awards across Europe and North American, including two Junos, Canada’s Grammy. The ensemble is spending a week in Orange City through the Orange City Arts Council, in conjunction with Arts Midwest.

The week’s schedule includes assemblies or workshops with students from 10 area schools, a short program at a retirement community, plus several public performances:

• Monday, Nov. 11 at 8:00pm: Performance at Fruited Plain Cafe, 172 North Main, Sioux Center. $2 cover.

• Thursday, Nov. 14 at 8:00pm: Jam session with Le Vent du Nord and Orange City’s The Usual Suspects, Old Factory Coffee Shop, 110 4th St. SW, Orange City. $2 cover.

* Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30pm: Concert at Unity Christian Knight Center, 216 Michigan Ave SW, Orange City. Tickets are available at Dove Bookstore, Orange City Arts Council and at the door, at $10 adults, $7 students and free for children 5 and under. Those with Beyond Onstage season passes may sit in a reserved seating area. Other tickets are general admission.

 

Orange City Arts Council names four new board members

by Bridget Rowe
arts logo_2_2ORANGE CITY – Four new board members have been added to the Orange City Arts Council. Joining the board are Susan Le Mahieu, Emily Stokes, and Jennifer Sabo, from Orange City. Also joining is Jim Schaap, from Alton. Le Mahieu is a music teacher at Unity Christian High School. Stokes and Sabo both work at Northwestern College; Stokes is an art professor and Sabo is an administrative assistant with Northwestern’s theatre department. Schaap is an author and retired Dordt College English professor.

Orange City Arts Council board members Greg Haverdink, Bob Hubbard, Lois Estell, and Peg Juffer, all from Orange City, have recently completed their terms and retired from the Council.

The council’s current members are: president Phyllis Van Gelder, vice president Mark Volkers, secretary Angela Kroeze Visser, treasurer Sandie Vant Hof, Cheryl Kugler, Gail Marincovich, Becky Donahue, Kimberly Seligman, and Richard Sowienski. All are from Orange City except for Vant Hof, who hails from Newkirk. Janine Calsbeek continues to serve as the Arts Council’s executive director.

This summer, the Council hosted their fourth year of Onstage Orange City, a weekly series of music, theatre and dance events held in Windmill Park.

This fall, the Arts Council looks forward to sponsoring Doreen’s Jazz on Sept. 27th, and Beyond Onstage, a series of five shows to be held at Unity Christian Knight Center and Northwestern College Christ Chapel. Season passes for Beyond Onstage are on sale through October 3rd. Currently, the Council is sponsoring documentary film workshops. The Council looks forward to holding An Evening of Dance and Orange City Arts Council’s Regional Exhibition this February. For more information, call 712-707-4885, or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com

OrangeRind Film Fest 2013

 

 

Award-winning film screening and documentary film workshops scheduled The award-winning film, The Fourth World, produced by Mark Volkers, pictured on left, will be shown at the Northwestern College Green on Thursday, August 29 at 8:30pm. The free screening, part of the 2013 OrangeRind Film Festival, is sponsored by Orange City Arts Council, Sioux Center Rec & Arts Council and Northwestern College. This fall – Sept. 7, Oct. 17 and Nov. 7 –  a series of three documentary film workshops will be taught by Volkers in Orange City and Sioux Center. Register by Sept. 3 for the reduced fee: $40 adults, $25 students.

Award-winning film screening and documentary film workshops scheduled
The award-winning film, The Fourth World, produced by Mark Volkers, pictured on left, was shown at the Northwestern College Green on Thursday, August 29 at 8:30pm. The free screening, part of the 2013 OrangeRind Film Festival, is sponsored by Orange City Arts Council, Sioux Center Rec & Arts Council and Northwestern College. This fall – Sept. 7, Oct. 17 and Nov. 7 – a series of three documentary film workshops will be taught by Volkers in Orange City and Sioux Center. Register by Sept. 3 for the reduced fee: $40 adults, $25 students.

 

DOCUMENTARY FILM WORKSHOPS BEGIN SEPT. 7

ORANGE CITY –  Filmmaking is best learned by doing, said Mark Volkers.

This award-winning filmmaker is teaching a series of documentary film workshops in Orange City and Sioux Center Sept. 7, Oct. 17 and Nov. 7.

Workshop participants will explore the ingredients that go into successful documentary filmmaking. “How do we edit?” “What’s the best way to shoot an interview?” “What’s ethical when filming people?” “How much footage do I need?” “How do you create a story when doing a documentary?”

Students and Volkers will also work together on editing. “Unlike narrative (Hollywood) films, the real storytelling for documentary takes place when you sit down to edit,” said Volkers, who teaches digital media production at Dordt.

“Like any filmmaking, documentary is both an art and a science,” he said. “The science is beginning to understand the basics of composition, the use of space, the power of music and sound, font choice, color, camera angle, pacing and more. The art is putting all those ingredients together to create something that stirs people.”

A well-done documentary, like any good art, causes people to question things they thought they knew, said Volkers. “It’s entertaining, and maybe – just maybe – begins the process of change.”

Workshops will be held Sat., Sept. 7 from 9 to noon at Old Factory Coffee Shop, Orange City; Thurs., Oct. 17 from 7 to 10pm at Fruited Plain in Sioux Center; and Thurs., Nov. 7 at 7pm at Vogel Community Room, DeWitt Learning Commons, Northwestern College. Students will create short four to eight-minute documentaries. Volkers will be available to answer questions and help throughout the experience, culminating in the public viewing of the group’s work and judges’ prizes to Best of Show ($250) and Honorable Mention ($100).

Sponsors of the OrangeRind documentary film workshops are Orange City Arts Council, Sioux Center Rec & Arts Council and Northwestern College. Awards sponsor is OC Basketball Productions, LLC: the primary production company of the film, Winning Favor.

Fee for the three-part workshop is $40 for adults and $25 for students, in advance. After Sept. 3, the fee is $50 and $35. Register at Northwestern’s Student Development Office, Orange City Arts Council or Mark Volkers’ office at Dordt College.

Beginners are welcome. No special camera gear is needed; HiDef is preferred, but not necessary. Free editing software is available. Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier are all possibilities.

Volkers, of Orange City, most recently produced The Fourth World, which has won multiple awards on several continents. The Fourth World will be shown free at the Northwestern College Green at 8:30pm Thurs., Aug. 29. Rain location is Northwestern’s DeWitt Theatre.

For more information, contact mrkvolkers@gmail.com, ocArts@orangecityiowa.com, arts@siouxcenter.org, 712-707-6514 or orangecityarts.net.

For everyone who has ever had a desire to shoot and edit a short documentary film, this is a rare opportunity with the help of an experienced guide.

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Award-winning film, The Fourth World, shown August 29

ORANGE CITY – The award-winning film, The Fourth World, produced by Mark Volkers, will be shown on the Northwestern College Green Thursday, Aug. 29 at 8:30pm.

Volkers, with assistance by Dordt College students, shot the film over a three-year period, mostly in the Philippines, Guatemala and Kenya.

“We wanted to tell the story of a billion people—one in six of us—who live in a slum,” said Volkers. “But it’s impossible to wrap our minds around a number like that. So to help us deal with the macro-picture of global poverty, we tell micro-stories—stories of individuals who are part of that one billion.”p0nJ1IieiwStGua5IXklCQY5uLVyvACdIAvLxIvyj00

In Manila, Philippines, the crew spent a week with a family that lives under a bridge and digs in garbage. They focused on the 15-year-old daughter, Jovelyn.

In Guatemala City, Volkers and his assistants spent a week with two women. One, Salma, was sold into the sex trade at age eight by her mother. The other, Tanya, was shot in the spinal cord a decade ago. She survives by begging – from her wheelchair – on a busy street corner.

In Nairobi, Kenya, the crew concentrated on 16-year-old Felix, who sells ears of corn to help him stay in school. He lives in the Mathari Valley, one of the largest slums in Africa, and is from the Luo ethnic group. President Obama is also a Luo.

Felix

Felix

“These people, caught up in this massive migration from countryside to city, tell their own stories,” said Volkers. “They are engaging, wonderful people who are caught up in some pretty dire circumstances. Through their stories, we get the big story.

“Is the story depressing? Not really,” said Volkers. “Is it a wake-up call? Absolutely. Will you be surprised by what you see? Absolutely.”

Volkers, of Orange City, teaches digital media production at Dordt, but served as a missionary in an African village for seven years and has also been a photojournalist and documentary filmmaker for Christian Reformed World Missions and other organizations, winning numerous national and international awards. The Fourth World has won over 30 awards, including the Award of Merit at the Lucerne International Film Festival, the Best Documentary Feature at the Third World Indie Film Fest, and Telly Awards in Cinematography and Documentary.

The Fourth World is currently showing on television in Ireland, Turkey, Greece, other European countries, and across the Middle East. It’s for sale via iTunes, Amazon and Hulu. Volkers and company are working on deals in Australia and New Zealand. “We keep pushing to get the story told in new markets. The fourth world is a hidden world and we want to expose it for what it is,” he said.

Jovelyn

Jovelyn

The free film showing is the 2013 version of the OrangeRind Film Festival, which began three years ago by the Orange City Arts Council and Vaughn Donahue. This year’s OrangeRind includes the screening of The Fourth World, plus documentary film workshops taught by Volkers. (See sidebar.)

Sponsors are the Orange City Arts Council, Sioux Center Rec and Arts Council, and Northwestern College. Inclement weather location is Northwestern’s DeWitt Theatre. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

See a piece done by Jerry Mennenga on Mark Volkers & the screening of The Fourth World: http://wp.me/p2sl9o-uQ

For more information, contact ocArts@orangecityiowa.com, arts@siouxcenter.org, www.orangecityarts.net or www.fourthworldfilm.com .

 

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Dates, times & locations for Documentary Film Workshops:

Sat. Sept 7, workshop #1, 9am -noon. Doc boot camp. Old Factory Coffee Shop, Orange City

Thurs, Oct 17: workshop #2,  7-10pm. Rough-cut critiques. The Fruited Plain, Sioux Center

Thurs Nov. 7:   Finale. Screening for public. Awards. 7:00pm. Vogel Community Room at DeWitt Learning Commons, Northwestern College.

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans to give concert in Orange City

Doreen's Jazz New Orleans to perform in Orange City Yes, she wails on the clarinet. Yes, her vocals are equally amazing. Doreen Ketchens and her band have performed around the world, and on Friday, Sept. 27, Doreen's Jazz New Orleans will bring their blues, jazz, soul and gospel to Orange City. Sponsors are the Orange City Arts Council, Diamond Vogel Paint and Northwestern College.

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans to perform in Orange City
Yes, she wails on the clarinet. Yes, her vocals are equally amazing. Doreen Ketchens and her band have performed around the world, and on Friday, Sept. 27, Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans will bring their blues, jazz, soul and gospel to Orange City. Sponsors are the Orange City Arts Council, Diamond Vogel Paint, Lee Ann Roetman, and Northwestern College.

ORANGE CITY – She’s been called the female Louis Armstrong and “Queen Clarinet,” and she will be performing in Orange City Friday, Sept. 27.

It’s Doreen Ketchens, aka Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans. Doreen and her band will perform at 8:30pm on the Northwestern College Green on September 27, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, Diamond Vogel Paint, Lee Ann Roetman and Northwestern College.

Doreen wows audiences with her clarinet and voice, and her husband, Lawrence Ketchens, does the same with his tuba. They have performed with Trombone Shorty, Jon Faddis and Al Hirt, to name a few. Their band has represented New Orleans on five continents, on PBS, HBO and MTV, and has entertained four U.S. presidents: Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter.

The band boasts 21 CDs and three DVDs.

Critics have raved about Doreen’s Jazz for decades. “The headlining band for the 2nd annual Dubuque Winter Jazz festival had the Opera House jumping!” wrote Rob Kindert of The Telegraph Herald. “It’s not just the music. Doreen Ketchens flat out lights up a room. Her smile and quick wit complemented her superb talent on the clarinet and the wide-ranging resonance of her voice that would’ve made Louis Armstrong proud.”

Other band members are Dwayne Nelson, drums, and Paul Kemnitz, guitar, plus Pete Hittle, trumpeter from Sioux City, who joins Doreen on her northwest Iowa tours.

The Ketchens’ met Gerry Bouma, musician and Orange City native, in 2001 in New Orleans. Through Bouma,  Doreen’s Jazz performed at the Morningside Jazz Festival in ’04. Later, following Hurricane Katrina, Doreen and company amazed northwest Iowans with their blues, jazz, soul and gospel at Northwestern, Dordt, Morningside and USD.

The concert Sept. 27 will be held under a huge tent on the Northwestern College Green, with rain location the Northwestern Chapel. Suggested donation is $5.

A workshop will be held for music students from 4:30-5:30pm Sept. 27 at Northwestern’s Chapel.

For more information, contact ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 712-707-4885.

The SchoolHouse Company presents “A Christmas Pudding”

"Hit it!" The SchoolHouse Company’s 2013 show, A Christmas Pudding, is a compilation of Christmas prose, poetry and carols – from the quiet and serious to the insanely funny. Performances will be Dec. 13 and 14 at Northwestern College’s DeWitt Theatre Arts Center in Orange City. The cast (left to right) includes Nick Rolf, Meghan Aardsma, Linda Dykstra, Rachel Jorgensen, Dawn Jorgensen, Beth Davis, Jerry Jorgensen and Josh Jorgensen. Director April Hubbard is shown in the background. Not pictured is Lois Estell. The annual Christmas production is sponsored by The SchoolHouse Company, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council.

“Hit it!”
The SchoolHouse Company’s 2013 show, A Christmas Pudding, is a compilation of Christmas prose, poetry and carols – from the quiet and serious to the insanely funny. Performances will be Dec. 13 and 14 at Northwestern College’s DeWitt Theatre Arts Center in Orange City. The cast (left to right) includes Nick Rolf, Meghan Aardsma, Linda Dykstra, Rachel Jorgensen, Dawn Jorgensen, Beth Davis, Jerry Jorgensen and Josh Jorgensen. Director April Hubbard is shown in the background. Not pictured is Lois Estell. The annual Christmas production is sponsored by The SchoolHouse Company, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council.

ORANGE CITY – It’s both serious and touching … and wildly hilarious. That’s the show, A Christmas Pudding.

The SchoolHouse Company, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council, is proud to present their 2013 Christmas production, A Christmas Pudding. Performances will be held Dec 13 and14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Allen Theatre at Northwestern College’s Dewitt Theatre Arts Center.

A Christmas Pudding is a delightful collection of Christmas poems, short stories and carols – including selections from “The Gift of the Magi,” A Christmas Carol and the Bible. Other selections include stories from Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens.

“The most compelling part of the show is its variety of material,” said April Hubbard, director of A Christmas Pudding. “Some of the selections are quiet and solemn and others wildly hilarious. All illuminate some truth about the Christmas holiday, from insanely complex Christmas recipes to memories of a simpler and poignant Christmas past.”

Cast members include narrators Meghan Aardsma, Linda Dykstra and Lois Estell. Choir and voices cast includes Beth Davis, Dawn Jorgensen, Jerry Jorgensen, Josh Jorgensen, Rachel Jorgensen and Nick Rolf.

Set, lightning, poster and sound designer is Lisa Haldeman. Box office manager is Jennifer Sabo.

All cast and crew members are residents of Orange City with the exception of Dykstra and Aardsma, from Maurice, and Haldeman, from Council Bluffs.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students, and children ages five and under are free. The box office opened Dec. 2, with reserved seating available. Email boxoffice@nwciowa.edu to reserve your tickets.

For more information, see facebook.com/SHCTheater. IMG_2477

Artists and novices invited to “life drawing” studio

ORANGE CITY – Artists and beginners are invited to participate in a life-drawing studio at the Korver Visual Arts Center at Northwestern College on Thursday evenings, October 10 and 24.

The drawing studio, with a clothed model, will be open from 7:00 to 9:00pm. The atmosphere is welcoming, said Emily Stokes, Northwestern art professor. It’s an opportunity for established artists to draw a live model, and inspire each other. And it’s a place where beginners can learn in a non-threatening environment.

Bring charcoal, pencil or your favorite drawing medium. All are welcome to drop in for the entire two hours, or a shorter amount of time.

The life drawing sessions are sponsored by Northwestern College Art Department and the Orange City Arts Council, and are scheduled to continue through December, on alternate Thursdays. For more information, email emily.stokes@nwciowa.edu.life drawing posters

Ames Children’s Choirs to perform in Orange City

Award-winning Ames Children's Choirs to perform in Orange City The new Unity Christian Knight Center in Orange City is the place, and Saturday, Oct. 26 at 4:00pm, the time. Ames Children's Choirs will perform. The 60-minute program will conclude with a mass choir piece featuring 120 voices: the Ames choirs plus choirs from three local schools. The show is the first of the Orange City Arts Council's "Beyond Onstage" series.

Award-winning Ames Children’s Choirs to perform in Orange City
The new Unity Christian Knight Center in Orange City is the place, and Saturday, Oct. 26 at 4:00pm, the time. Ames Children’s Choirs will perform. The 60-minute program will conclude with a mass choir piece featuring 120 voices: the Ames choirs plus choirs from three local schools. The show is the first of the Orange City Arts Council’s “Beyond Onstage” series.

ORANGE CITY – Ames Children’s Choirs will perform in Orange City at the new Unity Christian Knight Center, on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 4:00pm.
The performance is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, the first show of its “Beyond Onstage” series.
The program will also feature students from three local schools joining the Ames choirs for a dramatic 120-voice number.
The two Ames choirs will be presenting Three Night Songs by Diane Mahoney – teacher, director, vocalist, accompanist and composer in Burlington, IA.
The Iowa Choral Directors Association (ICDA) and Iowa Composers Forum annually sponsor a contest for composers, and Mahoney submitted several songs which she composed, plus poems by her daughters and a third poem – all describing different aspects of the night. As the winner, Mahoney was commissioned to write Three Night Songs. The piece was premiered by Ames Children’s Choirs at the 2013 convention of the ICDA in Mason City.
Ames Children’s Choirs were founded in 1995 for both boys and girls in central Iowa. Through the years, the Ames choirs have performed for the world premier of John Rutter’s Mass of the Children at Carnegie Hall, with the composer as conductor. In 2010, they were an invited choir participating in a bicentennial celebration in Lysøen, Norway. They have performed with the Des Moines Symphony, in the Czech Republic and in Vancouver, BC.
Two of the three choirs will be featured Oct. 26 – forty children ages 10-15. Directors are Misty Renze and Jade Fox.Concert_Dec_2012_(10_of_42)_3
The concert will also feature fourth and fifth graders from three local schools: West Sioux Elementary in Hawarden, directed by Jill Orban; and MOC-Floyd Valley Elementary Schools in Orange City and Hospers, directed by Sharon Foughty and Carol Hallberg, respectively. Part of the concert will feature MOC-FV students of Orange City presenting Risseldy Rosseldy arr. Jay Broeker, and MOC-FV students of Hospers performing Peace Rounds arr. Carol Hallberg.
The conclusion of the 60-minute concert will feature children from the three local schools joining in a mass choir piece with Ames Children’s Choirs: A Jubilant Song by Mary Lynn Lightfoot.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students. Children ages 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at Dove Christian Bookstore, Orange City Arts Council and at the door. Season passes are also available from Orange City Arts Council, for $45 and $30.
For more information, contact ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 707-4885. Concert_Dec_2012_(30_of_42)_3

The SchoolHouse Company to perform All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Onstage Orange City presents musical theatre by The SchoolHouse Company The final Onstage Orange City show of 2013 is a musical theatre production by The SchoolHouse Company: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. The show, based on Robert Fulghum's book, will feature (left to right) pianist Nancy Landegent and cast members Jeff Tolsma, Angela Riedeman and Lois Estell. Not pictured are Leanne Bonnecroy, Hannah Barker, Trevor McMahan and Dan Landegent. The free show will be Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 7:00pm at Windmill Park, sponsored by CIVCO Medical Solutions and Quatro Composites™, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council.

Onstage Orange City presents musical theatre by The SchoolHouse Company
The final Onstage Orange City show of 2013 is a musical theatre production by The SchoolHouse Company: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. The show, based on Robert Fulghum’s book, will feature (left to right) pianist Nancy Landegent and cast members Jeff Tolsma, Angela Riedeman and Lois Estell. Not pictured are Leanne Bonnecroy, Hannah Barker, Trevor McMahan and Dan Landegent. The free show will be Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 7:00pm at Windmill Park, sponsored by CIVCO Medical Solutions and Quatro Composites™, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council.

ORANGE CITY – Onstage Orange City’s final show of 2013 is Wednesday, Aug. 21, featuring The SchoolHouse Company’s production of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.

The musical theatre production will be in Orange City’s Windmill Park at 7:00pm.

Based on the book by Robert Fulghum, the show takes a funny and insightful look at what is profound in everyday life. Characters include a shy little boy who insists on playing the “pig” in his class production of Cinderella; a man whose dream of flying carries him high over Los Angeles in a lawn chair; and a “mother of the bride” who stages a perfect wedding, until…

The final Onstage Orange City show of 2013 is a musical theatre production by The SchoolHouse Company: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. The show, based on Robert Fulghum's book, will feature (clockwise from top) Trevor McMahan, Lois Estell, Angela Riedeman, Hannah Barker and Jeff Tolsma.

The final Onstage Orange City show of 2013 is a musical theatre production by The SchoolHouse Company: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. The show, based on Robert Fulghum’s book, will feature (clockwise from top) Trevor McMahan, Lois Estell, Angela Riedeman, Hannah Barker and Jeff Tolsma.

“Heartwarming, funny, charming and touching,” said National Public Radio about the production. “The stories are about all of us.”

And The Chicago Sun-Times called the show “a refreshingly intimate combination of theatre and storytelling. Gentle … funny … joyous. Sparks of recognition ignited the audience.”

The local cast is Hannah Barker, Lois Estell, Trevor McMahan, Angela Riedeman and Jeff Tolsma. Director is Leanne Bonnecroy. Pianist and assistant are Nancy and Dan Landegent.

The show was conceived and adapted by Ernest Zulia, with music and lyrics by David Caldwell. The SchoolHouse Company is a local theatre company that has brought theatre to the area for five years, including the shows It’s a Wonderful Life and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten It's Onstage Orange City on Wednesday, Aug. 21, featuring The SchoolHouse Company's take on Robert Fulghum's book. Director is Leanne Bonnecroy (right), and pianist and assistant are Nancy and Dan Landegent.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
It’s Onstage Orange City on Wednesday, Aug. 21, featuring The SchoolHouse Company’s take on Robert Fulghum’s book. Director is Leanne Bonnecroy (right), and pianist and assistant are Nancy and Dan Landegent.

Sponsors for the evening are CIVCO Medical Solutions and Quatro Composites™.

Onstage Orange City is a program of the Orange City Arts Council. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions will be available. Rain location is the Orange City Town Hall.

For more information, email ocArts@orangeciyiowa.com or call 712-707-4885.