Orange City’s Got Talent! 2014 winners

ORANGE CITY –  Sydney Krommendyk, Hannah McGarvey and The TriTones took the prizes in the fourth annual Orange City’s Got Talent!

The area talent show was held Wednesday, May 28 at Windmill Park in Orange City, the first of the 2014 Onstage Orange City summer series.

Sydney Krommendyk, sixth grader from Orange City, (left) took the top prize with her vocal rendition of Titanium. 

Hannah McGarvey of Alton (2nd from left) played a cello piece by Astor Piazzolla,  Libertango, and earned the second place award.  Her accompanist was Lori Vande Brake.

Tri-Tones, (right) an a cappella trio of Ben De Groot and Sam De Groot of Sioux Center, and Joel Pasma of Ripon CA, won third place.  

The three winners won cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 respectively.

The other seven acts in the talent show were Ensemble Royale, The J’s, Kari Broadway, Julie Junck, Jade De Kock, Miranda and LaRae Bloemendaal, and Christie Conover and Angela Riedeman.

The evening ended with Popular from Wicked, performed by emcees Amanda Haverdink, the 2013 OC’s Got Talent winner, and Lois Estell.

The Onstage Orange City event was sponsored by the Orange City Area Health System and Quatro Composites™, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council.

 

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ORANGE CITY – Onstage Orange City begins its fifth season next week, and the stage will be popping with entertainment. It’s Orange City’s Got Talent! (But the talent comes from beyond city limits!)

Windmill Park is the place, Wednesday, May 28 the day. The show begins at 7:00pm.

This free event, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by the Orange City Area Health System and Quatro Composites™.

This annual show promises a variety of performances from talented locals.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third places: $100, $75, and $50, respectively.

Tim Breen, Deb De Haan and Mike Noteboom are serving as judges. Lois Estell, along with last year’s winner Amanda Haverdink, are emcees. Plus Haverdink and Estell will treat the audience to a duet during the judges’ deliberation.

Additional thanks go to Orange City Floral, Windmill Park Jewelers, Headquarters for Hair and Mary Kay Beauty Consultant Christie Conover.

The planning committee includes Aaron Beadner, Leanne Bonnecroy, Lois Estell and Mike Stokes.

Concessions will be offered. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center.

Onstage Orange City is a program of the Orange City Arts Council. 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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Winners of the 2013 Orange City area talent show were, first place, Amanda Haverdink , who dressed as Eponine in Les Miserables and sang On My Own; second place, The Acappellors: Drew Lemke, Amanda Vander Stelt, Travis Balt, Trevor McMahan, and Kory McMahan; and third place, dancer Andres Ortis Cantu.

First, second & third place winners of OC’s Got Talent 2013 are not eligible to be contestants for this year’s event, but may audition again in 2015.

 

Onstage Orange City: Watoto Children’s 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.

 

Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Rain location: Unity Christian Knight Center. (For changes related to the weather, check orangecityarts.net, Facebook or local radio. Or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com)

Onstage Orange City: Orange City Area 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 Orange City: EXIT 113

ORANGE CITY – High-spirited. Exuberant. Entertaining. First-class! That’s Exit 113 from Des Moines. Exit 113 takes the stage at Orange City’s Windmill Park Wednesday, July 2 at 7:00pm.

The free concert, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by Northwestern Bank and Quatro Composites™.

Exit 113 features Bob Long on lead guitar; Jill Belgarde, lead vocals and saxophone; Travis Belgarde, bass; Marty Fisher, percussion; Taylor Telford, keyboard; and Jerry Anderson, sound. Their specialty is classic rock ’n’ roll from the 50s and 60s, but they throw in 70s and 80s favorites, a bit of country, and originals. They call themselves a “rockin’ roll band.”

“Watch out! You’ll be blown away with their versatility!” said Diane Larson of Snus Hill Winery. “Sultry, upbeat and wild… they do it all and do it well.”

Their playlist is listed on orangecityarts.com and Facebook.com/ocArts, classics including I’m a Believer, Great Balls of Fire, Hound Dog and Mustang Sally. Vote for your favorites on Facebook by June 26. Watch their music video on orangecityarts.net.

Bring your dancing shoes; a dance floor will be available.

Onstage Orange City is a program of the Orange City Arts Council.

Concessions will be offered July 2. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, see the OC Arts website or Facebook page, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Exit 113’s website is exit113.com .

And vote on facebook.com/ocArts for your favorite songs from their play list!

 

Exit 113’s Play List

Old Time Rock & Roll

I’m a believer

Splish Splash

Jambalaya

Sweet Home Alabama

I’ve Got it Good *

These Boots are Made for walking

Smokey Joe’s Café

Hanky Panky

Heard it Through the Grapevine

Mustang Sally

You Don’t Know Me *

Georgia on My Mind

Never Been to Spain

Chivalry *

Free Ride

Joy to the World

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

I’ve Got ways Like the Devil

Don’t Know Why

Blue Suede Shoes

Fun, Fun, Fun

Surfin U.S.A.

Can’t Buy Me Love

Drive My Car

Day Tripper

Jailhouse Rock

Hound Dog

Rubberneckin’

Too Much

Trouble

Money Honey

Rip It Up

Rockin’ Robin

At the Hop

Rock Around the Clock

Saturday Night *

Simple Like Blue Jeans *

The Twist/Let’s Twist Again

Twist and Shout

La Bamba

Do You Love Me?

Some Kind of Wonderful

It Hurt so Bad

Bring it on Home

I feel Lucky

Boot Scootin’ Boogie

Footloose

Your mama Don’t dance

Jump, Jive & Wail

Bei Mir Bist Du Shoen

Give me one reason

Lovin’ Life & Layin’ Low *

Kansas city

Proud Mary

Free bird

Black Magic woman

Spooky

No Particular Place to Go

shake Rattle & Roll

Long Tall Sally

Great Balls of Fire

Johnny B. Goode

Takin’ Care of Business

Rock & Roll

Reelin’ & Rockin’

Money (That’s What I Want)

Whole Lotta shakin’ goin’ on

 

* denotes original songs

Check their website, exit113.com, for additional slow songs.

Onstage Orange City: Orange City Area 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: Chris O’Leary

Revival’s pet costume contest begins the evening, followed by Chris O’Leary’s six-piece blues band from New York at 7:00pm.

Chris spent many years as frontman, lead singer and harmonica player for Levon Helm. 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 supporting is second CD release “Waiting For The Phone To Ring.” the band performs a perfectly rounded, energetic blues sound.

It’s Onstage Orange City in Windmill Park on Wed., July 23.

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Free, thanks to our sponsor:  Revival Animal Health

Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Rain location: Unity Christian Knight Center. (For changes related to the weather, check orangecityarts.net, facebook.com/ocArts or local radio. Or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com)