David Nevue: pianist, composer & storyteller



David Nevue, pianist, composer & storyteller, will perform at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 1405 Albany Ave NE, Orange City, on Thursday, May 29 at 7pm.

His music is heard on over 220 radio programs worldwide. He has recorded 13 CDs and performs concerts across the USA. His album, Overcome, won “Best Instrumental Piano Album” at the 2005 Lifestyle Music Awards. Please bring your friends to this evening of piano music and storytelling that will inspire you!


Listen!  http://www.davidnevue.com/listen.htm

POSTER 2012 David Nevue Click to see full-size poster!

David Nevue fact sheet  Click to read David’s fact sheet & FAQ.




Tom Hunter brings blues, gospel & jazz to Orange City


"He's a blues-belting white boy (who) can even bring soul to Billy Joel songs." That's the Midwest Records Re-cap of Tom Hunter's latest recording. Hunter and friends, with vocals, piano, guitar and drums, will belt out jazz, blues and gospel at the Northwestern College Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20.

ORANGE CITY – He’s dripping with soul.


That’s what Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater said about Tom Hunter. And “Blues on Stage” said: “When Hunter really gets wound up, watch out!”


It will be an evening of blues, jazz and gospel, featuring Twin Cities’ Tom Hunter on piano, organ and “big, booming baritone” vocals, with Donald “Hy-Pockets” Robertson on drums and Jon “Gunner” Gunvaldson on guitar. They’ll be in the Northwestern College Christ Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20.


Hunter’s passion for music was born in his childhood church in Cornwall, NY, singing in the choir and watching his sisters and great-grandma at the piano. The preacher’s son taught him to play the blues, he said. But Hunter didn’t discover his piano talent until later, serving in the Navy.


He has played extensively with Bill Perry, also with Pete Kanaras, Murali Coryell, Little Sammy Davis, Big John Dickerson, Bernard Allison, Big Bang and Blue Chamber. In ’99 he joined Mary Cutrufello in support of The Allman Brothers Band 30th anniversary tour.


According to “Blues on Stage,” at one show, playing with Eddy Clearwater, Hunter “deftly handled everything the band was throwin’ down. At one point, Eddy even walked over and leaned on the piano, just watching Tom and smiling.”


Hunter does over 300 shows a year and has produced three albums, covering the musical spectrum from “smoky jazz to gut-bucket Chicago blues.”


His repertoire includes “Fly Me to the Moon,” Tom Waits’ “New Coat of Paint,” Ray Charles’ “Drown in My Own Tears,” Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” Doc Pomus’ “The Night is a Hunter” and Sonny Rollins’ “Tenor Madness.”


For sound clips, check www.tomhunterblues.com.


Advance tickets are available at Orange City Arts Council and Dove Christian Bookstore, at $4 for adults, $3 for students. At the door, tickets are $7 and $6.


The concert is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council and Northwestern College. Hunter will also perform at the Northwestern College chapel service Friday morning at 10:05. The public is welcome.


For more information, email OCArts@orangecityiowa.com or phone 712-707-6514.

The Hunts perform in Orange City Feb. 25

The Hunts come to Orange City for a show Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council.

The Hunts are coming to Orange City Saturday, Feb. 25 – for a 7:30 p.m. show at the MOC-Floyd Valley auditorium.

They’re a family of nine whose performances cover a wide spectrum of musical genres, ranging from Celtic to country to rock and include a diverse repertoire of original compositions. Champion fiddling is mixed with a percussive blend of world-ranked step dancing, drums, djembes, ashikos, and cajons. Acoustic and electric guitars, and fiddles, accompany piano melodies and vocal harmonies. This is true family entertainment for all ages.

The Hunts have performed from Scotland to Ireland to Canada and all over the United States. They have opened for the Virginia Symphony and performed for Queen Elizabeth during her most recent visit to the United States. They have played at performing arts centers, festivals and schools across the country.

Tickets for the Orange City show will go on sale in February.


A gift of music, dance, theatre!

Give tickets/ gift certificates for Arts Council happenings! Tom Hunter (jazz, blues, gospel: Jan. 20). The Hunt Family  (fiddles, piano, guitar, vocals, step-dancing: Feb. 25). Opera Iowa (The Magic Flute: Feb. 28). Great gifts for friends, parents, grandparents, children. Purchase by  Dec. 21 to get 10 percent off ticket prices. Call or email for details. 712-707-6514. OCArts@orangecityiowa.com.


The Hunt Family videos: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rimf2KKnOs


Tom Hunter music sample: www.tomhunterblues.com/samples/1-8goingdownslow.mp3

The Hunt Family: fiddles, piano, guitar, vocals, step-dancing. Feb. 25. 7:30p. MOC-FV High auditorium. Adults: $9. Students: $5. At the door: $12 and $8. www.huntsontour.com


Opera Iowa presents The Magic Flute. Feb. 28. 7p. NWC England Theatre. Adults: $8. Students: $4. At the door: $11 and $7. www.desmoinesmetroopera.org/opera_iowa

Tom Hunter: jazz, blues, gospel. Jan. 20. 7:30p. Northwestern Christ Chapel. Adult: $4. Student: $3. At the door, $7 and $6. www.tomhunterblues.com

Looking for Onstage Orange City input…

Onstage Orange City mini questionnaire… fall 2011

Thanks to everyone who helped make Onstage Orange City 2011 a success! Would you give your input?  Thanks!!!  Email to OCArts@orangecityiowa.com

Deadline: November 23, 2011

1. What were the positives about Onstage Orange City 2011?

2. What could be improved?

3. Do you have suggestions of groups for 2012?

4. Are you interested in being a sponsor, donor or volunteer for 2012?  yes, no, maybe.  Comments:

5. Your name:

“The Juggler” in the library Oct. 14-28

Madison Riemersma bit into a cookie at the Oct. 14 reception. She's with Amanda and Titus De Koster.

Begin at the entrance to the Orange City Public Library, and walk around the art exhibit… reading the new children’s book, The Juggler,  while viewing the whimsical original artwork. The author, Jeanette Hopkins of Sioux City, and the artist, Stormy Mochal of Dubuque, were on hand for a reception Friday… but the exhibit will be in the library through Oct. 28. The art includes oil pastels, pencil, collage, sewing and embroidery. The text of The Juggler  features rhyme, rhythm and repetition. Sponsor is the Orange City Arts Council.

Author Jeanette Hopkins with a group of homeschool children, Oct. 14.


"The Juggler" artist Stormy Mochal of Dubuque (left) and author Jeanette Hopkins of Sioux City.

A young reader viewing "The Juggler" exhibit at the Orange City Public Library.

Glee Handbell Choir in Orange City

Orange City – The Glee Handbell Choir from Meiji Gakuin Higashimurayama High School in Tokyo performed in Orange City July 26, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council and Northwestern College. The ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Takanobu Onoda and Mr. Kazuyoshi Inagaki, performed at Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community and Northwestern’s Christ Chapel, and conducted a workshop for local handbell choir members and directors. The 17-member choir included students age 15 to 17. Tour coordinator is Rev. Nori Odate, a Northwestern College alum.




ORANGE CITY – The Glee Handbell Choir from Tokyo, one of Japan’s leading handbell choirs, will perform in Orange City Tuesday, July 26.


The performance has been moved from DeWitt Theatre to a larger facility, the Northwestern College Christ Chapel, and will begin at 7:30 p.m.


The ensemble will perform classical and Christian pieces, and more – including a Beatles medley. Mr. Takanobu Onoda and Mr. Kazuyoshi Inagaki are directors. Accompanist is Rev. Norimichi Odate.


Leading Handbell Choir from Japan to Perform: The 17-member Glee Handbell Choir from Tokyo will perform in at the Northwestern College Christ Chapel Tuesday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. The free performance is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council and Northwestern College Intercultural Affairs.

A handbell workshop will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, also at Christ Chapel. Other local performance sites include Carmel Reformed Church, the Sioux Center mall, and Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community.


For more information, or to register for the workshop, call Janet at 712-722-0327 or Janine at 712-707-4885. Sponsors are the Orange City Arts Council and Northwestern College Intercultural Affairs. The website is www.orangecityarts.net.


No admission will be charged, but donations will be received.

Summer Suites 2011

Summer Suites – music, art and sweets in two backyard gardens & an art gallery  – will be held Monday, July 25 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Orange City.  Featured in the “progressive concert” will be the Not-Yet-Famous Bassoon Band and vocalist Rob Meerdink singing pop classics – in the gardens of Sue & Gregg Korver and Laura & Gary Malenke. In the Korver Visual Arts Center at Northwestern College, Joel Westerholm will play finger-style jazz guitar while patrons enjoy a juried art exhibit featuring 13 area artists, “Flora of our Place: Interpretations.” Artists exhibiting works are Joanne Alberda, Glenda Drennen, Sheila McAlpine, Barbara McGee, Veronica Postma, Rola Sowienski, Judy Thompson, Lisa Thvedt, Margo Vanderhill, Rein Vanderhill, Jean Weiner, Sharla Wohlert, and Josh Wynia.

Tickets must be purchased in advance from Dove Christian Book Store, Orange City Arts Council or the Orange City town hall. Prior to July 21, tickets are $7.50 for adults, $5 for K-college students and $22 for families. After July 21, tickets are $10, $7 and $30. More info? Contact the Orange City Arts Council, 707-4885, OCArts@orangecityiowa.com, or www.orangecityarts.net. Thanks to our corporate sponsor, Pizza Ranch.


Summer Suites Poster

Orange City Arts Council names new board members

ORANGE CITY – The Orange City Arts Council named three new board members this week: Becky Kleinwolterink, Teresa Miller, and Mark Volkers, all of Orange City. Kleinwolterink is the former owner of Gallery 110 and a member of the Onstage Orange City committee. Miller is a CPA with Van Bruggen & Vande Vegte, P.C. Volkers teaches digital media and communication at Dordt College.

Retiring board members are Michael Stokes and Judy Thompson.

Continuing board members are Ryan Donahoe, Rebecca Donahue, Lois Estell, Greg Haverdink, Robert Hubbard, Julia Huisman, Peg Juffer, Cheryl Kugler, Richard Sowienski and Sheila Van Den Brink. Haverdink serves as president of the board of directors. Janine Calsbeek is executive director. Ashley Wright is the 2011 summer intern.

The Orange City Arts Council sponsors concerts, theatre, dance, art exhibits and classes, plus the Onstage Orange City series in Windmill Park. Funding for the Arts Council comes – in part – from local contributions, and the Arts Council will conduct its annual phone-a-thon in late June. Donations may be sent anytime to the Arts Council at PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041 or dropped off at the OC town hall.