An Evening of Dance to be held February 6

ORANGE CITY – The fifth annual An Evening of Dance will feature preschoolers through college students, dancing at the Unity Christian Knight Center Saturday, Feb. 6.

The 7:00 p.m. performance will feature a variety of dance styles, under the leadership of local dance instructors.

The show is a celebration of the art of dance, said Becky Donahue, coordinator of the show for Orange City Arts. Many families are part of the dance community, but each year Orange City Arts offers An Evening of Dance, to share the dancers’ talents with the broader citizenry.

Seating is reserved this year, and tickets are required for everyone who is not dancing in the show. Tickets will be available by January 25 at the Orange City Chamber windmill office, from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Yoga by the Lake

Join us for a morning session of yoga at Dunlop Park. Yoga is a time for you to be present, not thinking of what you are going to do in the next hour, or what you have done, but to just be in the moment. Concentrating on your breathing and physical movements, creates a stillness in you that can help lower blood pressure and daily stress… leaving you calm, but energized.
Free. Registration is requested; those registered will receive an email if class is postponed due to inclement weather.
All ages
Saturdays, June 11, 18, and 25
Instructor: Anne Plageman
Location: Dunlop Wildlife Area along Hwy. 10 north of Alton


Sneak Peek Preview for Chamber Members

Onstage Orange City 2018 (Shh!)

Snag a VIP preview before the season is released to the public! Meet the artists and pick your favorites, then let us know which ones you’d like your sponsorship dollars (and your logo!) to be paired with.


June 6: Summer Suites (artists and gardens pending)

June 13: Community Band w/ Relay for Life & a community BBQ

June 20: Community Band

June 27: Festival Latino VII featuring Tropicante

July 4: Edem Soul Music & Ode Storytelling: Independence Day Celebration

July 11: Community Band

July 18: Jami Lynn

July 25: Duchess

August 1: Kevin Kling & Gaelynn Lea: “Oh, the Poss-abilities!”

August 8: SchoolHouse Company

August 15: Update – The Maytags

August 22: Arts on Central featuring Porter Union


In gratitude to all of you who work hard to continue to strengthen our community through connection and collaboration, sponsors for Onstage Orange City 2018 receive the following:

  • All Contributors of $100-599 will be listed in promo materials, in print and online
  • All Sponsors of $600 and above will also have logos displayed in promo, the opportunity to display a banner, the chance to make a personal appearance welcoming the audience on the evening of the event sponsored, and 10 complimentary tickets for the 18/19 Season
  • All Sponsors of $1200 and above will also receive 4 complimentary 18/19 Season Passes and a courtesy ¼ page ad in the 18/19 Season playbill

Please email us your choices at by March 15 to ensure your inclusion in promotional materials. Sponsorships are awarded on a first come, first served basis; choose your favorites and let us know right away!


Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs awards grant to Orange City Arts

ORANGE CITY— Three nationally-recognized ensembles — Cantus, Kevin Kling and Mermaid Theatre — will perform in Orange City in February and March. The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and Iowa Arts Council recently announced a grant award to the Orange City Arts Council to support the project.

Orange City Arts is adding several local activities to increase the impact of the performances.

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs grants are being awarded to 22 artists and organizations in 15 Iowa communities.

cantus-press-photo-1-largeCantus, acclaimed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the U.S.” (Fanfare), will perform their show, “No Greater Love Than This” on Feb. 18 at the Northwestern College Chapel. The show explores music through the eyes of a soldier, focusing on emotions of war: peace, camaraderie, selflessness, honor, loss.

Students from Northwestern College, Unity Christian High and Sioux Center High will join Cantus in performing Biebl’s Ave Maria. Area veterans and their spouses will receive complimentary tickets to the concert. Assisting in the sponsorship are Northwestern College, De Jong Oil, the American Legion of Orange City and the Staples Foundation: $2million & change.

Kevin Kling is part funny guy, part poet and playwright, part wise man. “A treasured figure on the national storytelling circuit, his voice inhabits an unusual space — where a homegrown Minnesota wit meets Dante and Shakespeare,” said Krista Tippet of NPR’s On Being. Born with a disabled left arm, he lost the use of his right one after a motorcycle accident nearly killed him. “He shares his special angle on life’s humor and its ruptures — and why we turn loss into story.”kevin-kling-strawhat

Kling’s storytelling will be featured Feb. 24 at Trinity Reformed Church, and he’ll do a workshop on crafting stories at Old Factory the morning of Feb. 25. In early February, Jim Schaap will do storytelling workshops focusing on Kling’s work, in high school English classes and at public libraries. Assisting in the sponsorship is Northwestern College.

Mermaid Theatre, of Nova Scotia, uses innovate puppetry, striking scenic effects and original music to present storybook favorites by Eric Carle on March 20 at the Unity Knight Center. “It’s a visual feast for viewers of any age.” (Santa Barbara New Press)

mermaid-theatre-very-hungry-caterpillar-th-vhc-orangesThe Orange City Public Library is collaborating by featuring Carle stories during Monday storytimes, with complimentary tickets given to loyal storytime children. Several local art teachers will feature units on Carle-style collage, with an exhibit held prior to the Mermaid Theatre program. A puppetry workshop will be held March 20 for Spalding 7th and 8th grade students, and Lisa Laird will teach a puppetry class featuring fluorescent puppets and black lights. Pockets Full of Fun and the Staples Foundation are assisting with the sponsorship.

The three shows are part of Orange City Arts’ Beyond Onstage series. Advance tickets ($15 adult, $10 student) are available online at Tickets are $18 and $12 at the door.

For additional information, contact 712-707-4885 or

The Orange City Arts grant is an art project grant of $10,000. Administered by the Iowa Arts Council, art project grants are funded through the Iowa Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.iowa-arts-council-dca-logo-2016-b

“We are committed to investing in nea-logo 2016organizations and projects that cultivate creativity, foster economic growth and enhance the cultural identity of local communities across the state,” Iowa Arts Council Administrator Matt Harris said. “I congratulate our grantees and encourage Iowans to participate in and support the arts in Iowa.”

Beyond Onstage 2016-17: a spectacular season!

Beyond Onstage 2016-17 will be spectacular!  For more details and to purchase your season pass, click here.  See the video preview below.


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OC Arts earns state Rural Arts Development Grant



ORANGE CITY — Among the $74,506 in Iowa Arts Council grants announced recently is a $5,000 grant to the Orange City Arts Council.


The grant to the Orange City organization is one of three Rural Arts Development Grants given in this grant cycle.


The grant will help fund the series Beyond Onstage, which has drawn audiences from the town and neighboring counties.


The primary arts goal of the Orange City program is to strengthen community life by introducing students and community residents to a variety of accomplished musicians and actors from across the country and around the world.


The series began with the Ames Children’s Choirs in October and Le Vent du Nord of Quebec, in November.


The grant provides funding for the remaining three shows in the Beyond Onstage series. The Chicago comedy troupe Second City Improv All Stars will perform Feb. 13.  Baladino, an ensemble from Israel, will perform March 28, after a week-long residency. The Cashore Marionettes will present its show April 8. Shows will be held at the Unity Christian Knight Center or Northwestern College Christ Chapel.


The "rocker" of Cashore Marionettes

The “rocker” of Cashore Marionettes

Le Vent du Nord and Baladino are funded in part through Arts Midwest, which has chosen Orange City for four residencies from 2013 through 2015.


The Iowa Arts Council also awarded Project Grants, in addition to Orange City’s Rural Arts Development Grant, to support 14 Iowa projects.


Rural Arts Development Grants support arts projects that positively impact the quality of life in rural Iowa, demonstrate public value and support IAC funding priorities. Funding comes from the Iowa Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.


The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, which is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them.


It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa.


More information about DCA is available at




Piano-Percussion Duo from New York to perform


ORANGE CITY – Phenomenal.

That’s John Erickson’s word for Garah Landes, the pianist from Synchronicity. Erickson, flutist from Alton, Iowa, met Garah at Erickson’s home church in New Jersey. They collaborated on a CD in 2004. They connect annually.

Bringing Garah Landes and his brother Gregory to his hometown is a great way to top off Erickson’s 42-year teaching career, he said. He will retire this year after 19 years as band director at MOC-Floyd Valley Middle School. The three will perform at two MOC-FV schools April 5 and 7, and present a concert for the public Thursday, April 7.

The list of the Landes brothers’ accomplishments is impressive. Garah, who holds a masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music, made his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall as the first-prize winner of the Artists International Competition, and appears frequently in New York. He has been featured on the nationally syndicated broadcast, “Performance Today.”

Gregory, percussionist, has performed at every major concert hall in New York, and has played with well-known artists, including Chuck Mangione, Steve Gadd, Julie Andrews and Steven Sondheim. He traveled to Norway with the Julliard Brass Ensemble. He has performed with numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including Les Miserables, Wicked and Grease.

Fourteen years ago, the two formed Synchronicity, a piano-percussion duo, and in ’05, began a series of collaborations with the Grammy-award winning clarinetist, Paquito D’Rivera. Recent concerts include the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Moab Music Festival and the Incontri Festival in Tuscany.

They’re performing in Orange City Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. at Northwestern College’s Christ Chapel. The concert will include Stravinsky’s “The Firebird Suite,” Michael’s “Jazz Suite for Vibraphone and Piano,” and Ginastera’s “Danzas Argentinas.” Erickson will join them in Leonard Bernstein’s “Prelude, Fugue and Riffs.”

A combined chorus, with students from MOC-Floyd Valley, Sheldon, Sioux Center, Spalding, and Unity High Schools, will join Synchronicity in “Adiemus” by Karl Jenkins. Dr. Thomas Holm from Northwestern College will direct the chorus.

Synchroncity will also perform at Northwestern College’s chapel service April 5, with the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra that evening, and at Buena Vista University April 6.

Advance tickets for the April 7 performance are $5 for adults and $3 for students – K-college, and are available from Dove Christian Bookstore, Northwestern College Music Department and the Orange City Arts Council. Or contact the Arts Council at 712-707-4885 or Tickets are $7 and $4 at the door.

Synchronicity’s performance is sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council and Northwestern College.

Several of Synchronicity’s videos can be viewed on by searching for Garah Landes, or at



Synchroncity, a highly acclaimed duo from New York City, fuses classical and jazz music into an exciting and highly visual experience. They’re Garah Landes, left, pianist, and Gregory Landes, percusssionist. The duo will do several performances in northwest Iowa, the finale on Thursday, April 7 at the Northwestern College Christ Chapel at 7 p.m.

John Erickson

Guest artist with Synchronicity on April 7 is flutist John Erickson, who had been a performer, clinician and adjudicator in New York, Atlanta, and the Midwest. He has served as the MOC-Floyd Valley Middle School band director for 19 years.