ORANGE CITY – The Orange City Arts Council’s annual celebration of flowering gardens and music – and irresistible sweets – is coming soon. The 2013 Summer Suites will be held Thursday, June 6 in three backyard gardens in Orange City.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m.
The “progressive concert” will feature violinist Erika (Van Den Hul) Hoogeveen; The Bluestem Players: Andy Juhl and Bridget Durst; and percussionists Trevor McMahan, Coralyn Kutzner and Ann Calsbeek. In addition, two local dancers will perform a piece with one of the music ensembles.
Erika (Van Den Hul) Hoogeveen will grace one of the Summer Suites gardens with her violin.
Hoogeveen received her master’s in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy at the University of Minnesota, studying with Sally O’Reilly, and her bachelor’s in violin performance at Dordt College, studying with Rick Lohmann and Margaret Carpenter. A founding member of the Mill City String Quartet on 2nd violin and viola, she is also associate concertmaster of the Dakota Valley Symphony Orchestra and has performed with a variety of other groups, including South Dakota Symphony, Kantorei, Mankato Symphony, Exultate, and Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra (as associate concertmaster and principal violist). Erika has been on the violin faculty of MacPhail Center for the Arts, St. Joseph’s School of Music, and Dordt College. Currently, she teaches private lessons in her home in St. Paul where she resides with her husband and three children.
The Bluestem Players: Andy Juhl and Bridget Durst hail from rural Marcus and Cherokee, respectively. Juhl has recently released his fourth album of original folk/ rock songs, telling stories of life and love. One piece features a haunting banjo with a tale of a farmer struggling through the Dust Bowl. Another was inspired by the Danish resistance of the Nazis during World War II. Juhl sings of his longing for kindness, community and peace.
And he and his wife Cindy are people of the land. She sells produce and bread at the Orange City Farmers’ Market, and one of Juhl’s albums was recorded at the farm that his family has owned for 120 years. Recently Juhl traveled to Haiti, teaching guitar lessons and donating guitars to budding musicians in a Haitian village.
Durst is also a gifted songwriter, and has done several benefit concerts with Juhl. At Summer Suites, Juhl’s vocals, guitar and harmonica will be joined by Durst’s vocals and ukelele. Get a preview at andyjuhl.com .
Percussionists Trevor McMahan, Coralyn Kutzner and Ann Calsbeek will perform at the third garden. McMahan, of Orange City, is a 2013 graduate of MOC-Floyd Valley High and percussionist with the MOC-FV band. Kutzner, of Winfield IL, is a recent Northwestern College music graduate, with an emphasis in percussion, and a member of the Iowa Collegiate Honor Band. Calsbeek, also of Orange City, was an Iowa High School All-State percussionist and named top senior instrumentalist in the MOC-FV High band in 2010 . For the last three and four years, respectively, Calsbeek and Kutzner have been part of NWC’s symphonic band and percussion ensemble.
The three will play solos and ensemble pieces on a variety of percussion instruments, including marimba.
Dancers Ava Grossmann of Orange City and Martina Hoogland of Sioux Center will perform a piece with one of the Summer Suites ensembles.
Summer Suites will be held in the gardens of Jonathan and Glenda Grossmann, Arlyn and Bea Schaap, and Gary and Amy Vande Vegte. Parking at Landsmeer and valet service will be available at Grossmanns’. Desserts will be exceptional, said the Orange City Arts Council’s Janine Calsbeek.
Corporate sponsor of Summer Suites is Pizza Ranch.
Advance tickets are necessary. Discounted tickets are available through June 3, at $7.50 for adults, $5 for students, and $22 for families, at the Orange CIty Arts Council office, Orange City town hall, Dove Christian Book Store and True Vine Book Store in Sioux Center. After June 3, ticket prices are $10, $7 and $30. Maps and schedules are provided to ticket purchasers.
For more information, contact Orange City Arts Council, 712-707-6514 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Or click here: https://orangecityarts.net/event/summer-suites-music-dance-gardens-goodies/