Sebring-Lewis Hall, opened in 1999, seats 338 people in a 4,050 square-foot space. It is the home of most music department performances and numerous guest artist events. One of the first ensembles to perform in the hall, the American String Quartet, described it as "one of the two or three best halls in the country for chamber music." The rich colors and cherry wood details in the hall make it as beautiful aesthetically as it is acoustically. Electrically adjustable curtains in the upper back of the hall allow for a tunable acoustic.
The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir, a 32-voice choral ensemble from Grinnell College, will present concerts, March 18-24, in churches in Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, and Houston, Tex., as part of a spring break tour.
Grinnell College has partnered with New York City’s Metropolitan Opera to offer the final three shows of the 2011-12 season “Live in HD” at the Harris Center Cinema on the Grinnell campus. Each show will be preceded by a half-hour opera talk by Jennifer Williams Brown, associate professor of music at Grinnell.
On Sat., Feb. 25, the Italian opera “Ernani,” composed by Giuseppe Verdi, will be presented with English subtitles. Audience members should plan to arrive by 11:30 a.m. for the opera talk, with the performance to begin at noon.
World-renowned opera star and Iowa native Simon Estes will present and perform at Grinnell College during a two-day residency, Nov. 2-3. The internationally known bass-baritone will perform on Wed., Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel on the Grinnell campus. The Grinnell Singers, Grinnell Oratorio Society and the Grinnell High School choir will also perform during the concert, which is part of the college’s Public Events series.
World-renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform at Grinnell College, Thurs., Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel on the Grinnell campus.
The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir, a 30-voice choral ensemble from Grinnell College, will present concerts, March 20-25, in churches in Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas-Ft. Worth, as part of a spring break tour.
The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir, open to students of all backgrounds, has a 45-year history on the Grinnell campus. Through a bond of “cultural uniformity,” the choir ministers to a variety of audiences with a wide selection of sacred music, including spirituals and traditional and contemporary gospel.
GRINNELL, IA.—Grinnell College’s Young, Gifted, and Black Gospel Choir will present public concerts, March 20-23, in St. Paul and Milwaukee as part of a spring break tour. The choir’s concert repertoire, directed by Barry Jones, will include traditional gospel and contemporary selections as well as spiritual dance and a praise team, accompanied by percussion and guitar.
The YGB singers’ tour schedule will include the following public concerts:
Mar. 20: St. Paul, Minn., St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 6:30 p.m.
John Christian Rommereim
Professor of Music
Blanche Johnson Professor of Music
The professorship was established in 1997 by Harold B. Johnson Jr. in memory of his aunt, Blanche Johnson, who was a small town piano teacher, educated at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. It was previously held by Jonathan Chenette.
If you’ve got a few minutes, you can take a whirlwind tour of the world’s musical instruments by visiting Grinnell’s World Music Instrument Collection in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. There, you’ll find instruments as diverse as the tarka flute from the Andes, the djembe drum from West Africa, the tambura lute from India, and the koto zither from Japan, all in the same room. The World Music Instrument Collection serves the Grinnell community in many ways, and even influences far-flung music enthusiasts, thanks to its extensive online database.