Grace College and Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts will partner to present the second annual Grace College and Village at Winona Festival of Music, a series of seven concerts of artistic excellence and musical variety. The concerts will take place June 3 through November 25 in Winona Lake, Ind.
The Festival will feature local and regional music talent with the intention of providing family-friendly, community-oriented entertainment. Walter Brath, Festival of Music coordinator, sought to build on the success of last year’s inaugural festival and add new variety to the 2017 concerts. “Audiences can expect the same high-quality music entertainment with some familiar artists along with new bands, ensembles, and concerts this year,” said Brath.
The following events are planned for the 2017 Village at Winona Festival of Music:
Chamber Music: Saturday, June 3, at the Winona Lake Village Pavilion. This free, light-classical and Dixieland concert will feature Scott Workman and Shana Brath, Symphony of the Lakes string quartet and the Winona Lake Dixieland Band.
Southern Gospel: Friday, June 16, at the Winona Heritage Room. Patrick Woods, a talented and experienced fingerstyle guitarist based in Indiana, will open the concert. Then The Burchfield Brothers will take the stage to play a variety of songs from Smokey Mountain Jazz to gospel and classical selections.
Celebrate America Pops Concert: Saturday, July 1, outdoors in the Village at Winona. Symphony of the Lakes will perform a free outdoor concert prior to the July 4 fireworks celebration.
Jazz in the Village: Saturday, July 29, at the Hillside Amphitheater. This free concert will feature Margaret Murphy Webb Group and the New Millennium Jazz Band.
Instrumental: Tuesday, August 8, at the Winona Heritage Room. Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass will perform sacred music from their latest CD, “Hope,” as well as familiar classics.
Contemporary Christian: Friday, September 8, at the Winona Heritage Room. King’s Kaleidoscope, a Seattle-based band that uses an eclectic blend of modern woodwind, string, and brass instruments, will perform a collection of contemporary Christian songs.
Tree Lighting Caroling: Saturday, November 25. The community is invited to attend and participate in caroling at the annual tree lighting ceremony in the Village at Winona.
Walter Brath joined Grace College’s School of Arts and Sciences faculty in 2016 as the department of visual, performing, and media arts as assistant professor of worship arts and program director of performing arts. Aided by his extensive background in worship music ministry, Brath leads in building Grace’s worship arts program and teaches students to fuse musical talents with leadership, technology, visual, and theatre arts. This is his first year serving as Festival of Music coordinator.
The 2017 Festival of Music is sponsored by Grace College, Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts and The Village at Winona. Some concerts will be free of charge while others will require a low-cost ticket. Details on concert times, locations and ticket information will be announced as the concerts approach. For more information, please visit grace.edu/musicfestival or contact festival coordinator Walter Brath at firstname.lastname@example.org.