Dec 13, 2018  

Howard Performing Arts Center

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The Howard Performing Arts Center is a world-class concert hall designed for the performance of music and is Southwest Michigan’s home for AN EXCEPTIONAL CONCERT EXPERIENCE. The Howard Center is beginning its 13th season! For over a decade, the Howard Center has hosted several prominent performers from the international classical circuit, such as the Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa, jazz vocalist Sophie Milman, David Benoit, Canadian Brass, Bobby McFerrin and the Vienna Boys Choir. An annual Christian Artists Series has featured guests including Laura Story, Israel Houghton and New Breed, Gungor, Sandi Patty, Brandon Heath, Avalon, Francesca Battistelli and Take 6. The 2016–2017 season will feature Christian Contemporary favorite Steve Green, Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass, the return of the Vienna Boys Choir and many more. Visit for more information.

The Howard Center was made possible by John and Dede Howard, originally of St. Joseph, Michigan. The Howards are a model of philanthropy at work and have given generously to the community, including a municipal band shell, a paved recreation path along Lake Michigan, an addition to the St. Joseph Public Library, and a covered ice rink. The Howards envisioned a world-class performing arts center for fine arts presentations, a state-of-the-art resource devoted to music and a cultural center to be shared and enjoyed by the entire community.

The Howard Center is the performance home for the Andrews University Department of Music ensembles: the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, University Singers and University Chorale. The Howard Center also hosts a monthly chamber music series—the Sunday Music Series, hosted by the Andrews University Department of Music. The spacious, well-lit foyer is available for wedding receptions, award ceremonies and other special occasions.

Don’t miss your chance to experience the ambiance of a Howard Center event—your home for AN EXCEPTIONAL CONCERT EXPERIENCE!