Sesquicentennial Gala to Feature 'Harmonica Virtuoso' Noah Hoehn

With his long, shaggy brown hair, studious spectacles and perpetual five-o’clock shadow, Noah Hoehn looks the part of “musical scientist,” one of a number of nicknames he’s earned related to his signature loop-and-mix-style performances, shows that combine live sound with recordings of the marimbas, harmonica and other instruments.

A two-time winner of the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, Hoehn, class of 2002, has also been called “the one man band” and was hailed as today’s “harmonica virtuoso” following his performance in the acclaimed Minnesota Opera’s 2007 world premiere of “The Grapes of Wrath” at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, Minn.

Hoehn, will perform with the Augustana Percussion Ensemble, directed by professor of percussion Dr. John Pennington, at The Spark, the gala event to celebrate the Augustana Sesquicentennial on Saturday, April 16, at the Washington Pavilion.

Purchase tickets for The Spark, the Gala Event to Celebrate Augustana at 150.

Hoehn and the Percussion Ensemble are among a number of musicians set to perform at the event, including the Hegg Brothers’ Band, piano-playing, brothers Jeremy, ’94, and Jon, ’99; the Northlander’s Jazz Band; the Augustana String Quartet; and Augustana senior soloist Rachael Hoogendoorn.

Event Details

  • The Spark kicks off at 6 p.m. with the Walk Through History featuring three life-size historical photo galleries, buffets with period-specific hors d’oeuvres and re-enactments of iconic figures in Augustana’s history.
  • The 150-Year Celebration and Concert, emceed by Gregg Gohl, ’93, begins at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall. It will include the presentation of the “Spirit of Augustana Awards,” honors the College will present to individuals who have left their mark on the Sioux Falls community; and a message from President Rob Oliver; and the premiere of “Skol: Augustana at 150,” a short film recounting the College’s 150-year history that stars students, alumni and faculty members and includes rare vintage video footage.
  • The Sesquicentennial Ball, featuring live music, dancing and desserts, will take over the stage of the Great Hall at 9:30 p.m.

“At Augustana, our flame is lit by the thousands of exceptional sparks that have graced our institution since 1860. From the first flicker felt by our Norwegian founders 150 years ago, to the eternal flame that burns in each and every student, professor and staff member, the story of the Augustana Spark lives inside each and every one of us. We’re excited to celebrate that energy, and our history, with the campus community, alumni and friends on April 16,” said Oliver.

Tickets for The Spark are available at Costs for advance tickets are $25 for adults; $10 for students. At the door, tickets are $30 for adults; $15 for students.


Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations